Employers, are you interested?

Willamette Workforce Partnership’s Y-CAN program seeks employers to host youth work experiences. This limited opportunity connects employers with youth trained in work ready skills to provide them first time work experiences. Employers pay nothing for hosting these young workers for 172 hours from now until June 30, 2023 or whichever comes first. A local staffing agency is the employer of record and the youth are paid $15.00 per hour.

Act today to benefit from this unique program. You’ll have exposure to new talent, reduce barriers and grow resources for your future workforce, and shape the way future employees engage with the workforce!

Click here to apply or use the QR code in the graphic below!

For more information please contact Kathy Moore, Director of Project Development at [email protected] or 503-930-5555.

WWP offers youth wage subsidy grant! 

Consider applying below…

If you represent an agriculture related employer that hires or would like to hire youth ages 14-17, please click on the Youth Wage Grant application link.

Willamette Workforce Partnership in conjunction with Marion County and the State of Oregon are reimbursing agriculture related employers with 35 or fewer employees up to $5 per hour for wages paid to first-time youth employees. Please click here or use the QR code in the graphic above to apply for funding.

Incumbent Worker Training Grants for Local Businesses!

The Incumbent Worker Training grant is a competitive grant that provides funding to help businesses effectively train and retain employees by providing skills upgrades and process improvement training for existing, full time employees. Grant applications are open on a continuous basis as long as funds are available. The maximum grant award is $25,000.

Qualifying businesses must…

>be operating in Marion, Polk, Yamhill or Linn Counties;

>have been in operation at least one year;

>be current on all local, state, and federal tax obligations;

>match grant funds; the amount required is based on company size.

Click here to apply today!

Incumbent Worker Training Grant

Chemeketa Truck Program

Willamette Workforce Partnership Adult Programs

Adult Programs

Willamette Workforce Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Unemployment Insurance

For the most recent information on unemployment insurance eligibility and other program resources and requirements, visit this website:


Layoff Aversion Program

The layoff aversion program can help a business avoid layoffs – for more information, please contact us. Work Share can also be helpful in avoiding layoffs.


Layoff Services

If layoffs are inevitable, we can help by providing services to affected workers. Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.



The Willamette Valley has a vibrant economy and prosperous communities through a dynamic, engaged and innovative workforce.


Through collaboration, training and outreach, Willamette Workforce   Partnership efficiently drives results that lead to a skilled workforce, successful employers, and thriving communities.

Key Strategies

Invest in proven and innovative programs and partnerships that lead to a skilled workforce.

Enhance the workforce system’s provision of essential skills training and connection to Career and Technical Education

Design workforce service delivery programs and partnerships to maintain and enhance access to services in all areas of the Mid-Valley

Expand the impact of training dollars through partnerships

Offer workforce services that lead to a successful employer community.

Engage with employers to identify necessary employment skills and invest in job seekers to meet those needs

Develop solutions to employers’ current workforce challenges such as essential skills, retention, advancement, certification and training

Provide opportunities for employer-to-employer conversations and problem-solving discussions

Serve workforce system needs that go beyond employment and training services and lead to thriving communities.

Participate as a workforce advocate in community discussions that address housing, child care and transportation issues

Serve specialized populations, including youth enrolled in high school, and connect them to workforce services

News and Media

WWP’s Newsletter

Read the latest news from WWP!

Click here to explore our past newsletters

Tierney Ferguson

Rethinking Careers…

essential workplace skills crafted to help our hard-to-reach youth participating in the YCAN program be successful in their future work experience.

Watch the video

Welcome to Worksource
Oregon Video

Click here to watch a video and learn more about the services and resources Worksource Oregon provides with employment.

Willamette Wake Up Radio Interview

Kim Parker-Llerenas, executive director of the Willamette Workforce Partnership, talks about how the Partnership connects job seekers to employers and why the Partnership got accolades from SEDCOR. Listen

State of the Workforce
Jobs Report

Click here read the full report

Salem Reporter Articles – Pam Ferrara


Making sense of Salem’s strange economic climate

Read Article


Employers will likely struggle to fill high-demand jobs in the Salem area

Read Article


Tracing the decline of child care options in Salem

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What’s happening on inflation, recession in Salem

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American women still doing the bulk of household work, latest Census finds

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JULY 2022

Recapping Two Years of Economic Turmoil in Salem

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JUNE 2022

Low-wage Workers who Kept Society Running During Pandemic Reaped Few Rewards

Read Article

MAY 2022

Healthcare, Manufacturing Jobs Targeted in New Workforce Training Plan

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APRIL 2022

Older Oregonians Working More as Cost of Living Outpaces Social Security

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MARCH 2022

Lower wages, higher barriers to entry among reasons fewer Oregon teens work

Read Article


A diverse workforce mix helps Salem bounce back from recessions

Read Article


Hospitality industry lags as Salem employment recovers to pre-pandemic levels

Read Article

COVID-19 Resources

As we receive more information, we will share it with you. Feel free to distribute this material with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email any of the Willamette Workforce Partnership Staff; our contact information is available here.

OMEP | Looking for specific resources for Oregon Manufactures? Click here.

Willamette Workforce Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. Language assistance is available to individuals with limited English proficiency free of cost. Auxiliary aids or services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Oregon Relay 1-800-735-2900.

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