Success Works Here - Workforce Development Month

Published on September 03, 2021

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DENVER – September 3, 2021 – Two essential ingredients of Denver’s economic recovery are in the spotlight throughout September as Denver Workforce Services celebrates Workforce Development Month: employers and jobseekers.

In addition to the many regular workforce supports available year-round, the city has an expanded its calendar of virtual and in-person events, all offered to the public and free, planned this month.

“Local employers continue to struggle amid a challenging talent scarcity, while our unemployed and underemployed residents seek job stability, higher wages, more flexibility, and benefits. Our job is to find the common ground where everyone’s needs can be met so we can bolster Denver’s economy with the stability it needs to expand,” said Tony Anderson, director of Denver Workforce Services, a division of Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO).

Highlights of Denver’s free workforce programs during September include

  • Virtual briefings each Wednesday on career paths like construction, health care, and IT
  • Virtual sessions on resume writing, interview prep, hot jobs, in-demand industries
  • Virtual programs and services designed for both Denver International Airport (DEN) employers and the jobseekers they're seeking
  • How and why to consider a registered apprenticeship–a win for both workers and employers
  • Workshops designed for the unique job/career needs of veterans, immigrants/refugees, and older adults
  • Community re-entry support, including jobs and resources, for people exiting the justice system

Denver’s full calendar of the month’s events with RSVP details is available online

The city, along with many partners in Colorado, is launching a public awareness campaign targeting job seekers titled “Success Works Here,” The campaign highlights that Denver Workforce Services is providing millions of dollars in assistance to help people find more stable, better paying careers that are recession-proof and in-demand. Jobseekers are urged to call 720-337-WORK (9675), email workforce.development@denvergov.org, or go to denvergov.org/workforce to tap into job search help, job openings, hiring events, and career coaching.

Even without the pandemic, Denver’s job market is continuously transformed by emerging technologies, automation, artificial intelligence, and globalization, according to Anderson. The economic losses from COVID-19 heightened the opportunity and access gaps that lower-income workers face, making the need for immediate workforce services more critical than ever.

Statewide, the month serves as a reminder that there are substantial free resources for Colorado’s workers, employers, and communities that can use to advance their careers, grow their businesses, and ensure their future economic prosperity. The public workforce system is an underutilized resource for the latest on in-demand skills and growing industries, labor market trends, and upcoming trainings and events. Here are details from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.

 

About Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity is leading an inclusive and innovative economy for all Denver residents, including local and global business development, workforce development programs, and stabilization efforts in Denver’s diverse neighborhoods. Learn more at www.denvergov.org/economicdevelopment

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