CareerWise created a statewide youth apprenticeship model that coordinates the existing systems of industry and education that create real, tangible benefits for both the employer and the apprentice. The net result is a workforce with the skills Colorado’s industry needs, and students have illuminated pathways to higher education and career.
Today, the burden of educating the newest members of Colorado's workforce falls directly on our schools. But businesses are having difficulty finding employees with the appropriate competencies to effectively fill skilled positions. Modern youth-apprenticeships address the problem by changing the paradigm and helping businesses become producers of young talent rather than simply relying on an already overwhelmed education system.
The goal is ambitious: We seek to create over 20,000 apprenticeships in high-demand, high-pay occupations across multiple business sectors by 2027. Current pathways include Advanced Manufacturing, Business Operations, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology.
CareerWise Colorado apprenticeships are a 3-year opportunity available to current sophomore (10th grade) students. Students engage in paid work and college-level classwork, leading to industry certification in high-need career fields. For more information about CareerWise, please contact the Future Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at http://www.careerwisecolorado.org/.