Should your agency consider offering more training opportunities for your caregivers and staff? More and more workers are finding the value in continuing education and other types of nontraditional training. According to the Survey of Education Attainment, a new national survey from NORC at the University of Chicago with funding from the ECMC Foundation, "more than 70 percent of the American workforce report completing at least one nontraditional, postsecondary training program—such as a certification, continuing education, or an apprenticeship."
The survey also shows that many of these trainings are associated with positive outcomes for workers, especially those without any formal college degree. The lessons of the study appear particularly relevant at a time when many Americans have been laid off, the economy is revamping, and education has been shifting to online and virtual formats. With the current stress we are facing regarding caregiver recruitment and retention, these survey results support the need for home care to offer continuing education as one incentive to keep workers.
You can read all of the survey results here.