Youth Apprenticeship in Your Community

Create more opportunity for more students and businesses

Youth Apprenticeship in Your Community

Create more opportunity for more students and businesses

Faster, Cost-Effective Launches

Leverage Existing Systems, Technologies and Learnings

Faster, Cost-Effective Launches

Leverage Existing Systems, Technologies and Learnings

Employer and Education Network

Continuous Learning from a National Network of Implementors

Employer and Education Network

Continuous Learning from a National Network of Implementors

Making Modern Youth Apprenticeship a Reality

Building opportunity for industry … and multiple paths to career success in your community

In 2016, CareerWise was founded in Colorado to address both the skilled-worker shortage and the unrealistic expectation that our nation’s schools must prepare students for today’s in-demand jobs without the involvement of industry. Youth apprenticeship is strengthening the economy by cultivating a skilled workforce that’s prepared to meet the challenges of the Future of Work, and exponentially expanding the choices available to young people—our future workforce. Today there are hundreds of productive Colorado apprentices in the workplace, contributing to the bottom line of their employers and creating more opportunity for more young people as they chart new paths to career success.

It took a sizable staff, significant financial investment and a number of years to launch the first CareerWise system in Colorado. But based on CareerWise’s tools, technologies and procedures established in the pilot program, new communities can launch a program for a fraction of the cost in a matter of months.

In fact, that’s how Ascend in Indianapolis developed their youth apprenticeship program, and Horizons Education Alliance in Elkhart, CityWorks in Washington D.C. and Here to Here in New York City launched their respective CareerWise affiliate programs.


Built-In Efficiencies for Faster, Cost-Effective Launches

Implementing a youth apprenticeship program—even with the head start CareerWise can provide—is an intensely collaborative endeavor. From creating a coalition of local industry and education partners to on-boarding apprentices, there’s a high degree of coming together as a community as you change the dynamic between traditionally siloed institutions to create more opportunities for more young people and innovative talent pipelines for businesses.

Here are the initial steps we can take together to help build a modern youth apprenticeship system:

  1. Leadership in your community will work with CareerWise staff to review and complete a CareerWise Community Readiness Framework so local leadership can evaluate areas of strength and opportunities
  2. Local leadership and CareerWise will align the responsibilities of each partner, as well as how the CareerWise technology, tools and processes are deployed
  3. CareerWise will assign a partnership manager to provide dedicated support and consultation to your community.
  4. Your community will be set up with initial tools including providing access to CareerWise’s documented processes, marketing collateral, and, if applicable, CareerWise braning and a website specific to your community, as well as access to CareerWise’s technology platforms (the Apprenticeship Hub, Apprenticeship Management System, and Salesforce database system)
  5. CareerWise will support local leadership in setting goals and objectives for the pilot launch and in the creation of a work plan