Apprenticeship Training Division

 

Emily Griffith Technical College partners with 20 Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers and other registered apprenticeship partners to provide high-quality training by industry professionals. Locations include: Metro Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the Western Slope.

The role of Emily Griffith Technical College is one supplying accreditation for the coursework, handling enrollment management, and providing college credit.

Apprenticeship is a system of learning that combines on-the-job training supervised by a skilled crafts person with related classroom instruction. For a program description, admission, and contact information, please view below and click on the trade of interest.

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Current Apprenticeship Opportunities

Bricklayer Apprenticeship

Carpenter Apprenticeship

Carpet and Tile Layer

Certified Chef Apprenticeship

Electrician Apprenticeship

Glazier Apprenticeship

Ironworker Apprenticeship

Operating Engineer Apprenticeship

Painter Apprenticeship

Pipefitters Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship

Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship

Voice Data Video Technician Apprenticeship

Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship

In Registered Apprenticeship, apprentices attend a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2000 hours of on-the-job training per year. Programs are monitored by the Office of Apprenticeship and Training (DOL).

  • Earn a wage while learning versatile trade skills
  • Learn on-the-job from industry professionals
  • Become a certified journey workers and prepare for licensing exams
  • Earn college credits transferable to any Colorado Community College towards an A.A.S. degree
  • Enter into high-wage career pathways in construction and energy

 

Requirements of Registered Apprenticeship

  • Most trades require a High School Diploma or GED
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Most trades require a valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation not required but highly recommended

In addition to entry requirements, apprenticeship training programs want applicants who demonstrate a variety of skills and attributes, including:

  • Reliable work ethic
  • Strong math skills
  • Ability to follow directions and pay attention to detail
  • Good physical shape and desire to work outdoors

 

Apprenticeship Program Costs

Program costs vary. Generally the union, contractor, or trade association pays the majority of tuition and fees. Apprentices may be responsible to pay for union/association dues and book or tool fees. For specific questions regarding program costs, please contact the individual program apprenticeship contacts.

 

Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What kind of individual is the industry looking for?

Highly motivated, accountable individuals with the desire to learn and work. People who are serious about making a successful living and enjoy challenges with substantial rewards. People who love the outdoors.

2. What kind of salary can I expect in a construction career?

Income in the construction industry is unlimited! Income depends on previous experience, the trade and the economy. An average starting wage for apprenticeships in Colorado for 2009/2010 is $10.00 - $11.00 per hour. Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, many craft professionals pursue entrepreneurship.

3. What training/education is needed to be a Apprentice?

To apply to an apprenticeship program you need a high school diploma or GED in most cases. For the Electrical trade you will need to have demonstrated math proficiency with one year of high school Algebra or one semester of college Algebra. If you do not meet this requirement, you can come to Technical College for a free math assessment and information on classes.

4. What is the career path in the construction industry?

Apprentices who complete their program are certified journey-level craftsperson. There are many professional opportunies in the construction industry. With experience and on-going training, many craft professionals pursue diverse career pathways such as management, safety supervision, business development, estimating, CAD design, and self-employment or contracting.

5. Are there travel/relocation opportunities?

Yes, many contractors build in several states. Journey-worker certification is transferable nationally, although licensing requirements may differ.

6. Can I start in one craft and change to another?

Studies indicate that the best employee for a construction company is one who is an expert in their craft and has experience in other crafts. During the application process we encourage you to talk to multiple trades to find the one that is right for you. Once you are indentured in an Apprenticeship program, however, you may not change crafts without canceling your agreement.

7. Can women apply?

The construction industry needs motivated and responsible individuals and apprenticeships are open to men and women. Nationally, women make up about 10 percent of the construction workforce. Many apprenticeship programs have female journey workers and instructors that interact with and support all apprentices. Professional organizations such as the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) provide additional mentoring and networking activities.

8. Can I apply if I have a criminal record?

Criminal records are generally not a barrier to a successful career in the construction industry. Apprenticeship programs usually don't perform background checks or disqualify because of convictions. Some contractors may require a background check for a particular job site.

 

Apprenticeship Program Contact Information

To apply for admission into any apprenticeship program, you must contact the program contact directly.

Carpenter

Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado, Inc. (CITC): 303-893-1500

Carpet and Tile Layers

Colorado Finishing Trades: 303-761-1324

Certified Chef

ACF Colorado Chefs Association: 720-318-9550

Electrician

Denver Metropolitan Area

  • Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado, Inc. (CITC): 303-893-1500
  • Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Committee (DJEATC): 303-295-1903
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) - Rocky Mountain Chapter: 303-853-4886

Colorado Springs

  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) - Southern Colorado Chapter: 719-596-3688
  • Colorado Springs Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee: 719-473-1781

Pueblo

  • Pueblo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee: 719-561-8000, ext. 18

Western Slope

  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) - Western Colorado Chapter: 970-984-3280
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 969: 970-523-7726

Glazier

Colorado Finishing Trades: 303-761-1324

Heat and Frost Insulator

International Assoication of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers: 303-742-9010

Ironworker

Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 303-296-6626

Operating Engineer

International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union #9: 303-644-3909, 303-644-4615

Painter

Colorado Finishing Trades: 303-761-1324

Pipefitters

Denver Metropolitan Area

  • Denver Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee: 303-428-6541
  • RK Mechanical: 303-355-9696
  • Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado, Inc. (CITC): 303-893-1500

Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Springs Plumber and Pipefitter Local #58 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 719-473-9690

Western Slope

  • Western Slope Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 970-245-2012

Plumber

Denver Metropolitan Area

  • Denver Plumbers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 303-739-9100
  • RK Mechanical: 303-355-9696
  • Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado, Inc. (CITC): 303-893-1500

Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Springs Plumber and Pipefitter Local #58 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 719-473-9690
  • Heating & Plumbing Engineers, Inc. (HPE, Inc.): 719-667-4785

Western Slope

  • Western Slope Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: 970-245-2012

Sheet Metal Worker

  • Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado, Inc. (CITC): 303-893-1500
  • RK Mechanical: 303-355-9696
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local #9: 303-922-1213

Voice Data Video Technician

Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Committee (DJEATC): 303-295-1903


General Inquiries: 720-423-4730

 

Upcoming Related Events

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Vocational Transitions Orientation
Time: 9:30am
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