Training & Apprenticeship Programs
Training programs provide short-term training to help you get started in a job right away. These jobs are usually in the hospitality industry (hotels and restaurants), call centers, janitorial, financial (banking), or retail. Sometimes the organizations have partnerships with employers so that after you complete your training you have a shot at interviewing with an employer and getting a job. We list the organizations that provide this training below. (If you're an organization that provides this training and would like to be listed, please contact us.)
Goodwill Denver has several free trainings that it offers on a regular basis. These include call center customer training, hospitality, bankworks, and janitorial. They also offer free financial literacy and computer classes. Goodwill Denver has connections with many employers. Courses are offered through their Career Connection Centers. To learn more and see a list of Career Centers, click on the button below.
Apprenticeship programs train you for a skilled trade. Usually you can work and take classes at the same time. The average starting pay is over minimum wage, and sometimes the contractor or trade union pays for your tuition. After your training, you’ll have a solid job that pays well. Apprenticeship programs usually don’t ask for a background check or will overlook a criminal record. Because so many people are retiring from the trades, there are a lot of good jobs for people who train as an apprentice.
To get into an apprenticeship program, you need to be 18 and older. Most require a GED certificate or high school diploma. You may also need a valid driver’s license. We list places where you can get apprenticeship training below.
Colorado Construction Careers
Colorado Construction Careers has 24 programs in 14 trades in the Denver metro area, Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs. If you want to learn a trade, this is an awesome opportunity as you receive the training for free while you work and earn a decent salary. Health care and a pension benefit are part of the package. You’re expected to train two nights a week, and the program lasts about four years. To get started, click on the button below and fill out an online application. You will then be contacted by the program to see if it’s a fit. You may also call 720-338-5037 if you have any questions.
Emily Griffith Technical College
Emily Griffith Technical College has an apprenticeship training program that works with many different trades where you can earn college credits while you train. The main campus is at 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203. Call 720-423-4730 to reach the Apprenticeship Department.
If you're interested, you can check out the Emily Griffith website for a list of training divisions. Click on the link for the program you’re interested in, such as carpenter, electrician, or pipefitter. Then you’ll need to call to call the apprenticeship training center directly. Emily Griffith also has training programs in the Denver metro area, Grand Junction, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs. Click on the button below to learn more.
The Master’s Apprentice
If you’re 18-28 years old, want to work in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, masonry, or HVAC, but you’re not quite ready for the formal trade apprenticeship program, call The Master’s Apprentice. They offer a nine-week paid training opportunity to help you with construction math, financial literacy, work ethic, and other workshops. It's a great opportunity if you’re serious about apprenticeship training but need some help beforehand. You must have your GED, a valid driver’s license, and your own vehicle. The organization is a faith-based nonprofit located at 646 Mariposa Street, #201, Denver, CO 80204. Call 720-318-8950 for more information. Click below to see their website.
Mile High Workshop
The Mile High Workshop is a project of Mile High Ministries and has job training opportunities through their own in-house businesses. These include cut and sew, woodworking, laser etching/cutting, handmade assembly, and packaging services. They work with people leaving incarceration, struggling with addiction, and rebuilding from homelessness. Located at 1515 W. Thomas Avenue, Unit A, Englewood, CO 80110. You can also call 303-839-5198 ext. 6 for more information. Click below to see their website.
We called the phone number for the carpenter apprenticeship and talked to the Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado (CITC). We learned many contractors pay for the cost of the training and other costs like books are deducted from payroll so you don’t have to pay this up front. CITC has connections with contractors throughout the state, and many contractors hire on a case-by-case basis when it comes to conviction history. (The exception is contractors on federals sites can’t hire people with a felony conviction.)