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TAP Accelerator: Phase 1 Upskill-Backfill Initiative Grants


Project Focus – Construction Heavy/Highway

WorkForce Central (Pierce County)

There is a significant need for foremen in this industry and demand is expected to grow. This project will upskill journey-level construction workers to foremen and backfill them with entry-level workers. The project is designed to: engage two businesses; train 20 existing workers for foreman responsibilities; hire 40 new jobseekers, with 25 coming from populations facing barriers. The new jobseekers will obtain one or more of the following: a high school credential, transition to postsecondary education, or an industry-recognized postsecondary certificate. Partners: Tucci & Sons, Lakeside Industries, Construction Center of Excellence, AGC Education Foundation, and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). Grant Amount: $250,000 (with $149,000 leveraged). Total: $399,000


Upskill-Backfill Initiative Grants

The Workforce Board has awarded $1.6 million in competitive grants to seven different projects designed to “upskill” entry- and mid-level employees through additional education and training that moves them ahead in their careers, while “backfilling” their open positions with new workers. An estimated 550 workers will be provided additional training to advance their careers, with another 300 new hires backfilling projected openings.


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Staff contact: Wesley Nguyen, (360) 709-4641


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