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1 Apprenticeships for Direct Care Workers Pathway to Quality Care & Jobs

2 What Apprentices Say… I think anyone who has the desire should have the opportunity. Im very much appreciative…for the program. …the program will enable me to be the best I can be. …I love my job, work, the clients I care for, and am eager to learn more… Apprentice Applicant Forms – Harbor Home Healthcare

3 Why Apprenticeship Fits LTSS Apprenticeships… –Are competency-based credentials – Workers can be assessed and not require all training –Allow flexible approaches to relevant training, and link classroom instruction to on-the-job learning and experience –Offer paid employment while workers learn –Can support incumbent and newly transitioning displaced workers into healthcare careers

4 High Standards and Flexibility Apprenticeships… –Provide a clearly defined set of standards and approaches to satisfy long term cares need to ensure high quality service –Are adaptable to the business needs of various employers, with a range of specialties and the opportunity to customize competencies –Have the potential of creating a nationally recognized, portable credential in long-term supports and services

5 Registered LTSS Apprenticeable Jobs Certified Nursing Assistantinitial, specialties Home Health Aideinitial, specialties Direct support professionalused in IDD world Health support specialist – campus environment Managerial certificates LTC Nurse Manager Home Health Director Senior Housing Manager

6 CNA and Home Health Aide First and last to be developed Peer mentoring plays a big role Initial training and then specialties designed to meet employer needs –Dementia –Rehabilitation –Hospice and palliative care –Mental illness

7 Implementation decision points Designed to meet employer needs Designed around current training requirements and infrastructure Employer commitment Plan, plan, planchange is hard Integration at employer and community levels

8 Challenges Small agencies need support with administrative and financial challenges –Technical assistance is critical to success –Public supports are crucial Part-time, unpredictable work schedules with limited exposure to various apprenticeship skills, working alone

9 Challenges continued How does the additional credential add value for employers Maximizing existing training resources Financing for long-term supports and services and workforce development has to be enhanced! Federal Medicaid policies do not support training of DCW.

10 PHI Resources on Apprenticeship

11 Thank you for your Interest in the Direct Care Workforce For more information on Apprenticeships and other Direct Care Workforce issues: Hollis Turnham, Midwest Director of PHI 517.327.0331

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