Priority Hire

The City promotes access to construction careers for women, people of color and others with social and economic disadvantages. In 2015, the City created a priority hire program for City public works construction projects of $5 million or more and, in 2017, expanded the program to public/private partnership projects with significant City investment. Using City-funded and public/private partnership projects, the Priority Hire Program prioritizes the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas, particularly in Seattle and King County. In addition, City projects and public/private partnership projects have apprentice utilization requirements and women and people of color aspirational goals.

NEW! The City of Seattle is seeking proposals for the Construction Mentorship and Leadership Development Training Request for Proposals (RFP). 

This RFP seeks proposals that can offer one or both of the following:

  • A culturally inclusive mentorship program for Priority Hire construction apprentices
  • Leadership development for Priority Hire construction apprentices 

An estimated $450,000 will be available through December 2024. For more information, go to

Proposals are due by 10 p.m. (PST), September 12, 2022.