Our mission is to recruit, develop, and serve students of the construction industry by promoting innovative educational pathways to rewarding careers in an inclusive, highly-skilled and prosperous construction workforce.
CEF’s programs ensure Colorado’s workforce is keeping pace with increased demand based on the state’s growing population and economic expansion.
More than 7.2 million Americans are employed in the construction trades
45,000 new skilled trades workers are needed in Colorado by 2027 – 25% growth rate
Apprenticeship and certificate opportunities to earn while you learn with no student loan debt
The average median annual industry salary in Colorado is $61,559 plus benefits
Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools. Many apprenticeships are available in Colorado so you can earn while you learn. Check out our apprenticeship page and let the Colorado Education Foundation pros guide you to a new career that can last a lifetime.
Carpenters need manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately also is required. Specific skills include the ability to construct, erect, or repair wooden frameworks or structures; read specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans; prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required; shape or cut materials to specified measurements; use hand tools, machines, and/or power saws; install structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, flooring, and trim, or hardware; climb ladders and scaffolding; follow safety procedures.Check out our new 2-Year Rough Carpentry Apprenticeship offered at the CEF Training Center