The Denver construction industry has a high demand for qualified and capable construction talent at all levels. Experts at Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management estimate that by 2025 there will be 96,000 vacancies in the construction trades statewide--a 38% increase over today!
Economists say the problem was caused by a perfect storm: record low unemployment, an aging workforce, the narrative that everyone must go to college, massive layoffs of construction workers during the recession who never returned, a lack of affordable housing, and a huge demand for construction work across Colorado. This is why the city is committed to the Construction Careers Program.
Today, there is a growing resource of apprenticeship and training/upskilling opportunities, as well as supportive services, that can help jobseekers start and maintain a sustainable construction career.
To get started, check out WORKNOW!
WORKNOW is a job recruitment, advancement and support platform for Denver metro families living in neighborhoods directly affected by community construction projects. WORKNOW also partners with communities to help build a strong workforce by providing jobseekers and current construction workers with:
- Skills training and tuition assistance for registered apprenticeships
- Equipment/tool purchase assistance
- Interview and resume coaching (some partners provide apprenticeship application support)
- Recruitment for open positions and training programs
- Family support services including childcare, transportation and others
- Mentoring and networking
- Career coaching
Always keep your profile up to date, and search newly posted jobs, in Connecting Colorado, the statewide public database of both current openings as well as available talent.