Amid worker shortage, Northern Colorado employers are boosting on-the-job training

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Shop foreman Forest Lathrop, center, works with apprentices Josh Bass, left, and Holly Lentz, right, as they work on a van at Houska Automotive in Fort Collins on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.
Shop foreman Forest Lathrop, center, works with apprentices Josh Bass, left, and Holly Lentz, right, as they work on a van at Houska Automotive in Fort Collins on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

Hello readers!

I’ve been covering the labor market in Fort Collins for more than 20 years, and I've never seen anything quite like this.

Businesses from restaurants to retail and high-tech to automotive are scrambling to find workers.

In some cases, they’re ditching the way they’ve always done things.

Instead of hiring someone they can “plug and play,” they’re looking for someone with the right aptitude and attitude to whom they can teach the necessary skills.

It seems to be paying off for both worker and employer.

I hope you enjoy my story on this, available only to subscribers. And, as always, thank you for reading the Coloradoan.

— Pat Ferrier, patferrier@coloradoan.com

This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: Amid worker shortage, Northern Colorado employers are boosting on-the-job training

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