We are excited to share news today that Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) has been awarded the WorkSource Operator Role by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC).

In our role as an intermediary over the last 22 years, we’ve been able to collaborate closely with others to produce amazing outcomes for individuals and families by improving access and opportunities. We’re excited to bring this knowledge and spirit of collaboration to all of the partners that make up WorkSource in the Seattle-King County region, as well as other regions throughout the country. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC), which directs and oversees WorkSource Seattle King County and awarded SJI the grant, will manage SJI’s One-Stop Operator role to help ensure success.

We should celebrate that King County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in country at 3.0 percent, but too many people are being left behind. The facts speak for themselves:

  • 1 in 9 Seattle residents lives below the poverty line.
  • Nearly 300,000 adults work 40 hours a week, but still do not earn enough to support children without a partner.
  • Over 140,000 children are living in a household with income less than a living wage.

As the One-Stop Operator for the WorkSource System in Seattle-King County, SJI will assist in providing technical assistance and training for two full-service WorkSource centers, five WorkSource affiliate sites, and 38 WorkSource connection sites.  These workforce services highly leverage SJI best practices and will focus on seamlessly integrating systems and common goals across various organizations. In addition, key values for success will center on implementing regular performance reviews, ensuring access to programs for all eligible individuals, driving measureable improvements that challenge the status quo, aligning partnership goals, and leveraging resources to provide a higher level of service throughout the region.

We are thrilled about the formation of this new level of partnership between SJI and WorkSource that will create a positive impact for participants, a more coordinated system, and remove red tape to help people attain livable wage-earning jobs. When we work together, we can dramatically increase the ability of marginalized populations to achieve self-sufficiency, especially those farthest from opportunity.


Read the official press release here (LINK: http://www.prweb.com/releases/seattle_jobs_initiative_takes_on_worksource_operator_role_to_eliminate_poverty_and_promote_good_jobs/prweb16645025.htm ).