Education & Workforce Training

Education & Workforce Training

Welcome to Seattle, one of Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade. Over 54% of Seattle’s adult residents have a Bachelors degree or higher, nearly twice the national average.

An educated city means an educated workforce—a solid backbone for the innovative, knowledge-based industries that drive Seattle’s economy.

Serious Work

Many leading research institutions call greater Seattle home, including the internationally recognized University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. With strengths in biotechnology, global health, and alternative energy, the private and public sectors partner together across disciplines to form a community that is conducive to discovery, growth and innovation.

According to Central Connecticut Sate University’s annual ranking of America’s Most Literate Cities, Seattle ranks second among the nation’s 79 largest cities. Seattle also ranked first in the US for technology jobs by Forbes Magazine and one-and-a-half times the national average of STEM-related jobs—70% of which are in the Seattle area.

Workforce Incentives

Washington employers can access over thirty state and federal programs to assist in accessing labor market information, recruiting new employees and designing customized training.

At the federal level, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), passed by Congress in 1998, consolidated job training and education services and established individual training accounts for eligible workers to draw on the training of their choice. Under the WIA, businesses and employers play a major role in determining how job training funds should be spent. Programs identified and developed as part of the WIA are administered locally by the WorkSource Investment CouncilAmerica’s Jobs Network (formerly the Job Training Partnership Act). The Council works with local vocational schools, community colleges and private contractors to provide employers with properly trained workers.

At the state level, the Washington Job Skills Program (JSP) administered by the Board for Community and Technical Colleges, is designed to meet the short-term, job specific training needs of industries. JSP provides funds for customized, quick-start training projects that have at least 50% matching support from the private sector. The match may be made in cash, donated or loaned equipment, instructional time or use of company facilities and training materials. Most businesses are eligible for JSP training. The JSP supports three types of employee training: new employee skills training, current employee retaining and current employee upgrade training.

For further information about WorkSource call (360) 438-4123 or the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges at (360) 753-2000.

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