Recording: Webinar, "Resource Update: Talent Pipeline Application"

Thanks to our over 20 attendees at the virtual "Resource Showcase" webinar for our now *updated Talent Pipeline Application, hosted by Bryan Pannell, Director of Performance and Sector Partnerships, and Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager. The application is at your fingertips via our website--for industry, education and training, job seeker, and research use. See below for the recorded event, and please spread the word! #seakingwdcapp

You might also want to check out... 
"5 Tips for Using the New Talent Pipeline Application," here
 
Questions? 
Contact our Strategic Communications Manager, Hannah Mello: hmello@seakingwdc.org // 206.448.0474 ext. 3014

Video embedded below, and direct link here

WorkSource Seattle-King County Expands through New Sites & Partnerships

Free jobseeker and business services now available at forty-four locations throughout King County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2018

Seattle, Wash. – The public workforce system of services known as the American One-Stop Job Network and “WorkSource” throughout Washington State has expanded in Seattle-King County. WorkSource Seattle-King County has expanded to 44 locations under the oversight of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and partners. New sites and partnerships broaden the system’s geographical reach and make services more accessible to a wide range of youth, adults, and businesses. Tax dollars at work provide employment and training services free of charge—including résumé and interview support, access to technology, employer hiring events, and more.

WorkSource Seattle-King County now includes 2 Centers offering access to all services, 6 Affiliates offering access to most services, and 36 Connection Sites offering electronic access to many available services (See map and menu of services here). All WorkSource locations are chosen strategically based on demand, with many featuring specialized staff to assist the diverse needs of job seekers and businesses. During the last program year, WorkSource Seattle-King County provided 206,689 staff-assisted services to 31,079 jobseekers in King County.

“WorkSource Seattle-King County exists to weave access to career opportunities into the fabric of our communities, connecting in-demand business with talented individuals,” says Beth Blanchard, WorkSource System Director at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

The WorkSource system’s 36 Connection Sites are founded on interagency partnerships through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and provide access to WorkSource employment and training services in historically underserved communities. By partnering with a broad array of organizations typically serving niche populations with resources and services not exclusively related to employment or education—including housing, English language classes, disability resources, and mental health resources—WorkSource Seattle-King County expands and complements these opportunities to assist individuals working towards self-sufficiency.

“We are pleased to thank all of our local partners for their investment in our Seattle-King County system of WorkSource sites, and the creative, integrated thinking that continues to expand broad and diverse services for individuals at every stage of their career journey,” says Dot Fallihee, Interim CEO at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

LinkWorkSource Seattle-King County Map & Menu of Services

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager
hmello@seakingwdc.org |  206-448-0474 x 3014
 

 

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Free Online Talent Pipeline Application Updated

Most recent labor market data available for jobseeker, career counselor, and business use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 15, 2018

Seattle, Wash. – The most recent labor market data for Seattle-King County can be accessed at any time via the free, online “Talent Pipeline Application,” a resource provided by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. This dynamic, interactive, open-access resource contributes to the decisions of jobseekers, career counselors, researchers, students, employers, educators, and the press when it comes to workforce preparedness. The application is a valuable and relevant tool, delivering a reliable snapshot of our regional economy.

http://www.seakingwdc.org/talent-pipeline-app/

Updated data sets powering the application include: occupation employment counts, short and long-term projections, industry job distributions, and education program data. Users can view regional supply and demand data and cross-reference information by wage, required education level, occupation, and industry.

“This exciting application has proven its value over the last year since its launch,” says Dot Fallihee, interim Chief Executive Officer. “With the latest data, businesses and educators as well as those seeking long-term, self-sufficient employment in Seattle-King County can benefit in their contributions to our thriving region.”

Attend one of two “Resource Showcase” webinars to learn more about how to use the application:
Monday, April 9  |  10:00-11:00am
Tuesday, April 10  | 2:00-3:00pm


To Register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resource-showcase-interactive-talent-pipeline-application-tickets-44205011379

 

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The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. Led by a majority private sector board representing industry and partner agencies, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is positioned to serve both industry and community members as partners and customers. Learn more at seakingwdc.org.

