How can we build a frontline healthcare workforce that meets the needs of a changing population, offers opportunities for career advancement and family sustaining wages, and better represents the diverse population it serves?
- Ensure Supply Meets Demand: Labor market data provides a basis for building and revamping learning and training programs around projected regional demand for workers and skills.
- Offer Skills-based Microcredentials: Microcredentials–smaller certifications and badges–help learners at all levels leverage knowledge and experience and parlay them into the next step of education and career.
- Recruit Diverse Learners: Recruiting strategies intentionally targeted to diverse audiences increases awareness of the plethora of healthcare careers and can help address employment shortages.
- Develop Higher Ed/Industry Partnerships: Ongoing partnerships between educators and employers yield timely information about roles and skills needed, clinical and work-based learning opportunities, internships, and job placement for learners.
- Put Learner Needs First: Flexible, accessible program delivery in online, hybrid, and competency-based learning formats that offer multiple schedule and pacing options can improve the success rate of working learners.
- Deliver Wrap-Around Supportive Services: Targeted, personalized support services help learners overcome an array of challenges such as financial aid access, academic tutoring, childcare, career and interviewing skills, job placement, etc.
- Leverage Technology: Simulations, mobile apps, and broadband support can increase access, reduce cost and deliver programming in an efficient manner.
These ideas were recently brought to life when Volta Learning Group convened a cross-sector coalition of Massachusetts community colleges, employers, workforce boards, and regional coalitions to produce Fostering Innovation in Post-Pandemic Healthcare Education: An Innovation Playbook. To learn more contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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