Healthcare Providers are Launching Apprenticeship Programs Using HAEP

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Franklin, TN. –Several long-term care providers are already taking advantage of opportunities to develop their workforce through the Healthcare Apprenticeship Expansion Program (HAEP).  HAEP is a Department of Labor grant-funded program awarded to Argentum, the leading national trade association for senior living communities, who partnered with TalentGro as their apprenticeship intermediary. The apprenticeships offer paid, on-the-job training and other support services – 94% of apprentices continue employment following the completion of the apprenticeship.


Many employers had previously declined to add the apprenticeship model in their workforce development programs, citing different challenges in programmatic development.  However, by using TalentGro as the intermediary, they are now embracing apprenticeships.  TalentGro is assuming responsibility for the application process, monitoring the program, reporting, and seeking sponsorship approval from each state as well as additional funding.  Using this approach, healthcare providers can continue working on patient care while leaving the coordination of the programmatic approval to a trusted partner.


“We are excited for the various employers that have embraced the HAEP program, as it means they will have the backing and resources to bring their strategic workforce efforts to fruition,” said Chief Operating Officer Shari Franey. “And we will be there to guide these employers at every step of the way.”


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in health care to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, adding about 2.4 million new jobs and Virginia Health Services (VHS) is one of the first employers to use HAEP to grow their workforce and develop a pipeline of team members. VHS’s program is starting with providing paid training to Care Assistants (CAs) as they elevate to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). They hope to grow the program to include apprenticeships for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), pharmacy technicians, housekeeping, and culinary positions.


VHS’s first class of apprentices graduated Thursday, April 22. The ceremony marked the completion of the apprentices’ CA training, and they will continue their education as Nursing Assistants until taking their CNA certification. The apprenticeship program covers the cost of the exam, administered by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The next apprenticeship class starts May 3, with other apprenticeship classes being offered throughout the year. To learn more about the VHS program, visit


“Employees are earning as they’re learning,” said Rebecca Boyd, VHS Vice President of Nursing. “It’s not common for training to be paid. We’re giving employees the opportunity to launch and grow meaningful careers.”


Those in the apprenticeship program have access to Family Scholar House, a financial assistance program meant to alleviate barriers to starting a career. Family Scholar House can offer resources and funds to help cover academic coaching, affordable housing, transportation, childcare, emergencies, and more. It is offered to those in the HAEP grant program at no additional charge.


About TalentGro

TalentGro, a division of Hamilton-Ryker®, is a total workforce development solution that seeks to close the skills gap by finding and developing talent to meet the demands of today’s workforce. TalentGro offers a wide variety of customizable training programs and intermediary services designed to prepare today’s civilian and veteran workers with the skills and knowledge needed by employers in key industries.



About VHS

Locally owned and headquartered in Newport News, Virginia since 1963, Virginia Health Services offers exceptional senior living and health care services. We specialize in the continuum of care from active lifestyle independent and assisted senior living communities, to skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Our 1,200+ employees are passionate and committed to the well-being and quality care of our residents. Beyond our thoughtfully maintained communities located throughout the Virginia Peninsula, we offer a full range of personalized skilled health care, outpatient therapy, home care and hospice services by specially trained staff in the comfort and privacy of your home. To learn more, please visit our website at

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