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TAP Accelerator: Phase 2 Upskill-Backfill Initiative Grants


The following project has been approved to receive a $288,216 grant award:


Project Focus - Maritime (Manufacturing)

Olympic Consortium & Pierce/Tacoma Workforce Central

This project is supporting the workforce needs of the maritime industry through the creation of career pathways for rural high school students, and providing career advancement opportunities for incumbent maritime workers. This project focused on youth populations with barriers. The Olympic Consortium and Workforce Central (Workforce Development Council in Pierce/Tacoma) are partnering with the Northwest Maritime Center to implement this maritime upskill and vocational training project. Workforce Central's role is to partner with businesses, educators, economic development specialists, community-based organizations, and government to strengthen outcomes. It has been difficult to recruit new talent to the area. Partner companies have committed to help grow the talent pipeline within the region. The expected wages for an upskill and backfill position in this sector range from $16.18-23.84 and $29.38-52.11 respectively.

Training Partners: Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), Maritime Discovery Schools, Compass Courses, Sound Experience/Schooner Adventurers, Un-Cruise, Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership

Business Partners: Un-Cruise, Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership; plus 30+ potential employers in the area that have worked with NWMC

Labor Partners: International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, The Inland Boatman's Union, Sailor Union of the Pacific

Grant Amount: $288,216 ($389,592 leveraged totaling $677,809)


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


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Watch the video: Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis provides a narrated PowerPoint overview on distributing these funds.


Technical Staff Support

Mike Brennan - (360) 709-4616

Wesley Nguyen - (360) 709-4641


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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