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February Executive Director Letter

By Meaghan Sullivan | Executive Director CareerWise Colorado

CareerWise Colorado hosted the NEXTGEN Workforce Breakfast last Wednesday to share the impact of implementing youth apprenticeships across the state with local business leaders. Held at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Senator John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennet, Governor Jared Polis and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh participated in a panel discussion led by CareerWise founder and CEO Noel Ginsburg. 

“Right now, we have young people that are in our high schools all across America who have no idea what their future holds. But, when a company reaches out and opens the door for them through an apprenticeship, that opens the door for a whole new realm of possibilities.” – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

Business leaders in attendance heard personal testimony from CareerWise apprentice Gabrielle Davis, who is a logistics management apprentice with McKinsey & Company in Denver. Tim Robinson, Chief Human Resources Officer and VP of Employee Services for Pinnacol Assurance, shared how their youth apprenticeship program has improved talent recruitment and helped upskill the next generation of workers.

“Our young people are our future talent and now is the time to invest in them,” – Tim Robinson, Pinnacol Assurance.

Join Pinnacol Assurance and other Colorado companies in our NEXTGEN Hiring Challenge and let’s build back a stronger workforce with youth apprenticeship: Learn More

Check out the story about the event on CPR News!