Press Release: CDLE to Highlight Economic Recovery Resources for Workers and Employers During Workforce Development Month

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For Immediate Release

Date: August 30, 2021
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations

In recognition of the critical role workforce development services play in advancing Colorado’s economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic, Governor Jared Polis signed a proclamation declaring September Workforce Development Month. The signing follows the passing of 53 bills to support Colorado’s recovery as part of its Colorado Comeback.  

Workforce Development Month raises awareness of resources Colorado’s workers, employers, and communities can use to advance their careers, grow their businesses, and ensure their future economic prosperity. Resources include important data on in-demand skills and growing industries, labor market trends, upcoming trainings and events, and more. 

“Coloradans are eager to get back to business,” said Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). “As the state continues its economic recovery efforts, Workforce Development Month provides us an opportunity to raise awareness of the many no-cost services CDLE and its partners provide workers and employers. As we strive to build back better, we encourage all Coloradans to take advantage of these resources.”

The pandemic has laid bare the growing need for workforce development services in an economy continuously transformed by emerging technologies, automation, artificial intelligence, and globalization. In recognition of the rapidly changing labor market, the month’s weekly themes emphasize workforce services, the benefits of hosting and participating in apprenticeship programs, the future of work, and how we can all work to help advance Colorado’s economic recovery.
Highlights for Workforce Development Month

Information about the month and the themed weeks, including upcoming trainings and events, as well as resources for both job seekers and employers, can be found on the Workforce Development Month website.

Feature Weeks
September 1-10: Workforce Services 
Workforce development services for workers, employers, and communities are and will continue to be critical as the economy recovers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the week, CDLE will be highlighting the no-cost services Colorado’s 52 Workforce Centers provide workers and employers.

September 13-17: Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships benefit both employers and workers: employers get the skilled talent they need to succeed, while workers have the opportunity to upskill or reskill while earning a paycheck. This week, CDLE will be outlining apprenticeship resources for employers as well as workers.

September 20-24: The Future of Work
As the world of work continues to undergo massive changes due to artificial intelligence, automation, globalization, and other factors, workers, employers, and communities are contemplating how to ensure their future prosperity. This week, CDLE’s Office of the Future of Work will be exploring trends, data, and more.

September 27-30: Advancing Colorado’s Economic Recovery
The pandemic has been difficult for Coloradans and the Workforce System remains committed to the Colorado Comeback, addressing economic recovery efforts in ways that cut through red tape and take a local approach to building stronger communities. This week, CDLE will highlight how workers and employers can build back better.

Below is a sampling of the month’s events. For a comprehensive list, and to register, please visit CDLE’s website. We also encourage you to visit CDLE’s Workforce Development Month website, where you can find upcoming trainings and events as well as resources for both workers and employers.

Sterling Workforce Center: Express Employment Hiring Event
Thursday, September 2,⋅8:00 am – 12:00 pm
100 Broadway St #24, Sterling, CO 80751

En Persona: Abre el Camino a Tu Próximo Trabajo
Lunes, Septiembre 6, 13, 20, y 27, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
315 North 11th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631, USA
Solamente en persona--Este taller les ayuda a los que buscan trabajo, hablando de lo que se necesita en la búsqueda, incluyendo solicitudes, currículos, y práctica para las entrevistas.

Careers in Construction
Wednesday, September 8, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Attend Denver Workforce Services’ informational series to learn where you can find construction jobs, training programs, and apprenticeship opportunities. Calls are every Wednesday from 10:30-11:00. 
Register here.

Careers in Healthcare
Wednesday, September 15, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Join Denver Workforce Services every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm for information on how you can advance your healthcare career goals! 
Register here.

Job Seeker Webinar Workshop-Northwest
Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In person and virtual: take advantage of Workforce Centers’ no-cost career counseling services by attending their job seeker workshop. You’ll learn about important trends, where and how to find the perfect job, and more. For more information and to register, contact any one of the following Workforce Centers: Edwards, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Craig, Leadville, and Meeker. 
You can find their contact information here.

Careers in Tech
Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join Denver Workforce Services every Wednesday from 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm for information on how you can advance your tech career goals! 
Register here.

For more on Workforce Development Month events and resources, including a calendar of events, visit and follow CDLE on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Workers and employers can also contact their local Workforce Center to learn more about the many no-cost services they provide.