Snohomish County Future Workforce Alliance
Snohomish County Workforce Development Reimagined
Understanding that an effective workforce system is critical for local businesses to compete locally, nationally, and globally, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers is reimagining Snohomish County’s workforce system. Snohomish County and the State of Washington have significant workforce training needs across the spectrum - from serving individuals with the highest needs, to those transitioning careers and students creating pathways for their future.
To realize this vision and meet the growing demands of a rapidly growing county, Executive Somers is working to strategically reshape our workforce system by building on the strengths of two organizations.
The Snohomish County Future Workforce Alliance
Executive Somers is launching the Snohomish County Future Workforce Alliance with the intent of seeking certification of the Alliance by the State of Washington as the local workforce development council for Snohomish County. The Alliance is being created to formulate strategies to strengthen local businesses, support workers, and assist unemployed residents in launching careers in occupations leading to career advancement. Operating under the direction of the Snohomish County Executive, the Future Workforce Alliance will set priorities and be future-oriented as it assumes strategic and oversight responsibilities for the overall local workforce development system, WorkSource Snohomish County.
Workforce Snohomish is a 501(c)(3) organization with extensive experience overseeing the day-to-day operations of the WorkSource Snohomish County system. The Executive has designated Workforce Snohomish as the local agency responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the system that enacts the vision of the Future Workforce Alliance through centers, affiliate sites, and connection sites that are part of the national America’s Job Center network.
The Future Workforce Alliance and Workforce Snohomish are working together seamlessly to ensure Snohomish County residents have the opportunity to thrive and engage in our vibrant community through a “Gold Standard” workforce system focused on the following four strategies:
- Create better strategic alignment of workforce efforts across the county;
- Identify data-driven sector employment pathways in partnership with business, labor, the non-profit sector, and others;
- Implement measurable workforce development strategies beginning in the K-12 system; and
- Institutionalize and empower the diverse elements of our workforce system to develop robust partnerships that leverage cross-system resources and new investment.