Snohomish County recognizes that a highly skilled workforce is essential for enhanced economic growth and continued prosperity for workers throughout Snohomish County and that the responsibility to train the next generation of skilled workers rests with both public and private sector employers. The County is committed to promoting quality projects performed by contractors who share in the responsibility to train the next generation of skilled workers through the apprenticeship programs.
In accordance with Chapter 3.05 Snohomish County Code (SCC), the apprenticeship utilization participation goal is fifteen percent (15%) of total project labor hours. The purpose of the 15% apprentice utilization participation on projects $250,000 or greater is to put more people to work in the construction trades and to maintain a skilled workforce available to construct public works. To comply with the 15% apprentice utilization, contractors must commit to train apprentices using State-approved apprenticeship programs.
This is an effective means of providing training and experience to individuals, including returning veterans, seeking to enter or advance in the workforce. It also offers the unique opportunity to earn living wages and receive excellent benefits, while acquiring valuable, marketable skills.
The Executive may reduce or waive the apprentice labor hour goals upon his determination that:
(1) the contractor has demonstrated that it has utilized its "best efforts" to meet the established percentage requirement but
remains unable to fulfill the goal,
(2) in order to meet the requirement, the contractor will be forced to displace members of its workforce; or
(3) the reasonable and necessary requirements of the contract render apprentice utilization infeasible at the required levels.