WorkForce Central is pleased to announce that we will release a Request for Proposals for Young Adult services on February 1, 2021.

Young Adult Services focus on preparing young people ages 16-24 for employment, including career pathway exploration, job coaching, training, work experience, and additional supports with the ultimate goal of ensuring young people gain and retain paid employment at a living wage.

We welcome proposals with collaborative, innovative approaches to effectively engage young adults who are furthest from opportunity and for whom systemic barriers to employment exist.

In an effort to be transparent to the community and responsive to feedback about WorkForce Central’s procurement process, we want to provide more planning time than we have in the past for potential applicants to consider a proposal. This is why we are announcing the anticipated Request for Proposal release now, and we ask interested applicants to use this pre-announcement time for planning.

  • RFP Release: February 1, 2021
  • Bidders’ Conference: February 10, 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Proposal Package Due: March 3, 2021

To assist with your planning, the following are some key elements we will be looking for in a successful proposal:

  • What kind of innovation/new strategies will you bring to Young Adult/Youth services?
  • What kinds of training (particularly virtual) will you bring?
  • What kind of technology should be engaged based on what you know about youth engagement?
  • Is your proposed model of service based in evidence of success and informed by customer voice?
  • What does genuine continuous improvement and willingness to pivot/adapt look like in your organization/company?
  • How will you think differently and innovate to reach young adults furthest from opportunity in this time?
  • How have you managed the challenges of working with youth associated with the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What will your outreach and engagement strategies look like?
  • How will you reduce barriers to providing services in your recruitment and service delivery methods?
  • How will you leverage your local and regional networks to improve Young Adult/Youth services, and collaborate with existing Young Adult/Youth services in the community?
  • What is your commitment to equity and serving young adults furthest from opportunity? How will that show up in your services?
  • How will you work in collaboration (not competition) with community-based organizations, schools, government agencies, and businesses across Pierce County through a customer centered lens?
  • How will you engage community in the design of your services?

If you are new to providing WIOA-funded Young Adult/Youth services, another way to prepare for your proposal is to explore WorkForce Central’s WIOA Policy Handbook.

Note:  This notice does not prohibit WFC from having additional questions in the RFP and does not represent the full scope of the RFP. In addition, WFC will not be responsible for any incurred pre-planning cost. 

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