With record low unemployment in Colorado, employers are facing a shortage of middle-skilled workers. Yet only half of workers report that their companies provide upskilling and career development opportunities that meet employees’ needs for advancement. Through a partnership with Impact Denver, WorkLab member organization WorkLife Partnership set out to prove the need for Upskill services in the Denver market.
Through Impact Denver, The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation connects teams of young professionals to nonprofits. In 2016, their project was to help WorkLife Partnership understand if the clientele they serve would benefit from an upskilling resource. The team conducted research and reported on the likely impact of WorkLife's proposed Upskill service.
With the support of Impact Denver's research, WorkLife Partnership was able to secure a $1 million, 2-year grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch their Upskilling services. WorkLife now collaborates with employers to identify incumbent employees who are interested in advancing in their positions with the company. They offer both development of soft skills and training and certification to prepare employees to move up in the careers.
With record low #unemployment in #Colorado, employers are facing a shortage of middle-skilled workers. Through a partnership with Impact Denver, WorkLife Partnership set out to prove the need for #Upskill services in the Denver market.