Apprenticeship Colorado

About Apprenticeship Colorado

In an economy continuously transformed by technological advances, including automation, artificial intelligence, and digitalization, the need for the on-the-job learning opportunities has become critical. Apprenticeships help workers gain the skills they need to keep up with the demands of a rapidly evolving labor market while also earning a paycheck, and employers need a reliable workforce pipeline that provides them with the talent they need to ensure their long-term success.

On June 23, 2021, Governor Polis signed HB21-1007: State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) 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. In August of 2021, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the Office of the Future of Work (OFOW) will house the SAA. The State Apprenticeship Agency is designed to:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the United States Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship concerning apprentices and registered apprenticeship programs;

  • Accelerate new apprenticeship program growth and assist in promotion and development; and

  • Oversee apprenticeship programs, including registration, required standards for registration, certification, quality assurance, record-keeping, compliance with federal laws and standards, and provision of administrative and technical assistance.

With oversight of the SAA, Apprenticeship Directory, and expansion of registered apprenticeships, the OFOW will play a direct role in ensuring more Coloradan workers and businesses have access to high quality apprenticeship programs that create a future-ready talent pipeline.

HB21-1007 Implementation Updates (March 2022)

Following adoption of HB21-1007 and in order to meet the July 1, 2023 deadline in the bill, CDLE must move to secure recognition of the Colorado SAA by the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship. Recognition confers non-exclusive authority to determine whether an apprenticeship program conforms to the published standards and whether the program is eligible for registration. The process for recognition of the SAA is described in 29 CFR § 29.13 - Recognition of State Apprenticeship Agencies.

The OFOW is in the process of hiring key staff for implementation, establishing a standing stakeholder meeting for implementation updates. To get on the stakeholder list for updates please email

The legislation directs the SAA to create two Councils to provide professional and technical expertise and advise the SAA on registered apprenticeship standards, rules, and performance. The State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) advises on the building and construction trades, and the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (IAC) will advises all other industries. In the first year, the SAC and IAC will support the SAA as it develops the State plan and standards in accordance with 29 CFR § 29.13.

On Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 Governor Polis announced the members of SAC and IAC:

State Apprenticeship Council Voting Members

The council will advise the State Apprenticeship Agency on registered apprenticeships for the building and construction trades. 

  • Gerald Arnold, Denver Pipefitters Local Union #208
  • David Davia, Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association
  • Michael Gifford, Associated General Contractors - Colorado
  • Jennie Gonzales, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 68
  • Shane Haas, FCI Constructors, Inc.
  • Jeanie Kelley, RK Mechanical
  • Heather Sherwood,  Western States College of Construction
  • Marilyn Akers Stansbury, Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain 
  • Jason Wardrip, Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council 
  • Sean Wyatt, Plumbers Local Union 3 
Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Voting Members

The committee will advise the State Apprenticeship Agency on registered apprenticeships for all other industries, with membership reflecting high-demand jobs. 

  • Julia Brink, Red Rocks Childcare Innovation Center
  • Curtis Englehart, Mesa County Workforce Center
  • Nicole Jones, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity Youth Services
  • Dani Kimlinger, Colorado Society for Human Resources Management State Council
  • Mary Mino, MSM Advisory Group
  • Jaime Pearson, Centura Health
  • Luis Ponce, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Meaghan Sullivan, Careerwise
Non-voting members of the State Apprenticeship Council and Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship 
  • Joshua Cody, Colorado Farm Brewery representing the Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Eric Dunker,  Arapahoe Community College representing a training provider
  • Cher Haavind, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Sarah Heath, Colorado Community College System
  • Kayla Shock, Office of Economic Development and International Trade 
  • Renee Welch, Colorado Department of Higher Education 
  • Lorena Zimmer, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce representing equal opportunity in apprenticeship

SAC and IAC meetings will begin in April 2022. These meetings are open to the public. The first meetings will be virtual followed by in-person meetings. You can register to join the SAC and IAC meetings below. Meeting notes and recordings will be shared here as well. 

Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Meetings
State Apprenticeship Council Meetings

Registered Apprenticeship Expansion

The SAA is responsible for investing in and coordinating innovations in apprenticeship expansion. These activities are supported by the federal USDOL Apprenticeship Expansion grants listed below. These expansion grants allow CDLE and its partners to provide funding, technical assistance, outreach, and other resources to support the expansion of quality pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs.

These expansion grants allow CDLE and its partners to provide funding, technical assistance, outreach, and other resources to support the expansion of quality pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs.

Related Legislation

The SAA implements additional apprenticeship-related legislation in CDLE, including:

  • HB21-1238, Public Utilities Commission Modernize Gas Utility Demand-side Management Standards
  • SB21 - 072, Public Utilities Commission Modernize Electric Transmission Infrastructure
  • SB21 - 246; Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification
  • SB20 - 081, School Information For Apprenticeship Directory
  • SB19 - 196, Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Act of 2019
  • SB19 - 171, Apprenticeship Directory

Find information related to federal registered apprenticeship legislation, regulations, and guidance on this website from USDOL.