How It Works

Together, CareerWise DC stakeholders create meaningful experiences for apprentices and ROI for businesses.

Aligning Education and Workforce Development

Working together to create an innovative system

CareerWise DC modern youth apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning each week. By the conclusion of the program, students will have:

  • meaningful work experience
  • a nationally-recognized industry certification
  • a professional network 
  • the opportunity to earn debt-free college credit

However, the CareerWise DC model is a mutually beneficial for both apprentices and hiring businesses. By the end of the apprenticeship businesses gain:

  • a positive ROI based on the value of apprentices’ work 
  • reduced turnover costs  
  • a talent pipeline of skilled and loyal workers 


Students apply with the hiring companies in the spring and summer for positions that begin in the fall semester of their junior or senior year. It’s a competitive hiring process, just like any other professional position. Businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions; there are no forced placements. Once hired, apprentices spend part of their week learning at school and part of the week learning on the job.



CareerWise works with the school districts and businesses to create career competencies and ensures apprentice work and school schedules are optimized, recruit students and acts as an intermediary between the education system and industry to align goals and ensure a streamlined experience.

CareerWise works with industry to create career competencies so apprentices can be certain that the skills they’re developing are in-demand in the job market and set them up for career success. CareerWise also plays an intermediary role between the systems of business and education, recruiting students, ensuring apprentice work and school schedules are optimized, and aligning goals and ensure a streamlined experience.

Youth apprenticeship is a new concept in Washington, DC, so CareerWise also works with employers to train supervisors and apprentice coaches, and with apprentices to prepare them for success in a professional work environment.