Yesterday, HCAOA Associate Member CareAcademy announced the launch of the “CAREer Path Initiative,” an all-encompassing program designed to address critical industry constraints and attract more workers into the home care profession. In addition to helping to accelerate new entrants to the field, the program will extend college credit to thousands of direct care workers as they complete professional training within the CareAcademy platform for no additional charge. The CAREer Path Initiative is launching in collaboration with CareAcademy’s core education partner, Southern New Hampshire University, and with support from national home care agency partners, including HCAOA.
Vicki Hoak, HCAOA Executive Director, stated: “The skyrocketing demand for care in the home has created a substantial growth opportunity for our members. We have long championed the role of training and upskilling as a key component in the recruitment and retention of direct care staff, which is even more necessary today to address this growth. We are pleased to support initiatives like this that seek to provide even more access and create pathways for ongoing learning. The relationship between CareAcademy and SNHU highlights the innovative approaches needed to meet the future opportunity head on.”
The CAREer Path Initiative will help further drive agency recruitment opportunities and career development in home care to meet the accelerating shortfall of industry workers. A recent PHI study indicates that as many as 7.4 million new workers will be needed by 2029 to meet the industry demand. Home care agencies will be better positioned to attract new entrants to the profession by offering training that transfers into college credits, retain workers who are seeking professional experiences while fulfilling college-accredited training, and increase client confidence by providing best-in-class training.
“Healthcare is shifting squarely to the home, and we have a clear mandate to create solutions to meet the needs of a rapidly growing workforce, while recognizing the talent and hard work those in the industry are currently undertaking to address this new challenge,” said Helen Adeosun, CEO and Founder, CareAcademy. “Our partners in the CAREer Path Initiative are equally committed to recruiting new entrants to the market, providing them with top-quality training, and creating pathways to advance their education while gaining college credit. This Initiative firmly places allied healthcare workers on the same footing as employees from other learning-oriented companies such as Starbucks or Amazon.”
HCAOA members receive a $100 discount off CareAcademy onboarding fees and a 10-15% discount for online training.
Agencies who are interested in joining the CAREer Path Initiative should visit https://www.careacademy.com/CAREerpath to learn more. CareAcademy will host a webinar on May 4, 2021 at 1 p.m., EDT to provide additional details about the initiative. Click here to register for the webinar.