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 
    • Rework America Alliance - Activator Training Series - Learn More 
    • Sector Partnerships Module: Convening, Supporting, and Sustaining National Next-Gen Sector Partnerships - Learn MoreSign up by Nov. 10, 2022
    • Integrating Job Quality and Equity Into Business Services - Learn More - No Application Required - See below for registration details
    • My Colorado Journey Module: Implementing My Colorado Journey - Learn More - Apply by Dec. 20, 2022, at 5 p.m.
    • Using Human-Centered Design to Diversify Recruitment Strategies - Learn More - Apply by Dec. 29, 2022
    • Sector Partnerships Module: Meaningful Employer Engagement - Business Champions - Engaging, Inspiring, and Connecting through Conveners - Learn More - Apply by Feb. 14, 2023, at 5 p.m.
    • Sector Partnerships Module: Succession and Sustainability - Learn MoreApply by March 8, 2023, at 5 p.m.
  • 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. 
     

2022-2023 Winter/Spring Technical Assistance Modules

 

Rework America Alliance - Activator Training Series (Skills-based Hiring Module)

Register for sessions via Zoom - See the Additional Details section below for registration links

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.

Additional Details 

December Activator Cohort Training

  • Registration Link
  • Hosted Thursday, Friday & Tuesday starting Dec 8th to Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Learn more about becoming an Activator in this video

 

Help Employers Hire for In-Demand Jobs!

Hiring for skills is 5 times more predictive of job performance than hiring for education, and 2.5 times more predictive than hiring for work experience.

Become an Activator! Help employers fill open roles while building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

  • Three, hands-on remote training sessions
  • A community of practitioners
  • Free tools and resources

Markle.org Employer Toolkit
 

Who should participate?

Any CWDC network partner who works with industry stakeholders looking to implement skills-based hiring methods to transform their workforce.  

Timeframe

Sessions Dec 8th to Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

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

Sign up through the TA portal by November 10, 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 have access to coaching from INC. 

Additional Details

November 16, 2022, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: This session will provide a reset and refresh for Colorado sector partnership teams on the Next Gen model, what makes it distinct from other approaches, what success looks like, and what is required to build and sustain successful partnerships. It will be grounded in Colorado’s vision of the function and purpose of Next Gen Sector Partnerships and informed by national experience. The session will include structured breakout discussions for each regional team to take stock of their sector partnerships and identify top priorities for action. These sessions will be informed by a “regional diagnostic” tool to help teams take stock of sector efforts within the region, assess partners’ commitment and capabilities, and develop a plan for a stronger, more sustainable partnership going forward. 

December 1 and 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m.: Sessions 2 and 3 are targeted at sector partnership conveners, but open to any regional team members interested in participating who attended the introductory workshop.

This workshop will dig into the step-by-step process of Next Gen Sector Partnership building, focusing on the nuts and bolts required for a successful setup. It will include a spotlight on leading sector partnerships around the country to learn from and be inspired by peers. In Part 2, we will work through a simulated launch meeting with in-depth facilitation guidance, breakout discussions to answer specific questions, and guide conveners through an action plan to identify their top priorities over the next 90 days. 

Participants completing the training will have access to monthly coaching calls with Institute for Networked Communities January-May 2023. 
 

Who should apply?

Interested parties are encouraged to apply as collaborative teams made up of 4-7 individuals from workforce development, economic development, and education. Teams should include at least one sector partnership convener. Employer partners are not required to join the regional teams at training. If your team has a different composition, you are still welcome to apply! The teams who will benefit the most from the training will have representation from across workforce, economic development, and education at a minimum. 

Timeframe

The three-part training series will take place in November and December of 2022. The first session on Nov. 16 is an introductory session for regional teams to take stock of their sector partnerships and identify top priorities for action. Sessions 2 and 3 are targeted at sector partnership conveners, but open to any regional team members interested in participating who attended the introductory workshop.

  • Session 1 on November 16, 2022, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Session 2 on December 1, 2022, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Session 3 on December 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Participants completing the training will have access to monthly coaching calls with Institute for Networked Communities January-May 2023. 

 
Integrating Job Quality and Equity Into Business Services

Register for sessions via Zoom - See the Additional Details section below for registration links

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 five 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. 

Additional Details

The five one-hour sessions will be hosted virtually and will include: 

