“We are excited and truly honored that the Department of Labor has recognized and rewarded the success of our healthcare OJT model,” says GPHP Director Susan B. Thomas. “With our employer and labor partners’ assistance, and the cooperation of local public-sector and non-profit agencies, we’ve been able to make a major contribution
to the Greater Philadelphia region’s economic
Since May 2012, more than 120 Delaware Valley residents have participated in OJT placements at healthcare employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware: 36 in Year 1, another 46 in Year 2, and 34 in Year 3. Approximately 95% of participants have completed their OJT placements, and 86% have successfully transitioned into full-time employment following completion.
OJT participants receive coaching and support—including job placement support—from Training Fund staff; participating employers receive wage subsidies of up to 50% for three to six months, and recruitment assistance should they request it.
Asia Henry’s success story illustrates the positive impacts on individual lives that those numbers represent. Asia graduated from the Temple University Health Information Professions program and found employment with JCR Physical Medicine, where her starting wages were subsidized through an OJT contract. Since being hired at JCR, Asia has shown considerable perseverance, strength and the utmost professionalism. Shortly after being hired, she was faced with housing insecurity and was threatened with the possibility of having to live in a shelter. Despite this hardship, Asia persevered, continued to go to work and sought the support of her JCR family. During her tenure, Asia was also faced with a difficult workplace situation, and sought advice from HCaMP staff to learn how she should approach her supervisor to address the issue. Rather than suffer silently—or quit her job completely—Asia chose to rely on her support networks, be a deft problem solver and persist through two very difficult situations that had the potential to threaten her employment.
The OJT program is funded by two H-1B training grants, provided by the US Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration (ETA). “OJT has been a very popular strategy with employers not only because of the range of occupations for which we can provide wage subsidies, but also because they’ve been able to see clear, positive results,” GPHP director Thomas noted. “The new grant received this year will allow us to fund OJT placements in two new occupations—Community Health Worker and Data Analyst—and to support the creation of Registered Apprenticeship Programs.” The first GPHP-supported apprenticeship program, at Philadelphia FIGHT, was registered with the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Council this winter, and FIGHT’s first Community Health Worker apprentices have already commenced their training.
If your organization is interested in learning more about the Training Fund’s OJT program, please contact GPHP Employer Liaison Lacey Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 215-568-2220, extension 5401. OJT funding will be available for an additional three years thanks to our new H-1B grant, and training plans can be customized to meet the specific needs of any healthcare employer or setting. For more information, get in touch today!
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