Ridgway Colorado Youth Apprenticeship Program

Youth Apprenticeship Program

Cultivating tomorrow's leaders through local businesses

The Ridgway Chamber recognizes that local business success is predicated on local talent. As a community, our first priority talent pipeline should be our local students. In an effort to support our local businesses' long-term, talent pipeline and better connect our youth with the business community, the Chamber has launched the Ridgway Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Funding for this initiative is made possible by the generous support of our golf tournament sponsors. Please learn more about these local businesses and individuals here.

The program provides scholarship-based apprenticeships to students from Ridgway Schools in their junior or senior year. Students will have a specific job with a local member business and will receive ongoing training and professional development above and beyond a traditional summer job.

In exchange for providing training and professional development, the business will receive sponsorship funding to support adding to their staffing capacity during the busy summer months. Businesses will also receive visibility via Chamber communications, including press releases, social media and the RidgwayColorado.com website. Businesses will also be developing potential future talent/employees and supporting their community's youth. Youth will receive scholarship funding, real-world job training and professional development and a unique resume booster.

Determined entirely by the net proceeds of the Ridgway Chamber Open, in 2019 the Chamber will sponsor three Youth Apprenticeships. Each apprenticeship will receive $1,200 in funding, which will be divided evenly between the business and apprentice ($600 each). This sponsorship funding for the student will be in addition to the regular compensation of the summer job.

Ready to apply? Youth Apprenticeship Requests can be submitted online. Requests are open to chamber members. If you're not yet a member, please join today.

You may optionally select "Pay Later" and have your membership dues deducted from the apprenticeship funding, if awarded.

How it works

  • Businesses can apply for apprenticeship sponsorship from the Ridgway Chamber through the application above. Applications will be reviewed and filled on a rolling basis with a final deadline of March 15th.
  • The Chamber will select three businesses for sponsorship and promote those opportunities to students
  • Students will apply on a rolling basis through a cover Letter and resume submitted to the Chamber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (See here for some tips on writing a resume as a high school student.)
  • The Chamber will provide businesses with all complete students applications and the business will be responsible for conducting interviews and selecting a candidate of their choice for their apprenticeship.
  • In addition to completing the functions of the summer job, to be eligible to receive the sponsorship check, all students must complete a brief reflective essay (200-400 words) describing what they learned through their apprenticeship.
  • Businesses and students will receive their sponsorship checks of $600 each ($1,200 in total funding) and recognition at the Ridgway Chamber’s annual golf tournament luncheon, on September 14th, 2019
  • Businesses and students will be thanked and recognized via Chamber communications including press release, social media and an ad in the Plaindealer.
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The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is open from May 1 through October 1 and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).

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Ridgway, Colorado 81432

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