How It Works

Together, CareerWise stakeholders create meaningful experiences for apprentices and ROI for businesses.

A Closer Look

Working together to create an innovative system

CareerWise modern youth apprentices earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their high-school classroom learning each week. By the conclusion of the program, students will have:

  • meaningful work experience
  • a nationally-recognized industry certification
  • a professional network 
  • the opportunity to earn debt-free college credit.

The apprenticeship lasts three years to ensure students have the experience to either enter the workforce upon completion or continue on to higher education with a more focused path toward their career goals. The three-year model ensures businesses realize financial ROI based on the apprentice’s production and develop a skilled talent pipeline for hard-to-fill positions. CareerWise offers apprenticeship in five diverse career pathways.



The Hiring Process  

Students apply with the hiring companies on the spring semester for positions that begin the summer before their junior year. It’s a competitive hiring process, just like any other professional position. Businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions; there are no forced placements. Once hired, apprentices spend part of their week learning at school and part of the week learning on the job.


Rigorous Competency-Based Learning    

CareerWise works with the school districts and businesses to create career competencies and ensures apprentice work and school schedules are optimized, recruit students and acts as an intermediary between the education system and industry to align goals and ensure a streamlined experience.

CareerWise works with industry to create career competencies so apprentices can be certain that the skills they’re developing are in-demand in the job market and set them up for career success. CareerWise also plays an intermediary role between the systems of business and education, recruiting students, ensuring apprentice work and school schedules are optimized, and aligning goals and ensure a streamlined experience.

Youth apprenticeship is a new concept in Colorado, so CareerWise also works with employers to train supervisors and apprentice coaches, and with apprentices to prepare them for success in a professional work environment.