Pathfinder Apprenticeship - NEW apprenticeships hiring Spring 2023
APPLY NOW for these Apprenticeships starting summer 2023 - Flyers in English and Spanish linked below:
- TSD - Future Educator - 4 positions, TSD schools
- Bobo's Oat Bars - Human Resources Assistant - 1 position, Loveland
- Broadcom - Maintenance Technician - 3 positions, Fort Collins
- Tolmar Pharmaceuticals - Multiple positions: Manufacturing Technician, Quality Assurance, Laboratory Technician, Human Resources Assistant, Fort Collins
What is an Apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is an employer-driven experiential learning comprised of the following elements:
- Paid on-the-job training (you are a paid employee of the business!)
- Related classroom instruction that increases the student/employee's skill level and wages, and
- Industry-recognized credential(s) or certificate(s)
The main apprenticeship opportunities available for TSD students are through the CareerWise Colorado Program.
- 2 or 3 year apprenticeships
- Open to students in participating districts throughout Northern Colorado. Some positions may be open only to TSD students.
- CareerWise apprentices earn:
- $30,000 to $40,000 in wages over the course of the apprenticeship
- FREE college credit related to the apprenticeship pathway - typically about 1 semester's worth of free credit via a local higher education partner, paid for by the business. College credit typically takes place in the 3rd year of apprenticeship.
- Nationally recognized industry credential or certification
- Available positions and employers vary from year to year.
- CareerWise flyer in English and Spanish
Other apprenticeship opportunities are available in Xello.
- Apply for posted Apprenticeships in Xello: Community Partners that have established apprenticeship opportunities for students post those positions in the Xello Work-Based Learning Network. Some of these apprenticeships are for graduating seniors and/or students that are age 18+ but there are also youth apprenticeships outside of the CareerWise program.
Apprenticeship Requirements/Prerequisites: These are typical general requirements to participate in an Apprenticeship. Businesses may have additional requirements depending on their industry or the specific position.
- Juniors or Seniors (apply as a sophomore or junior), must be age 16 by the start of apprenticeship
- On-track for on-time graduation from high school and can accommodate an apprenticeship in your schedule
- Strong attendance and positive behavior
- Must provide own transportation
- Employer makes final hiring decisions and may have additional requirements such as a drug screen, background check, immunizations, etc.
Credits and Scheduling:
- Career Pathways Elective
- Graded S/U (pass/fail). Does not impact GPA.
- Credits: Apprentices earn 1.5 credits per semester. Minimum of 195 hours at worksite per semester. Apprentices work approximately 12-16 hours/week during year 1, 20-24 hours/week during year 2 (if still in school), and work full time during year 3. Students may work more hours during breaks and summer.
- Time length: Apprenticeships are 2 or 3 years in length, depending on industry and credential. Depending if you start the apprenticeship as a junior or senior, you may have 1-2 "gap years" as you complete the apprenticeship.
- Hours: Approximately 12-16 hours/week during year 1, and 20-24 hours/week during year 2. Students may work more hours during breaks and summer.
- Schedule: Morning or afternoon schedule or block days schedule, depending on business needs or student schedule constraints. Students work part time and attend school part time. Dept. of Labor Registered apprenticeships require 2000 total hours over the course of the apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship Application Process:
- Request the Opportunity in Xello: Locate the opportunity you are interested in and hit the Request button. Your WBL Coordinator will connect with you about the opportunity, your eligibility, and provide you with application information and resume/interview support.
- Eligibility Check: WBL Coordinator will complete an eligibility check with your counselor and let you know when you're approved to apply.
- Apply for apprenticeship opportunities: Students apply for an apprenticeship like they would a job, interview with the business and hopefully receive a job offer! Apprenticeships can be competitive!
- CareerWise Colorado Hiring Hub: For CareerWise apprenticeships, students create an online Student Profile in the Hiring Hub and upload a resume (optional, but recommended). Once approved by the WBL Coordinator at your school, students can then apply for available positions. Students can create their profile now and then submit applications for positions as they are announced throughout the fall and spring. Apply early for best opportunity.
- Register for Course and Next Steps: Once hired by the employer for an apprenticeship, students will then meet with their counselor to register for apprenticeship as part of their course schedule. We will connect you with your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator to establish check-ins and coursework requirements. Prior to the start of your apprenticeship, you will also participate in a mandatory Apprentice Orientation hosted by CareerWise.
For more information, please contact:
Work-Based Learning Coordinators at each high school:
- Berthoud: Amber Wharton - email@example.com
- Ferguson/Thompson Career Campus: Suzanne Ellis - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Loveland: Richy Lynn - email@example.com
- Mountain View: Erik Kaufhold - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thompson Valley: Ryan Stillahn - email@example.com
TSD Business Community Coordinator:
- Susan Scott - firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text 970-541-1232