Youth Construction Apprenticeships!

The Colorado Homebuilding Academy has successfully engaged six Denver Metro area high schools in our Youth Construction Workforce Development initiatives. Some of our high school programs are tied to our “Building Pathwaysexploratory education classes and others are a deeper dive into construction careers where students earn the opportunity to participate in our “Youth Construction Apprenticeship” program.

Our Youth Construction Apprenticeship program provides in-depth instruction with 250 training hours and 128 on-the-job training hours over two academic semesters (24 weeks).  There are two phases to our Youth Construction Apprenticeship program:
  • The Explore Phase:  takes place at the Academy Training Lab where the students get a chance to work with program instructors and participate in basic skills exercises with hand and power tools.
  • The Training Phase: enables students to participate in weekly construction training, working towards industry recognized HBI, ICC and OSHA-10 certifications.  The Training Phase has two components:
    • Hands-on Academy Construction Lab Training 3 days per week
    • On-The-Job Training as Youth Apprentices with Home Builder Trade Contractors on Builder Job Sites 1-2 days per week.


We are currently seeking Employer Partners to facilitate the On-The-Job apprenticeship positions for 19 students (ages 17 or 18) who have worked hard, and interviewed with industry professionals, to earn Apprentice construction positions.
Our Employer Partners support our apprentices by providing paid internships – $10-12/hour for the hours on the job.  Our students would be available on your job site for:
  • One day per week for four weeks
  • Two days per week for six additional weeks


At the end of the Apprenticeship program, we hope that our employer partners will consider offering summer employment or full-time employment for graduating high school seniors.


Would your organization be willing to engage in our youth-in-construction initiative and consider a candidate for an apprentice position on your job site?  We welcome an opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss details and to have you come to the Academy during youth training hours to see their work and meet our candidates.


Colorado’s construction workforce challenge is a long-term problem for our industry and it will take engagement in programs like this to actively engage youth – our workforce of tomorrow!  Let’s Work Together!

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While the housing industry is booming, the workforce to keep up with it and the skilled talent to grow your business is tighter than ever. Contact us today to learn more about how you can hire our graduates, train your workforce, and support the Academy.


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