City of Seattle's Training Capacity

In 2018, City's Employment Pathways Interdepartmental Team tasked OED and the Seattle Department of Human Resources, with inventorying all the existing training resources that occur across departments in the City of Seattle. This document is a map to these programs. The map shows just how important workforce development is in the City, and the incredible number of options residents have to access it; the City values cross-departmental collaboration to ensure alignment and visibility to our collective workforce development efforts.

OED's Workforce Development Team brings together a network of partners to ensure Seattle residents get the education and training they need to obtain high quality jobs. Low-income workers, youth and communities of color are especially supported. We are dedicated to strengthening our economy by growing local talent and expanding opportunities. 

City of Seattle Employment Training Inventory



Questions? Contact Matt Houghton at 206-684-3978. Note: for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding a specific program, please contact the lead department or program directly.


OED commissioned the Job Readiness Skills for Youth report in 2018, detailing the importance of early work experiences for young people and presenting the competencies and behaviors that young people need to be prepared for today's economy. This research outlines definitions and degrees of competency for each of the employability skills we believe to be most important for success in a first job or internship. Many employers have noted that, without a strong training program, there is often a mismatch between what a supervisor is expecting of a young person and what that young person is capable of. To help bridge this gap, we have created four tiers along a continuum of skill development within the major employability skill categories. This tool can be used to appropriately match youth with employment opportunities.

The map below overlays the City's youth employment programs and investments along the skill development continuum. The continuum is not intended to be a linear pathway for every young person. Instead, youth should participate in programs and employment opportunities that best match their competency level. 

Questions? Contact Sasha Gourevitch at sasha.gourevitch@seattle.gov. Note: for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding a specific program, please contact the lead department or program directly.