While our apprentices are not generally an at-risk population for serious health concerns due to COVID-19, community spread of the outbreak is something we can all do our part in fighting. CareerWise relies on its education and employer partners to follow the guidance of qualified public health professionals and government officials to keep students, employees and their families safe. Many of our schools have already announced closures to facilitate social distancing and stem the spread of the outbreak.

CareerWise is in contact with apprentices to help them navigate the changing work and school environments as more employers turn to remote working and schools explore online coursework to limit community spread. An FAQ for apprentices and their families can be found here:

APPRENTICE FAQ

At this time, CareerWise Colorado is making plans to transition the hiring event scheduled for April 7th to virtual interviews scheduled by our employer partners. We will be working with partners and applicants to provide training, facilitation and technology as needed to ensure as many quality hires as possible this spring.

But, CareerWise is also acutely aware of the impact of the outbreak on the economic outlook for Colorado businesses. We are providing employers additional support in navigating the hiring cycle this spring, while also accommodating hiring into the summer months and our fall cycle as necessary.

The health of our community is important to us; as the situation evolves, we will continue to respond accordingly with the most current guidance of health officials.

Below are letters that were sent to our employer and education partners on March 13, 2020.

EMPLOYERS          EDUCATORS

Many resources are available to help address the issues resulting from the COVID-19 crisis — ranging from food support to medical support.  We have collected a list of resources from three trusted partner organizations: Colorado Health FoundationColorado Succeeds, and the Mile High United Way.  For community resources like rent or food assistance, click on the button below.

Community Resources

Mandatory work-from-home policies are requiring youth apprentices to adapt to a very different kind of apprenticeship. Setting up a space that allows you to be productive, practicing the self-discipline to stay on task, working with your supervisor to identify tasks, and establishing open communication that fosters mentorship and skill development are new challenges for both supervisors and apprentices. Luckily, the structures and practices that facilitate productive remote-work are well-researched and accessible. We’ve compiled resources that will help you successfully structure work during this time. Check out our evolving resource page for best practices, online training resources, and more.

Upskilling Resources