SkillUp Washington 

Help create pathways and opportunities for thousands of people through this innovative program, which connects low-income individuals with living-wage jobs in high-demand fields in Washington state.

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Through collaborative partnerships, innovative funding programs and catalytic opportunities, SkillUp Washington creates pathways and opportunities for thousands of low-income individuals.

Since 2007, SkillUp Washington has partnered with employers, community colleges, government, and community organizations in Washington state, fostering cross-system collaboration and partnership through leveraging, incubating and short-term piloting grants. SkillUp focuses on the state’s highest demand fields: manufacturing, transportation, construction, business, healthcare, and technology. Its work and strategic partnerships are targeted to:
  • Bridge gaps between job openings and job seekers to help individuals and business thrive;
  • Connect with businesses, community organizations, training programs and colleges to identify best practices and build partners;
  • Invest in post-secondary education, training or work placement programs that help low-income adults;
  • Advocate for policy changes to improve outcomes for low-income adults; and
  • Share research and best practices to help others learn.

SkillUp Washington is always open to new funders to help provide new workforce opportunities for employers and low-income adults. Please contact to talk about funding opportunities.

College for Working Adults
The College for Working Adults (CWA) Initiative designs and tests programs that help low-income working adults move rapidly and successfully to a postsecondary credential in the healthcare, manufacturing, business services and technology sectors. CWA marks an unprecedented collaboration between the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, local government and employers. It includes access to our Postsecondary Attainment Fund: a flexible emergency fund for low-income students.

Skill Link
Skill Link is a new on ramp initiative that will create opportunities for 200-250 young adults ages 18-24. Participants will improve their work readiness and education skills and enroll in credit-bearing college programs through partnerships between community colleges, workforce investment boards, and community-based organizations in six pilot sites around Washington state.

Energy Efficiency
Northwest Energy Efficiency Workforce Opportunity Project (NEW OP) builds upon and improves training opportunities in energy efficiency, and creating a forum for robust discussion and action in the emerging industry of commercial and residential weatherization.

SkillUp will lead a committee that will explore healthcare apprenticeship training in high-demand healthcare occupations, with the long-term goal of developing a statewide plan for healthcare apprenticeship. Planning committee members include the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council, SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership, the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the federal representative for apprenticeship for our region and other healthcare industry representatives.

SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership program creates and implements 1-year training apprenticeship program to help home health aides obtain state certification and raise the quality and composition for homecare workers.

SEIU1199 Multi-Employer Training Fund will help incumbent hospital workers move into high-demand, higher-paying healthcare careers.

Transportation and Logistics
Transportation and Logistics Initiative provides increased career advancement opportunities for airport and seaport incumbent workers and job seekers. Employer partners include the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, HMS Host and others.
  • Make a Contribution: If you are interested in supporting SkillUp Washington, give online or call (206) 622-2294.
  • Partner with SkillUp: SkillUp Washington is always looking for new partners to create collaborative and impactful opportunities for business and people in Washington state. If you are interested in partnering with SkillUp or learning more about unique partnerships, please contact
  • Learn More: Visit to learn more about SkillUp Washington initiatives.

SkillUp does not directly provide workforce training or place participants in jobs. Click here for several workforce resources and training programs we partner with, each providing skilled training in Washington’s high-demand career fields.