Boeing showcased its commitment to the Auburn community and the entire Puget Sound region with the grand opening of its Workforce Readiness Center.
The Workforce Readiness Center is the first new building at the Auburn site in 25 years.
The center, which features state-of-the-art training and equipment, is dedicated to giving workers the skills they need to contribute to a 21st century workforce.
The 71,000 square foot Workforce Readiness Center houses:
Equipment services training for mechanics and technicians to receive new training and obtain necessary re-certifications.
A robotics lab, where employees can learn next-generation manufacturing.
Safety courses, which ensure Auburn remains the leader in workplace safety.
The first onsite IAM/Boeing Joint Program collaborative safety development curriculum with the International Association of Machinists.
Boeing is the largest private employer in Washington state, with nearly half of Boeing’s employees located in the state. This new center highlights Boeing’s commitment to employees in Washington and the region’s long-term economic success.
This event for students and work-ready women (and men!) will be a venue to teach, recruit workers, submit applications and in some cases land a high-paying job. There will more than 80 exhibitors including colleges, vocational schools, government agencies, businesses, trades representatives and organizations offering apprenticeships. Schools from all over the region attend. Middle & High School aged students are introduced to the high paying, spirit empowering positions in the skilled trades.
Exhibitors include apprenticeship programs, governmental agencies, colleges, vocational training and corporations. Among many others, past participants have included King County, Gary Merlino Construction Company, Inc., the Boeing Company, and the Seattle Fire Department. Training programs include apprenticeships with the Sprinkler Fitters, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Pipefitters, Electricians, Elevator Engineers and of course, the Ironworkers. The Port of Seattle will be an exhibitor as part of the Port’s effort to build a workforce to meet future needs in maritime industries.
Some of the exhibits are outdoors. Don’t miss Seattle City Light’s famous climbing pole next to the equally famous Seattle Center Fountain!
The Port of Seattle recently kicked off a campaign to hire 150 high school and college interns to work at Port of Seattle facilities and for private employers this summer. Because recruiting young people to maritime industries has been challenging, there is a lack of future workers in the pipeline to meet the future demand. These jobs offer competitive pay and benefits, but those who could benefit the most may not be aware these opportunities exist.
Examples of recent news media coverage about the need for maritime workers included stories by Q13 FOX, KNKX and KOMO NEWS.
The Port of Seattle urges businesses in Port-related industries to join in by hosting student workers over the next few months. The Port of Seattle’s Intern Sponsor Program places future leaders with small businesses connected to the port, the waterfront, and local manufacturers.