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Now There’s Even An Apprenticeship Program For Human Resource Specialist Positions

Published Thursday, February 11, 2021
by SHRM News
Now There’s Even An Apprenticeship Program For Human Resource Specialist Positions

(ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA) - The SHRM (Society For Human Resource Management) Foundation is launching an Apprenticeship Program to help employers develop Human Resource Specialists at their organizations, SHRM Executive Director Wendi Safstrom announced. 

The Foundation is one of 28 organizations that was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap Program, which supports large-scale expansions of Apprenticeships in a range of industries.

Through its Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program, the Foundation will offer employers of all sizes: Guidance in tailoring the coursework and on-the-job learning to meet their needs; Recommendations about educational institutions that can provide classroom learning; Resources to recruit Apprentices and provide supportive mentoring; and Assistance in completing all Federal reporting requirements.

There has been a push in recent years to use Apprenticeships to develop Skilled Labor, including knowledge Workers. 

President Joe Biden has said he wants to put $50 billion into workforce training by creating partnerships among community colleges, businesses, Labor Unions; universities and high schools, and state, local and Tribal Governments.

The Foundation's program will help close the skills gap in Human Resources by allowing individuals to earn wages while receiving hands-on training to successfully fill high-skilled, in-demand Human Resource Specialist positions, Safstrom said.

Apprenticeships allow employers to provide customized training and are a way to tap into a more diverse pool of job candidates, such as people with disabilities, individuals without four-year degrees, people who were formerly incarcerated, Veterans and older Workers.

"Amid a changing workplace landscape, it's more important than ever for employers to develop diverse talent with the skills and experience needed to manage the realities of the twenty-first century workplace," Safstrom said in a statement announcing the initiative.

"In partnership with visionary employers and the volunteer leaders of SHRM Chapters and state councils, we are confident Registered Apprenticeships will mobilize the power of Human Resources to provide innovative solutions and inspire the next generation of leaders for years to come," Safstrom said.

It's also hoped, Safstrom noted in a blog post about the Foundation's initiative, that HR Professionals who go through the Apprenticeship Program will become advocates for this training method at their own organizations.

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