There are 12 regional workforce areas in Washington overseen by Workforce Development Councils (see list below). Each must create a four-year workforce plan that offers a vision for their local workforce development system. Through a variety of federal and state funding sources, our agency offers a wide range of job placement, training and educational services to employers, job seekers and incumbent workers.
Current plans were created in the spring of 2016. The plans are intended to boost the skill levels of the local workforce, increase employment and earnings, raise customer satisfaction for both jobseekers and businesses who rely on a skilled workforce, and offer a good return on investment for both taxpayers and workforce program participants. These regional workforce plans were substantially approved by the Workforce Board on July 22, 2016. The Governor has final approval of the plans.