Talent Pipeline Report Overview Event

Jan 28, 2018 - On Jan. 23 the CWDC and Colorado Business Roundtable presented an overview of the 2018 Talent Pipeline Report. Attendees were invited to learn more about the key findings of the most recent report, which was released in December in partnership with CDLE, CDHE, CDE, and OEDIT, and discuss strategies to keep Colorado’s economy moving forward.

Dr. Brandon McReynolds, lead author of the report, presented on the report’s key findings. In aggregate, he said, Colorado’s top jobs will require more education and training. However, just one-fourth of Colorado high school students enroll in a postsecondary education immediately following graduation and earn a certificate or degree on time.

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Additionally, while Colorado ranks eighth nationally in labor force participation, the state ranks 22nd for youth participation among 16-19 years old. Supporting young adults who are disconnected from school and/or work and tapping into other underutilized talent pools, such as veterans, individuals with disabilities, and workers 55 and over, will be important for Colorado in order to build and maintain a strong future workforce.

At the end of his presentation McReynolds touched on the report’s policy recommendations to keep Colorado competitive. Recommendations include:

  • Further develop infrastructure that supports all pathways to a meaningful career
  • Eliminate attainment gaps along the education and career pipeline
  • Strengthen collaboration and alignment at the state and local implementation levels to improve efficiency

Lee Wheeler Berliner, director of the CWDC, and Kristin Corash, deputy executive director and COO of CDLE, then took to the stage to answer questions and discuss how Colorado leaders might work to take action on the report’s recommendations. Emphasis was placed on using good data to drive forward decisions and keeping Colorado a leader in talent development by working together to find creative solutions to the complex problems facing the state’s economy.

Colorado Business Roundtable President Jeff Wasden closed the event with a message of collaboration and innovation. "Let's roll up our sleeves and work together,” he said. “You can't make a difference from the sidelines."

Learn more about the 2018 Talent Pipeline report.