Examines the Jobs to Careers model for workforce development and how it aims to help hospitals focus on the careers and skills development of all members of the existing workforce.
“[T]o deliver care to an ever-increasing number of patients, and to make that care more patient-centered, hospitals focused on the careers and skills development of all members of the existing workforce, not just doctors and other high-level professionals…. To meet these needs, hospitals sought ways to better train and retain the women and men who work on the front lines of care and service delivery. Since 2006, the Jobs to Careers: Transforming the Front Lines of Health Care initiative has helped hospitals respond to this challenge with a ‘grow your own’ workforce solution” (p. 1). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Jobs to Careers has demonstrated what works—and what is needed—for transforming the skills and careers of frontline workers. Hospitals can take the following steps to benefit from and contribute to successful practices going forward: • EDUCATE. Learn more about Jobs to Careers. Practice briefs, research reports, tools, and other resources on what makes for a successful work-based learning program are available at www.jobs2careers.org. • PARTICIPATE. Join Jobs for the Future’s Health Care Affinity Group, a virtual network for those interested in facilitating the advancement of new and incumbent low-wage workers across the health care sector. To sign up, email gausick@jff.org. • REPLICATE. Talk with potential education and workforce development partners and funders in your community about establishing work-based learning programs and implementing other successful components of the Jobs to Careers model. • ADVOCATE. Join other health care providers, education partners, funders, and other stakeholders in advocating for state and federal investments and policy reforms that will promote the adoption of work-based learning and other components of the Jobs to Careers model” (p. 8).Additionally, “Jobs for the Future has recommended a number of goals for improving state and federal policies, such as: • Improve the understanding of trends in the frontline health care workforce through dedicated funding for local, state, and national data collection, analysis, and dissemination. • Ensure that knowledge about the frontline health care workforce reflects current and projected labor market information on trends in supply, demand, skill needs, skill gaps, employment, and earnings. • Identify, evaluate, disseminate, and replicate best-practice models of health care workforce development to employers, educational institutions, and other stakeholders. • Provide federal matching funds to state and local governments, private employers, and labor-management partnerships that invest in the recruitment, retention, and training of frontline and mid-level health care workers in the public and the private workforce” (p.8). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)