Employment Training: Get Paid While Preparing for Work

In YouthCare's employment training programs, you'll gain practical, real-world skills —and get help and support when it comes time to find a job. Programs run from 8 weeks to 6 months. All participants are paid Washington State minimum wage during training and working hours.

Please note: There are always more applicants for these programs than there are places. If you don't make it in the first time around, we encourage you to reapply: new cohorts of trainees start throughout the year, with schedules depending on the program. Before you do, talk to us about how to improve your application and interview. Applying again shows interest and commitment — so don't give up!

Click below to learn more about each program:

Barista Training and Education Program (BTEP) 

An eight week training program in food and customer service, in partnership with FareStart.

The Tile Project

A 10-week arts-based program where youth use their creative talents to get ready for employment.


YouthBuild is a six month job training pre-apprentice program in construction skills and leadership. YouthBuild is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.