Washington WorkFirst

jobs that lead to meaningful careers

WorkFirst provides parents and families the services and supports they need to get a job, develop a career, and become self sufficient in today’s turbulent economy. People, business, and communities all benefit from participation in the WorkFirst program.

workfirst works for parents and families

The WorkFirst program is based on the belief that work is one of the essential ingredients in each family's journey toward self reliance. The program's strategy is to use work experience, combined with life skill development, education, and support to place parents in suitable, sustainable employment. Services are tailored to ensure that each parent and family has the services and supports needed to be successful.

connecting business, workers, and community

WorkFirst has a variety of programs to meet the needs of families and the business community. These programs provide parents an opportunity to gain job skills and experience through an array of work readiness programs. Programs include Community Jobs, Career Jump, and three Community Work Experience programs. Community Jobs and Career Jump offer parents paid positions to learn skills, while the work experience programs are non-paid, volunteer positions. Parents are placed in programs based on their individual goals, needs and the opportunities available in their local community.

how businesses benefit

The WorkFirst program offers a number of benefits to businesses and non-profit organizations, including the availability of qualified applicants to fit employers' needs, at no cost. Each employer also receives employee support and training, guidance on potential Federal tax incentives, and access to Washington State's free bonding program.

a company you can trust

SL Start is a human service company that creates and delivers employment programs for individuals facing barriers to employment. SL Start has over 30 years of experience partnering with agencies and local businesses to train and place people in meaningful employment. Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals with years of experience in their fields. Simply put, our business is putting people to work in the right job, for the right company.

SL Start provides WorkFirst services in Grant, Adams and Lincoln Counties.

"This project was supported by Grant No. 1302WATANF awarded by US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the HHS. Grant funds are administered by the WorkFirst Program, Washington State Department of Commerce."