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Washington Jobs Initiative

Washington Jobs Initiative: Request for Applications Open

The Employment Security Department (ESD), on behalf of Career Connect Washington (CCW) and in partnership with the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) have announced the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Washington Jobs Initiative (WJI). Through this competitive grant solicitation, ESD is seeking grant applications from industry sector partnerships who will implement programs to meet identified industry needs and achieve the goals of the Washington Jobs Initiative – Washington State’s Good Jobs Challenge federal grant.

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit Career Connect Washington and review the WJI overview, technical assistance, grant solicitation, and FAQ documents. The Grant Solicitation includes detailed descriptions of RFA proposal requirements and timelines. Technical assistance and FAQ resources will be updated regularly to provide additional information to prospective partnerships developing strategies and applications.

Washington Jobs Initiative Grant Solicitation: RFA Timeline & Activities

Grant Solicitation Published June 2, 2023
Due Date: Letters of Intent to Bid June 30, 2023 – 11:59 PM (PST)
Estimated Award Announcements September 1, 2023

Career Connect Washington partners are ready to provide support and technical assistance to interested parties statewide. After reviewing the WJI materials, you may connect with CCW’s WJI team by emailing

About the Washington Jobs Initiative

The Washington Jobs Initiative (WJI) will help more Washington residents access industry-driven training to secure a good job with a family sustaining wage. More than 70 percent of jobs created in Washington State need a postsecondary credential, but only about 40 percent of young people currently have one. 

WJI was created to help more students pursue good-paying jobs after high school by enrolling in registered apprenticeships and technical training programs. The initiative is supported by a $23.5 million Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. 

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), in collaboration with Career Connect Washington, will draw on current partnerships and programs to meet WJI’s goals by 2025:

  • 5,000 people receive education and training
  • 3,150 people are employed in quality jobs
  • Prioritize serving historically underserved populations, including but not limited to women; Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander individuals; and anyone unduly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

These partnerships will span ten high-demand sectors: 

  1. Advanced Manufacturing & Aerospace
  2. Clean Technology & Energy
  3. Construction
  4. Finance
  5. Health Care
  6. Information Technology & Cybersecurity
  7. Life Science
  8. Maritime
  9. Education
  10. Agriculture & Natural Resources

The following partners are included in the WJI award:

  • Lead: Washington Student Achievement Council in partnership with Career Connect Washington
  • Sub-awardees: 
    • Washington State Office of Equity
    • Employment Security Department
    • Washington State Labor Council
    • Washington STEM

With a focus on equity, WJI will offer competitive awards and invest in industry-sector partnerships. These partnerships span labor, K-12, higher education, nonprofits, and tribes. Partners will provide training and paid work-based learning. Together, we will help thousands of Washington residents find a career with a family-sustaining wage.

Lead partners

Career Connect Washington, Washington Student Achievement Council, and Good Jobs Challenge logos








WJI Sub-awardee logos