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New survey seeks input on Washington’s workforce system

Plan will help guide $1.3 billion in state, federal investments


The following is from the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board:

OLYMPIA (Oct. 27, 2023) — Employers, workers and all community members are encouraged to share their thoughts on Washington’s workforce system through a new survey.

The survey is part of the Workforce Board’s community outreach as the state’s next workforce plan is created. The plan, Talent and Prosperity for All, is being developed now and will guide investments of roughly $1.3 billion in state and federal dollars that serve nearly 500,000 Washingtonians.

Many Washington employers face a serious shortage of skilled workers, and workers need family-wage jobs that offer stability and opportunities to advance.

The plan includes three guiding principles:

  • Close economic disparities for marginalized populations.
  • Provide comprehensive support for individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Enhance systemwide performance metrics and accountability.

The plan is also focused on five strategic priorities:

  • Integrate systems services, data and accountability.
  • Support business development and competitiveness.
  • Improve opportunities for young people.
  • Explore credential reform to improve equity.
  • Develop a job quality framework to guide investments in business services.

Contact the Workforce Board at for more information about the Talent and Prosperity for All planning process.

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is a partnership of business, labor and government dedicated to helping Washington residents succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employer needs for skilled workers. The Board’s vision is that every Washington community is thriving, inclusive and economically resilient. Learn more at

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