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Career Training

Career Training banner imageCareer training, also known as short-term training programs, can help you quickly transition to a new career in an in-demand field. 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT UPDATE:
With unemployment benefits extended through March 2021, this is the perfect time to explore a new industry, enroll in short-term training (with our help), certify your new skills, and apply for work in an in-demand field.

Note: Scholarship funds may be available for training programs - connect with our career coaches to see if you qualify. 

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Short-Term Training Map

Each training program varies in length and cost. But every short-term career training program will provide you with an industry-recognized credential to enhance your chances to gain employment in a new industry.

Step 1IDENTIFY YOUR INTERESTS

Through a quick and free career quiz, you'll be amazed by the career options available to you based on your interests and personality.

Washington State's Career Bridge is an employment training provider database that offers a free quiz to help you link your interests to a new career pathway.


Step 2
DISCOVER TRAINING PROGRAMS

Explore new career pathways and commit to the duration of the training program, whether it's two weeks or just under a year.

Through Washington State's Career Bridge database, the program search can be filtered to display eligible training providers in Spokane County or other programs located in different parts of the state.

The cost and duration of training varies depending on the skills gained during the program. Contact WorkSource Spokane's career coaches for assistance.


Step 3
CERTIFY YOUR NEW SKILLS

Before your training program comes to an end, the technical skills learned will be tested and provide you with an industry-recognized credential upon successful completion.

Most certification exams are built into the cost of the training program and will certify your new skills.

Career coaches are available to support you along the way and will help you highlight your new credentials in applications, cover letters, and résumés.


Step 4
APPLY FOR IN-DEMAND JOBS

With your new certification, kick off your job search with confidence and excitement. Our Job Opportunities page will connect you to local businesses that are currently hiring.

WorkSource Washington's statewide job posting website is powered by Monster. Click here to view job postings and remember to filter your search specific to your new career pathway.


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Labor Market Information

Understanding each industry's specific labor trends can be critical to helping you identify the best career pathway for you. 

Our partners at the Spokane Workforce Council make this data publicly available and can help you determine your next career pathway based on available jobs, industry growth in Spokane County, and the wages needed to support yourself and your family.

Spokane County's Targeted Industries

The Spokane Workforce Council carefully analyzes changes and trends within the regional labor market and economy to determine its targeted industries. Trends like livable wages at middle skills, strength of the industry in our local economy, and career opportunities available in the industry help determine which industries are targeted.

Here are Spokane County's Top 5 Industries:

Need assistance understanding Spokane County's labor market information?

Contact our career coaches by phone at 509.532.3120 or email us at WSSpokane@esd.wa.gov.

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