Technical Assistance

The CWDC provides assistance to our network partners to advance talent development initiatives in their communities. Explore the sections below for specific opportunities to receive technical assistance from the CWDC. 

Consultative Technical Assistance

The following technical assistance (TA) modules have been created in an effort to streamline training and support offered through the CWDC to our talent development network partners.  

All TA modules focus through a lens of equity, agility, and integration to support Colorado communities in a rapidly changing environment. Each module includes specific learning objectives that focus on skill and knowledge development, practice and application of strategies and approaches, and building greater understanding of community and systems change models.  

The Winter/Spring 2021 TA modules are closed for applications. This page will be updated with Summer/Fall 2021 opportunities at the end of April.
 

Winter/Spring 2021 TA Modules
Skills-based Communities

Applications closed on Dec. 1, 2020

Over the course of this six week module, communities or local areas will convene to advance the adoption of skills-based strategies to strengthen their talent pipeline. Communities or local areas will define roles to receive targeted training in skills-based strategies and leverage their roles to best support a skills-based ecosystem.
  

WHO SHOULD APPLY
Eligible participants must include at least one partner from business and industry, workforce, and education committed to supporting the adoption of skills-based practices within the local community. Examples of eligible partnerships include, but are not limited to: 

  • Sector partnerships
  • Industry associations
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Workforce development boards
  • Economic development councils
     

TIMEFRAME: Jan. 13 - Feb. 17, 2021
Partners across the community will identify their roles and responsibilities in supporting businesses in adopting, implementing, and sustaining skills-based strategies in their local areas.  

  • Jan. 13, 2021 and Feb. 17, 2021
    • All partners must commit to attending two full-day (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) virtual trainings, which will take place at the beginning and end of the module.  
  • Jan. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 2, and Feb. 4, 2021 
    • Participating partners identified as trainers in skills-based strategies must also commit to four full-day (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) training sessions to become trainers.  
  • Jan. 20, 2021
    • Participating businesses will be required to attend the Skillful Talent Series, which is a four hour virtual training to begin implementing skills-based strategies in your business. 
Work-based Learning Incubator

Applications closed on Dec. 7, 2020

In this six month module, K-12 schools and school districts will use human centered design to develop and design work-based learning experiences for their students and local industry partners. 
 

WHO SHOULD APPLY
Schools or districts interested in building a sustainable work-based learning experience in a rapidly changing environment.  

Schools and districts should apply as a team of 2-4, including at least one decision maker who can support implementation. Examples of team members may include: 

  • School administrators
  • Teachers
  • Work-based learning coordinators
  • Academic school counselors
  • Postsecondary coordinators
  • Career and technical education teachers and coordinators
  • Exceptional student services staff and faculty

5-8 schools and/or districts will be selected to participate through this application process. 


TIMEFRAME: Jan. 14 - June 10, 2021
Five sessions (one per month) will be held from January through May 2021. Each session will be no more than six hours. In June 2021 there will be a full day convening in to discuss results and revisions.

Strategy Design for Digital Skill Attainment

Application closed Feb. 5, 2021

Over the course of this five-week rapid design series, participants will engage in designing, prototyping, and testing strategies to increase digital equity in Colorado. Participants will: 

  • Apply data and findings on Colorado’s digital equity gaps to their context.
  • Identify and prioritize challenges related to digital equity.
  • Design and test solutions to address challenges. 
  • Capture lessons learned, outputs, and other findings to inform efforts across Colorado.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: High level implementers who have an interest in and the necessary influence to design strategies for overcoming inequities in access, opportunity, and attainment of digital skills. This five-week human centered design cohort will require participants to have access to and/or influence in skill development for learners and workers. Examples of participants may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses 
  • K-12 providers
  • Adult education providers
  • Workforce centers
  • Community colleges
  • Career and technical education providers
  • Institutions of higher education 

Applicants will be asked to articulate the digital inclusion challenges of their organization or community as well as describe the learners and/or workers they hope to serve. The review of applications will be conducted by state level stakeholders who will be approving applications that articulate a readiness to test strategies and who outline SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals in addressing digital inequity in their communities. 

