Characteristics of Long-Term Care Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Implications for Evaluation Design. 1. Introduction


The United States lacks a formal training system for long-term care occupations with and few government standards that regulate the qualifications of long-term care workers. However, there is an unprecedented need for skilled long-term care workers with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the growing health care needs of the aging Baby Boom generation. To address this issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has expanded the use of registered apprenticeship, a training approach that combines classroom instruction and work-based learning, to long-term care occupations. This section introduces the use of the registered apprenticeship model for long-term care training and the potential for evaluating the approach.

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