Second Week of Workforce Development Month to Focus on Youth and Apprenticeships

For immediate release

Date: September 7, 2018
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Phone: Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle

Throughout the month of September, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is focusing on important issues surrounding Colorado’s economic future and how more people can be assisted in climbing the ladder of opportunity.  During the week of September 10, the agency is raising awareness of the important role apprenticeships can play in preparing young people with the knowledge, qualifications and competencies they will need in order to progress in their chosen career path.

Workforce Centers across the state connect job seekers with employers and coordinate the education and training of Colorado’s workforce, ensuring the state’s economic strength.  As a part of this endeavor, they are recruiting individuals 18 to 24 years old who do not have a high school diploma or who have recently graduated but have been unsuccessful in finding employment to explore the apprenticeship opportunities available at the workforce centers.

There are opportunities available that can lead to careers in such traditional sectors as Construction and Manufacturing as well as Information Technology, Health Care, Energy, Aerospace and more.

“When career preparation is solely focused on post-secondary education, it can leave some good workers behind,” says Executive Director Sam Walker.  “An apprenticeship is a highly cost-effective mechanism for developing workplace skills and reducing unemployment. In the long-run, it can increase the productivity of Colorado.”
 
For more information about apprenticeships, young people are urged to visit a website that can answer questions and get things started -- www.apprenticeshipevolution.com.  The Department also urges young people to explore www.careerwisecolorado.org to learn more.

And during Workforce Development Month two apprenticeship related events will also be held.  The first, on September 26, is designed for employers.  Workforce Boulder County presents a breakfast seminar about apprenticeship opportunities in the Denver/Boulder area.  A panel of local business leaders who have found apprenticeships to be an effective strategy in hiring, training and retaining a skilled workforce will talk about their experiences.  The panel discussion takes place from 8 – 11 am at the Xilinx Center at 3100 Logic Drive in Longmont (please RSVP by Sept. 18 at wfbiz@bouldercounty.org).
 
The second event, on September 27, is a work-based learning fair for young adults that will highlight internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and other work-based learning models.  Companies that offer work-based learning opportunities will have information about them at this event, to be held at the Adams County Business and Workforce Center.  Call 720) 523-6900 for more information.
 
Visit your local workforce center for more information about apprenticeship opportunities in Colorado.  Increasingly, America is recognizing the value of apprenticeships.  There are currently some 28,000 registered apprenticeship programs across the U.S., with approximately 250,000 companies helping more than 468,000 apprentices prepare for financial security while earning wages. In Colorado, more than 100 apprenticeship programs are now in place, each one strengthening young workers’ skills and confidence.