CDLE awards new education grants – Greeley Tribune

DENVER — Registered apprenticeship programs just received a boost in funding, with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Office for the Future of Work announcing more than $1.19 million in grants for 25 Colorado organizations.

Funding for the scholarships comes from a grant CDLE received from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2021. The Innovation, Diversity and Equal Opportunity in Education grant was awarded to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in July 2021.

The grants were awarded to employers to expand new or existing training programs. A statement from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment predicts the grants could result in the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs.

The grant enabled 13 employers to expand their existing apprenticeship programs, 12 employers to register new apprenticeship programs, and 34 employers to adopt the state’s new registered apprenticeship model. The training occupations are aimed equally at urban and rural employers.

Apprenticeship programs allow employees to develop industry-specific skills while gaining work experience and earning income. Employers who register the training positions they offer can also strengthen their talent pool in the recruitment process.

Colorado has encouraged more apprenticeship positions with a planned apprenticeship incentive program and a new state apprenticeship agency established during the 2021 legislative session. The Office of the Future of Work expects a second round of funding in early 2023.

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James Brien

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