Priority Hire

The City promotes access to construction careers for women, people of color and others with social and economic disadvantages. In 2015, the City created a priority hire program for City public works construction projects of $5 million or more and, in 2017, expanded the program to public/private partnership projects with significant City investment. Using City-funded and public/private partnership projects, the Priority Hire Program prioritizes the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas, particularly in Seattle and King County. In addition, City projects and public/private partnership projects have apprentice utilization requirements and women and people of color aspirational goals.

NEW! The City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services is announcing an upcoming Request for Proposals that can offer one or both of the following:

  • A culturally inclusive mentorship program for Priority Hire construction apprentices
  • Leadership development for Priority Hire construction apprentices 

The purpose of the RFP will be to support apprentices to achieve journey-level status, promotional opportunities, and long-lasting construction careers. The City is committed to strategies that work toward achieving racial and economic justice. 

The formal Request for Proposals will be released in early summer. If you have questions, please continue to check this webpage as more information is released.