South Central Workforce Development Council Skills Panel

The South Central WDC Construction Skills Panel (serving Kittitas, Klickitat, and Yakima Counties), along with the Laborers’, Carpenters’, Sheet Metal Workers, Painters, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakama Nation, and the Associated General Contractors were successful in their application for the Statewide Apprenticeship Training Grant, locally referred to as TAPIT (Tri-County Apprenticeship, Pre-apprenticeship, and Incumbent Worker Training). These funds have provided the opportunity to train both unemployed workers for entry into employment and/or apprenticeship and incumbent workers within the building trades.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop a career ladder training for the Construction Industry.
  • Development and delivery of the core curricula customized by the construction trades.
  • Development and delivery of customized training as defined by the industry for incumbent apprentices and journeymen.
  • Allocation of training resources and selection of training providers.
  • Identify specific training needed to fill jobs where skill gaps arise.

Recent accomplishments include:

  • 52 unemployed workers received core construction training and 96% of those attained credentials.
  • 415 incumbent apprentices and/or journeymen have upgraded skills and 99.6% attained credentials.
  • Yakima Valley Community College developing vocational ESL classes to commence in fall 2005.
  • Assisted Yakama Nation Housing Authority in developing a Building Apprenticeship Training (BAT) program with the AGC and Department of Labor.
  • Development of a Mentoring Program for Native Americans interested in the Construction Industry.
  • Currently expanding efforts to link high school students to the Construction Industry via the Tri-County Youth Council.