Introducing FWD (pronounced “forward”), the new Workforce Development Office of Washington Filmworks!
FWD is a community-informed approach to create statewide plans, programs, and resources to build the depth and breadth of the Washington film industry workforce, while supporting and amplifying efforts to ensure that workforce is diverse and inclusive, and that pathways are equitable and accessible.
Landmark legislation in 2022 allocated funding specifically for workforce development, particularly in service of historically underrepresented communities*.
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS IS MOVING FILM FORWARD
What is Workforce Development?
Workforce development can vary by sector and place, but it encompasses programming and initiatives that educate, train, and prepare workers to meet the current and future needs of an industry. Key collaborators within workforce development include: employers, educational institutions, unions, individuals, government agencies, and community-based organizations.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
*Underrepresented communities definition: Underrepresented communities refers to groups of persons who have been relegated to an unimportant or powerless position such that they are prevented from participating fully in decisions affecting their lives. People may experience further marginalization because of their intersecting identities. They are often communities or populations that face systemic economic, political, social, and cultural barriers, many of them embedded in local laws and norms. The term encompasses communities with a shared experience of marginalization stemming from circumstances beyond their control. Marginalized communities often include Black, Latino, Indigenous and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color, members of religious minorities, refugees, migrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA2S+) persons, rural communities, formerly incarcerated persons, persons experiencing homelessness, and persons with disabilities.