Providing the tools to help you advance your workforce.
CAMA is focused on building Colorado’s workforce, ensuring that businesses throughout the state have access to a skilled and qualified workforce. Through strategic partnerships, funding, and student education programs, CAMA is working to fill the workforce pipeline and help members find qualified job candidates, train and retain employees, discover internship funding, and advance their business.
We are committed to closing the manufacturing skills gap in Colorado. We have a two-pronged approach to correcting this labor market imbalance: boosting supply and revising demand.
Youth who are never exposed to manufacturing become adults who never consider manufacturing careers. CAMA is rebuilding the industry’s talent pipeline by getting young people involved in manufacturing early and often. Boosting the supply of young people interested in manufacturing careers is only half the battle. Given the scarcity and prohibitive cost of skilled labor today, manufacturers must revise their talent acquisition strategies. We believe that the industry needs to transition from buying its skilled workforce to building its skilled workforce.
CAMA launched CareerWise Colorado, previously known as Business and Schools in Collaboration (BASIC), to support the development of experiential learning by turning businesses into classrooms. We encourage manufacturers to develop their own talent by supporting career exploration, internships, pre-apprenticeships and registered apprenticeships. CareerWise coordinates apprenticeships among businesses, students, and educators that create opportunities for long-term impact.
To help businesses, CAMA also worked to create the Innovative Industries Internship Program to provide businesses $5,000 a year to help off-set the costs of student intern.
Hosting an intern is a step you can take to reshape the image of manufacturing for today’s youth while also developing an employee who will stay loyal to your company.
The Innovative Industries Internship program will reimburse 50% of internship costs (up to $5,000) for interns with a minimum of 130 on-the-job training hours completed in 6 months.
Career Opportunity Postings
CAMA Members can post open positions and resumes for fellow manufacturers.
Workforce Programs Finder
Workforce development is a crowded space. Given the multitude of programs that can help Colorado manufacturers with their workforce challenges, finding the right engagement opportunity can seem daunting. That’s why we created the Workforce Programs Finder. Use this tool to find the opportunity that is right for your company.
Mechanical Aptitude Test
CAMA manufacturing memberships include subsidized access to the Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude. There are two ways the Wiesen Test can help your business.
- Screening Job Candidates:You can use the Wiesen Test to screen job candidates. The test measures mechanical aptitude rather than mechanical knowledge. In other words, it will indicate whether a given job candidate will be able to quickly learn how to operate and maintain equipment. The test does not indicate whether a given job candidate knows how to operate or maintain equipment. Therefore, the Wiesen Test is especially useful if you are recruiting for positions that do not require industry experience.
- Identifying Promotion Opportunities:You can use the Wiesen Test to gauge incumbent workers’ ability to transition into higher skilled occupations. An Assembler who aces the Wiesen Test may make a good Production Technician with some additional training.
CAMA General members receive 5 free assessments annually. CAMA Manufacturing Champions receive 15 free assessments annually. Additional assessments are offered at a discounted rate of $10 each. Assessments are conducted online and results are delivered via email.
Workforce Development Programs
CAMA offers a continuum of programs geared towards students from kindergarten through high school. Hands-on activities engage the students and motivate them to pursue manufacturing careers.