To help nurture the next generation of maritime industry workforce, Port of Seattle commissioners agreed to invest $4.1 million over three years toward that effort, the port announced Nov. 18.
The money is expected to be used to collaborate with employers and offer training and help to youths ages 16-24 and internship opportunities that could lead to entry-level full-time work, according to the port.
Social services organization Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, sustainable development organization Washington Maritime Blue and private school The Polytech are expected to partner with the port on this pilot program, which seeks to aim resources at under-served communities and those furthest from opportunity in the Puget Sound, the port said.
“The Port of Seattle continues its investment in youth for job-training opportunities in much-needed positions throughout our region,” Port Commissioner Hamdi Mohamed stated. “You can see the need for a new generation of maritime workers everywhere — from our ferry system to the crowded docks of our waterfront — we need young people to see it too and get involved.”