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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
    2023-2024 Winter/Spring CWDC Technical Assistance Modules - Learn More
    • Sector Partnerships - Annual Launch - Learn more - Apply by Nov. 7, 2023 
    • Storytelling for Workforce Development Professionals - Learn more - Apply by Dec. 8, 2023 
    • Artificial Intelligence and Workforce Development: Adopting and Implementing AI into the Colorado Workforce Ecosystem - Learn more - Apply by Dec. 27, 2023
    • Job Quality for Career Seekers - Learn more - Apply by Jan. 10, 2024
    • Credentialing, LERs, and Talent Finance: Exploring Resources to Address Talent Shortages - Learn more - Apply by Jan. 30, 2024
    • Sector Partnerships - Convener Mentorship and Skills Assessment - Learn more - Apply by March 5,2024
       
  • Financial Technical Assistance

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. The intent of the CWDC consultative technical assistance modules is to:

  • Build comprehensive skills and capacity for talent development stakeholders
  • Create networks for ongoing support in adopting and implementing proven talent development strategies
  • Support work across partners and stakeholders 
  • Increase impacts across Colorado’s talent development system

The technical assistance modules currently open for applications are listed below. Please note the application deadlines and apply through the technical assistance portal. Email Tony R Smith, Senior Consultant for Innovation and Effectiveness, at tony.smith@state.co.us with any questions or needs.

Note: First time visitors to the technical assistance portal will be prompted to create a login. Please use the following steps to get started: 

  • Use work email address as your username 
  • Create a unique password
  • Click ‘apply’ if you are interested in applying for a module. 

2023-2024 Winter/Spring CWDC Technical Assistance Modules
Sector Partnerships - Annual Launch Module

Application Deadline: Nov. 7, 2023 - Apply

This is an annual technical assistance module for partners interested in launching a sector partnership

Additional Details

4 sessions; each occurs prior to a community of practice call 

  • Getting Started
  • Regional diagnostic (data, partner engagement, industry desire/need)
  • Learning and Engaging the Next Gen Model
  • Dig into the partners, roles, and needs for support
  • Employer/Industry Engagement - Identifying Champions
     
Who should apply?

Eligibility: Colorado Employers within the Colorado Workforce Development Council Sector Partnership Network.  
  
Requirements/ Prerequisites: Participants must commit to all four 90 minute sessions and agree to potential follow up from the facilitators for continued support.

Timeframe

First Session: Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
Second Session: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023
Third Session: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024
Fourth Session: Tuesday,  February 20th, 2024

Storytelling for Workforce Development Professionals

Application Deadline: Dec. 8, 2023 - Apply

This three-session module will provide the how, what, and who of developing storytelling skill sets for workforce professionals. Participants will learn the guiding principles for creating stories, how to develop a culture of storytelling, free and low-cost tools for capturing stories, strategies for sharing stories, and the experiences of storytelling experts from across the state

Additional Details

Session 1: Creating a culture of storytelling 
Session 2: Communicate data through storytelling; Stories that persuade, motivate and inspire
Session 3: Telling Your Story Workshop - Share your stories

Who should apply?
  • Workforce Professionals (Business Services, Leaders, Communicators, and more)
  • Sector Partners
  • Employers
Timeframe

First Session: 12/12/2023, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Second Session: 1/15/2024, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Third Session: 2/22/2024, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence and Workforce Development: Adopting and Implementing AI into the Colorado Workforce Ecosystem

Application Deadline: Dec. 27, 2023 - Apply

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being discussed in nearly every industry, and discussion of its benefits and dangers are now common in everyday life as well. By now you’ve likely heard of some AI systems (ChatGPT, OpenAI) and you may have even tried one of them out for yourself. Beyond hearing about pay-for-service systems as they relate to workforce development, how can we truly understand, adopt, and implement AI in the Colorado workforce ecosystem while also being intentional about equity, inclusion, and end user experiences? This technical assistance module will dig deeper into issues of equity and inclusion while exploring how those in the Colorado workforce ecosystem are implementing AI.
 

