The Westmoreland / Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WFWIB) received a grant for a project to connect healthcare employers with workers and identify solutions to other challenges.
The Healthcare Employment Ecosystem Project will focus on all occupations within the healthcare industry, helping with the educational success of workers and staff or candidate shortages. The project will focus on Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland and Beaver counties.
“Employers in the health sector in the region face many human resource challenges and labor shortages, including the need for a highly skilled workforce, misconceptions about career opportunities and the rapid evolution of technology, ”said Ami Gatts, director of the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, who partnered with WFWIB on the project.
Agencies noted that COVID-19 has led to difficulties at the local level in filling health care jobs, including those in support roles.
The project will focus on developing strategies to respond to job demands, including the development and implementation of internships or on-the-job training. In addition to meeting the needs of healthcare organizations, the project will also address ways to serve people facing barriers to employment.
The healthcare employment ecosystem project is expected to start in early 2022.