What is WIN?
The regional Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) is a collaborative partnership between RTD, Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. WIN helps job seekers, companies, and local communities through the creation of career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries.
From employment training, assessment, placement, to ongoing outreach, WIN gives people the tools to build better lives and sustainable communities across the metro area.
WIN’s first priority is putting people to work. We provide potential workers with skills training, placement assistance, and resources to help them secure industry positions with competitive wages and career possibilities.
We work with businesses to identify needed skills, develop custom training and job placement services, and leverage financial incentives, such as Work Opportunity Tax Credits and other on-the-job training funding sources.
Through a wide network of service providers, WIN works with local communities, governments, and organizations to increase access to critical resources that promote job creation, skills development, and social and economic growth.
Training and service network
Our training and service partners include community and technical colleges, industry training programs, and the public workforce system. Collectively, we offer a single, effective outreach program focused on shared need to ensure diverse training options for entry-level, career advancement, and entrepreneurial skills development. Our collaborative network seeks to solve common workforce challenges, achieve long-term employment success, provide active placement options for funded programs, and offer ongoing career coaching and mentoring, follow up, and post-placement training to increase retention.
WIN’s career training is open to all residents who are legally eligible to work in the US and meet the following program requirements:
If you meet the qualifications and are interested in the program, visit the WIN website at www.winforwork.org.
- At least 18 years of age; 16 years old for youth career outreach activities
- High-school diploma or GED is recommended; or you can earn your GED in the WIN program
- A Colorado driver’s license is not required at the time of enrollment; however, this may cause an employment barrier which can be addressed through the community resource network
- Completion of the WorkKeys assessment, earning a minimum bronze level from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Career Ready certification
- Ability to pass drug screenings throughout training and employment
- Ability to pass required background screenings (requirements will vary by project)
- Provide proof of eligibility to work in the US
With the rapid expansion of local public transportation, WIN is currently concentrating efforts on workforce opportunities along the I-70 corridor to Denver International Airport, as part of the RTD FasTracks program's Eagle P3 project.
This $2 billion effort alone will create tremendous opportunities for skilled tradespeople, contractors, and management, with the construction of more than 36 miles of commuter rail track by mid-2016.