Collaborative Partnerships
Innovative Programs
Catalytic Opportunities

Our Work

About SkillUp Washington

SkillUp Washington connects low-income individuals with living-wage jobs in high-demand fields in Washington state. 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. We focus on the state’s highest demand fields: manufacturing, transportation, construction, business, healthcare, and technology. Our 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 partnerships;
  • 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 does not directly provide workforce training or place participants in jobs.  Click here for several partner workforce resources and training programs, each providing skilled training in Washington’s high-demand career fields.

Mission: Public and private organizations drive practices, policies and investments to improve post-secondary pathways that prepare and place low-income adults in good jobs.
Vision: Post-secondary and workforce systems collaborate so that low-income King County residents, ages 18 years and up, complete education necessary to obtain career pathway jobs in high demand sectors, and so employers have a steady pipeline of locally trained skilled workers that meet their business needs.

Seattle Foundation: Founded in 1946, The Seattle Foundation, working side by side with donors, strives to make the greater Seattle community a vital and healthy place to live, driving positive change on a range of local issues. Through the support and vision of The Seattle Foundation, SkillUp Washington was formed and organized in 2007.