April 29, 2015
The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative released a case study on the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership. The nearly 50-page study was the culmination of a year of research, featuring interviews with Training Partnership employer partners, labor partners, leadership at the state of Washington, and, most importantly, Home Care Aides themselves informed the findings.
From the report’s Executive Summary:
“The Training Partnership is the nation’s largest training provider for workers in home care. A nonprofit school founded in 2007, it develops and provides training programs and services for long-term care workers and is the primary training provider for home care aides in the state of Washington. With more than 45,000 total trainees on any given day (both new and incumbent workers), it is the second-largest educational institution in the state by enrollment – behind only the University of Washington.
The Training Partnership has created a statewide training system with comprehensive resources and tools to support home care aides, consumers and employers. Its focus is much broader than traditional training programs or institutions. It aims to train and empower long-term care workers, bring respect and dignity to the profession, and, in turn, improve the quality of care for consumers. With its multifaceted focus on improving training and opportunities for workers and transforming the industry and quality of care, the Training Partnership also is one of the country’s most ambitious sector strategy initiatives. With its understanding of how improved economic stability can enhance worker performance and its dual focus on improving jobs and providing advancement opportunities, the Training Partnership also exemplifies the emerging Raise the Floor and Build Ladders strategy.”
About the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative
The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative works to identify, evaluate, and promote promising and successful practices and policies that improve access to quality training and employment for low-income adults. For more than a decade, AspenWSI has helped shape America’s workforce development strategies and practices to enhance outcomes that enable low-income adults to successfully complete training programs and access quality jobs.
About the Training Partnership
The Training Partnership is a nonprofit 501(c)3 school formed by SEIU 775 and participating employers, including the State of Washington (employer of record), to train and develop professional long-term care workers to deliver quality care and support to older adults and people with disabilities. In collaboration with SEIU 775, employers throughout the state, our College Consortium and our Community Network, the Training Partnership is developing innovative, meaningful training programs to help transform the long-term care profession. The aim is better training for long-term care workers, and in turn, better care for long-term care consumers.