National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships
The National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships (NCHA) is a Labor-Management partnership to promote innovation and quality in healthcare career education and provide high-quality training to support the healthcare industry. NCHA training programs seek to lift up workers, create a pipeline of well-trained staff to match healthcare employer need, and increase healthcare workforce equity in these unprecedented times.
NCHA’s collaborative and comprehensive industry-based approach combines the collective strength of union and employer partnerships as a means for building targeted workforce solutions – through apprenticeship training programs – to effectively address industry challenges while improving job quality and developing career advancement opportunities for workers.
NCHA Registered Apprenticeship programs leverage workers' existing skills to create competency-based certification programs that are tailored to employers' needs. Registered Apprenticeships combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training in an "earn and learn" model to make training accessible. They also provide wraparound services, such as childcare and transportation, that are often barriers to advancement.
NCHA’s approach supports front line workers through career pathways to higher skilled, higher wage occupations. This approach builds bridges, where needed, to increase equity in the healthcare workforce, increasing representation of caregivers of color in high-skilled healthcare professions where people of color are currently under-represented, and ensuring critically needed linguistic and cultural competency where applicable.