WorkForce Central is releasing in January 2021 a Request for Proposals seeking entities to provide young adult/youth services in Pierce County.

These services focus on preparing young people ages 16 to 24 for employment, including career pathway exploration, job coaching, training, work experience, and additional support with the ultimate goal of ensuring young people gain and retain paid employment at a living wage, according to a release.

The Request for Proposals will be released Jan. 8.

WorkForce Central is pre-announcing the Request for Proposals to in part provide more time for potential applicants to consider the proposal. This also will allow for interested applicants to use the time during this pre-announcement for planning.

To assist interested applicants with their planning, WorkForce Central has provided a list of key elements that it will be looking for in a successful proposal on the WorkForce Central website. Interested applicants may also prepare by exploring WorkForce Central’s WIOA Policy Handbook for information about providing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)-funded Young Adult/Youth services.