PIE's Inaugural Gala, PIE FOR THE PEOPLE, will be on THURSDAY, MAY 16th!! Come celebrate with us and empower our work by REGISTERING TODAY!

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th, as we turn to an exciting new chapter for PIE with our first ever gala, called PIE FOR THE PEOPLE! We will celebrate our community and raise funds that will support us with critical flexible spending to empower our work. We truly hope you can be a part of this special time in our journey! For registration and more info please click here.

Employment Assistance

Our goal is to help immigrants and refugees adjust to life in the United States.

Partner in Employment’s mission is to connect immigrants and refugees in South King County with high paying jobs. PIE achieves this in five ways.

  1. Intensive Individual Case Management
  2. Job Readiness Training
  3. Training Programs for Youth & Adults
  4. Wraparound Support Programs
  5. Partnerships with labor unions, employers and community organizations

PIE’s staff and board members bring a deep understanding of the diverse needs of South King County’s new communities. By providing in-language, culturally competent programs, we are able to build sustained self-reliance in the immigrant and refugee communities we serve. Our case managers prepare clients for success within the American employment system through trainings, and by facilitating intercultural understanding and cooperation between our clients and their employers.

PIE provides weekly one-on-one and classroom job readiness training workshops that assist our clients in strengthening important skills needed to succeed in the American workforce. We help clients create resumes, improve interview skills, attain suitable attire, and understand the cultural norms of American workplaces so they can successfully acquire and retain good jobs. We teach ESL and digital literacy to enhance clients confidence and readiness to find meaningful employment.

Our paid training programs offer several training paths to prepare youth for their careers. We offer programs focused on sustainability/forest restoration, industrial manufacturing and barista hospitality.  Youth can enjoy outdoor work at several different parks in South King County and learn the skills to become future environmental workers. They can train to become baristas and obtain union jobs at the SeaTac Airport.  They can gain knowledge and skills to begin a career in manufacturing such as aerospace production helper, aerospace machinists, precision metal fabricator, CNC programmer, etc.   These trainings are provided in a culturally welcoming space where immigrants and refugees receive support by those who understand their struggles and strive to support them to become successful.

PIE’s other programs support clients’ goal of securing family wage employment with a holistic plan for clients and their families. We ensure that clients have stable housing, know their rights at work, get English language training, have access to health care and childcare, and connect with any other service needed as they pursue and secure better paying work. Among other support, we provide financial assistance to ensure that clients have reliable transportation to interviews they prepared for in our job readiness programming. This wraparound approach to supporting our clients is what really makes Partner in Employment unique and successful.

At the same time, PIE helps our clients find jobs in various ways and developed a one-stop-shop platform for union jobs called the Virtual Hiring Hall in collaboration with MLK Labor and local labor unions. Click here to access the Virtual Hiring Hall.  We also provide high quality, no cost services to employers to help them to recruit reliable, hardworking employees to meet the needs of their businesses. These partnerships help streamline the hiring process for employers and workers. We recruit and support qualified candidates from the communities we serve, and offer on-going assistance to newly-hired employees as they settle into their new roles. We work with employers to mitigate and resolve any questions or problems that may arise and ensure we are working in partnership with employers to foster a healthy and safe environment for our workers.

What does success look like? PIEs employment team helps place clients in jobs with a focus on “good jobs” which are often represented by unions. These jobs offer competitive wages and benefits. These jobs are in many fields including: Aviation, Green Jobs, Health Care, Manufacturing, Sales, Social Services, Food Service and Processing, Retail, Hospitality, and Driving. With our personalized guidance, PIE’s clients are reaching for the American dream, finding a place in economic, social, and cultural life of their adopted home.

In 2019…

We trained 431 individuals on job readiness and labor standard practices to empower and prepare individuals for entering the workforce. Of the 322 individuals who were actively searching for work, PIE assisted with 157 job placements


Support Our Work!

Your gift to Partner in Employment is an investment in the economic stability of refugees and immigrants. Your gift will help provide employment services, rental assistance, English classes, case management services and services for the youth.