1199SEIU is working with the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus to develop an apprenticeship program to train entry-level hospital employees to fill in-demand patient care jobs. The effort is backed by $70,000 in grant funding, including $50,000 from the Maryland Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Innovation Fund and another $20,000 from the Health Career Advancement Program, a national labor organization. The local 1199SEIU chapter and UMMC Midtown hope to help about 15 entry-level workers in jobs like food service, transportation and janitorial work obtain their Certified Nursing Assistant certifications. They will also help further train three to five current CNAs to become certified as patient care technicians.
- adapted from a report in the Baltimore Business Journal