Colorado Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a qualified journeyworker in the craft, trade, or profession. Colorado does not have its own state apprenticeship law; therefore, the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) governs apprenticeship in Colorado, providing employers with technical assistance and monitoring apprenticeship programs. Comprehensive information on the federal apprenticeship law, including apprenticeship standards, is available.
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The director of the state Department of Labor determines the minimum wage that is a sufficient living wage for learners and apprentices (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-6-106). However, if a higher minimum wage rate is established by applicable federal law or rules, employers must pay the higher federal rate.
State law prohibits sponsors or employers from discriminating against apprentices or applicants on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-402). An employer or sponsor may deny admission to an apprenticeship program if no reasonable accommodation can be made for a person with a disability, the disability actually disqualifies the applicant from the program, and the disability has a significant impact on participation in the program.

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