$1.6M Upskill-Backfill Initiative to Help Hundreds of Workers Move Ahead

New initiative to skill up workers in multiple sectors, will open up jobs across the state

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 7, 2017

OLYMPIA - The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board has awarded $1.6 million in competitive grants to seven different projects designed to “upskill” entry- and mid-level employees through additional education and training that moves them ahead in their careers, while “backfilling” their open positions with new workers.

An estimated 550 workers will be provided additional training to advance their careers, with another 300 new hires backfilling projected openings. Three of the seven projects are in King County. Read more at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator_phase1.asp

The Upskill Backfill Initiative is one of several partnerships between the state’s Workforce Board and the Governor’s Office aimed at advancing the state’s workforce plan “Talent and Prosperity for All,” or TAP. Earlier this year, Gov. Inslee invested $3 million in federal workforce funding to accelerate implementation of the TAP plan, with a little over half of that going toward Upskill Backfill projects.

The seven projects join public and private resources to focus on a wide range of industries and occupations, including: Healthcare, Building Engineers in the Construction Industry, Construction and Highway Workers, Manufacturing, and Aerospace. Each project is headed up by a regional Workforce Development Council in conjunction with area businesses within a particular sector. This public-private partnership brings businesses to the table to help shape the training their workers receive, while also co-investing their own resources into targeted training programs. The goal is to move more Washington workers into needed, higher skilled positions, with a focus on populations facing barriers to employment.

“This initiative will provide many new opportunities for career connected learning,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “By providing on-the-job training and certification in high-demand industries, workers will advance their careers and strengthen the economy for all Washingtonians.”

In addition to the state’s $1.6 million investment in these projects, nearly $1.6 million in additional funding was leveraged through matching grants and business investment, for a total of $3.1 million in targeted job training.

King County's three projects are outlined below.

Project Focus – Building Engineers in the Construction Industry

The demand for building engineers is expected to increase 14 percent over the next 10 years in the greater Seattle area, according to Economic Modeling Specialists. An added challenge is an aging workforce at the Senior Building Engineer level. This project will upskill potential leaders, enabling them to operate HVAC, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems in high-performance buildings and backfill with new employees. The project is intended to: engage 10 businesses; train 100 current workers (with 50 receiving wage increases); and bring 30 new hires into the newly opened positions. Partners: Renton Technical College, Construction Center of Excellence, TRIO, NW Business Solutions Inc., ANEW, Emerald Cities Seattle, WBEC Steering Committee (Wright Runstad/Western WA Stationary Engineers), Associated General Contractors (AGC) Education Foundation, and Western Washington Stationary Engineers. Grant Amount: $226,855 (with $171,257 leveraged, totaling $398,112)

Project Focus – Manufacturing

Skilled workers are in great demand from the manufacturing industry. Right now, the limited supply has employers poaching talent from one another in the region. This project will upskill manufacturing workers into leadership positions and backfill with entry-level workers, with a focus on populations with barriers including those with disabilities. The project is designed to: provide advanced training to 250 current workers (of which 175 will receive wage increases); bring in 100 new hires to the industry, with an estimated 10 employers increasing their overall FTE counts. Partners: Genie (Terex brand), Astronics AES and Spectralux, Everett Community College Corporate and Continuing Education Center, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Seattle Goodwill Industries, and Seattle Housing Authority. Grant Amount: $275,000 (with $248,900 leveraged totaling $523,900)

Project Focus – Healthcare

King County faces an ongoing need for healthcare workers. To help meet this demand, area employers would like to tap promising talent from entry-level positons to fill critical clinical openings. This project will upskill current workers in positions such as environmental services, food services, and customer service to move into clinical roles such as nursing assistant and medical assistant, and backfill entry-level positions with jobseekers, with a special focus on populations facing barriers to employment. The project is designed to: engage two employers; support advancement training for 20 current workers; and facilitate 20 new hires to replace the workers who have advanced into new positions. Partners: Neighborhood House, Kaiser Permanente, Harborview Medical Center, the Washington Federation of State Employees, and other labor entities. Grant Amount: $241,480 (with $163,170 leveraged totaling $404,650)

The Workforce Board is a state agency that monitors and evaluates the state’s key workforce programs and also provides leadership on policies that help all Washington residents get the education and training they need to obtain living-wage jobs. The Workforce Board is also the state licensing agency for private career schools.

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Congratulations to WorkSource Seattle-King County Award Winners

WorkSource Seattle-King County connects industry to people, as a proud partner of the American Job Center Network under Washington State’s WorkSource brand. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County leads thirty-eight WorkSource Seattle-King County sites as an integrated, high-quality, service delivery system designed to meet the needs of businesses and job seekers. The system is built on the principles of universal access, integration, performance and accountability, customer choice, partnership, and continuous quality improvement.

This past month, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and its WorkSource Operator Team had the opportunity to honor three individuals that have provided an exceptional level of care and service to both industry and community member customers.

Below are these Program Year 2016 WorkSource Seattle-King County Excellence Award Winners.


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Monthell Woodson
YouthSource
Customer Service Excellence Award

Monthell is “customer focused in everything she does,” building relationships “based on honesty and integrity” and working across agencies to achieve the common goal of helping youth to find work experience.

She uses “a deep understanding” of both human services and the private sector to “develop strong relationships” between WorkSource and businesses that result in the creation of new and innovative youth programs, and ensures their success through integrity and excellent follow through.

Monthell has a “relatability to youth” that allows for “the building of trust in the young adults that she supports.” She is able to inspire confidence that she can help them navigate a path forward.

