Representatives From Catholic Medical Center, CVS Health and Granite State Manufacturing Report on Program Engagement
Representatives from three companies that have been participating in a new program designed to advance the skills of current employees through on-the-job and classroom training are already seeing benefits. On June 15, they discussed their involvement in the ApprenticeshipNH program before an audience of business leaders and reported that the program is having a positive impact on their workforce.
Catholic Medical Center ApprenticeshipNH Programs
Catholic Medical Center (CMC) launched a new medical assistant registered apprenticeship program through a partnership with Manchester Community College (MCC) and ApprenticeshipNH.
The program includes:
- 480 hours of classroom instruction
- 3,600 hours of on-the-job training
At the completion of the program, apprentices will be prepared to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam.
“At CMC, we are using the ApprenticeshipNH programs to create career pathways. Many of our employees never had an opportunity to go to school after high school. This program provides them with an opportunity to get an education while working, helps improve employee retention, and allows these individuals to grow professionally,” said Emily Gaudette, director of organizational development at Catholic Medical Center.
CVS Health ApprenticeshipNH Programs
CVS Health’s apprenticeship program is designed to train the company’s current CVS Pharmacy employees who want to transition into a pharmacy technician position.
The program includes:
- 156 hours of classroom instruction, to be completed at Manchester Community College
- 2,000 hours of on-the-job training
CVS is a national sponsor of apprenticeship programs across the US and this program represents their first efforts in New Hampshire.
“Through our nationally certified pharmacy tech training program, we are able to take individuals through a pre-apprenticeship program, followed by a competency-based apprenticeship program that can reduce the hours required for on the job training and enable some participants to complete the program and have a higher rate of pay. Participants see this as an investment in them since they receive national certification as a pharmacy tech that can be used future employment anywhere,” said Jonathan DaSilva, regional learning center manager for CVS Health.
Granite State Manufacturing ApprenticeshipNH Programs
Granite State Manufacturing partnered with Nashua Community College (NCC) and ApprenticeshipNH to enable employees to gain new skills and pursue more advanced, alternative career options.
The program includes:
- More than 500 hours of classroom instruction
- Two years of on-the-job training
Apprentices will receive the training necessary to become CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machinists. In this role, they will work with computer-controlled machines that help to manufacture precision parts and assemblies.
“Our new partnership with ApprenticeshipNH is an opportunity for us to provide our employees with the skills they need to advance in their careers,” said Hope Kelly, director of human resources at Granite State Manufacturing. “It is one of our main company objectives to access talented and skilled workers to fill the capacity for our growing business. As a government contractor, we are limited in the workforce we can hire from the outside. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our employees, who we value so much, and to obtain both financial and consultative assistance to do so. We are dedicated to them and offering them access to an opportunity like this is just another way we can show our appreciation for all of their hard work.”
More New Hampshire companies will be able to learn from the ApprenticeshipNH programs. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that the ApprenticeshipNH program has been awarded an additional grant that will extend the program through October 2020.
The ApprenticeshipNH Program, housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire, is a unique effort that prepares workers as Registered Apprentices to better compete in the modern workforce. Focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology sectors, the ApprenticeshipNH Program provides workers with invaluable opportunities to pursue highly-skilled, high-paying jobs, and opportunities for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce in NH. The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.