Arlington, VA – Although Registered Apprenticeship is a newer education and employment model in healthcare, H-CAP convened a day-long Apprenticeship Accelerator event on March 8, 2017 for over 100 attendees, demonstrating tremendous industry interest in developing Registered Apprenticeship in healthcare. The audience included a cross-section of healthcare employers and industry associations, labor unions, training partnerships, community colleges and education providers, public workforce system leaders, community organizations, and other stakeholders from 15 states and Washington, D.C, who were either interested in learning or already experienced in developing and implementing Registered Apprenticeship programs in healthcare.

A panelist participating in creating multiple Registered Apprenticeship programs with over 80 apprentices stated, "Apprenticeship addresses the changing workforce within healthcare. It is flexible and adaptable.”

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Deputy Administrator Daniel Villao reported on the Department’s historic $90 million investment in Registered Apprenticeships and selecting H-CAP as a National Industry Partner to promote their adoption in the healthcare industry. “For every $1 spent on Registered Apprenticeship the return on investment is $1.48. Apprenticeship is good for business,” Mr. Villao reported.

Apprenticeship addresses the changing workforce within healthcare. It is flexible and adaptable.

The event included plenary panels, breakout sessions, poster presentations, and a valuable opportunity to learn from the firsthand experience of Community Health Worker apprentice Christina Boynes and mentor Jacelyne Bonilla from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City. This Registered Apprenticeship program was established during National Apprenticeship Week in November 2016. Dr. Douglas Reich, keynote speaker at the Accelerator meeting, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon, and physician champion, shared that, “Community Health Workers [apprentices] connect patients to the clinic and brings the clinic into the community.”

H-CAP released a customized Toolkit that provides guidance, lessons from the field, and sample forms on establishing a Registered Apprenticeship in the healthcare industry. For more information on the event and to access tools, resources, and information on Registered Apprenticeships in healthcare, visit www.hcapinc.org.

In the photo, from left to right:
Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship,Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor;
Terrie Ridgeway-Olmos, SEIU UHW Executive Board Member;
Rebecca Hanson, Executive Director, SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund;
Christina Boynes, CHW apprentice, Peer Navigator, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center; and
Jacelyne Bonilla, CHW Peer Mentor, Community Education Assistant, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center