CareerWise connects education and industry to benefit students and businesses
CareerWise is the first modern youth-apprenticeship system in the United States. As a nonprofit intermediary, CareerWise’s program crosses Colorado’s geographies and industries, and provides students an practical learning experience to augment the classroom in fields such as healthcare, business operations, information technology, advanced manufacturing and financial services.
The CareerWise model borrows elements from the Swiss system, which is widely regarded as the gold standard in apprenticeship, in that it ensures benefit to both students and businesses as it serves as an intermediary between the complex systems of education and industry.
CareerWise was envisioned by its founder and CEO Noel Ginsburg and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper following a 2015 trip to Switzerland to learn about its youth apprenticeship system. In 2016, the organization was created as a public-private partnership, and a few short months later it launched its first cohort of modern youth apprentices.
CareerWise’s mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program. Through this business-led, student-centered model, CareerWise brings together public and private stakeholders to ensure that students have access to the skills and knowledge they need for financial and academic success, and that businesses have access to highly-trained talent.