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Growing the Youth Apprenticeship Movement | 2021 Partner Summit

By Mary Knight | Communications Specialist, CareerWise USA

Two weeks ago, CareerWise Colorado hosted its annual Partner Summit, bringing together business and education partners in youth apprenticeship from all over the state. Representatives from over 40 organizations were in attendance including Tolmar, Lexmark, Craig Hospital, Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Eagle County Schools, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! and more.

The day began with a moving keynote address from former Colorado senator and now CEO of Gary Community Ventures, Mike Johnston, who shared powerful stories of the impact and hope on ensuring economic success for the next generation of talent.

“Johnston reminded us of the emotional connection of the important work we are doing and that there really is so much promise in the next generation of talent,” said Meaghan Sullivan, Chief Program Officer for CareerWise Colorado.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in multiple workshops on current topics in workforce development and apprenticeship presented by CareerWise program operations team members. Sessions included presentations on registering apprenticeships with the USDOL, how to manage and support apprentices who are working remotely, tools to better mentor Gen Z talent, and incorporating effective diversity strategies into work-based learning.

Collaboration and support from education institutions, industry and civic leaders is key to creating a successful and effective apprenticeship program in any community, city or state. CareerWise is grateful for the continued support of its business, education and state partners and excited to continue expanding the youth apprenticeship movement across Colorado.

Check out photos from the day HERE!