February 12, 2010
The Maine Department of Labor has received a $4,892,213 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for a new initiative aimed at getting health care workers credentialed for jobs in high demand.
Approximately 400 workers will benefit from the project, which will include every region of the state and all 16 counties.
The focus will be on credentialing workers in the sector, as well as displaced and unemployed workers in training, for advancement into skilled nursing and other key allied health professionals.
Project activities will alleviate current bottlenecks in academic and clinical training pathways, addressing barriers to employee career development, and aligning workforce development investments with high demand occupations.
Participants will receive information, guidance and support, tuition assistance, and improved access to clinical training programs and Registered Apprenticeship, and employment assistance.
The proposal was developed by the Maine Jobs Council and Maine Department of Labor. It builds on work by the Maine Health Workforce forum to address health care workforce development needs in the long term.
For more information, contact Garret Oswald at 207-621-5087.