Health Care Apprenticeships and On-the-Job Training Opportunities Available to Employers and Job Seekers

21 Jan 2021


During the third week of Health Care Month, we are focusing on apprenticeship and training programs that are available to both employers and job seekers. As Governor Walz noted in his proclamation of January as Health Care Month, health care in Minnesota pays an average annual wage of $53,659, which is 4% higher than the nation’s average wage of $51,792 for the same sector. Wages go up with additional training, certification, and experience. DEED’s Labor Market Information office indicates there is projected long-term demand, as well as high current demand for health care workers. In fact, four of the top 10 jobs in demand now in Minnesota are health care jobs.

Because of this high demand, there are many apprenticeship and on-the-job training opportunities to help prepare people for work in a variety of health care positions. When workers leverage these opportunities, they can get on the path to successful careers in health care, with wages that can sustain themselves and their families.

These grants and training programs help build strong talent pipelines, which are at the core of business productivity. When employers engage in these programs, it helps them shift from a reactive to a proactive approach in recruiting. When health care employers successfully build and communicate career path opportunities within their organization, it increases employee morale and decreases turnover. Employees feel they are in control of improving their job skills and potentially increasing their pay, which builds their self-esteem and in turn, loyalty to the company.

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