CT Department of Labor: Yale New Haven Health System Launches Accredited Apprenticeship Program for Patient Care Technicians
The program will meet vital industry needs and provide career opportunities for the underserved
Launch of CTDOL and Yale New Haven Health System Leads
Registered Learning Program for Patient Care Technicians
(New Haven, Connecticut) – Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) Acting Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo joined Yale New Haven Hospital President Dr. Keith Churchwell and other Yale health system officials New Haven (YNHHS) to launch a new registered learning program that will bring 1,250 patient care technicians into the healthcare field over the next four years. The program is funded by a Federal grant of $ 10 million through the Apprenticeship Training Office of CTDOL.
Commissioner Bartolomeo said: “The health sector has been particularly affected by the pandemic; this new apprenticeship program represents another step towards training the next generation of workers who move up the career ladder in healthcare. These new apprentices will graduate and be ready to provide high-quality health care to patients and take essential jobs in the state. I would like to thank the Connecticut Congressional delegation and our partners in the US Department of Labor for their support, as well as the YNHHS leadership team for their willingness to provide expert apprenticeship training.
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $ 10 million four-year expansion, equity and learning innovation grant to the CTDOL Office of Apprenticeship Training to:
- support new and innovative learning programs in industries hard hit by the pandemic;
- provide career opportunities to people who have lost their jobs or experienced other major hardships as a result of the pandemic;
- securing opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations such as people of color or the unemployed.
CTDOL has partnered with YNHHS on this grant to build on their success in other registered healthcare learning programs. The system already has nearly 1,000 apprentice registered nurses and surgical technicians working in hospitals in the Yale New Haven health system.
President of Yale New Haven Hospital Dr Keith Churchwell said, “Yale New Haven Health is honored to have been selected by the Connecticut Department of Labor as a partner for this grant. Participants in the apprenticeship program will be full-time employees receiving a salary and benefits, both of which are essential to help them reintegrate after a job loss or career transition linked to a pandemic. This is an important partnership for the hospital and will ultimately increase the availability of high quality healthcare in Connecticut. ”
Director of Learning at CTDOL Todd berch said, “As the demand for highly skilled workers increases, pre-apprenticeship and recorded learning strategies have proven to be very effective in meeting the training, acquisition and retention needs of employers and industry. employees. Employment data shows us how great the needs are in the healthcare industry: In Connecticut, we know that thousands of jobs are created each year at all levels of patient care, and in the world. nationally, the health sector is expected to be among the most dynamic. industries, employing 2.6 million workers over the next decade.
Patient care technicians work under the supervision of a nurse or doctor and see patients daily for vital signs, blood tests, and other procedures. They support and advocate for and assist patients and their families while they are in the healthcare setting. YNHHS Patient Care Technician apprentices earn their certification after one year of classroom learning and on-the-job training.
CTDOL’s Office of Apprenticeship Training is the only state apprenticeship agency authorized by the United States Department of Labor in Connecticut. It combines classroom learning with on-the-job training and produces workers who have both theoretical knowledge and experience in their field. There are currently over 6,700 apprentices registered in nearly 1,700 businesses in 50 occupations.
Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), Connecticut’s largest and most comprehensive health system, includes five hospitals: Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, several specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a nonprofit medical foundation with several hundred physicians working in the community and in hospitals. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale University and Yale Medicine, the clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine, and New England’s largest multi-specialty academic practice. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine.