PIE was born of the desire of refugee and immigrant staff to support fellow refugees and immigrants to succeed in joining the labor market and becoming part of Washington’s middle-class. PIE launched in September 2016 in response to the concentrated needs of South King County’s emerging refugee and immigrant communities.
PIE's services will be available to emerging communities directly in their South King County communities from our office via mobile vans. Mobile services brought to where they live in South King County help PIE customers, in particular women, have more consistent and deeper engagement with PIE staff and partners to help them identify career and training opportunities, find jobs and maintain employment.
Crisis Intervention and Mitigation
Job Search and Placement
We help emerging communities in King County navigate the American employment system, build work experience, and retain employment as they shift to self-sufficiency.
We manage integrated support services to help facilitate childcare, transportation assistance, translation and interpretation services as well as short-term crisis counseling using a one-to-one approach and the provision of resources.
We remove employment barriers and help individuals navigate the employment systems through on-going communication, crisis intervention and our in-language career practitioners.
Culturally Appropriate Case Management
PIE's Practitioner offers linguistically and culturally appropriate services to enhance the success of participant's outcome. Practitioners provide intensive case management to address client's barriers, coach, guide, monitor progress and connects clients to resources to address their needs.
Why choose us :
One-on-one counseling in-language
Job search assistance
Referral resources and placement in PIE's network of dozens of employers
Employer screening and selection
Promotion of workforce diversity and related consulting for employers
Mentoring skilled refugee and immigrant job-seekers and professionals
Pre and post-job acquisition support
Mitigation and crisis intervention
Consultationfor service providers working with emerging communities
High paying jobs
Without a stable home, homeless people cannot access the assistance they need to address their problems. Lack of a stable home exacerbates chronic medical and mental health conditions.
At PIE, we work hard to lower the barriers to housing so that people who are shut out of housing have an opportunity to succeed. Our model with “wrap around” supportive services, helps people rebuild their lives, regain their dignity, and leave homelessness behind forever.
We help our clients find employment with good benefits, so they can attain their education and become self reliant. We match individuals with educational programs and jobs that suit their goals.
Employment is the most fundamental component of a person's socio-economic stability. Our dedicated, bilingual team works closely with other government, business, and training organizations across the county to remove personal, educational, and/or health-related barriers towards employment for the refugee and immigrant communities we serve.
Training & Emerging Community Pre-apprenticeship
In preparation for the pre-appreticenship training, PIE's clients took a tour to the training facility to demonstrate determination, commitment, good attitude and physical conditioning skills to succeed and benefit from the substantial reward of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) piloted, customized pre-apprenticeship training.
Our training program goes beyond the traditional, providing the truly exceptional:
We provide and develop tailored services for job seekers to find and keep a job.
We run free services to help business hire refugee and immigrants.
We offer on going assistance and training to help employee settle into their roles.
We help with work transitioning by helping clients build their skills and confidence and help with work and education, including apprenticeships or trainee-ships.
We provide high quality no cost services to employers to help them to recruit reliable, hardworking, drug free employees who meet the needs of their business needs.
We assist parents to be ready to re-enter the workforce as their child reaches school age or as they exist the unemployment or welfare system.
We increase and promote refugees and immigrants’ independence and having a positive impact on their quality of family life.
We offer a range of training options with a focus on assisting unemployed families and individuals who wish to gain valuable knowledge and skills and a positive employment pathway.
To view a list of upcoming trainings and events, view our events page here.
Job Retention & Living Wages
What Is a Living Wage Policy?
Living wages are generally set as the wage a full time worker would need to support a family of four above the federal or state poverty line. Wage rates vary from city to city, based on the local cost of living, wage scale, and political reality. Living wage policies can come in several forms: they can be laws or ordinances enacted by a state, city, or county; project (or area) specific policies that are part of a CBA; or a policy that targets a specific industry. It is important to remember that living wage policies usually apply to a very specific set of workers, such as employees performing work under a city contract. Ultimately, Partner In Employment seeks to clearly define a living wage policy for our clients. Our objective is to ensure that the jobs created by subsidized projects or government contracts do not increase the ranks of the working poor.
Top Three Reasons Living Wage Policies Are Good for Businesses:
1. Decrease in Employee Turnover
Employees that are paid a living wage feel that their work is valued and are less likely to leave that position. When employees are paid low wages, the cost of not showing up for work is much less than if they were earning higher wages. Decrease in employee turnover benefits employers by reducing the cost of constantly recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. United for a Fair Economy’s report on businesses and living wages estimates that turnover costs an employer at least 150% of the employee’s base salary. For example, it costs $28,500 to replace an employee that earns $15,000 a year, when a $2 wage increase would only cost the employer $4,160 per year.
2. Higher Wages Attract More Qualified and Productive Workers
By offering a living wage, employers will be able to recruit more qualified employees, resulting in increased productivity and efficiency.
3. Business Productivity will Benefit from Improved Employee Morale
If employees feel that they are valued and fairly compensated for their work then everyone benefits. Businesses will benefit from increased productivity from employees that show up and work hard.