Recruitment Continues For Training Providers To Address Colorado's Skilled Worker Shortage

For immediate release

Date: October 17, 2016
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle


Recruitment Continues For Training Providers To Address Colorado's Skilled Worker Shortage

(DENVER) – In October, the Department of Labor and Employment begins the second phase of recruiting applicants for the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act, more commonly known as the WORK Act.

In 2015, Colorado’s legislature recognized that students were often directed to higher education as the only career path toward a rewarding career.  Lawmakers believed that the traditional route to college might not be effective for everyone and that doors shouldn’t be closed to other paths.  They created the WORK Act Grant to increase the awareness of and enrollment in Colorado’s skilled worker training programs.

The grant affords $10 Million over three years, to be used for outreach efforts and an updating of training to ensure that industry standards are being met.  In the first cycle, running for 15 months, $2 Million was awarded to six recipients.

Now, as work continues on those grantees’ initiatives, the second cycle in the WORK Act is now being rolled out.  This cycle runs for 16 months, from March 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and will provide $4.2 Million to additional recipients, allowing them to match those dollars with in-kind investments from businesses and local communities to ramp up outreach efforts and connect some of Colorado’s most growing and vital industries with a new generation of workers.

The current application deadline is November 10.  For more information about the WORK Act Grant and how to apply for this second cycle of funding, go to www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/workactgrant (or go to the Department of Labor and Employment’s website at Colorado.gov/cdle and from the home page click on “Jobs and Training” and “Work Act Grant.”)