Editor's Comments: This innovative program will help to close the skills gap in health care. Other areas facing similar problems should be paying attention and learn.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care industry will add more than 4 million jobs between now and 2022. Among the several reasons for that projection cited by the bureau:
• An aging population. The number of people ages 65 and older is projected to grow by 40 percent between now and 2022 — the fastest of any age group. And compared to younger people, older people typically have greater health care needs
• More people are expected to seek treatment for chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity
• Improvements in medicine and technology are increasing
All this would be good news for job seekers. Unfortunately, too many of these job seekers don’t possess the required skills to fill these available jobs. Businesses continue to blame a skills gap for not filling positions, or filling them with skilled workers from other countries. Read the whole article