The city of Denver will set up a program to help job seekers learn the "soft skills" they need to land jobs in the growing retail sector of the city.
The city is the winner of a $422,652 grant from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership using a $10.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. Denver is one of 10 cities selected across the country to implement a new model of career services specific to retail. The models will then serve as best practices for about 550 Workforce Development Boards in the U.S.
The idea is to set up programs that offer career coaching and soft skills training -- such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.
“This is a great opportunity to grow good entry-level and middle skill jobs in a sector that plays a significant role in Denver’s economy, and we’re ready to work with businesses to develop clear career paths in retail, while providing skills training and new approaches to accelerate career development,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.