Workforce Development

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. 

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. While these programs remain siloed in their departments, the map shows just how important workforce development is in the City, and the incredible number of options residents have to access it.


Career Pathways Initiatives

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Our work connects Seattle residents to high wage careers, while helping local businesses find the talent they need.

Youth Employment

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Our Youth Employment programs connect young people to enriching, paid employment opportunities while growing our local workforce.


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TechHire expands learning pathways, transforms hiring practices, and builds inclusive tech communities.

Data & Resources

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We work with our partners to develop research and data around current workforce development issues. 


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Meet the people we serve.

About Us

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Learn how we engage with workforce development in the Seattle region.