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Workforce Board Publications

All reports produced by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board are free to download.

Publications Index




Where Are You Going? 2015-2017

This popular "Where Are You Going?" career guide provides information on more than 400 occupations in Washington, and on educational programs, financial aid, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: CareerBridge.Wa.Gov is the website version of this publication

Workforce Development Directory

2018 Workforce Development Directory (electronic version) provides a detailed look at the state's education and training programs and the funding that flows to each program.

Career Bridge web site and information cards

Career Bridge (www.CareerBridge.wa.gov) brings together valuable career planning information in a single web site. You can: view careers and employment demand by region, learn how much you’ll earn, and find education programs needed for a new career. It's also home to the state's Eligible Training Provider list. Get help navigating the site.
--Information card

Talent and Prosperity for All--TAP (2016) Talent and Prosperity for All or TAP is Washington's strategic plan for workforce development. It's the successor to High Skills, High Wages, and folds in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, while also bringing together the state's multifaceted workforce system, ensuring the system works for the benefit of all Washingtonians.

High Skills, High Wages (2012)

High Skills, High Wages is the roadmap for Washington's workforce development system, envisioning a vibrant economy fueled by a skilled workforce. The Workforce Board is beginning its process for establishing a new and updated High Skills, High Wages.

Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Plan

Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Plan is Washington's five-year plan for spending federal grants that come from Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Plan released in 2008

Workforce Investment Act, Wagner-Peyser

Washington's 2012-16 State Integrated Workforce Plan .


Aerospace Training Report

2016 Annual Aerospace Report (June 2017)

2015 Annual Aerospace Report (April 2016)

2014 Annual Aerospace Report (February 2015)

2013 Annual Aerospace Report (March 2014)

2012 legislation (HB 2156) mandates a report on aerospace training programs - January 2012

Retooling Washington's Workforce Report Retooling Washington's Workforce--Addressing Today's Needs and Building a Stronger Economy (2011)

Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Annual Report

The Workforce Board oversees funds received through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace. The Workforce Board compiles an annual report with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. View previous reports.

Young Adult

Fourth Workforce Board legislative report focuses on the multiple pathways that can help young adults, 18 through 24, find their way to economic independence. Archived Reports


Washington Employers' Workforce Training Needs and Practices

Every two years, the Workforce Board surveys employers on a range of topics including hiring challenges, employee skill gaps and productivity pressures.
Previous Surveys

Skill Gap Reports

The Workforce Board regularly compares the production of middle-level skill workers to future demand to determine where our high-demand fields are.

A Skilled and Educated Workforce - A 2017 joint report from the Washington Student Achievement Council, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board. Includes assessment of high employer demand programs of study.

H-1B Workers in Washington The Workforce Board delivered a report on the number of foreign workers Washington companies employ and how they help fill an IT skills gap. Published December 30, 2011

Industry Cluster Strategy

Coordinating Workforce and Economic Development around Strategic Industry Clusters -- A Progress Report, December 15, 2010

Skills for the Next Washington - A statewide strategy for coordinating economic and workforce development

Health Workforce Council

Created in 2002, this Council is addressing the shortage of skilled health care workers.

(See Archives for previous reports and plan)

Evergreen Jobs Initiative

Washington's Evergreen Jobs Act (ESSHB 2227), enacted in 2009, established as a state goal that 15,000 new green economy jobs be created by 2020.
Evergreen Jobs Initiative Report 2013
Evergreen Jobs Initiative Report 2012
Evergreen Jobs Initiative Report 2011
Evergreen Jobs Initiative Report 2010

NAM-endorsed certification system The Workforce Board and partners delivered a report on the status of manufacturing skill certifications in Washington. Published December 30, 2011

WIA ANNUAL REPORT Washington's latest annual report on Workforce Investment Activities in the state, (year ending June 30, 2016). WIA was succeeded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).. Read more in the WIA Annual Report.

Washington's Workforce Compact September 2007 agreement of Workforce Board members delineating their roles and responsibilities in the workforce development system

Workplace-Based Learning Studies

Workplace-Based Learning Initiative - has produced a couple of reports including a national survey.
Entrepreneurship Training WIA-Funded Entrepreneurship Training in Washington State: An Overview of Self-Employment Preparation Services.

Workforce Training Results 2018

Workforce Training Results 2018 provides performance results for the state's largest workforce programs, including participant employment and earnings, as well as taxpayer return on investment.


Net Impact Study


Net Impact Study shows the impact workforce programs have on employment and earnings of workforce program participants when compared with a control group with similar characteristics. This detailed study is conducted every five years.

For printed copies, please contact us at 360.709.4600 or workforce@wtb.wa.gov. Most files are in PDF format which require Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read and print.



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