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TAP Accelerator: Upskill-Backfill Initiative


$480,000 for Second Round Upskill-Backfill Projects--NEW!

The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for organizations to apply for the second round of funding for competitive grants to fund demonstration projects. Projects must align with the Governor's administrative priorities, specifically the use of the"Upskill-Backfill" strategy model. Deadline is June 30, 2017.


Governor Inslee has provided approximately $3 million from federal workforce funding to accelerate implementation of Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP), Washington's workforce plan. These dollars are paying for competitive grants, planning, and committee work.

What is Upskill-Backfill?

This model joins public and business resources to improve the workplace skills of both incumbent workers and new hires--helping more Washington workers, particularly those with barriers to employment, skill up to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" into newly created openings.

Additional funding set aside to help launch plan

The Governor has also designated $360,000 to help support six TAP implementation committees.


Learn more about the seven projects selected for the first round of funding!



Staff contact: Patrick Woods, (360) 709-4622


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Upskill Backfill workshops, application materials--Phase 2

Those interested in applying for a portion of the $480,000 in competitive grants through Upskill-Backfill Initiative are able to participate in workshops. Below are documents designed to help applicants, and workshop information.


Check back for future workshops.




The Workforce Board is committed to providing employees and the public, including individuals with disabilities, access to its information and services. For information regarding documents, handouts, other questions, or for people needing special accommodation, please contact Rebecca Reule at (360) 709-4640 or Rebecca.Reule@wtb.wa.gov.





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