The AHCAC addresses Alaska’s critical health care worker shortages through a coordinated system of needs assessment, education, and skill development utilizing Registered Apprenticeships, ensuring that Alaska’s health care industry has a world class workforce. The AHCAC supports employers’ needs while offering opportunities to all Alaskans.
Throughout Alaska, the AHCAC will be recognized as the catalyst for health care education and training through Registered Apprenticeship.
This will be accomplished by:
- Identifying and supporting the employers’ needs of a skilled workforce.
- Promoting Registered Apprenticeship as a solution to the skilled worker shortage in health care.
- Assisting employers to develop and implement Registered Apprenticeship programs.
- Create pathways from high school to health care careers through School to Apprenticeship.
- Assist educators and their advisory committees to develop health care programs.
- Develop quality pre-apprenticeship programs with partners statewide.
- Develop postsecondary education and training and make it available to all Alaskans who want to earn and learn in health care apprenticeable occupations regardless of their zip code.
- Support degree completion and career advancement through the partners of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC).
The Alaska Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium (AHCAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting Alaska’s health care employers’ needs for a skilled workforce while offering Alaska’s residents an earn-while-you-learn career option.
The purpose of the AHCAC is to develop a sustainable multi-employer health care workforce development system utilizing registered apprenticeship. The Consortium’s vision is to produce a highly skilled workforce for Alaska’s health care employers – and equally important – to provide meaningful career opportunities for Alaskans who want work in health care.
The AHCAC recognizes that in order to accomplish this, there must be well-developed on-the-job learning outcomes combined with related technical instruction. This recognition has resulted in the development of the Multi-Employer Standards of Apprenticeship.
A sustainable model, the AHCAC structure will significantly address critical health care worker shortages, combine best practices from state and federal apprenticeship systems, and integrate effectively with the workforce development system. The consortium training model includes a business plan and establishment of structures to promote registered apprenticeship and the related technical instruction delivery state wide.
This consortium model will remain responsive to employers and their training needs and that of state and regional health care systems. Initial employer workforce needs assessments identified priority apprenticeable occupations. The highlighted occupations in the table below are the first to be developed and sponsored under the Consortium.
The Consortium encourages a career development network promoting connectivity at all levels of education and workforce development. This encourages a linear knowledge and skill development so apprentices will not have to repeat already learned information to complete a registered apprenticeship, certificate, or degree. Because registered apprenticeship requires on the job learning combined with related technical instruction, the Consortium will consider local and regional sources of instruction when they benefit the employers and apprentices. Apprenticeship programs are designed to include high school students, incumbent workers, unemployed, veterans and transitioning service members, and other underserved workers who would like to work in health care occupations. Apprenticeship sponsors are encouraged to develop programs that lead to postsecondary degrees. College credits may be provided to the apprentices, either through articulation agreements with participating education institutions or through the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC). Where practical, these apprenticeships will bridge to an associate degree or beyond.