The Arvada Chamber of Commerce closed 2019 on a high note with its signature initiative, Arvada Works. In this community, finding skilled employees continues to be the number one business challenge and the Chamber is committed to taking bold steps to make Arvada Works a leading workforce initiative.
Through extending lessons learned from innovations in supply chain management, this is a call for employers to play an expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships. The Arvada Works talent pipeline program is modeled off a national program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that has successfully launched in over 50 communities across the country and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce is lucky enough to be one of the selected sites to continue this incredible demand-driven work.
Based on our 2019 Business Challenges Survey, the #1 issue identified by small and large employers in Arvada is the lack of a qualified workforce. This skills and people gap means that employees are not prepared to meet the needs and grow the economic base of Arvada and Jefferson County. This will have major implications on our local economy long-term.
What would happen if…we started asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?” instead of “What college do you want to go to?” #careerfirst
The Arvada Chamber of Commerce serves as a convener for local industry to connect with education and community partners who are preparing our future workforce. By bringing stakeholders together, the Chamber will champion improved communication, breakdown of negative stigmas and, ultimately, necessary system changes.
OUR 2020 GOALS
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
- Sign-up for a monthly Stakeholder update
- Join an employer collaborative
- Attend an Arvada Works Summit, Training or Event
- Complete our work-based learning interest survey
- Sign-up as a Pathway Partner
Career Exploration Week
The Arvada Chamber worked with education and community partners to raise awareness around the Career First concept by giving the youth and adult workforce pipelines an opportunity to experience careers across Arvada. Learn how it went here!
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