Additional Details

 

  • Session 1: AI and Workforce 101
  • Session 2: Equity and Inclusion - Ensuring AI is Truly a Resource
  • Session 3: Education and AI - More than the Concerns of Plagiarism
  • Session 4: Industry and AI - What is the landscape?
  • Session 5: Workforce and AI - What are the best practices happening now?
Who should apply?
  • Educators, administrators, and intermediaries who support WBL programs
  • Employers (developing and/or running WBL)
  • Local area workforce staff (supporting and/or working with WBL)
Timeframe

January 2024 - 2 Sessions
February 2024 - 2 Sessions
March 2024 - Final Session 

Job Quality for Career Seekers

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2024 - Apply

This technical assistance module will explore job quality through the job seeker lens.  Participants will learn about job quality features in My Colorado Journey and discuss how to connect job seekers and employers through job quality.

Additional Details

First Session: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Introduction to job quality for job seekers    

Second Session: Wednesday, February 29, 2024
Using job quality features as a learner outcome in MCJ

Third Session: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 
Connecting job quality for job seekers and employers to improve recruiting and retention

Who should apply?
  • Career Services staff, career coaches, or other professionals who assist job seekers
  • Local workforce area leadership
Timeframe

 January - March 2024

Credentialing, LERs, and Talent Finance: Exploring Resources to Address Talent Shortages

Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2024 - Apply

Many Colorado employers continue to work to fill vacant positions with skilled talent. At the same time, many Coloradans face resource constraints that prevent them from acquiring the needed skills through training and education programs. This technical assistance module will explore ways to provide more equitable access to training and education through talent finance. Talent finance strategies and tools help rethink and restructure funding for training and education so that more people can gain the skills needed by employers in high-demand occupations and sectors.

Additional Details

This TA module may be useful for: 

  • Employers looking to increase recruitment and retention 
  • Sector partnerships that have identified commonly vacant positions
  • CBOs trying to prepare community members for good jobs
  • Workforce boards and centers looking to assist job seekers who are ineligible for WIOA-funded training.

This TA module will cover:

  • Talent finance: definitions and tools
  • Talent finance workforce use cases
  • Providers of talent finance tools
  • Workforce training issues identified by TA module participants for which talent finance tools could be used
     
Who should apply?

Eligibility: Anyone within the Colorado Workforce Development Council Talent Found Network, Local/Regional Workforce Professionals/Board members, and the Sector Partnership Network. Industry collaboratives, CBOs, training providers, and educational institutions.
 
Requirements/ Prerequisites: Participants must commit to all four 90 minute sessions and agree to potential follow up from the facilitators for continued support.  Learners interested in attending this TA module do not need a finance background.

Timeframe

First Session: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Second Session: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Third Session: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 
Fourth Session: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 

Sector Partnerships - Convener Mentorship and Skills Assessment

Application Deadline: March 5, 2024 - Apply

This technical assistance module for sector partnership conveners will include:

  • Defining and measuring the need for mentorship,
  • Exploring and assessing skills for success in the convener role
  • Mentor/mentee Breakout Sessions
  • Goal setting for future success
Additional Details

4 sessions; each occur right before a community of practice call

Who should attend?


Eligibility: Colorado Employers within the Colorado Workforce Development Council Sector Partnership Network.  
  
Requirements/ Prerequisites: Participants must commit to all four 90 minute sessions and agree to potential follow up from the facilitators for continued support.
 

Timeframe 

First Session: Tuesday, March 12th
Second Session: Tuesday, March 26th 
Third Session: Tuesday, April 23rd 
Fourth Session: Tuesday, May 7th 

Past Opportunities & Resources

Click the drop down menus below to explore previous TA modules and training opportunities and related resources. 

2023 Spring/Summer TA Modules

Skills-based Hiring Module - Transforming HR Practices to Reach Organizational Success | July- Aug 2023

This module consists of three 90 minute sessions of facilitated learning discussions, employer panels, and cooperative learning breakout sessions. Participants will learn to define/articulate organizational impacts of skills-based hiring, use of skills-based hiring as a recruitment strategy, and skills-based hiring as a selection strategy.

