King County Transit operates a small apprenticeship program that has been in place for decades. The program is designed to provide apprentices with a pathway to higher wages than they would otherwise be able to earn. In order to provide this pathway, apprentices are trained to become journey-level mechanics over the course of a long, fully paid apprenticeship. The program is aimed at current frontline employees of King County Transit working to clean buses and rail cars on in similar roles. 4-6 people become apprentices per year, and while the upfront cost of this kind of training is significant, King County Transit sees long-term benefits in training employees to take on more technical roles.
Mr. Jonathan Halperin, Workforce Development Program Manager