 

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org |  206-448-0474 x 3014

$1.3 Million to Fund Education & Career Opportunities in Seattle-King County

Partnerships between schools & industry facilitate career-connected learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12, 2018

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and the Seattle Region Partnership have received $1.3 million from a Governor Inslee-issued, state-wide Career Connect Washington grant to increase career guidance, work-based opportunities, and apprenticeship pathways for youth and adults in Seattle-King County. The two organizations will co-lead an effort to build on the best practices to scale partnerships between the public-school system and local industry to serve all youth ages 16-24, with a special emphasis on underrepresented populations. The programs will also connect unemployed adults with apprenticeship opportunities.

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 Seattle Region Partnership was created to streamline the way businesses partner with our region’s workforce, economic and education systems, in order to ensure residents have access and connection to meaningful, livable wage careers. Among the programs to benefit from the grant is a partnership with Highline Public Schools that offers lessons and best practices for the expansion into a regional education strategy with Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Colleges. Career goals and interests are identified in high school and form the basis of a personalized pathway that includes an education course plan and moves from career awareness to exploration, preparation, and training.

Career Link, a reengagement program and partnership between Highline Public Schools and South Seattle College, works with Washington’s Open Doors dropout reengagement system to provide career mentorship for out-of-school youth. With funding from the grant, this model will scale to form an intensive, three-part program encompassing career planning, adult mentoring, and career experience with local businesses.

Seattle Colleges will act as a systems convener for developing standard processes for enrolling youth and ensuring their success in apprenticeships.   Committed apprenticeship partners include businesses in the aerospace, culinary, allied health, and construction sectors.

Dot Fallihee, interim Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, says, “This grant bolsters our regional partnerships to create new career opportunities for young people from Enumclaw to Rainier Beach. This region’s young people have great potential to meet our local industry need and propel our communities forward with their passion and skill, while achieving self-sufficiency—thriving in supporting themselves and their current and future families.”

Maud Daudon, co-chair of the Seattle Region Partnership and President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce comments, “Our state expects 740,000 job openings by 2021, many of which provide career paths to family wage jobs. We look forward to seeing that industry need met by local talent through the programs and collaborations made possible by this exciting grant award.”

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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.

The Seattle Region Partnership (SRP) was created in 2016 to streamline the way businesses partner with our region’s workforce, economic and education systems, in order to ensure residents have access and connection to meaningful, livable wage careers.  SRP was founded by Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Foundation, City of Seattle and King County in 2016.

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org | 206-448-0474 x 3014

Event Recap: WorkSource Summit 2017

Statewide WorkSource conference with a focus on collaboration and integration

On Friday, December 8, 2017, WorkSource Seattle-King County hosted a statewide summit for staff and partners from across the state of Washington. Gathering at the Seattle Airport Marriot for a daylong conference, teams and individuals shared strategies and inspiration to improve the quality of services provided for community members, and internal collaboration with that goal in mind within the WorkSource system of sites.

Deitra Garrett, Integrated Services Coordinator at WorkSource Rainier, began the morning serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Min Song, interim Chief Operating Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, led opening remarks, drawing experience from her family to discuss themes of courage and legacy. Finally, Agnes Balassa, a pioneer in improving the efficiencies of workforce systems, discussed the essential ingredients of organizational culture change, and summed up the concept of integrated service delivery in three maxims: 1) All Means All, 2) Free the Cubicle People, and 3) Put the Customer at the Center.

The conference broke into sessions covering a range of topics centered around the themes of “innovation, inspiration, and integration.” Representatives from Spokane and Snohomish counties added state-wide context to the expertise of King County staff and administrators. Sessions ranged in topic and encouraged group participation, revealing a wealth of real-world experience and examples for how to integrate services across functional agencies and design resources centered on human behavior.

At lunch, the keynote speaker, Michael Karl, inspired the room with creative strategies for breaking out of rote habits through his practice as a magician and mentalist. Michael demonstrated a number of canny illusions and talked through the twists and turns of his professional life, proving his skill as a master of playing with and subverting the audience’s expectations.

After lunch, smaller groups discussed general topics in workforce development, including community outreach, culture change, customer input, and service integration. Anne Masters, Training and Resource Coordinator with the WorkSource Seattle-King County Operator Team, led a group discussion with leadership and staff in a question-and-answer session.

Finally, Min Song returned to the stage with Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, to close the day with a reflection on the courage necessary to leave a legacy of positive change.