Five Boulder County organizations are set to receive a portion of nearly $1.2 million in funding through the Scale-Up Grant Program, a statewide initiative to promote and expand opportunities learning, said a Boulder County Community Services press release.
Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc. (KGNU Radio), Boulder Community Health, Codence, Colorado Tree Care Sector Partnership, and Kaiser Foundation Research Institute are Boulder County’s first recipients of the Scale-Up Grant, a multi-cycle funding program .
Beneficiaries of the Scale-Up program include companies with and without established apprenticeship programs as well as regional intermediaries who partner with numerous employers. Recipients must also show a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the projects for which they seek funding.
Apprenticeships can support the career development of job seekers by providing them with opportunities that lead to gainful employment. These opportunities help address systemic inequalities by enabling more applicants to access valuable job-related education, training and credentials. Apprenticeship programs can also benefit employers by attracting more talent to their organizations.
The Colorado Department of Labor’s Office of Work Future oversees the Scale-Up program and has awarded funding to 25 organizations across the state. This year’s recipients are expected to create nearly 1,000 new jobs in Colorado by June 2025. The department received funding for this initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Innovation, Diversity, Equity in Apprenticeship grant program . The next funding cycle for the Scale-Up program is expected to be released in early 2023.
Boulder County employers interested in starting or expanding an apprenticeship program can register at bit.ly/3OVaayV to learn more and stay up to date on funding opportunities. They can also contact Cate Cook of Workforce Boulder County at [email protected] or speak with a learning specialist by filling out the Google form at bit.ly/3NptWkU.