Provider Highlight: WorkSource Pierce
- Connecting employers and job seekers through statewide partnerships
- Understanding WAServes client needs
- WorkSource Pierce SNAPSHOT
- Understanding WorkSource Pierce client needs
WorkSource Pierce connect employers and job seekers – supporting transitions to new jobs and empowering careers. This WorkSource location is the place to go when WAServes clients need a job or are trying to find a better one.
Connecting Employers and Job Seekers Through Statewide Partnerships
Washington State’s WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provide an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington. Customers access services electronically through WorkSourceWA.com or a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates, and connection sites.
WorkSource Pierce County is a partnership of multiple organizations dedicated to addressing Pierce County’s employment needs, including:
- Employment Security Department
- WorkForce Central
- Career Path Services
- ResCare Workforce Services
- Department of Social & Health Services
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
- Education Opportunity Center
- Veteran Representatives
Last year, WorkSource professionals helped over 170,000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Studies show that people who use WorkSource services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.
UNDERSTANDING WASERVES CLIENT NEEDS
Employment is the most significant service type requested by WAServes clients, reflecting 28% of all service cases tied to Housing and Shelter. The figure below shows all the service cases by service type.
WorkSource Pierce SNAPSHOT
WorkSource helps thousands of military veterans – including disabled veterans – find jobs each year. Veterans may receive priority referrals to jobs that are listed with WorkSource, as well as other employment services. WorkSource centers offer veterans and their spouses:
- Job listings, job referrals and hiring events.
- Resume, application and interviewing assistance.
- Use of computers, photocopiers, and phones.
- Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources.
WorkSource centers have veteran employment specialists whose job is to help military veterans with disabilities and other severe employment barriers. They’ll assess your skills and interests and put together an employment plan that’s right for each veteran.
This WAServes Employment provider leads the remaining 35 WAServes employment providers, having worked with 9% of all employment services cases.
UNDERSTANDING WorkSource Pierce CLIENTS
WorkSource Pierce’s client base is 71% male and 29% female, and have served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. Here are additional details regarding the branch and service era of WorkSource Pierce’s client base:
15% of the WorkSource Pierce clients were Active Duty, 57% are veterans, 14% National Guard, and 14% were undisclosed.
72% of the WorkSource Pierce served in the Post 9/11 service era, and 14% were Post-Vietnam.
CONNECTING WASERVES CLIENTS WITH Employment & Training Opportunities
WorkSource Pierce resolved most of its cases, helping veterans pursue employment opportunities. In one instance, a veteran moved from CA to WA; he was willing to commute to Pierce County for job searches. Another client retires in 14 months; he’s currently enrolled in school, seeking employment with federal government or Washington State agencies. WorkSource guided this client through the following action items for a positive result:
- Complete employment plan
- Identify specific potential industries for work
- Determine commute distance and expected wages
- Register for ONET and E-benefits for resume and employment ideas/information
- Review and complete resume workbook and materials
WAServes is grateful for WorkSource Pierce as a vital employment resource for its clients. Most of their employment outcomes have been resolved.
Contributing to WorkSource Pierce’s success are numerous locations throughout Pierce county with two office locations in Tacoma and eight affiliate sites:
1305 Tacoma Avenue South Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours M-Th 8:00-5:00, F 9:30-5:00
WorkSource Pierce Job Center
3650 South Cedar St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
Hours M-F 8:00-5:00
WorkSource additionally has eight affiliate sites in Pierce County, including:
Tacoma Community House
1314 South L Street
Tacoma, WA 98415
Clover Park College
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
Tacoma Housing Authority
1724 E. 44th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404
Bates Technical College
1101 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405-4895
1701 Elm Street
Sumner, WA 98390
714 South 27th Street