  •  Session 1 - The What and Why of Job Quality
    • Date: Nov 10, 2022, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. View Recording and Slides 
      • Understand the components of Colorado’s Job Quality Framework and how it can help business customers reach their recruitment and retention goals
  • Session 2 - Assessing the Quality of Jobs in your Local Labor Market and Adopting a Local Job Quality Strategy
    • Date: Nov 17, 2022, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.  - View Recording and Slides
      • Review data to assess opportunities to strengthen job quality in your local labor market 
      • Develop a strategy for integrating job quality and equity into your business services
  • Session 3 - Talking to Businesses About How Job Quality Impacts Current and Future Workers
    • Date: Dec 1, 2022, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Register
      • Explore the use of the cost of turnover tools
      • Discuss messaging for deepening employer relationships through discussions on job quality
      • Learn how local areas in Colorado are approaching job quality
  • Session 4 - Equipping Employers with Insights into the Worker Experience
    • Date: Dec 8, 2022, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Register
      • Examine tools for conducting employee focus groups and gathering and sharing insights into the worker experience
  • Session 5 - Working Smarter, Integrating Job Quality into All the Other Services You Provide 
    • Date: Dec 15, 2022, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Register
      • Assessing who is a fit for job quality support
      • The connection between sector partnerships, career pathways, apprenticeships, work-based learning, DEI, and skills-based hiring
      • Learn about opportunities to engage local employers in the Good Jobs Pilot
         
Who should participate?

Local business services staff interested in integrating job quality and equity strategies into the employer services

Timeframe

November 10, 2022 - January 5, 2023
Sessions will be offered remotely. The module will include sessions lasting one hour each. Sessions will not be held the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas.


My Colorado Journey Module: Implementing My Colorado Journey

Apply by Dec 20, 2022, at 5 p.m.

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 nextskill.

Additional Details

General Training Modules (approx. 9 hours total):

  • Session 1 - MCJ: The Why and Other Platforms
    • To include foundational info and a panel discussion (existing users)
  • Session 2 - How to Get Started in your Organization with Using MCJ
    • Getting accounts set up, how to set up new users, and reporting
  • Session 3 - How to Get Started with your Clients/Students
    • Navigating through profiles and resources
  • Session 4 - Deep Dive into the MCJ Tools
    • Showcasing the 15 different tools available in MCJ to help clients be successful.  Includes content customization and more.
  • User-Specific Sessions:
    • Educators (Secondary/Postsecondary Teachers, Staff, and Advisors):
      • Panel discussions to include best practices
    • Professional Users (Workforce Center Staff, Community Organization Advisors/Staff, Career Counselors):
      • Panel discussions to include best practices
Who should apply?

Any professional providing career advising/counseling/guidance to students, job seekers, community members, and the workforce who are interested in learning best practices, tools, resources, and guidance around the successful implementation of My Colorado Journey (MCJ) in their school or workforce organization are encouraged to apply.  Please describe your experience with MCJ in your application as directed by the application process.

Timeframe

January 5, January 12, January 19, February 2, February 16, and February 23, 2023; from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

This module will be offered remotely across the state and includes demonstrations of how to use MCJ, workshop time for individual deep dives into MCJ, and examples of how MCJ is currently being used in Colorado.

 
Using Human Centered Design to Diversify Recruitment Strategies

Apply by Dec. 29, 2022

Employers across Colorado have acknowledged the impact diverse teams have on the competitiveness and performance of their organizations. Despite the desire to diversify their hires, many employers are unaware of how to recruit more diverse candidates and raise awareness about available opportunities. This seven week, team based module will use human-centered design approaches to co-create processes and new approaches to expand the pool of qualified candidates to fill available positions. The module is designed to support strategic relationship building across communities and to build greater awareness and empathy for the many populations of talented individuals seeking career opportunities in Colorado.

Who should apply?

Teams of 4-5 people from medium to large size businesses, industry associations, or sector partnerships interested in attracting a more diverse pool of workers to fill open positions within their industry. 

Timeframe

January - March 2023
This module will be offered remotely across the state and includes approximately 30 hours of direct learning and team time. There will be breaks in the schedule to accommodate client and customer research and testing prototypes. Teams are expected to reserve team work time during breaks in the schedule. A team facilitator to support local team work time can be provided upon request (please indicate in your application).

 
Sector Partnerships Module: Meaningful Employer Engagement - Business Champions - Engaging, Inspiring, and Connecting through Conveners

Apply by February 14, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Using the successes and best practices of conveners, industry, and sector leaders, participants will use case studies as a basis for exploring new ways of engaging new employer partners as well as best practices and ideation around retention strategies.

Who should apply?

Any sector/industry partners in the CWDC sector partnership network that are currently looking to better support employer/business engagement within their sector partnership are eligible to apply for this module. Please describe in your application your current/past experiences with sector partnerships as directed by the application process.

Timeframe

February 21 and 23, 2023
This module will be offered remotely across the state and includes direct learning. This direct learning will be supported through the monthly community of practice calls. 

 
Sector Partnerships Module: Succession and Sustainability

Apply by March 8, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Using the expertise of multiple successful conveners across the state and some out of state, this will be a panel driven training that is moderated, providing a balance of best practice sharing, breakout scenarios, and discussion.

Who should apply?

Any sector/industry partners in the CWDC sector partnership network that are currently looking to implement best practices around succession and sustainability within their sector partnership are eligible to apply for this module. Please describe in your application your current/past experiences with sector partnerships as directed by the application process.

Timeframe

March 15 - 16, 2023
This module will be offered remotely across the state and includes direct learning. This direct learning will be supported through the monthly community of practice calls.


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.