Registered Apprenticeship Program
Driving a new standard of excellence.
The Health Support Specialist (HSS) Registered Apprenticeship program is quickly becoming the new standard of excellence – redefining how leading organizations and communities are preparing their workforce to serve older adults. HSS is guided by an understanding that the deep culture transformation we seek in older adult services starts with investments in a highly-trained and supported direct care workforce.
HSS represents a breakthrough in the traditional system of care delivery, creating opportunities for highly capable caregivers to advance in their lives and careers through cutting-edge skill training, rich on-the-job experiences, redesigned job descriptions, improved working environments, accessible career pathways and meaningful wage increases.
We’re challenging the status quo of caring for older adults.
“I’ve learned to put the resident at the center of our work – taking the time to make them happy and get them more involved in their decision-making. Having consistent caregivers makes them feel comfortable.”
“I feel like I have more responsibility in my current role than I did before. I also feel like I have more of a say in what goes on around here and feel like I can really make a difference now. Be sure it’s really what you want – it’s not a job, it’s a calling – and you have to really be in love with your job to dedicate yourself to it.”
“Do it! HSS is a GREAT experience – a chance to learn things even the most seasoned aid hasn’t learned on the job.”
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