Seattle Boat Co. is a premier marine dealership situated in the heart of the world’s finest, most spectacular boating waterways. Seattle Boat prides themselves on being a company founded on creativity and innovation, which made them a perfect match for AtWork!.
Owner Alan arranged a meeting with members of his management team and AtWork! to go over the standard questions, the tough questions, and all the questions in-between. By the end of the meeting, neither Alan nor his staff waivered away from the original commitment – two jobs to the right candidates. The next step was to introduce candidates to Alan and the hiring managers and schedule interviews. The responsibilities developed through the discussions, and required a broad skill set: a good level of independence, decision-making, safety awareness, physical strength and stamina, and, most importantly, a love of boats and water. In June, Seattle Boat successfully hired two employees through AtWork!’s School to Work program in the Bellevue School District. One individual works in their Seattle location, tending boats, tending the offices and grounds, and supporting the service department. Another works at the Newport Marina location in Bellevue, tending the boats and assisting with Seattle Boat’s innovative FunShare boating program.
Aside from acquiring two skilled, dedicated employees to their workforce, Seattle Boat Company also received a bonus- an affirmation that courage is its own reward. What they’re new employees bring to their respective work-sites each day is the reinforcement of ideals that built Seattle Boat Company: Being responsible for yourself, defining your identity on your terms not what the world says you should be, and never being afraid to take on the next challenge.