Our Approach

Our team focuses on growing the skills of our current and future workforce to be part of the region's world-class talent pool. We build career pathways to economic mobility by closing skills gaps in targeted growth industries. In partnership with educators and employers, we align education and training programs with industry needs to give jobseekers targeted, in-demand skills while helping businesses access the talent they need. 

OED also helps fund employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth through Workforce Investment Opportunity grants. We represent the Mayor of Seattle, who -- along with the King County Executive -- is a Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO) for these federal grants.  The CLEOs appoint a local workforce board and together oversee the administration of workforce development services while providing strategic direction for workforce development programs.