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Program Overview

King County's Apprenticeship Program is committed to fostering partnerships with labor, business, and the local community to create a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the county's population. King County establishes apprenticeship requirements on select public works construction projects.  Apprenticeship requirements are based on the scope of work and the number of total labor hours anticipated to be worked on any given project.  King County desires to create and expand access to family and livable wage jobs for any person interested in an apprenticeship career path.

  • Provides community members access to family wage jobs
  • Creates a pool of skilled workers to help fill the projected shortage of skilled labor
  • Provides economic stability to communities throughout King County
  • Apprenticeship programs are paid for by the trades, there is no additional expense to be an apprentice
  • Apprentices earn a living while learning on the job
  • 68,092 apprentice labor hours
  • 15.4% overall apprentice participation rate
  • 354 registered apprentices
  • 25.9% minority apprentice participation rate
  • 11.7% participation by women apprentices

A Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) is a comprehensive pre-hire collective bargaining agreement between King County and labor unions that sets the basic terms and conditions of employment for public works construction projects. The CWA includes the requirements for the Priority Hire Program. The terms of the CWA are negotiated individually for each King County public works project. Click here for additional information.

  1. Visit Labor & Industries online Apprentice Registration and Tracking System (ARTS) and run a Report of 'Programs by County' for the county where you are living or working. This report will show you all the programs that cover the specified county, sorted by occupation with the name of the program next to it.
  2. Go through the entire list and select the appropriate program(s) which will give you the contact information for that program.
  3. Contact the program to inquire if they are accepting applications.
  4. If the program is accepting applications, follow their directions for applying.
  5. Once you have applied and are accepted into the program, the program will then register you with Labor & Industries as a registered apprentice. Please note that if you're accepted into an occupation which has Licensing/Certification requirements in Washington State, you will need to get the appropriate license or trainee card from the appropriate agency.

Related Websites:

Apprentice Registration

Apprentice Lookup

CWA Lookup

2017 Apprenticeship Guide Book

King County Construction Priority Hire Analysis

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