DAS Hosts Virtual Event November 16 on Inclusive Healthcare Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer an opportunity for employers to fill acute talent needs through earn-and-learn pathways, including in healthcare. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that healthcare occupations will see 2 million new jobs created within the next decade. And California is investing in this industry by creating more earn-and-learn pathways into these essential careers through apprenticeship.

“California’s Inclusive Healthcare Apprenticeships,” a virtual event will be held on November 16 hosted by the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), will demonstrate how apprenticeship has been working for some of the nation’s leaders in healthcare. There are already 378 active healthcare apprentices in California, with so much room for growth and opportunity for employers to fill acute talent needs.

California Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai will kick off the event, speaking on the value of apprenticeship and how it can help advance racial and gender equality, while building a pipeline to quality jobs. Featured speakers from Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health and two dental offices will talk about their experience employing apprentices, and how apprenticeship is a critical component of their talent solution. Representatives from an inclusive EMT and paramedic pre-apprenticeship program with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee will share lessons learned. Finally, we will hear the experience of a Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse apprentice.

Join us November 16 during the 8th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2022 and learn about the innovative investments our state has made in expanding apprenticeship in healthcare, including over $230M this year into apprenticeship specifically, along with $1.8B into developing the healthcare workforce!

For more information on the event, including how to register, please see our webpage:

National Apprenticeship Week

October 2022