Tools for laid-off SPEEA workers

United States Department of Labor
Workforce Investment Act of 1998
  WorkForce Re-Employment Center

The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program is designed to provide quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment, and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business.

Three levels of services are provided through One-Stop Career Centers.

  • Core services - includes outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information available to all job seekers;

  • Intensive services - Includes more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning; and

  • Training services - Customers are linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. Participants use an "individual training account" to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider.

Additional Services

  • "Supportive" services such as transportation, childcare, dependent care, housing and needs-related payments are provided under certain circumstances to allow an individual to participate in the program.

  • "Rapid Response" services at the employment site for employers and workers who are expected to lose their jobs as a result of company closings and mass layoffs are also available.

  • Individuals whose layoff was created or affected by international trade, may access information and services under the Trade Act programs.

  • States are responsible for program management and operations including enrollment, service delivery, and certification of training providers.

To get started, go to (see Workforce Investment Act).


In 2017 Workforce Snohomish and The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County received federal and state funding to provide targeted services to eligible aerospace workers and family members impacted by the Boeing layoffs. Those impacted range from direct Boeing employees, on-site contractors, and supply chain workers.

Regardless of previous employer, dislocated aerospace workers and their families may be eligible for services; assistance provided by these grants are designed to steer laid-off workers into gainful employment. There is never any charge for services provided through the WorkSource Centers.

Services may include:

  • - Specialized job search
  • - Resume development
  • - In-demand career training
  • - Relocation assistance
  • - Healthcare tax credits
  • - Retraining allowance
  • - Family member resources
  • - and more

Learn more at

Lynnwood Redmond

18023 Highway 99, Suite B
Lynnwood, WA 98037

7735 178th Pl NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Contact: Jim Groak

North Seattle Auburn

9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Contact: Craig Bruckshen

2707 I Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002

Contact: Fawad Frotan


WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Worker Retraining Program    

This statewide program through the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) serves jobless workers or workers with layoff notices who need to change careers or update skills in order to re-enter the workforce. The program offers:

  • Tuition assistance, books, and fees for those who qualify
  • Educational advising and planning
  • Job search assistance
  • Assistance in locating additional funding for training
  • Liaison to other agencies, programs and fund sources
  • Assistance with forms such as Employment Security Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) and Training Benefits (TB) applications, Workforce Investment Act/Dislocated Worker, and Trade Adjustment Act.

To learn more, go to the website for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges at and search for Worker Retraining.



Ed Wells Partnership can help with transition

SPEEA-represented employees at The Boeing Company   What members say about EWP career transition resources

Are you working at Boeing and holding a WARN (60-day notice of layoff) or just want to consider other options? Ed Wells can help with classes (see sample of courses below) and also career coaching and consulting. This is a contract benefit for all SPEEA-represented employees currently at Boeing.

Classes include:
  • Resume writing workshops
  • 'Winning Resumes'
  • 'Interview Success' tactics
  • 'Acing the Interview'
  • 'Job Interviews/Rules of the Road' webinars
  • 'Over 40 and You're Hired'
  • "I got the job I interviewed for and start this Friday so I am no longer being laid off - a lot of thanks to you for the coaching session."

  • "In my life, I’ve had the fortune to have formally interviewed only once, for an internship nine years ago which became my current job. As a result, much of your presentation was new material for me, and I learned a lot."

  • "Thanks for your help in the resume workshop and editing my resume. I just got a position!"
Career coaching and consulting   Learn more

Coaching - provided by International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified coaches and can take between three and six months. Meetings are conducted mainly virtually with some face-to-face. These coaching services are free and confidential.

Consulting - short-term process that can help with how to pursue a particular career path, for example. Consultation is usually one to three meetings with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in an advising role. You can meet face-to-face or virtually.

  Find out more about Ed Wells Partnership online through Boeing's intranet, at The site features an online course catalogue and a link to job-search resources provided by Ed Wells.