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TAP Accelerator: Upskill-Backfill Initiative


Governor Inslee invests $3 million in Washington's workforce system

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. More than half of this funding is aimed at the Upskill-Backfill Initiative.The rest is paying for competitive grants, planning, and committee work.


Read more about the seven projects selected for the first round of $1.6 million funding, and how they are designed to help Washington workers and businesses from across the state.


Get more information about funding and job creation by clicking on project links.

  1. Healthcare
    Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council
    (Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties)

  2. Building Engineers in the Construction Industry
    Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

  3. Construction Heavy/Highway
    WorkForce Central (Pierce County)

  4. Aerospace Manufacturing
    South Central Workforce Development Council
    (Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima counties)

  5. Healthcare
    Spokane Area Workforce Development Council

  6. Manufacturing
    Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

  7. Healthcare
    Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Additional project selected for second round of funding

Read more about this project, focused on supporting the needs of the maritime industry.


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 state workforce plan

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

Read more about the local Workforce Development Council grants here.


"This is a big win for Washington workers, our business community, and our entire workforce system. These grants ensure TAP's principles are put into practice right away, move more Washington workers up the career ladder, and provide new openings for frontline workers, especially those with employment barriers."

--Governor Inslee


Staff contact: Mike Brennan, (360) 709-4616


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Read the Upskill-Backfill Midterm Report

Read the Upskill-Backfill Midterm Report

Watch Upskill-Backfill in action!

Case Study- lessons from Upskill-Backfill - NEW


Recent Media

Developing talent pipelines in rural communities (Vancouver Business Journal)

As job openings abound, employers look to younger workers (The Columbian)

Mariner training offered at maritine center in Port Townsend (Peninsula Daily News)


Upskill-Backfill one page information sheet (PDF)

New study published on Upskill-Backfill

The Aspen Institute published an "Upskill America" study detailing why employers should focus on upskilling employees and "backfilling" with new hires.






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