July 3, 2017 REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: DRAFT Apprenticeships Report

As directed by legislation (HB 16-1287), the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is requesting public comment on the following draft report on policies and rules which reviews policies, rules and regulations “within the department that may impact the establishment or integration of pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships into Colorado businesses...”

In summary, we reviewed the policies/rules of those divisions within CDLE which might impact employers and employees contemplating participation in apprenticeship programs.  On a positive note, our regulatory divisions have concluded that existing rules/policies should not hinder the establishment of, or participation in, apprenticeship programs in Colorado.  However, we have provided suggested discussion points within each of the division sections below to assist you and other interested stakeholders in considering suggestions for administrative or statutory policy changes which might be included in our final report.

We look forward to your thoughts and suggestions, and comments. Those submitted up through 5:00 p.m. on July 18, 2017 will be taken into consideration in drafting our final report, which will then be submitted to the Colorado General Assembly’s House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor and Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology.  Our final report will also be transmitted to the Colorado Workforce Development Council for inclusion in its 2017 edition of the annual Colorado Talent Report.

Additionally, if you have questions or need additional information or clarification on this process, please contact Patrick Teegarden, CDLE’s Director of Policy and Legislation, either by e-mail (Patrick.teegarden@state.co.us) or by phone (303-318-8019).  In advance, we appreciate your willingness to review this document and share with us your thoughts on improving the integration of apprenticeships and other alternative training programs in Colorado.

Background: Working Definitions/Terminology on Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, and Registered Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships: An employer-driven model and form of experiential learning that combines on-the-job learning as a paid employee with related classroom instruction in order to increase an apprentice’s skill level and wages.

Pre-Apprenticeships: Services and programs, often including classroom instruction, designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs should have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction. (For more information see - http://www.doleta.gov/OA/preapprentice.cfm).

Registered Apprenticeships: An employer-driven model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice’s skill level and wages and is registered/approved with the US Department of Labor.

Youth Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships for 11th-12th grade students enrolled in a traditional K-12 environment

For more information please download the full report