Pipeline Recruitment, Career Advancement, and Regional Workforce Capacity Building

Overview

The regional MassHire Workforce Boards are partnering with local health care employers and education and training providers to meet employer demand for skilled workers by providing job training and supports to adults who want to prepare for occupations where there is persistent demand.

The HealthCare HUBs grantees recruit and train unemployed and underemployed candidates for entry-level roles, and support training and other supports intended to provide career advancement opportunities for entry and mid-level health care staff.

These regional partnerships of employers, educators, and workforce professionals meet to build and strengthen relationships and develop regionally-focused workforce strategies to meet staffing needs and ultimately create a more competitive Massachusetts healthcare system.

Resources

HCWTF Training Grants were awarded to 59 organizations across the state to address workforce skill needs identified by health care providers working to improve patient care and reduce costs. Here are 12 case studies representing a range of projects.

As health care employers align with the goals of Chapter 224 and cost controls begin to alter the delivery of health care services in differing ways within the sector, providers are changing some of their business processes, occupational job descriptions, and staffing structures. In anticipation of these changing skill and knowledge demands, Chapter 224 established the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The Fund was designed to support education and training initiatives to help health care employers address workforce challenges that are related to organizational and operational changes they need to make to implement Chapter 224. Commonwealth Corporation issued a Request for Proposals for Health Care Workforce Transformation Training grants and in 2015 awarded grants to 55 organizations. In 2016 Commonwealth Corporation awarded Training grants to 4 additional organizations, for a total of 59 grants. This paper provides information about the Training grant applications and the 59 grants.

This special topics report summarizes publicly available data and information gathered through interviews and focus groups with employers, workers, labor leaders and state officials in order to understand the labor market context of three already large and fast growing health care support and direct care occupations: home health aides, personal care aides, and community health workers (CHWs)/social and human service assistants.

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