Throughout 2016, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, led by President & CEO Jeannine La Prad, actively participated in the national Health Career Pathways Task Force. This task force was born out of the Health Career Pathways initiative launched by The White House in the Spring of 2016 as a mechanism to better align the talent needs of employers, on the demand side, with the skills, knowledge, and credentials of the national workforce, on the supply side. The task force sought to better understand policy and innovation necessary to align demand-driven, competency-based career pathway systems within the existing workforce development infrastructure.
A recent report released by The Advisory Board Company, Paving Health Career Pathways to the Middle Class, outlines key findings of the task force and focuses on the inherent need and value for employers, educators, and workforce developers to work together. Further, the report outlines leading practices around alignment of competencies with workforce planning, key sourcing strategies, and long-term efforts necessary to sustain this work. In addition to supporting the task force, CSW also worked closely with one of the key healthcare providers, Mercy Health West Michigan, which is featured on pages 34-37 of this report. CSW provided extensive technical assistance focused on community partner engagement for their evidence-based selection processes.
“This report represents the national push towards the use of both sound evidence and proven practice in how we help individuals find, retain, and advance in jobs that lead to family sustaining wages,” said La Prad. “Whether it’s in health care or any other industry, this report emphasizes the need for communities and companies around the country to come together and work collaboratively to build a diverse and highly skilled local workforce.”
In addition to the release of this report, read the White House blog post and sign up for two upcoming webinars HERE!
8 Lessons for Building the Entry-Level Workforce of Tomorrow
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET
Get the eight key lessons learned from progressive employers, community colleges, and workforce development groups that have made progress on aligning workforce planning and curriculum planning at a regional level.
How Health Care Employers Can Solve Two Entry-Level Career Pathway Challenges
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET
Get strategies to solve two challenges employers face when trying to support entry-level health career pathways: a “traditional” (and limited) talent pool, and an unsustainable rate of turnover among entry-level staff.