Senate Bill 5713, Helping Train Skilled Workers, to be Signed

Senate Bill 5713, Helping Train Skilled Workers, to be Signed

Gov. Inslee and Hospitality Association Join Forces for Job Creation

OLYMPIA – Kicking off the inaugural statewide Hospitality Month, Gov. Jay Inslee will sign Senate Bill 5713 today, May 5. The bill will leverage public and private dollars to provide citizens education to obtain quality, skilled positions in industries including hospitality.

The hospitality industry employs a quarter of a million people in communities across the state. The industry pays more than $1 billion in B&O and sales taxes and more than $5 billion in wages annually.

“Hospitality provides career opportunities at every level and takes people from the starting line to $60,000 and beyond,” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. “We are not successful unless our employees are successful. Senate Bill 5713 is yet another opportunity to lift people up and provide a new generation a chance at the American Dream.”

Industry associations invest thousands of dollars in training and raising awareness of the quality and need for jobs in construction, hospitality and culinary arts.

In addition to the bill signing, the Washington Hospitality Association, the Employment Security Department, WorkSource, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, the Department of Social and Health Services and other partners in the workforce system are hosting a multi-company hiring event seeking to fill more than 370 job openings in King County. The event will be held at Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 on May 5, at 9 a.m.

As workers find jobs, the hiring coalition will provide additional resources to help remove roadblocks to employment such as lack of transportation, certifications, permits, uniform needs, food assistance, Orca Lift cards, childcare assistance vouchers and more. These resources will be available for 12 months to help eligible new hires to go to work immediately and stay engaged.

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About the Washington Hospitality Association
Hospitality is the industry that serves. The Washington Hospitality Association has served its members and helped them succeed for eight decades. Our industry is the largest private employer in the state and our employees are our greatest asset. Local restaurants and hotels employ 268,000 people. These jobs are the backbone of our state economy. The hospitality industry generates $16 billion for our state in direct financial impact. Our industry pays more than $1 billion in B&O taxes and more than $5 billion in wages annually. The hospitality industry is key to the health of our state, the careers of our citizens and the vitality of our communities.