(1)“Apprentice” means an individual who is sixteen years of age or older, except when a higher minimum age standard is otherwise fixed by law, and who is employed to learn an apprenticeable occupation under the standards of apprenticeship established by this article 15.7.
(2)“Apprenticeable occupation” means an occupation specified by an industry that involves the progressive attainment of skills, competencies, and knowledge that are:
(a)Clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout the relevant industry or occupation;
(b)Customarily learned or enhanced in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job, supervised learning and related instruction to supplement the learning; and
(c)Offered through a time-based, competency-based, or hybrid model that the director has determined meets the requirements of this article 15.7 and conforms with federal regulations.
(3)“Apprenticeship agreement” means a written agreement between an apprentice and a sponsor or an apprenticeship committee acting as agent for the sponsor, in conformity with federal regulations.
(4)“Apprenticeship program” means a plan containing all terms and conditions for the qualification, recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices that meets the requirements of this article 15.7 and conforms with federal regulations, including the requirement for a written apprenticeship agreement.
(5)“Certificate of completion” means a certificate awarded to an apprentice in recognition of the successful completion of an apprenticeship program.
(6)“Certificate of registration” means documentation that a registration agency has registered an apprenticeship program pursuant to this article 15.7 and in conformity with federal regulations, as evidenced by a certificate of registration or other written documentation.
(6.3)“Committee for apprenticeship in new and emerging industries” or “CANEI” means the committee for apprenticeship in new and emerging industries created in section 8-15.7-104.
(6.5)“Committee for apprenticeship in the building and construction trades” or “CABCT” means the committee for apprenticeship in the building and construction trades created in section 8-15.7-103.
(7)“Department” means the department of labor and employment.
(8)“Director” means the director of the SAA.
(9)“Executive director” means the executive director of the department.
(9.5)“Federal regulations” means the regulations promulgated by the United States secretary of labor under the “National Apprenticeship Act”, 29 U.S.C. sec. 50.
(11)“Qualified intermediary” means an entity that demonstrates expertise in connecting employers or apprenticeship program participants to registered apprenticeship programs or in convening stakeholders to develop registered apprenticeship programs and serves employers and apprenticeship program participants by:
(a)Connecting employers to programs under the national apprenticeship system;
(b)Assisting in the design and implementation of apprenticeship programs, including curriculum development and delivery for related instruction;
(c)Supporting entities, sponsors, or apprenticeship program administrators in meeting and reporting the requirements of this article 15.7;
(d)Providing professional development activities, such as training to mentors;
(e)Supporting the recruitment, retention, and apprenticeship program completion of potential apprenticeship program participants, including nontraditional participants and apprenticeship populations and individuals with barriers to employment;
(f)Developing and providing personalized apprenticeship program participant supports, including partnering with organizations to provide access to or referrals for supportive services and financial advising;
(g)Providing services, resources, and supports for the development, delivery, expansion, or improvement of apprenticeship programs under the national apprenticeship system; or
(h)Serving as an apprenticeship program sponsor.
(12)“Quality assurance assessment” means a comprehensive review conducted by the SAA regarding all aspects of an apprenticeship program’s performance, including determining whether:
(a)The apprentices are receiving on-the-job training consistent with the schedule outlined in the registered apprenticeship program standards;
(b)Scheduled wage increases are consistent with the registered apprenticeship program standards;
(c)Related instruction through the appropriate curriculum and delivery systems is compliant with federal and state standards; and
(d)The SAA is receiving notification of all new apprentices in a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices who leave a registered apprenticeship program, and apprentices who complete a registered apprenticeship program.
(12.5)“Recognized state apprenticeship agency” means the state apprenticeship agency, if recognized by the United States department of labor, or any other state apprenticeship agency recognized by the United States department of labor as the apprenticeship agency for the state.
(13)“Registered apprenticeship program” means an apprenticeship program that is registered by the SAA pursuant to this article 15.7.
(13.5)“Registration agency” means the United States department of labor’s office of apprenticeship or a recognized state apprenticeship agency.
(14)“Registration of apprenticeship programs” means the acceptance and recording of an apprenticeship program by the United States department of labor’s office of apprenticeship or registration or approval by a state apprenticeship agency that is recognized by the United States department of labor’s office of apprenticeship in conformity with federal regulations. Approval is evidenced by a certificate of registration or other written documentation.
(a)Any person, association, committee, or organization operating an apprenticeship program and in whose name the program is registered or approved; or
(b)Any person, association, committee, or organization that is operating an apprenticeship program and is applying to have the apprenticeship program registered or approved in its name.
(16)“State apprenticeship agency” or “SAA” means the state apprenticeship agency created in section 8-15.7-102.
(17)“State apprenticeship council” or “SAC” means the state apprenticeship council established pursuant to section 8-15.7-105.
Section 8-15.7-101 — Definitions,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-08.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).