She is an excellent communicator across organizations within WorkSource and her consideration for the positions of others allows her to bridge differences in perspective in service of providing powerful opportunities for young people.


Jack Chapman
Pacific Associates
Leadership Excellence Award

Jack is a “champion and advocate for customers facing high barriers to success,” serving as a “model for other staff” when it comes to communicating with customers, focusing on data, representing the WorkSource system, ensuring accessibility, and providing opportunities for staff professional development.

He’s “a great listener with a wealth of knowledge,” and serves as “the point person” for Pacific Associates services in South Seattle, including WorkSource at South Seattle College and the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

A “mentor,” Jack has often been a “peacemaker” between students, students and staff, and even between staff members. He “goes out of his way to be accessible to clients,” and encourages staff to participate in trainings and conferences to improve their skills and better serve WorkSource clients.

Jack works across multiple agencies to ensure clients receive the wraparound services they need to reach their goals. He maintains consistent communication and holds clients and himself accountable through data, constant feedback, and setting goals for clients and the program.


Brianna Kiarie
Neighborhood House
Leadership Excellence Award

Brianna is a “great facilitator who makes sure that everyone’s voice can be heard.” She is “prepared to show data” at every meeting and helps the team to monitor progress on goals and pinpoint areas where improvements can be made.

In addition to providing “a vision of what and how a customer should feel” when receiving services, she also constantly reminds staff to consider “the perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences” of customers.

Brianna has proven herself to be an approachable person to handle a diverse array of customer concerns. She carries this willingness to help into her relationships with team members, encouraging career development through professional training that takes advantage of the tremendous community knowledge around case management and organization.

Brianna is forthright with her communications and adept at delegating tasks to meet the goals of both Neighborhood House and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. For her efforts, the team has continued to grow in its collective abilities and improved services for every client.

Over $300,000 to Assist Dislocated Boeing Workers in Seattle-King County


Collaboration between workforce investment boards in Seattle-King & Snohomish counties totaling $1.6 million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 28, 2017

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has received a National Emergency Grant from the United States Department of Labor for $307,025 to fund reemployment and training services for workers laid off by Boeing in King County. Boeing, the largest employer in the Puget Sound region, has announced planned layoffs over the next 12 months. The grant expands Seattle-King County’s year-round dislocated worker program with specific funds for nearly 1,000 affected Boeing employees, in collaboration with Snohomish county’s Workforce Development Board receiving an award for individuals in their area.

“It’s always been our priority to provide the Seattle-King County workforce with opportunities along their career pathway--promoting sustainable economic growth where we have the biggest demand for talent,” says Dot Fallihee, Interim CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “This funding lets us expand our resources to individuals in a moment when they need that support the most.”

National Emergency Grants for Dislocated Workers fund workforce training and employment programs in rapid response to planned layoffs and/or large, unexpected changes in the economy that result in significant job losses. By providing relevant job market training, these grants allow Workforce Investment Boards to quickly reemploy dislocated workers and provide stability to local economies.

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The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a workforce grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident. The Workforce Development Council provides the region with talent pipeline studies, research and partnerships to aid in connecting talent with employers that need it most. Learn more: via www.seakingwdc.org or by calling (206) 448-0474.

 

 

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Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 17-04: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program Services for Adult, Dislocated Worker, Out-of-School Youth, In-School Youth, and Business Services

Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 17-04:
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program Services for Adult, Dislocated Worker, Out-of-School Youth, In-School Youth, and Business Services

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is competitively procuring career, youth and business services for the WorkSource Seattle-King County system. Qualified organizations with expertise in providing workforce services are invited to submit proposals in response to RFP No. 17-04.

Click for RFP No. 17-04: WIOA Program Services Request for Proposals
Click for RFP No. 17-04: Appendix A – Budget and Cost Proposal Form
Click for RFP No. 17-04: Appendix B – 14 WIOA Youth Service Elements Form

Procurement Timeline:

  • RFP Release Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Letter of Intent to Bid Due – MANDATORY: Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:00 pm (PST)

  • Last Day to Submit Questions: Friday, July 21, 2017, 12:00 pm (PST)

  • Proposal Packages Due – RFP DEADLINE: Friday, August 4, 2017, 4:00 pm (PST)
     

Q&A:

Beginning with the release of RFP No. 17-04 and continuing through Friday, July 21, 2017, 12:00 pm (PST), bidders may submit questions electronically at operations@seakingwdc.org. A question and answer (Q&A) digest to address questions will be updated and posted on our Careers & Funding Opportunities webpage weekly in this period. Note that questions will not be answered over the phone, in person, via email, or directly to inquiring parties in any form other than on the WDC website.

Policy Released for Public Comment: Co-Enrolled Integrated Services Delivery

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has released a draft local policy and operational guidance on integrated service delivery with co-enrollment under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):

·         Policy No. 02-2017 (draft) – Co-Enrolled Integrated Services Delivery (Click to view)

This new, local WDC policy distinguishes between “Basic Career Services” and “Individualized Career Services” for the purpose of co-enrolling job seekers in accordance with WIOA Title I eligibility criteria, and incorporates the requirements and procedures cited in the Employment Security Division (ESD) Integrated Service Delivery Policy and Operations Manual (WorkSource System Policy No. 1023, Rev. 1, released April 4, 2017).

Policy No. 02-2017 is released in draft for public comment as of May 31, 2017, and the comment period will close on June 30, 2017.

Comments may be submitted to operations@seakingwdc.org.

Thank you!