WorkReadyNH held it’s first class for Concord Hospital’s Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) apprentices. According to WorkReadyNH Program Director, Debra Beauregard, “This March we just completed the first WorkReadyNH class enrolling seven amazing LNA apprentices from Concord Hospital. Many more classes to come.” Whether you are in training for a career or looking for a job, WorkReadyNH can help you to improve the skills that are critical for career advancement. WorkReadyNH utilizes group and independent exercises to help participants improve their communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills; how to work effectively and efficiently, and to develop and refine their professional skills to improve their success in the workplace. Join a tuition-free WorkReadyNH class by going to www.ccsnh.edu/workreadynh.
Early this year, Concord Hospital entered into a partnership with ApprenticeshipNH, NHTI-Concord’s Community College and Manchester Community College (MCC) to hire and train individuals to fill essential Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) positions at the hospital. Following the “earn while you learn” model, individuals were hired by Concord Hospital then began a one-year structured training program to prepare them to work as LNAs.
The LNA apprenticeship program is comprised of five weeks of full-time instruction, both online and in-person training, with 60 hours of WorkReadyNH soft skills training, 60 hours of online theory, 24 hours of lab work and 60 hours of clinical practicum at Concord Hospital. The hospital pays 100 percent of the tuition costs and participants are full-time, benefitted employees from the start of the program.
ApprenticeshipNH is an initiative housed at the Community College System of NH that seeks to address workforce needs in specific sectors throughout the state by creating Registered Apprenticeship opportunities within the information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, automotive, biotechnology and infrastructure/construction sectors. The program was established in 2017 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. To date, hundreds of individuals and dozens of companies have benefitted from the program.