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TAP Accelerator: Upskill-Backfill Initiative


$480,000 for Second Round Upskill-Backfill Projects

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. June 30, 2017 application deadline has passed.

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. These dollars are paying for competitive grants, planning, and committee work.

Read more about the local Workforce Development Council grants here.

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.

Seven project selected for first round of funding

Read more about these projects and how they are designed to help Washington workers and businesses from across the state.


"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


Additional funding set aside to help launch plan

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


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 were able to participate in workshops. Below are documents designed to help applicants, and workshop information.


No workshops currently scheduled.




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 those needing special accommodation, please contact Rebecca Reule at (360) 709-4640 or Rebecca.Reule@wtb.wa.gov.





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