Apprenticeships & Pre-apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can put you on an exciting career path. If you haven’t decided on a particular career path, or you need skills to get you ready, look into pre-apprenticeship programs. We list both types of opportunities below.

For a complete list of apprenticeship programs in Colorado, start with the Colorado Registered Apprenticeship Directory listed first below. This will give you the information you need to start researching a program, whether it’s through an employer, union, community college, or other training opportunity.

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn while you earn an income. Look on company websites for more information on how to apply. If you still have questions, contact a career coach at a workforce center, or reach out to the program directly.

The best advice is to call and ask questions. Ask about cost. Ask about the time commitment. If you are concerned whether your criminal history might be a barrier with licensing, please click on Jobs & Training Help and look under Professional Licenses for more information.

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AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

AuroraWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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Colorado Apprenticeship Directory

Statewide

Start here to find information about every apprenticeship training opportunity registered with Colorado. This directory is huge, so you can start by sorting it by occupation name, county, or industry (the three boxes at the top of the list). This will help you to look at what's available in your county, or by the name of the occupation, and so forth. The program name is the sponsor for the training. Click on the website listed to learn more. A sponsor can be a company, and it could also be a community college. If you find it confusing to figure out apprenticeship training for the career you want, go to your local Workforce Center. There are 54 in Colorado, and they're listed in the Jobs section on Remerg.com. Folks at the Workforce Centers are great sources of information about apprenticeships. Their help is free.

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Colorado Homebuilding Academy (pre-apprenticeship)

445 W. 53rd Place, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Colorado Homebuilding Academy provides construction skills boot camps that you can complete in one month (four days a week) or in two months (two nights a week). The training is free if you are committeed to getting a career in construction. Most of the training is hands-on in the learning lab, and they provide connections to a career in the construction field after you finish the boot camp. CHA also has a two-week concrete training boot camp, AND a one-year construction management course where you can earn credits from Community College of Aurora. Click on the Get Started button on their website to learn about information sessions. You can also sign up for their reminders about classes. COVID-19 UPDATE: Services are by phone with no walk-ins. Virtual classes are held on Tuesdays.

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ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

ColoradoSpringsWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Tattoo Apprenticeship • Tree Removal Apprenticeship • Restaurant Apprenticeship

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Construction Careers Now (pre-apprenticeship)

Central 70 Career Training & Resource Center, 3600 East 46th Avenue, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Construction Careers Now is a no-cost 4 week pre-apprenticeship program offering OSHA 10 training and hands-on training in a variety of skilled trades and career paths. No experience is necessary and classes are offered monthly and run for four weeks, Mon-Thurs, 5-8pm and each cohort ends with a large scale hiring fair. The last class offered in 2019 starts on October 14th. New classes start in January at a new location. Call or click on the website to enroll and learn more.

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Culinary Quick Start (pre-apprenticeship)

1860 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Emily Griffith's Culinary Quick Start program is located at Emily Griffith Technical College's main campus in Denver. They provide a free online three-week culinary training program that includes a hiring fair and connections to hundreds of employers. No experience is needed to get started. See website for more information, including the training schedule and online application. You can also earn a SERVSAFE certification during the training.

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DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

DenverWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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Emily Griffith Technical College

Statewide

Emily Griffith Technical College provides the classes and credits you need for apprenticeship training. They partner with organizations throughout Colorado. Not all apprenticeship opportunities are the same though. it's recommended that you call everyone providing an apprenticeship in your area of interest to find out more. Ask about the time commitment. Ask whether they cover the costs. Click on the website link for the most recent flyer from Emily Griffith. There are options all over the state!

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GRID Alternatives Colorado (pre-apprenticeship)

4845 Oakland Street, Denver CO 80239

Denver Metro

Denver

Interested in a solar energy career? Call GRID Alternatives! They provide a 5-week Installation Basics Training (IBT200) with a stipend upon completion. Register online. Call or email to get started. Click on the video to learn about solar training. Click on the pdf link to learn about the great opportunity GRID provides. Even though this class is getting started August 17th, their flyer explains it all.

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LeaderQuest–Colorado Springs (IT training)

7222 Commerce Center Drive, #235, Colorado Springs CO 80919

Southeast

Colorado Springs

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired.

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LeaderQuest–Denver (IT training)

6855 South Havana Street, Suite 230, Englewood CO 80112

Denver Metro

Denver

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired. The classes aren't free, but Workforce Centers and VA programs can sometimes help with the cost. Call for more information.

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Mile High Workshop (pre-apprenticeship)

13280 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Mile High WorkShop offers transitional employment and training opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment due to criminal backgrounds, incarceration and/or recovery from homelessness and addiction. They provide paid training, support, counseling, and referrals to resources, and help transitioning to your next job. They hold a hiring event every other Wednesday from 9-11am at the workshop. You can submit a form of interest online, but the best route is to come to the hiring event.

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Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847

5575 Tejon Street, Denver CO 80221

Denver Metro

Denver

If you want to be an iron worker, contact the Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847 office. The phone number is for business agent Dylan Dalton, who has jobs statewide and the sky’s the limit ($40/hour) if you can handle the physical labor. They don’t require a GED or driver’s license but you must have proven transportation other than public. Their unpaid 3-5 day Gladiator training lets you know how hard the job is. A paid apprenticeship starts at $17.50/hour, with an opportunity to earn $23-$25/hour after six months of apprenticeship if you’re successful and take classes.

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Salesforce (IT training)

Statewide

Salesforce provides free online IT training in a customer software platform used by many companies. Their training called Trailhead lets you learn at your own pace and earn certification. Watch the video to learn more.

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The Right Way Foundation HVAC Academy & Maintenance Training

1010 South Joliet Street, Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Looking for a career in heating and cooling? The Right Way Foundation offers a 96-day program held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-9pm. If you pass the ESCO EPA test in all section, you will receive a universal license. For graduates, job placement services are provided throughout Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas. You can also take their general maintenance training course to get certificate in CPO certification programs. This training course lasts 30 days. Click on the website link to learn more and send an email. You can also call the number provided.

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Women’s Bean Project (pre-apprenticeship)

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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Work Options for Women (pre-apprenticeship)

1200 Federal Boulevard, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

WOW provides a free culinary job training program for all gender identities (don't be fooled by the name!). They offer students the opportunity to learn from professional chefs as well as life skills development, case management and job readiness activities, including mock interviewing and job placement. Their program helps people gain the skills necessary to build confidence, maintain employment, and the opportunity to earn up to four certificates, including the nationally recognized American Culinary Federation Prep Cook Certificate. Students also earn cash incentives each week for modeling employable behaviors. WOW's mobile culinary classroom (MCC) is a 23-day culinary job training specifically designed for persons impacted by the criminal justice system. COVID-19 UPDATE: Work Options has resumed their pre-COVID-19 training schedule of weekly Monday enrollments and all training will happen at one location, their WOW Training Center located in the Denver Human Services Castro Building (1200 Federal Blvd). Please contact Kristi Hornick at 970.290.1572 or kristi@workoptions.org to learn more and register.

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