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Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills

Concerning the allocation of state money for workforce development activities to increase the skills of Colorado workers, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
State Revenue & Budget
Bill Summary

The bill creates the stimulus investments in reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling workers program (program) as an initiative of the state work force development council (state council) to facilitate training for unemployed and underemployed workers in the state during times of substantial unemployment, defined as a statewide an unemployment rate that exceeds 4% statewide or within a work force development area . The bill appropriates $25 million for the program and directs the state council to use the money to support individuals in need of:

  • Reskilling, which supports unemployed and underemployed workers to change industries in order to return to work or obtain more appropriate work based on their skills;
  • Upskilling, which assists workers in increasing skill levels to retain or advance in their employment; or
  • Next-skilling, which supports workers in developing future-ready skills necessary for employment in the twenty-first century.

The state council, in collaboration with the department of labor and employment (department) , is directed to allocate funding as follows:

  • $2.75 million to local work force development areas and to develop for the program;
  • $3 million for a grant program developed by the state council to award grants to other partners to provide reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling supports to eligible individuals for up to 13 months ; and
  • $1.25 million fror the department to conduct outreach and recruitment, provide access to digital platforms for career navigation, issue licenses for virtual training classes, and implement, administer, and report on the program, with any portion of the money allocated for these that is unencumbered and unexpended as of June 30, 2022, reallocated for the program and the grant program.

Starting in 2022, as part of the Colorado talent report, the state council is directed to report on the activities and outcomes resulting from the program. The program repeals on June 30, 2024.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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