Required program hours increase year over year and vary by year:
Year 1: 16 hours per week.
Year 2: 16 to 24 hours per week.
Year 3: 24 or more hours per week.
There are numerous ways for our apprentices to get to the Pinnacol office.
Most rely on public transportation or personal vehicles. Others walk, get rides from their family, carpool or sometimes use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Yes. Many of our apprentices take college classes in their second and third years in the program.
Typically, their college courses are accessed through concurrent enrollment or are funded directly by Pinnacol, removing the burden of tuition from participants.
Though a full-time role is not guaranteed, our goal is to prepare apprentices for hire, ideally at Pinnacol, by the end of their third year.
We have hired multiple apprentices for full-time roles before or at their completion of the program—eight since 2017, to be exact.
Our high school apprentices end their school days in the afternoon to work at Pinnacol and transition to three full workdays by the end of the apprenticeship.
On the days apprentices are not at Pinnacol, they continue to take their regular classes. This arrangement continues if apprentices choose to attend college in the final year of the program.
We review applications, interview and hire during the spring semester annually. Apprentices typically begin the summer after they are hired.
Sophomores and juniors in participating CareerWise Colorado Denver Metro Area schools are eligible to apply each spring for the following fall semester cohort.
All applicants must also receive approval from a parent or guardian (if under 18) and a school counselor in order to apply.
As one of the most well established and robust youth apprenticeship programs in the CareerWise network, Pinnacol’s Apprenticeship Program allows apprentices to gain in-depth industry and professional knowledge while exploring their career interests.
Our apprentices gain valuable skills and discover their professional strengths, interests and aspirations through shadowing our expert employees, gaining training and work-based learning opportunities in a variety of different teams.
In our cohort model, apprentices not only gain valuable work experience, but also develop a tight knit community with their supportive apprentice peers from other schools participating in the program.
Throughout the program, apprentices are exposed to a diverse range of professional training, experiences and opportunities to provide them with essential hard and soft skills needed to compete for desirable positions in the modern workforce upon successful completion of the program.
Apprentices can work in support of as many as five teams over the course of three years. Long-term career paths leading to employment opportunities include:
No. There is no cost for entering the program.
In fact, apprentices make money through the program. Pinnacol pays our apprentices hourly wages, and they earn a wage from Pinnacol.
Apprentices earn the state’s minimum wage to start and are provided the opportunity to increase their pay through yearly merit increases and quarterly corporate bonuses.
Our apprentices receive a range of benefits including but not limited to:
There are no expectations of parents or guardians after they have expressed initial support and approval of the apprenticeship.