HANNIBAL | Corey Mehaffy, executive director of the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council, has announced that his organization was notified that Beth Haven Nursing Home is a new U.S. Dept. of Labor registered apprenticeship program sponsor.
Mehaffy indicated that the Beth Haven apprenticeship program is one of several in the HREDC region. Other program sponsors include Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Douglass Community Services and Lovegreen Motors. According to Mehaffy, several other employers in the region are working toward establishing apprenticeship programs.
“Over the last year, the HREDC Workforce Development Committee has been working with employers in the area to provide information on this program,” Mehaffy said. “We are confident that this program can be a valuable asset for employers looking to recruit and retain a quality workforce in tight labor markets. We have offered presentations at our Employer Round Table events, Workforce Development Committee meetings and our annual Workforce Summit to name a few.”
Mehaffy indicated that he has been talking with area employers about the program during his business retention visits as well.
Registered Apprenticeship is a highly flexible “earn while you learn” training model for employment that pays more as an apprentice worker reaches higher productivity levels. It combines employer- driven, job-related instruction with extensive on-the-job learning under the supervision of a trade professional. After completing a Registered Apprenticeship, the apprentice receives a nationally-recognized occupational credential.
“One of things that impresses me about the program is the data from DOL that indicates that employers who offer the program see a higher retention rate among employees as the employees feel that their employers have made an investment in their training, and future,” Mehaffy said. “The program is a highly customizable, employer-driven career skills training model that can be customized to meet the needs of any employer, in any sector and of any size.”
Beth Haven CEO Paul Ewert sees the apprenticeship program as a possible solution for some of the difficulty in training certified nurse assistants.
“CNAs are used in various areas of health care and this training will expand the pool of qualified CNAs for not only Beth Haven but also other health care providers in our community. A CNA is a valuable part of the overall health care team and also a place for individuals to begin their career – who may later desire to achieve advanced license and certifications,” Ewert said.
Mehaffy indicated that he would like to see more employers in the HREDC Region offer registered apprenticeship programs.
“While the program is completely customizable, there are over 1,300 USDOL apprenticeable occupations already in the system from HVAC technicians to wine growers,” Mehaffy said. “Employers can create an individual training program for their company or even a shared program in support of multiple companies to expand the overall pool of candidates for a specific job classification.”
More information on the registered apprenticeship program is available online athttps://jobs.mo.gov/content/moapprenticeships.