Developing the next generation of King County employees

Crossposted from the DES Express blog

Attendees at the 2016 Women in Trades Fair had the opportunity to build a birdhouse, thanks to FMD

Attendees at the 2016 Women in Trades Fair had the opportunity to build a birdhouse, thanks to FMD

Like many of our region’s employers, King County is facing a “silver tsunami.” Members of the Baby Boom generation, born between 1946 and 1964, are set to retire in huge numbers in just a few years. Many of them have decades of institutional knowledge that could be lost when they leave.

There’s also another demographic challenge facing the County: Millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, are more likely to pursue tech-oriented careers. Many Millennials aren’t even aware of the lucrative job opportunities available in the trade industries.

The King County Apprenticeship Program seeks to tackle these two demographic issues head-on by providing training opportunities that lead to journey-level positions in the trades.

Read more at DES Express