Apprenticeships & Training

If you want to learn a trade, one option is to apply for a job with a company that offers an apprenticeship. This will let you learn while you earn an income. Look on company websites for this information or call/email them and ask. Another option is to look into Emily Griffith Technical College and Colorado Industry Training Council; they partner with companies and provide training. We list other options below.

The best advice is to call and ask questions. Be sure you understand the time commitment and whether your criminal history is a barrier with licensing.

If you’re not sure about going into a trade, or you need skills to get you ready, look into pre-apprenticeship programs. We also list several of these below.

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Apprenticeship Evolution

Statewide

Apprenticeship Evolution is a website that provides lots of information about apprenticeships in Colorado. Click on the Get Started button for a general list of programs. Then click on one of these programs and you'll find a list of places to contact about training.

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Colorado Homebuilding Academy

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.

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Construction Careers Now

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

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 no-cost four-week culinary training program that includes a hiring fair and connections to hundreds of employers. You can become a qualified prep or line cook in only 4 weeks. 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 within those four weeks.

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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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LeaderQuest–Colorado Springs

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

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

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

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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Women’s Bean Project

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. They hire women who are chronically unemployed and teach them to work by making products that are sold across the US. Their program will train and prepare you for the next job, provide job training and short-term employment, financial literacy, adult education, and job preparation/readiness classes. 36 hour week includes classes, and they will help you find a job after successful completion of the program.

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