Job training key to healthcare job creation

The healthcare sector is expected to be a major source of employment of over the next decade. In many places, local agencies are teaming up to increase training to meet added demand.

To that end, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) recently teamed up with Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and North Central Workforce Development to provide training to workers looking for new skills. The project is being funded by a $4.8 million grant from the Department of Labor. The Health Career Regional Employment (CARE) Project is taking place in dozens of counties in the state over the next few years, and will be mutually beneficial to both employers and job seekers.
 
“This is a great project for both employers, job seekers, and healthcare training program graduates,” said Melissa Burris, HealthCARE project liaison. “Employers are able to train new employees while having a percentage of the employee’s wage reimbursed, and new employees will benefit from being trained on site with their colleagues.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,doctors added 5,500 new jobs in April, higher than the 5,100 added during March. Overall, the healthcare industry added 19,000 new hires last month, lower than the 23,000 in March.