Esd Grant Disbursement Agreement

OLYMPIA – Washington workers who are negatively affected by COVID-19 are getting jobs and training for sought-after occupations who pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state Department of Employment Security (ESD) worked with the Washington Workforce Association (WWA), the State Workforce Board (WTECB) and other key stakeholders to win two national grants for workers. In total, USDOL provided $24 million to Washington in clawback grants, the largest amount of any state to date. People who have lost their jobs without fail are entitled to benefits under the subsidy rules. If you are interested, you should contact your local work resource centre by phone or email. All WorkSource branches are currently closed to the public due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The COVID 19 crisis has affected hundreds of thousands of workers and, if the economy is reopened, there will be an increased demand for training and re-employment assistance services as well as virtual service delivery strategies. EsD, WWA and WTECB are currently identifying the highest and best use of resources in the state as a whole. Everyone agrees that the grants will contribute to the implementation of government reconstruction efforts and are committed to seeking additional funding opportunities.

“This is a real asset to workers in this state and an excellent example of the commitment of ESD and our partners to continually improve our state`s workforce system,” said Suzi LeVine, ESD Commissioner. “These funds will help Washington get back to work when our economy reopens. I am so grateful that our agency is part of this collective effort to help communities and families in our state. “Working with this passionate group of local and government leaders is inspiring and gives me great confidence that we will help all Washingtonians find a way to recover,” said Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director of the Washington Council for Workforce Training and Education Coordination. This distinction will help the state move toward economic recovery by employing people immediately, if possible, while others will be trained for the jobs of the future. The allocation of these funds will focus on equity for vulnerable populations and maximizing efforts for the human resources program, which will help people earn a living wage. “I fully agree with the Commissioner on the power of partnerships and I appreciate everyone`s efforts. Because of our collective approach, USDOL has recognized Washington State`s workforce system as a true coalition of leaders,” said Kevin Perkey, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Southwest and President of WWA. WWA represents the 12 Workforce Development Councils across the state, working with a large number of partners to promote employment and training initiatives in their communities. “We are doing everything in our power to help Washington that are financially affected by COVID, and this is another great resource to help us,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.

“These joint efforts to support workforce development initiatives across Washington help ensure that this remains a place where all families and communities have the opportunity to succeed.”