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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Office of the Future of Work has launched a new and improved Registered Apprenticeship Program Directory to increase the accessibility and usability of information about registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs) across Colorado. These program sponsors provide training for a wide range of occupations in various industries.

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The world of work is changing, propelling some to greater heights while leaving others behind. Globalization, advances in technology, demographic shifts, and other factors leave many wondering whether we, as a society, are ready to face the many challenges tomorrow’s economy will bring.

The directory allows job seekers to search by occupation or filter by program sponsor, county or industry with other, specialized filters. While many opportunities exist on the Front Range, a search of Central Colorado counties also brings results. New qualifying apprentices may receive a scholarship that can be used for tuition, fees, tools, and other training materials.

The directory is projected to enhance businesses’ ability to connect with career seekers and other apprenticeship stakeholders. CDLE encourages industry and business associations to promote the directory to association members and other interested parties. Questions can be directed to apprenticeship@state.co.us. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about apprenticeships is here and job seekers may indicate interest in an apprenticeship by completing this form.

The Office of the Future of Work (OFOW)

On June 23, 2021, Governor Polis signed HB21-1007: State Apprenticeship Agency into law, codifying the state’s commitment to increase access to earn-and-learn programs that lead to high-quality jobs and to build the talent pipeline that industry needs.

The Office of the Future of Work (OFOW) was created to understand, prepare for, and develop policy and programmatic solutions to foster an economy that works for everyone in Colorado. The OFOW shapes an equitable economy of the future and ensures that Coloradans are equipped with the necessary education, training, skills, and tools to fully participate in the labor force.