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DENVER CONSTRUCTION CAREERS PILOT

 

There is tremendous opportunity in our city and region today due to unprecedented levels of public/private investment in large-scale commercial, cultural, and infrastructure projects.

Denver Workforce Services launched its innovative Denver Construction Careers Pilot (DCCP) program last year to help identify, recruit, train, and support a strong pipeline of new and existing construction professionals to support this exciting period of growth. It is our goal that the benefits of our vibrant economy are shared by every resident, particularly those living in neighborhoods most impacted by these projects.

Whether you are a jobseeker, an employer, a resource provider, or an industry trainer, we invite your participation.

Mayor Hancock and Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) are committed to ensuring that Denver residents benefit from the unprecedented investments being made in the city's infrastructure. Our goal is to strengthen training and job placement for large public projects, building income and wealth for residents today while we also build Denver’s workforce of the future.

The Denver Construction Careers Pilot is focusing on more than 15 major projects in the next three years. These include various Elevate Denver Bond Program projects, the Colorado Convention Center expansion, key National Western Center facilities, and significant work being done at DEN.

The projects total more than $900 million in value and will create job opportunities for Denver residents and other key populations, increasing access to opportunity for those that need it most. 

The purpose of the Pilot is to test and identify best practices for connecting Denver residents to city-funded construction projects. The Pilot’s initial three-year window and focus on high-opportunity projects will allow us to evaluate and develop best practices for the future.

Behind the scenes, we're building a unique data system to ensure that every resident and employer is benefiting fully from our public investment. Our team tracks progress in order to demonstrate, measure, and evaluate best practices for outreach, training, and engagement efforts across construction trades. 

At the same time, our partners in the construction industry can also better understand the city's equity values that are built into the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and contracts for these construction projects. Bidders and employers are providing feedback and innovative solutions to ensure that workers are supported as they grow their careers.

We're also expanding registered apprenticeship programs that are so critically needed.

The Denver Construction Careers Pilot is focusing on more than 15 major projects that are entering construction procurement in the next three years, including select Elevate Denver Bond Program projects, the Colorado Convention Center expansion, key National Western Center facilities, and significant construction at DEN.

We're currently working on:

16th Street Mall

47th and York - Bike Pedestrian Bridge

56th Ave - Peoria to Chambers

Broadway Corridor Multimodal

Central Branch Library Renovation

Colorado Convention Center Expansion

DEN Great Hall

DEN Pena Blvd Phase 1

Denver Art Museum - North Building Renovation and Transportation Improvements

Denver Botanic Gardens - Center for Science, Art & Education

Denver Center for the Performing Arts - Bonfils Theatre Complex Upgrades

Denver Health & Hospital Authority Outpatient Medical Center

Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Critical Deferred Maintenance

Denver Police District 5 Replacement

Denver Zoo - Phase One Master Plan Improvements

Green Valley Ranch Pool

National Western Center - Equestrian Center

National Western Center - Horizontal Integration Construction

National Western Center - Livestock Center

National Western Center - Triangle Project

Washington Street Reconstruction

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 development and implementation of the Construction Careers Pilot.

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. 

Many of the city-funded construction projects in the Construction Careers Pilot require a certain percentage of the workforce to be registered apprentices. Within that, a certain percentage are required to be first-year apprentices.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to become an apprentice!

There are many benefits to entering a registered apprenticeship program. One of the best benefits is that you “earn as you learn,” which means you receive a paycheck from day one! Other benefits include:

  • Increased skills
  • Higher wages
  • National credential
  • Career advancement pathway

The best way to find your Denver area apprenticeship is through WORKNOW.

You can also explore apprenticeships statewide through Build Colorado.

Contractor Resource Guide
This guide contains additional Denver Construction Careers Pilot information and tips to support your success. 

Apprenticeship Resource Guide
This booklet contains information on registering a new apprenticeship program, joining an existing registered apprenticeship program, and accessing registered apprenticeship support/resources. 

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Guidelines and requirements are available from the State on current registered apprenticeships available in Colorado. 

Build Colorado
This is a joint project managed by the local Associated General Contractors of Colorado and Colorado Contractors’ Association. 

U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Toolkit
We recommend this valuable online guide.

Connecting Colorado
Employers are enouraged to use this free, statewide public resource as a tool to advertise their job openings, search for candidates, and reach out to applicants directly.

DEDO's Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO)
DSBO works closely with hundreds of small, minority and women-owned businesses in Denver to help them build the relationships and capacity needed to participate on city construction, professional services, and goods and services contracts.

DEDO's "Build Your Business" Resources
From encouraging aspiring or existing entrepreneurs, to making small loans, to helping next-stage firms expand, we're here to serve all area businesses. You'll find a wealth of free advisory sessions, workshops, and tools.

IRS Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Explore the potential tax credits for firms who hire workers from certain targeted groups, such as veterans.

 

Denver's unique WORKNOW collaboration came together because of a shared commitment across public, private, and nonprofit sector stakeholders to ensuring that families living in communities directly affected by construction projects benefit from them.

The WORKNOW partners, known as the Colorado Resource (CORE) Partners, include organizations that integrate construction industry job training and community resource partners for comprehensive construction workforce readiness and career success. 

We strongly encourage employers and service providers to engage with WORKNOW to support your project though activities, outreach, and possible involvement on their committees.

Services you can access through WORKNOW include:

  • Networking events with project contractors, signatory unions, and apprenticeship programs;
  • Job fairs specific to your project;
  • Training for your new and current employees; and
  • Support for “earn and learn” pathways like registered apprenticeship and on-the-job training positions.

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

Learn more about WORKNOW today.

Questions about the Denver Construction Careers Pilot can be directed to:

Marcus Johnson, Project Manager, marcus.johnson@denvergov.org

Sarah Bennett, Project Liaison, sarah.bennett@denvergov.org

Chris Berthiaume, Project Liaison, chris.berthiaume@denvergov.org

John Fraundorfer, Data & Quality Analyst, john.fraundorfer@denvergov.org

James Roina, Employer Services Liaison, james.roina@denvergov.org

Derrick Watson, Project Liaison, derrick.watson@denvergov.org