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King County Apprenticeship Program

King County Apprenticeship Program

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 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
  • $7.0 million earned by apprentices, compared to $4.3 million in 2022.
  • 810,293 total labor hours on projects with apprenticeship requirements, compared to 566,575 in 2022.
  • 170,783 apprentice labor hours, compared to 108,691 hours in 2022.
  • 21.1 percent overall apprentice participation rate, compared to 19.2 percent in 2022.
  • 842 registered apprentices, compared to 590 registered apprentices in 2022.
  • 44.3 percent minority apprentice participation rate, an increase of 3.7 percent from 2022.
  • 21.4 percent women apprentice participation rate, an increase of 3.6 percent from 2022.

A Master Community Workforce Agreement (MCWA) 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 MCWA includes the requirements for the Priority Hire Program. The terms of the MCWA are negotiated individually for each King County public works project. Click here for additional information.

Visit Labor & Industries to learn how to become an apprentice.

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Required Forms

Annual Reports

Apprentice Registration

Apprentice Lookup

2022 Apprenticeship Guide Book

Priority Hire

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Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.