Registered Apprenticeships are the gold standard of workforce development strategies and have been deployed as a tried and true approach to workforce development in many industries. H-CAP saw an opportunity to bring this powerful model to healthcare.
H-CAP created a national collaboration to build targeted workforce solutions through Registered Apprenticeship that effectively address healthcare industry challenges while improving job quality and developing pipelines/career advancement opportunities for healthcare workers. H-CAP serves as a national industry intermediary contractor with the U.S. Department of Labor providing technical assistance, subject matter expertise, shareable resources, and capacity building infrastructure.
The occupations registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and state departments of labor through H-CAP support are varied and targeted to high-growth, in-demand occupations, with demonstrable career pathways for apprentices.
Programs aim to:
Increase the supply of skilled healthcare workers for a changing healthcare delivery system
Reduce turnover and related costs
Build internal training capacity and creating opportunity to focus on competency: highly
flexible and customizable
Allow for non-traditional approaches to workforce education with real career pathways
Create accessible advancement opportunities for women, people of color, immigrants, and experienced low-wage workers
Registered Apprenticeship programs are successful because they are nimble, responding to changing industry demands by gathering direct input from employers, unions, and workers to create competency-based programs that both meet current industry needs and help to build the healthcare workforce of the future.