Sullivan’s Bill to Connect Students with Apprenticeship Programs on its way to the Governor’s Desk

Bipartisan legislation would connect students and school personnel with apprenticeship programs to facilitate placement

DENVER, CO– Representative Tom Sullivan’s bipartisan legislation to connect students and school personnel with apprenticeship programs was passed by the House today by a unanimous vote of 64-0. The bill now moves on to the Governor’s desk for final approval. 

“This proposal builds on the progress of legislation from last year to ensure that students and school personnel are as up to date as possible with apprenticeship opportunities that are already available,” said Rep. Sullivan, D-Centennial. “Apprenticeship programs are crucial for adequately preparing students for their professional futures. We’re only one step away from making sure that our state’s first apprenticeship directory is as effective and efficient as possible.”

SB20-081, which is also sponsored by Representative Colin Larson, R-Littleton, would ensure that apprenticeship programs can better connect with interested students through school personnel. Currently, the state’s apprenticeship directory does not include contact information for schools. By adding that information, apprenticeship programs will be able to reach more students who may have an interest in learning a trade. 

The bill will help students and parents know who to talk to at their school if they are interested in these programs and who can help them determine which program might be right for them. It also aims to raise awareness of the availability of apprenticeship programs among school administrators who may not currently know that the directory exists.