Panel: Colorado must help employers find best workers
August 24, 2009
DENVER – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s “jobs cabinet” says state government can do a better job helping businesses find the workers they need.
The recommendation is one of several issued Monday by a committee set up to create a highly skilled and educated Colorado work force.
Ritter was joined by business leaders, educators and state officials as he accepted a report on the committee’s findings.
“These are tough times, but over the past two and a half years we’ve developed a focused business development strategy and made key investments in education, job training and work force development. The jobs cabinet has laid out a roadmap that will help us create a highly skilled and educated work force and improve the competitiveness of Colorado business,” Ritter said.
The committee met 19 times with local business leaders and educators around the state before issuing its report.
The group recommended the state expand cooperation between educators, economic development and worker training programs to meet the needs of business, engage employers in job training, promote training programs to avoid putting the burden on businesses, and publicize training opportunities.
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Supporters of the recommendations included business associations, chambers of commerce, small business owners and major corporation