Partnering With Business
There are many paths to one destination: Your Success.
One of the biggest challenges to growing your business and staying competitive is finding and hiring qualified workers who can contribute immediately, and grow into a successful career at a company. Businesses are working together with partners from education, workforce, and economic development to develop Colorado’s Talent Pipeline.
Colorado has garnered national attention through its implementation of sector strategies as a vehicle for alignment between industry and workforce, education and economic development. Sector strategies include sector partnerships and industry intermediaries.
Colorado has over 20 active or emerging sector partnerships, and a number of partnerships in the early phases of exploration. These partnerships are industry- and region-specific, led by business, in collaboration with economic development, education, and workforce development. Partnerships exist across a range of industries and regions. One example is the long-standing Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership, which continues to grow and explore strategies around which occupations are most in demand and the specific competencies those occupations require.
In 2017, Colorado is focusing on expanding workbased learning opportunities, such as internships and apprenticeships. The BEL Commission is establishing a statewide experiential learning system that will strengthen the pipeline of talent into Colorado’s workforce. The system will partner with business to increase access to skilled talent, ensure individuals have career paths to the middle class, and maintain and grow a competitive Colorado economy.