National Fund for Workforce Solutions

SkillUp Washington is a National Fund for Workforce Solutions collaborative. As such, government, philanthropic organizations, and businesses are brought together to craft local strategies built upon the National Fund strategies.

Social Innovation Fund

In 2010, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions was selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service as an inaugural recipient of a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. These funds — $7.7 million over two years — are being used to help the National Fund scale up its efforts in 10 communities and start work in six new communities. In each of these 16 communities, SIF funds require regional funding collaboratives to direct support to employers and workers in key industry sectors through the development of well-organized workforce partnerships. These partnerships will provide targeted training and career support assistance to more than 20,000 low-income individuals over three years.  SkillUp Washington was selected to receive $600,000 over two years.

SkillUp SIF Projects
Health Care
SkillUp Washington is working with two health care workforce intermediaries to connect low-wage health care workers to higher wage positions in the industry and new low-wage job seekers to entry-level positions with advancement opportunities.

College for Working Adults
SkillUp is sponsoring a second Medical Assistant (MA) cohort as part of SkillUp's College for Working Adults (CWA) initiative. Business Services Workforce Partnership

Business Services Workforce Partnership
Providers include local community colleges and community organizations with strong connections to local employers.

Transportation and Logistics
Port Jobs- the nonprofit workforce intermediary created by the Port of Seattle to work with Port-related employers, training providers, and community organizations- will leverage employment and training opportunities for airport and seaport incumbent workers and job seekers as the convener of the Transportation & Logistics Workforce Partnership. Employer partners will include the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, HMS Host, and others.  Port Jobs will survey Port customers and tenants to identify their hiring needs and incumbent worker training needs over the next several years.

NFWS is led by Fred Dedrick. Watch Fred explain his vision for the organization.


Latest Research

  • Hospital Frontline Worker Green Training Project

    Great things happen when frontline workers become a more integrated part of hospital care teams and work hand in hand with labor-management to design “green” projects and take a lead in the their implementation. 

    The Seattle-based Frontline Workers Green Training Projects is a SkillUp funded case study surrounding labor/management partners engaging frontline workers to lead hospital environmental sustainability efforts, supporting: people (patients, workers, the community)the planet (the environment); and profits (costs).

    Download the report:  Frontline Workers Green Training Project.pdf