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Pathway to a Vibrant Seattle Port Economy

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Pathway to a Vibrant Seattle Port Economy


Logistics and International Trade

On the Move: Building Pathways to International Trade, Transportation and Logistics Jobs in the Port-related Economy
International Trade is a vital part of Washington’s economy, with 40% of all jobs in the state tied to the import and export of goods and services – from airplane parts and machinery to food and medicines.  Thousands of workers in King County move these goods, making up an industry broadly referred to as International Trade, Transportation and Logistics (ITTL).   This study deepens our understanding of ITTL employment pathways and informs Port Job’s next steps efforts to support the needs of employers, job seekers and incumbent workers in the port-related ITTL sector. (2013)


Logistics and International Trade: Career Ladders and Training Programs in an Evolving Sector
This national scan highlights post-secondary certificate and degree programs that prepare workers for entry-level jobs in the logistics and international trade (LIT) sector. The scan examines training programs that are available for entry-level LIT workers, who they serve, and gaps in training or services that might prevent disadvantaged workers and job seekers from working or advancing in the LIT sector.  (2008)


Big Rig , Short Haul: A Study of Port Truckers in Seattle
If your image of truck driving is of an eighteen-wheeler speeding down America's wide-open highways, think again. This study takes a comprehensive look at the role of truck drivers in the movement of freight and the economics of the owner-operator business model.  It contains the results of a survey of port truckers, and includes key findings and recommendations.  (2007)  Executive Summary


Employment in Logistics and International Trade: Opportunities with Limitations
This study examines whether the logistics and international trade (LIT) sector in King County can provide the same kind of career opportunities once provided by manufacturing.  This initial scan found that while the LIT sector does provide a good number of entry level jobs that pay comparable wages to the manufacturing sector, advancement may be limited for workers who lack advanced education. (2006)


Construction and Apprenticeship

The Impact of the Apprenticeship Opportunities Project
This study examines the impact of AOP on King County building and construction trades apprenticeship programs. It answers:  1) What share of the women and people of color who entered apprenticeships in King County were recruited by AOP, and 2) After starting their apprenticeship programs, how did AOP clients fare in comparison with other King County apprentices who entered the same trades?  (2008)


Building the Foundation: Opportunties and Challenges Facing Women in Construction in Washington State
This report identifies opportunities to increase women’s participation in the building and construction trades. It provides perspectives on factors that help and hinder women and profiles their entry into/completion of apprenticeship programs over a twelve-year period. (2007)
Executive Summary

Apprenticeship Utilization Goals and Requirements: A Countywide Impact Study (2007 Update)
This annual report provides a snapshot of the use of apprentices on construction projects that are built in King County by public agencies and private developers who have adopted apprentice utilization goals.  Reports are also available for the years 1994 through 2006. Contact Port Jobs for copies of these reports.
Construction Trades Assessment Workbook
This assessment booklet is for case managers, career counselors and others who work with youth.  The workbook helps youth understand what apprenticeship is, the entry requirements, and work environment.  It also provides resources such as pre-apprenticeship training and relicensing assistance.  Includes an interest inventory and skills assessment. (2007)

Model Curriculum Guide for Apprenticeship Preparation Programs
Designed for apprenticeship preparation programs, this guide identifies the core competencies that applicants need to be competitive for building and construction trades apprenticeship programs.   It includes standards of achievement, instructional resources, and sample learning activities. (2005)


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