1199 SEIU, The McGuire Group, & Trocaire College Join Forces On Buffalo Apprenticeship Program - Collaboration, Funded By New York State Grant, ‘Aims To Close Skills Gap Between Employer Needs, Skills Of Current Workforce’
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Through a Workforce Development In Long-Term Care Grant from New York State, the 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the McGuire Group, and Trocaire College are collaborating on an Apprenticeship Program to help close skills gaps within the Nursing Workforce.
Currently, 10 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) working at McGuire and represented by 1199 SEIU have enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at Buffalo’s Trocaire College to pursue an Advanced Nursing Degree.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gaps funding opportunity is also supporting the collaboration.
The purpose of the two-year program is to promote Apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current middle- and high-skilled job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Apprenticeship Program, the students had to have worked for at least one year at McGuire - in addition to meeting academic thresholds.
As part of the collaboration, Trocaire provides the Practical Nursing Curriculum and support services.
1199 SEIU facilitates testing used for screening, tutoring and processes all the tuition payments.
In addition to employment, McGuire also provides the on-the job training.
The students’ school hours and training substitute for their work hours.
The students are also working at least one shift per week at their facility.
The students started classes in the Spring.
Some started with prerequisites, and others were admitted directly into the Practical Nursing Program.
The students recently started Summer School and anticipate earning their degrees at the end of Spring 2021.
Following completion of the program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the students will be promoted to Practical Nurses with McGuire.
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