September is workforce development month in Colorado. The focus of the program this year is on helping businesses in the state start up or expand.
Colorado’s network of Workforce Centers, along with the Department of Labor and Employment is making a specific outreach to employers who may not know what the centers have to offer -- including free programs for small and emerging businesses that are ready to create jobs, but can’t afford to hire the wrong person.
“Times are tough all around for job seekers and employers as they’re cutting costs and looking at ways to cut their bottom line,” says Cher Haavind, spokesperson for the Department of Labor. “We provide assistance and many of the services that a traditional HR office would provide -- at no cost to them.”
Those services include prescreening qualified applicants, training workers in new job skills, and clarifying labor laws, workers’ compensation and other requirements. Throughout September, Colorado Workforce Centers will host a number of events including job fairs, small business resource seminars and educational forums.
More information about these events at the Dept of Labor site -- click on 'Calendar of Events.'