BATON ROUGE – As the demand for skilled workers increases in the U.S., the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is working diligently with small business leaders and community members to expand employment options for the state’s job seekers.
The Louisiana Registered Apprenticeship Division assists in designing, organizing, managing and financing registered apprenticeship programs. Each program must meet a set of standards that includes an on-the-job training outline, related classroom instruction curriculum and apprenticeship operating procedures.
Louisiana is currently home to 49 registered apprenticeship programs, and that number is expected to grow as potential program sponsors continue to submit applications for development.
Traditionally, apprenticeships have provided on-the-job training and instruction in blue-collar occupations; however, there is growing interest in the development of non-traditional programs in such areas as healthcare and IT. Some industry members are also advocating for diversity among program applicants and participants. Recently, the Louisiana State Apprenticeship Council issued approval for the registration of a new distinctive apprenticeship piloted by a minority female administrator. The program, sponsored by the Louisiana Healthcare Institute (LHI), will offer training in medical coding, billing and compliance.
“We will be offering the first federally-registered apprenticeship program on medical coding, billing and compliance. Professional expertise is in high-demand in the medical and health industry, but trained, certified and skilled professionals are absent from the market,” said Sherie Thomas, President of LHI. “We are happy to meet the spirit and goals of the federal government’s new policy to boost apprenticeships and to offer new training and job avenues that our economy needs.”
In recognition of the program’s launch, the LWC has partnered with LHI to host a Women in Apprenticeship community event on Sunday, Oct.15 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Healthcare Institute.
“We are excited to partner with one of our program sponsors, Louisiana Healthcare Institute, to promote women in apprenticeship. Increasing female participation in Registered Apprenticeship is going to require a two-pronged approach,” said Joseph Hollins, Director of Apprenticeship. “First, we are going to need more innovative non-traditional programs, such as the one being offered by LHI, and secondly we need to better educate women on the opportunities that Registered Apprenticeship presents to them. This event is the start of both of those initiatives.”
For more information about the Louisiana Healthcare Institute’s Registered Apprenticeship Program, visit http://lahealthcareinstitute.com/apprenticeship/. To learn more about registered apprenticeships, call 225-342-7820.
About The Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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