Priority HIre Program Partners
City of Seattle
Several public agencies have adopted programs that create meaningful and successful access to construction careers for people of color and others with social and economic disadvantages. Working with the Construction and Building Trades, these public agencies have provided priority to increase the number of African-American, women and people of color employed in the construction trades.
The Seattle Metropolitan Urban League, Seattle Vocational Institute, Casa Latina and other community agencies have helped support these programs by referring those in the community to the workforce development, training and employment opportunities. For information about training, you may contact the City of Seattle, King County, the Seattle Urban League, Seattle Vocational Institute, the Regional Pre-Apprentice Collaborative, Construction Industry Training Council, or the Washington Building Trades.
Priority Hire Partners
City of Seattle
In 2015, the City created Priority Hire for City public works construction projects of $5 million or more. Priority Hire Program requires prime contractors to prioritize:
•Hiring residents that live in economically distressed areas, particularly in Seattle and King County;
•Hiring women and people of color to achieve aspirational goals for the construction workforce;
•Hiring apprentices which ensures that women and people of color gain seniority for future work; and
•Meeting requirements or goals for utilization of WMBE (women and minority business) for the project.
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