Employer Talent Development Program

Photo of man on a laptop with the words skill, knowledge, ability, and training highlightedWhat is it?

Employer Talent Development Funds are available for local organizations who want to train current employees. Funded by the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and awarded through Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center, the grants are required to be used for training to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs. 

Who is it for?

Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center will award a total of approximately $136,000 in Employer Talent Development Grants to local businesses. Priority is given to in-demand industries, such as information technology and cyber security, manufacturing, health care, and hospitality and tourism – as well as to companies whose training leads to expansion of duties for employees.

How does it work?

Reimbursement funding will be made available to businesses in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties to provide training to upskill current employees. The Employer Talent Development Program (ETDP) is focused on staff training that is work-based, virtual, and/or classroom training that increases the competitiveness of the employee and the employer. Once the training has been completed and validated, Jefferson County Business & Workforce will reimburse the approved costs.

Options for training include a variety of work-based, virtual, or classroom training for current employees that will increase the competitiveness of both employees and the business. Employers are able to choose the training that will best meet the needs of their company and their employees. Past examples of training include Six Sigma, value stream mapping, lean manufacturing, AC/DC electricity, multi-industry systems technician (MIST) programming, total productive maintenance (TPM), advanced programmable logic controllers (PLCs), customized ISO, rapid cycle product innovation, electrical schematics, motors and controls, advanced hydraulic, business soft skills training, including focus on communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, strategic planning, resiliency training, critical thinking, and problem solving.

When does it start?

Applications will open on Monday, December 6, 2021 with virtual information sessions available that same week. Employers must attend one virtual information session to understand the program. Register to attend one of the following sessions.

  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. via Zoom

Applications will be reviewed, and grantees chosen by Monday, January 17, 2022. All training for employees must be completed by Monday, May 31, 2022.

Why apply?

This program allows participants to acquire new skills allowing them to move to a higher-skilled and higher-paid job within the company, thus permitting the company to hire a job seeker to back-fill the incumbent worker’s pre-training position.


*IMPORTANT*

Employer Talent Development Program Application

Please note–You need to open these documents in Adobe to edit/save them. Turn in applications to [email protected].

ETDP Application Packet


Equal Opportunity

The Business & Workforce Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, serves Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, and is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This program is funded by U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  1. Business & Workforce Center


    Phone: 303-271-4755

    Laramie Building

    3500 Illinois St, Suite 1600

    Golden, CO 80401

    In-Person Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    By Phone Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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