Building on Her Affordable Seattle Agenda, Durkan Announces Plan to Train Workforce and Strengthen Apprenticeship Programs to Build Opportunity in Seattle
Seattle – Building on her Affordable Seattle Agenda, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced her plans to strengthen our workforce and expand apprenticeship programs, which follows last week’s Seattle Promise proposal and agenda to protect workers to build opportunity for residents in Seattle.
“Today more than ever it’s clear that Seattle’s next mayor has a deep responsibility to tackle the affordability crisis from every angle, which includes building more opportunities for our residents as well as addressing rising costs and housing. With one of our leading technology companies announcing their plans to expand – potentially to another city — because of challenges recruiting talent, we should find ways to expanding educational opportunities so Seattle residents can fill our high-skilled jobs,” said Jenny Durkan. “Apprenticeships train our workers, create a pathway to family wage jobs, and provide employers with a significant return on investment. By expanding access and strengthening apprenticeship programs, students and local workers will have access to good-paying careers in new and innovative sectors as well as high-demand jobs. Together, we can create pathways for Seattle’s young people, women, people of color, veterans, and disadvantaged workers while diversifying our skilled workforce.”
“To train the workforce of today and the future, we need innovative ways to strengthen our apprenticeship programs to ensure young people and workers have the skills to stay competitive for years. Our unions, including the Laborers, have provided thousands of apprenticeship positions that provide good wages and benefits,” said Dale Bright, Political Director of Laborers 242. “Apprenticeships are an ideal way to provide new skills and opportunity for strong family wage jobs, and we will be a strong partner to Jenny Durkan to grow apprenticeship opportunities.”
“Apprenticeships provide a proven, reliable pipeline for underrepresented groups including people of color, women and veterans to gain training, certification and placement within the talent-hungry tech industry,”said Washington Technology Industry Association’s Apprenti Director Jennifer Carlson.“We look forward to partnering with the City of Seattle to expand these opportunities to as many Washingtonians as possible.”
As mayor, Durkan would: expand Priority Hire, develop Community Workforce Agreements, propose an ordinance for apprenticeship utilization, create an apprenticeship summit, and bring together partners to strengthen pre-apprenticeship programs and career connected learning opportunities. You can read more here about Jenny’s plans to work regionally with employers, labor, current apprenticeship programs, the Port of Seattle, colleges, Seattle Public Schools, non-profits and and community leaders to grow apprenticeship programs.
In addition to receiving the highest rating of any candidate from Washington Technology Industry Association, Durkan has the endorsements of working families including: M. L. King County Labor Council, ILWU Local 19, ILWU Local 52, Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17, Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council, Seattle Fire Fighters Local 27, the Heat and Frost Insulators and Firestop Containment Workers Local 7, UA Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Laborers 242, Ironworkers Local 86, SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Teamsters Joint Council No. 28, and the Washington State Council of County and City Employees.