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White House Shines Spotlight on National Network Members

Several National Network members were featured at a recent White House Upskill Summit. The event brought together 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are equipping workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs.

Here are a few ways our member associations are working to #UpSkillAmerica:

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) committed to working with the Department of Labor to expand the association’s existing apprenticeship programs to meet the growing demand for healthcare information occupations. As a result of this partnership, AHIMA will be developing the next generation of hospital coders, clinical documentation improvement specialists, business analysts and data analysts.

The association will be promoting apprenticeships through videos, blogs, events and other activities. AHIMA is committed to sharing what it learns along the way to jumpstart replication of its model across the healthcare industry.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is expanding the use of competency-based apprenticeships in the precision manufacturing industry by developing and disseminating what it is calling an “Apprenticeship Blueprint.” NIMS will help companies quickly implement customized apprenticeships that meet their talent needs, and has set an ambitious goal to issue 1,000 credentials to individuals in apprenticeship programs.

This effort promises to have a major impact: NIMS will be reaching out to a network of 6,000 stakeholders and providing a package of tools, resources and technical assistance to support efforts to create registered apprenticeships.

The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) has established a strategic plan to engage its partners to increase the number of incumbent workers enrolled in and completing a Retail Management Certificate. WAFC will use tuition scholarships as incentives, emphasizing the importance of the certificates and awarding cash honoraria for successful completion of the program. The goal is to enroll 2,000 workers and produce 1,300 graduates by 2016.

Learn more about the Upskill Initiative.