Sector Partnership Module - Engagement and Retention for Success - Regional Teams Model | April- May 2023

This module will help sector partnerships build engagement to achieve partnership goals. The first session will guide you through a self-assessment of your regional team to identify opportunities to strengthen the regional team behind your sector partnership. The second session will give you a practical understanding of how to help public partners identify and play constructive roles in support of sector partnerships, not as an add-on activity, but as a way of fulfilling their core mission more effectively.

Work-based Learning Module - Developing and Implementing High Quality Experiences | June - Sept 2023

As support for work-based learning (WBL) evolves and grows across the state, new resources continue to be developed to support initiatives. Using best practices, quality standards, and subject matter experts, this technical assistance module will provide the latest resources and network connections to increase quality in work-based learning experiences and their development.

Disability Support Navigation Module | June - Sept 2023

As the world of work continues to evolve post pandemic, opportunities for increasing access to employment (in person, hybrid, and virtual) for people of all abilities are abundant. This module will provide resources for support, networking, and more to support these growing opportunities. Participants will break down barriers, reduce stigma, and learn the benefits that job seekers with disabilities bring to the workforce.

Engaging  Economic Development Councils | July - Sept 2023

Successful relationship development with economic development partners is a key skill for talented local area workforce business services professionals. As the world of work continues to evolve, so does the landscape for economic development in the state. Participants will learn from experts in economic development about best practices for relationship development. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop action plans with experts to further develop their connections and collaboration with economic development partners in the state. 
 

2022-23 Winter/Spring TA Modules

Integrating Job Quality and Equity Into Business Services | Nov. - Dec. 2022

Job quality and equity are critical components of a thriving and robust state and local talent development ecosystem. Join this training to explore approaches to integrate job quality and equity into your core business services approaches. The virtual sessions will ground business services staff in approaches to accelerate local priorities informed by approaches that help to strengthen the availability of quality jobs within the local job market. 

  • Session 1 - The What and Why of Job Quality - View Recording and Slides 
  • Session 2 - Assessing the Quality of Jobs in your Local Labor Market and Adopting a Local Job Quality Strategy - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 3 - Talking to Businesses About How Job Quality Impacts Current and Future Workers - View Recording and Slides
  • Session 4 - Equipping Employers with Insights into the Worker Experience - View Recording and Slides


Sector Partnerships Module: Convening, Supporting, and Sustaining National Next-Gen Sector Partnerships (Training Series with the Institute for Networked Communities) | Nov. - Dec. 2022

The CWDC is contracting with the Institute for Networked Communities (INC), the national organization behind the Next Gen Sector Partnership model, to host a three session training series for regional sector partnership teams, new sector partnership conveners, or those interested in a reset/refresh. The training series will provide a refreshed understanding on the Next Gen model, what makes it distinct from other approaches, what success looks like, and what is required to build and sustain effective sector partnerships. Participants will learn from effective sector partnerships throughout the country and will have access to monthly coaching calls with Institute for Networked Communities January-May 2023. 


Rework America Alliance - Activator Training Series (Skills-based Hiring Module) | February & March 2023

On behalf of the Markle Foundation and the Rework America Alliance, we invite you to attend an Activator Cohort Training to provide you with additional tools and resources in your ongoing engagement with employers. This training will help you become an Activator who drives the adoption of inclusive, skills-based practices in your community. An Activator enables employers in their community to leverage the abilities of current employees and expand their talent pools to increase diversity and productivity. Find more information on our upcoming Activator Trainings below. Learn more about becoming an Activator in this video.
 

My Colorado Journey Module: Implementing My Colorado Journey | February - March 2023

Learn how My Colorado Journey (MCJ), a free online state resource, makes it easy for educators and career counselors to walk alongside students and job seekers as they explore career, education, and training opportunities. This five-week module will demonstrate avenues for people to align personal aspirations with education and career pathways, explore Colorado’s top jobs, and tap into personal and financial support services. Don’t miss this informative introduction to Colorado’s one-stop shop for students, job seekers, and those who advise them.

Focused content will be provided for those who work with students and for those who work with adults who are unemployed or seeking to reskill, upskill, or next-skill.

Financial Technical Assistance

There are no funding opportunities currently accepting applications. This page will be updated as new opportunities become available. 

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.