WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Providing the tools to help you advance your workforce.

CAMA works to ensure 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 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.

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Internships

To help businesses, CAMA worked to create the Innovative Industries Internship program. 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 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.

If you have questions, please contact Wendy Corley, Industry Partnership Coordinator, at wendy.corley@state.co.us. To receive program updates and funding notifications, click here.

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.

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