Workforce

Available, Educated, Skilled Workforce

Spokane County is the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. As the education hub of the Inland Northwest with 18 universities and colleges located in the area, the county has a dependable source of employees who are well-trained, ready to work and valued for loyalty. Nearly 90,000 students study at area colleges and universities within an 80-mile radius of Spokane County, building the talent pool for the region. The county’s public and private higher education institutions work collaboratively with one another and the business community to support the needs of students and various industries seeking skilled talent from the graduating population. This ensures student success and a workforce developed specifically to meet the needs of business and industry.

Additionally, Spokane Valley offers a wide range of resources to support the hiring needs of employers. The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council offers employers resources such as job posting and screening, candidate source, job profiling, assessment testing, behavioral interviewing, on the job training and work opportunity tax credits. Its initiative Work Ready Spokane provides workplace skills assessment that can be used by employers and job seekers alike. Impact Washington also provides programs and tools to make manufacturers more globally competitive. With a variety of consulting and training services, Impact Washington has a 20-year history of creating measurable impacts for manufacturers.

When combined with Washington’s colleges, and job skills programs, these resources make building a highly skilled team fast and simple.

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