Colorado Talent Pipeline Report

The annual Colorado Talent Pipeline Report identifies areas of growing demand and opportunity, key features of the current labor force, and strategies to balance the supply and demand equation for talent. It also highlights the Top Jobs in Colorado -- jobs with high annual openings, above average growth, and a good wage.

In accordance with 24-46.3-103 C.R.S. as amended by SB14-205, the CWDC presents the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with support from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, the State Demography Office at the Department of Local Affairs, and other partners.

2020 Talent Pipeline Report


The CWDC released the seventh annual Talent Pipeline Report on Dec. 8, 2020. The report offers a collection of strategies, investments, and policy recommendations in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to build back stronger from the pandemic, Colorado must focus on its talent pipeline in order to facilitate an equitable economic recovery that creates more opportunity for prosperity throughout the state.

The report was released at a virtual event hosted by the CWDC on Dec. 8. View materials from the launch event:


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated future of work trends and highlighted inequity in our education and workforce systems. In order for Colorado’s economy to work for everyone in our state, approaches to education, hiring, and advancement must be re-envisioned to provide the foundation for an equitable recovery.

2020 Recommendations: CO POWER '21

CO POWER ‘21 (Colorado's Plan for Workforce and Economic Recovery in 2021)

The 2020 Talent Pipeline Report recommendations outline what is possible to facilitate economic advancements in the coming year. This collection of strategies, investments, and policy recommendations formulates a bold response to the COVID-19 pandemic that will stimulate growth by stabilizing, accelerating, and preparing all segments of the labor force for the immediate and long-term future.

CO POWER ‘21 is both an action plan and a vision. Execution of these concepts is already underway through existing resources and programming, deploying a combination of state, private, and federal funding. To the extent that additional investments in stimulating the economy and promoting recovery become available, this plan presents strategies that are ready to scale quickly and efficiently. Learn more.

Equity in the Talent Pipeline

In order for Colorado’s economy to work for everyone in our state, approaches to education, hiring, and advancement must be re-envisioned. Training and technical assistance for businesses and organizations are being launched to implement the Talent Equity Agenda, and resources are available that can guide the design and implementation of programs and initiatives so that they maximize equitable opportunity.

Stabilize

Existing programs and available jobs can be leveraged to mitigate worker displacement in the short-term by using data to identify trends, expose individuals to the best information on career pathways, and invest in what works. Learn more.

Accelerate

The TalentFOUND network has a robust infrastructure in place for training and connecting individuals to in-demand jobs and career pathways. The response time to put Coloradans back to work can be advanced through a variety of programs that provide job training with critical wraparound supports and career coaching. Learn more.

Prepare

As Colorado responds to the immediate talent crisis brought about by COVID-19, we must continue to enhance the mechanisms that will upskill and reskill individuals for the future of work. Learn more.


Past Reports

2019 Talent Pipeline Report

2019 Report


2019 Talent Pipeline Report - Print Version


2019 Talent Pipeline Report - Web Version


2019 Talent Pipeline Report - Overview
 

2019 Appendices


Appendix A: Talent Pipeline Policy Success

Appendix B: Colorado Top Jobs

Appendix C: Colorado Top Jobs by Region

Appendix D: 2019 Sector Strategies Update  

Appendix E: HB 15-1170 PWR Coordinator Update

Appendix F: Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment: 2017-2018 Academic Year

Appendix G: Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP) List of Approved Programs – HB 16-1289/HB 18-1266

Appendix H: Education Industry Career Pathways FY19 – HB 15-1274

Appendix I: Innovative Industries Internship Program Annual Report: FY 2018-2019

Appendix J: HB 1288 Industry Infrastructure Grant CareerWise Annual Report: 2018-2019

Appendix K: WORK Act Annual Report: FY 2018-2019

Appendix L: PY18 WIOA Annual Report

Appendix M: Colorado Rises: Transforming Educational Practices through Open Educational Resources

Report on Income Share Agreements
CWDC Task Force Recommendations on Affordable Housing

2018 Talent Pipeline Report

2018 Report
 

2018 Talent Pipeline Report - Print Version
 

2018 Talent Pipeline Report - Web Version
 

2018 Talent Pipeline Report - Overview
 

2018 Appendices
 

Appendix A - 2018 Colorado Top Jobs
 

Appendix B - 2018 Colorado Top Jobs by Region
 

Appendix C - Talent Pipeline Policy Success
 

Appendix ​D​ - Cyber and Business Operations Career Pathways - HB 15-1274
 

Appendix ​E ​- 2018 Sector Strategies Update
 

Appendix ​F​ - PY17 WIOA Annual Report
 

Appendix G - WORK Act Annual Report
 

Appendix ​H ​- Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator Update - HB 15-1170
 

Appendix I - Industry Infrastructure Grant Report - HB 16-1288 - CRS 24-46.3-103
 

Appendix J - Career Success Development Program - List of Approved Industry-recognized Credentials - HB 16-1289
 

Appendix K - Innovative Industries Internship Program - HB 15-1230

2017 Talent Pipeline Report

2017 Report
 

2017 Talent Pipeline Report - Web Version
 

2017 Talent Pipeline Report - Overview
 

2017 Appendices
 

Appendix A1 - Top Jobs - Tier 1 by Occupation Cluster
 

Appendix A2 - Top Jobs - Tier 2 by Occupation Cluster
 

Appendix B1 - Top Jobs - Tier 1 by Education
 

Appendix B2 - Top Jobs - Tier 2 by Education
 

Appendix C - Top Jobs by Region
 

Appendix D - All Top Jobs Spreadsheet
 

Appendix E - Changes in Top Jobs from Last Year to this Year
 

Appendix F - Follow-up Activities from 2016 Recommendations
 

Appendix G - 2017 Sector Partnership Impact Survey
 

Appendix H - The Role of Gender Equity in Mobilizing Colorado’s Untapped Talent
 

Appendix I - 2Gen Work
 

Appendix J - Annual Reports on Recent State Legislation
 

Appendix K - PY16 WIOA Annual Report
 

Appendix L - Employment First Advisory Partnership Strategic Plan
 

Appendix N - WORK Act Annual Report

2016 Talent Pipeline Report

2016 Report
 

2016 Talent Pipeline Report
 

2016 Appendices
 

Appendix A - Top Jobs - Tier 1 by Occupation Cluster
 

Appendix A - Top Jobs - Tier 2 by Occupation Cluster
 

Appendix B - Top Jobs - Tier 1 by Education
 

Appendix B - Top Jobs - Tier 2 by Education
 

Appendix C - All Top Jobs Spreadsheet
 

Appendix D - Changes in Top Jobs from Last Year to this Year
 

Appendix E - HB 15-1170 PWR Coordinator Update
 

Appendix F - Top Jobs Skills
 

Appendix G - HB 16-1289 Career Development Success Pilot Program

Appendix H - Additional Information Regarding Specific Collaborators
 

Appendix I - Overview of Information Technology in Colorado

2015 Talent Pipeline Report

2015 Report
 

2015 Talent Pipeline Report - released October 2015

2014 Talent Pipeline Report

2014 Report
 

2014 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report (released January 2015)