The Arvada Chamber of Commerce with support from the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) are pleased to launch a new workforce initiative, Arvada Works. This initiative is geared toward engaging employers, educators and partners across the Arvada community in developing a demand-driven approach to closing the future workforce skills gap. Arvada Works is modeled off a national program that has successfully launched in over 50 communities across the country and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce is one of the initial sites.
“Current statistics indicate that over 70% of students will need some sort of post-secondary education to be prepared for the workforce,” said Kami Welch, President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. “We recognize that this is no small task, but through the power of collaboration we can put big arms around Arvada and be a catalyst for incredible change led by our business community.”
Arvada Works will convene Arvada employer collaborative events in industries including Construction and Trades, Manufacturing, Healthcare, STEM and Professional Services in an effort to better understand current and future demand, credentialing requirements and identifying gaps in the talent supply chain. Results through this employer led initiative will include improved communication with workforce suppliers and education system convening around system shifts, and addressing issues related to every student needing a four year degree.
“The AEDA Board believes that this initiative will connect Arvada businesses together with the future workforce to enable success for both business and a talented workforce,” said Jodi Thomas, President of the Arvada Economic Development Association Board. “This will ultimately lead to the competitive advantage of Arvada as a place to do business.”
If you would like to learn more about how to can engage in Arvada Works, visit www.arvadachamber.org or call 303-424-0313.