CO Ready to Work Package Gets House OK
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CO Ready to Work Package Gets House OK
Five Bills to Boost Workforce Readiness in Colorado Advance in the House
(April 13) – The House gave voice-vote approval to five bills this morning to attack lingering unemployment and connect more Coloradans to the good-paying, high-skill jobs our state’s economy is now producing.
HB15-1230, sponsored by Reps. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, and Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, will help close the skills gap in Colorado by creating the Innovative Industries Workforce Development program to encourage companies to offer paid internships in innovative industries like advanced manufacturing, aerospace, infrastructure engineering and information technology.
“This will help close the skills gap that exists in Colorado,” Rep. Lee said. “These paid internships will connect our students with employers, build a stronger Colorado workforce and continue to attract innovative businesses to Colorado.”
HB15-1231, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, continues a program that allows the long-term unemployed to obtain enhanced unemployment insurance benefits while they participate in an approved skills training program. The program has been shown to be a cost-effective way to help displaced workers gain important skills and move off the unemployment rolls and onto a payroll.
“We need to make sure that our economic recovery is felt everywhere in Colorado and this will help match people looking for jobs with the jobs that are being created,” Rep. Esgar said.
HB15-1274, sponsored by Reps. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, directs the state workforce development council to coordinate with businesses to design more career pathways — a combination of education and training programs, work experiences and counseling — in growing industries.
“This will ensure that Colorado students can pursue an education pathway that suits them and will lead to a successful career,” Rep. Garnett said.
HB15-1275, sponsored by Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, provides scholarships for students in high-demand career and tech programs at community colleges or vocational schools and allows high school students to take coursework that can go towards an apprenticeship or career and technical education program.
“This will connect more students with an in-demand, good-paying career and ensure Colorado has a highly trained workforce,” Rep. Winter said.
HB15-1276, “The Work Act,” sponsored by Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver and Angela Williams, D-Denver, creates a grant program to address low public awareness of the good jobs that exist in certain industries and the programs that will help Colorado workers gain the skills they need to get those jobs.
“This public-private partnership will incentivize businesses to partner with a successful training program to give Coloradans the skills they need to find a job or get needed skills training,” Rep. Pabon said.
All five bills will now be heard on third reading in the House.
ATTACHED: Headshots of Reps. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, Alec Garnett, D-Denver, Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver.
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