The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (SKWDC)
In 2000, SKWDC was part of a three-area construction skill panel emphasizing
the promotion of career paths for potential and incumbent workers. Since then,
the SKWDC’s Youth Council identified construction career
pathways as a viable and successful route for young people in
their area. SKWDC also conducted an extensive, county-wide
analysis of the industry, finding continued growth and high
wages. Construction is in the top 12 industries showing the
highest numbers of job vacancies in King County.
Based on this analysis of the construction sector as well a the
current priorities of the WDC Youth Council, the 2005-2006 WDC
strategy for the construction sector includes the following:
- Focus construction efforts on the older youth (18-21)
population, particularly out-of-school youth.
- Identify and target new employer and apprenticeship
partnerships in the construction sector, focusing on developing
connections to big public works projects.
- Increase linkages with existing youth programs that provide
work experience, training, and internships in the construction
Review the SKWDC construction sector analysis at:
Visit the Youth@Work website and read the report at:
The Safety Training Center
The Safety Training Center is a broad-based coalition of labor, business and
public entities are establishing a state-of-the-art Safety Training Center. The
Center will be housed at South Seattle Community College, Duwamish
Apprenticeship and Education Center, and will the safety needs of construction,
transportation and manufacturing.
The Coalition is open to interested parties who would like to participate in
developing and using the Safety Training Center. For more information, go to: