CHICAGO – Jan. 11, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recognized the AHIMA Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as a National Program for Apprenticeship. The recognition of the Foundation’s National Standards of Apprenticeship helps to provide a centralized approval process and streamline the route for employers to become registered apprenticeship employers with the DOL.
Registered Apprenticeship, a proven strategy, ensures quality workforce readiness training by combining on-the-job learning with hands-on instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry. The process of apprenticeship program registration with federal and state government agencies is standards-based. It is a process designed to ensure that working apprentices, program employers, and the general public can gain a clear understanding of the training content and the measures that are in place to ensure ongoing quality.
In October 2015, the AHIMA Foundation received a five-year American Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the DOL to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship programs into career pathways to meet employer needs, particularly into new fields like health information management. The AHIMA Foundation has been working with the DOL Offices of Apprenticeship in addition to state apprenticeship agencies to help employers work through the process of creating and sustaining their registered apprenticeship programs.
Employers can now choose to work with their state’s apprenticeship staff or directly with the AHIMA Foundation. “This national recognition makes the process easier for employers to participate with AHIMA’s Foundation in meeting the needs of a changing workforce,” said AHIMA interim CEO Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA. “Removing the barriers and streamlining the registration process benefits employers, apprentices and the healthcare industry at large – a ‘win’ for all.”