TIMEFRAME: March 2 - April 6, 2021 
The five sessions for this rapid design series will take place over six weeks. The first four weeks will include one full-day commitment per week, then there will be a week off for teams to test strategies with learners and workers, and then the sixth week will involve a final full-day session to present and share results. Sessions will occur remotely and will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • March 2, 2021 - Map 
  • March 9, 2021 - Sketch
  • March 16, 2021 - Decide
  • March 23, 2021 - Prototype
  • March 29 - April 2, 2021 - Test (no meeting)
  • April 6, 2021 - Present 
Talent Development Playbook Training

Registration closed on Jan. 27, 2021 

A one-day, train-the-trainer event to support those who work directly with businesses to build skills in offering guidance, connections, and recommendations to support businesses in putting the content of the Talent Development Playbook to use in addressing their talent development challenges.  

As a participant in the Talent Development Playbook Training, you will: 

  • Deepen your knowledge of the Colorado Talent Development Playbook.
  • Learn to use the playbook as a tool to:
    • Support businesses in identifying the most impactful talent development strategies to meet their talent related challenges.
    • Direct business to the appropriate tools and resources to support their efforts.
  • Work with state partners, as well as your colleagues and peers, to explore approaches to utilizing the playbook in your daily work with businesses.
  • Practice approaches to identifying and leveraging partners to address common talent development challenges. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All members of the talent development network are welcome to attend. Please note that the training is designed to support those who work directly with businesses in utilizing the Talent Development Playbook and its strategies to address local talent development needs. 

TIMEFRAME: Feb. 2, 2021
Training will occur on Feb. 2, 2021, starting at 9 a.m. Please reserve the full day for this virtual event.

Convener Cohort

Application closed on March 12, 2021

The 2021 Convener Cohort curriculum is designed to support sector partnership conveners as a community of practice in order to support key workforce development strategies and address industry-led priorities in their regions. Sector partnerships are welcome to send a convener, future convener, or a team of partners who support the convener role to participate in this learning and networking series. Participants will: 

Build the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate sector partnerships from emerging though high performing Learn techniques to support partnerships in shifting priorities in an uncertain environment Explore approaches to partnership sustainability

WHO SHOULD APPLY: This opportunity for networking, discussion, and training is for new and incoming conveners of active sector partnerships in Colorado. This TA module is designed to offer the development and training necessary to hold the role of convener in a sector partnership. Sector partnerships that are transitioning the role of convener will also benefit from this module to support succession planning for their industry-led networks. 

TIMEFRAME: April 7 -  May 5, 2021
Participating conveners will commit to a total of four virtual trainings that will each be three hours long. Two of these trainings will be held at the start of the module and two at the end of the module. In the weeks between, conveners will be reviewing content and tools, practicing skills, and receiving one-on-one coaching from trainers.

  • Identify unique indicators for what it means for a sector partnership to meet the standards of high performance 
  • Share practices to improve business recruitment and retention
  • Develop skills in balancing industry priorities with public partners and maintaining an industry-led agenda


Financial Technical Assistance

We currently accepting applications for the below funding opportunities. This page will be updated as new opportunities become available. Please note the application deadlines and apply through the technical assistance portal.
 

Sector Partnership Stabilization & Recovery Grants

Applications due by April 28 - Apply

The CWDC is excited to announce a new round of grants for active sector partnerships. This round of grants is intended to support the use of sector partnerships as a strategy for industry stabilization and recovery and will not require a cash match. The period of performance is May 2021 - June 2022.

Grants for up to $30,000 will be available for active sector partnerships who have launched, identified industry-led priorities, and have business champions and a convener/convener team in place. Applications are due by April 28. The CWDC will also host a voluntary informational webinar about the grant opportunity and application process on April 7 at 1 p.m.

Visit the CWDC technical assistance portal to apply for the grant. If you wish to review grant documents before submitting an application, please visit the Vendor Self Service at www.colorado.gov/vss

Technical Assistance Portal

Applications for CWDC technical assistance and funding opportunities are managed through our technical assistance (TA) portal.


 Visit the CWDC TA Portal
 

In order to submit an application, you must be logged in to the portal. First-time visitors will be prompted to set up login information. Please use a work email address as your username and create a unique password.