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

09/13/2011

  1. At the time of the launch of the initiative, OA was named the Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS).

  2. Locations in Boise and Idaho Falls , Idaho were visited for this study.

  3. Home Care Associates is currently not operating its registered apprenticeship program due to a lack of funds, although it currently employs past apprentices and is interested in restarting the program.

  4. A survey of registered apprenticeship sponsors showed that only a small portion of sponsors are aware of or use services through the workforce investment system (Lerman, Eyster, and Chambers, 2009) so a lack of active partnerships was not unexpected.

  5. While no wage increase is offered after the LTC RAP is completed, there is a small wage increase after basic training is completed. All apprentices start at $7.25 an hour. After basic training, wages are increased depending on experience. Apprentices with no experience typically see their wages increase to $8.50, or by $1.25 from the training wage.

  6. RAPIDS data as of December 2009, including apprentices registered since January 2005.

  7. Please note that HHAs are considered worker-owners and receive a share of the annual company dividends in addition to their wages.

  8. Staff recollection of apprentice enrollment differs modestly from RAPIDS records. Staff estimates are presented here, and the RAPIDS data are discussed below.

  9. Reported numbers of active apprentices by sites were found to differ from the RAPIDS system on some occasions. Discrepancies were often because the most recent cohort of apprentices had not all been entered into the system at the time of the visit.

  10. The Home Care Associates LTC RAP was particularly expensive because of a generous wage progression ($1.20 per hour), a $200 bonus, a dedicated trainer, and equipped training room (as opposed to using staff volunteer time), holding training during work hours, and hiring additional training staff for specific class sessions.

  11. While no wage increase is offered after the LTC RAP is completed, there is a small wage increase after basic training is completed. All apprentices start at $7.25 an hour. After basic training, wages are increased depending on experience. Apprentices with no experience typically see their wages increase to $8.50, or by $1.25 from the training wage.

  12. In addition to the competencies described here, apprentices are also expected to be competent in “community and service networking,” “facilitation of services,” “education, training, and self-development,” “vocational, educational, and career support,” “organizational participation,” “building and maintaining friendships and relationships,” “provide person-centered support,” and “supporting health and wellness.”

  13. Trainees are paid $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage. The wage increase offered upon completion of basic training varies by the experience of the apprentice. Inexperienced apprentices typically receive a wage increase of $1.25 to $8.50.

  14. Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) data as of December 2009, including apprentices registered since January 2005.

  15. RAPIDS data as of December 2009, including apprentices registered since January 2005.

  16. Please note that HHAs are considered worker-owners and receive a share of the annual company dividends in addition to their wages.

  17. RAPIDS data as of December 2009, including apprentices registered since January 2005.

  18. Home Care Associates administrative staff suggested the apprenticeship program had 100% completion and retention, although RAPIDS data indicate that one apprentice had dropped out of the program.

  19. Staff recollection of apprentice enrollment differs modestly from RAPIDS records. Staff estimates are presented here, and the RAPIDS data are discussed below.

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