CTHP Releases 2019 Strategic Plan
On behalf of the CTHP Leadership Committee, we’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with the Partnership over the past year. We’re incredibly grateful for the time, expertise, and insights many of you have shared. We’ve learned a lot in our first year of work together, which we think you’ll see reflected in the 2019 Strategic Plan developed by our Leadership Committee. A few important highlights that we want to bring to your attention:
- Refined Priorities: Building on the work we started in 2018, we’re updating our 2019 priorities to focus on four issues:
- The Youth Talent Pipeline: How can we work together to promote increased awareness of health careers and facilitate relevant hands-on learning opportunities for youth and young adults?
- Post-Secondary Access & Success: How can we grow the number of Central Texas residents who are graduating from middle-skill healthcare education and training programs?
- The Nursing Talent Pipeline: How can we work together to ensure that there are diverse and seamless on-ramps to registered nursing careers – including effective pathways for CNAs, PCTs, and LVNs – so that companies have ready access to the talent they need to provide high-quality care?
- Upskilling: Are there innovative education and training approaches Central Texas can adopt to upskill frontline healthcare workers so they can fill in-demand healthcare jobs?
- A Better Way of Working Together: In 2019, we’ll update our existing work groups with four new committees that will focus on each of our priority areas. Each of these committees will be chaired by an industry representative and led by a small planning committee, which will help us to be more efficient and coordinated so that we can grow our impact.
- Setting Aside Time for Learning and Networking: Finally, many of you let us know that you really enjoyed the opportunity to come together with colleagues during our quarterly meetings to network, exchange information with peers, and learn from experts. Beginning in this spring, we’ll reserve our big-tent Central Texas Healthcare Partnership meetings exclusively for learning and networking – and save our business and planning conversations for committee meetings. Stay tuned for an announcement about our first 2019 event in the weeks to come.
We look forward to working with all of you to make 2019 a highly successful year for the Partnership. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback on the 2019 plan.
Bridging the Talent Gap Survey
November 9, 2018
Workforce Solutions Capital Area, in conjunction with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and The Graduate! Network, recently launched the Bridging the Talent Gap employer survey.
The 20-30 minute survey is open to regional employers of all sizes and in all industries. Please complete the survey by December 31st to help us identify key challenges you are currently facing in attracting, retaining and upskilling the talent needed to grow your businesses.
Workforce Solutions and partners will evaluate the survey results to determine how our workforce and education community can better assist employers in more effectively training new hires and building innovative partnerships to grow the skills of your current workforce. Take the Survey today.
For more information about the survey, please contact Leslie Puckett at firstname.lastname@example.org / 512.597.7121.
E3-3D: College & Career Entry in Central Texas
November 5, 2018
From our colleagues at the E3 Alliance:
Please join us as we bring together professionals and practitioners working on the intersection of education and workforce readiness in Central Texas. Guest speakers and panelists will come from growing industry sectors in the region, career and technical education programs, workforce talent pipeline supports, and technology and innovation services. Our diverse group of speakers will help us to frame the requisite strategies in preparing all students for careers that earn a living wage, right here in Central Texas.
Issue We Face
By 2021, the Austin metro area is projected to boast more than 60,000 job openings that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Two-thirds of the jobs that provide a living wage will require some type of post-secondary degree or certificate. At the same time, the pathways to credentials and/or a career are becoming increasingly diverse. As a community, how can we support our students as they leave high school and enter college or the workforce, in a way that leads to economic prosperity for students and the region?
What to Expect
- Latest research on college and career entry
- New strategies to align students’ educational trajectories with regional workforce demand
- How data and research can support that work
Sign Up Now
Please click here to sign up for this FREE research presentation and interactive discussion that will bring experts together from E3 Alliance and the Central Texas community to share, learn, and act.
10/18 Webinar: Using Tuition Assistance to Grow Your Own Talent
October 1, 2018
At 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, the Central Texas Healthcare Partnership will be hosting a free webinar on tuition assistance programs, a popular employee benefit that provides financial assistance to workers who are interested in enrolling in education and training to advance their skills and career prospects. Tuition assistance programs can be a valuable tool for companies that are looking to develop in-house talent for hard-to-fill job openings. Yet, too often these programs are underutilized or not strategically designed to meet business needs.
During this webinar, CTHP members and their colleagues will have the opportunity to hear about the findings of two recent studies that sought to better understand these programs and identify options for maximizing their usefulness:
- A group of recent MBA program graduates from Concordia University will discuss their new report, Tuition Assistance Utilization Study: A Focus on Healthcare Employers in the Austin Metro Area. The research team interviewed ten Central Texas healthcare companies to learn about how they are using tuition assistance programs to engage, retain, and upskill their workforce.
- In addition, we’ll be joined by the authors of Key Elements of Successful Tuition Assistance Programs: A New Model for Workforce Development, a new report from UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). This new approach details seven essential components of a modernized tuition assistance program to help companies meet their need for an agile workforce of continuous learners. Interested in participating? Email email@example.com RSVP and request the call-in information.
New Study Highlights Central Texas Healthcare Companies’ Investments in Employee Education & Training
August 9, 2018
On August 9, LEAP Consulting – a group of graduate MBA candidates from Concordia University – released a new report, Tuition Assistance Utilization Study: A Focus on Healthcare Employers in the Austin Metro Area. The research team interviewed ten Central Texas healthcare companies to learn about how they are using tuition assistance programs to engage, retain, and upskill their workforce and also reviewed recent research literature to better understand national best practices. Their report is available for download or you can view a video of their presentation of the report on YouTube.
Study Shows Strong Demand for Healthcare Workers in Central Texas
September 9, 2018
A new study finds that the five-county Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area continues to enjoy strong demand for middle-skill healthcare workers, including shortages of workers in several key occupations.
Researchers from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning(CAEL) and Avalanche Consulting presented the key findings of their study to Partnership members at the Tuesday, September 25 meeting of the Partnership. You can review their findings online, including:
- A copy of the research team’s presentation to the Partnership
- An infographic that highlights key findings from the study
- The full report, executive summary, and data appendix for Report 1: Workforce Supply and Demand Analysis
- The full report and executive summary for Report 2: Workforce Alignment Strategies
This analysis was made possible through the generous support of the Texas Workforce Commission, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Ascension, and St. David’s HealthCare.
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