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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Celebrate Colorado Apprenticeship Month by hiring or becoming an apprentice

Two people standing in front of a sign that says National Apprenticiship Week

The apprenticeship program through Arapahoe/Douglas Works! (A/D Works!) proves there’s something for everyone.

When you think “apprentice,” what comes to mind? Maybe you think those are only for the trades, or perhaps you recall a certain television show that helped launch a presidency. Because it’s November, maybe you’re thinking of Colorado Apprenticeship Month.

Apprenticeships are not just for tradespeople; they’re for people like one of A/D Works!’ customers, a single mom who went from working for minimum wage selling makeup to an apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing, a position for which she got to travel to see components she made with her own hands launch into space. Apprenticeships can lead to jobs in many sectors, such as cybersecurity, which provides a starting salary of more than $55,000 a year. Apprenticeships are for people with disabilities who may otherwise not have been fully accommodated in a traditional office setting. They’re for the long-term administrative assistant or retail worker who are now moving toward a new career in digital marketing. Apprenticeships are for workers of all backgrounds who want to gain the in-demand skills they’ll need to remain competitive in a labor market characterized by constant change.

For these workers and many others, a new door has opened. You don’t need to sacrifice making a living to learn new skills, and you don’t need a four-year degree. The innovative A/D Works! apprenticeship program proves there’s something for everyone. Apprenticeships are affordable and can result in higher-paying jobs. They’re a pathway for underserved and marginalized individuals and for those affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

Employers who host apprenticeship programs benefit from reduced turnover and company risk, lower recruitment costs, and improved employee loyalty. 

Businesses don’t have to start from scratch because A/D Works! creates custom programs to meet unique business needs and goals.

Business owners and employers should contact A/D Works! to learn about how an apprenticeship program can help you attract new talent, save time and money.

Jobseekers call or visit A/D Works! for information on apprenticeship programs and many additional services available at no cost.

A/D Works! Workforce Center
Website: www.adworks.org
Phone: 303-636-1160

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