OLYMPIA – The state’s Employment Security Department has awarded $4.57 million to the Snohomish Workforce Development Council to help workers upgrade their skills and find work.
The funding for fiscal year July 2011 through June 2012 comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act. It’s down about $161,000 from last year due to federal budget cuts that have slashed nearly $3.3 million statewide.
The workforce development council uses the funds to provide counseling, skill assessments, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers, low-income adults, and low-income or disadvantaged young people. The services are available through local WorkSource offices in Snohomish County.
“While Workforce Investment funds continue to decrease, it is ever more important for public and private entities to work together to leverage funds to best serve the needs of our workforce and business communities,” said Sue Ambler, executive director for the council. “In Snohomish County, we’re doing just that.”
Employment Security and the local council are partners in the statewide WorkSource system, which provides a broad array of training and employment services to all kinds of employers and workers.
“The number-one goal of WorkSource is to put people to work, and we do that through personalized assistance that looks both at their work skills and their job-hunting skills,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “In the end, employers gain access to a higher-caliber workforce, and workers can build a brighter future for their families.”
Employment Security will distribute some $44.6 million this year to the state’s 12 workforce development councils based on their population, unemployment levels and number of disadvantaged people.
Anyone who needs help with training or finding a job should visit their nearest WorkSource employment center. Locations are listed at go2worksource.com.