The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) is investing $300,000 with the 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers union to create and operate a one-year training program for current and prospective healthcare workers.
SEIU will place those completing the training in union jobs with benefits including healthcare and childcare and opportunities for career advancement. The opportunity is for those currently employed, as well as those looking to break into the healthcare industry.
“This partnership will help to provide students the support they need to overcome barriers and to be successful including access to adult education, childcare, career support and job readiness in entry level positions such as Certified Nurse Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Phlebotomy,” said Tracey Harrison, 1199SEIU vice-president for Rochester/Corning Division.
Harrison said the partnership will help expand healthcare career opportunities to all Monroe county residents, providing complete wrap-around services to ensure success, as well as building a true career path for the healthcare workforce.
The program will include recruitment, pre-training preparation, case management, training, certification and job placement to ensure that our healthcare workers have the resources and support they need to succeed.
Recruitment will target 65% of community residents and 35% currently-employed (1199SEIU) workers from historically underserved communities of color.
COMIDA board chair Ann Burr said the investment will bolster the talent pool of skilled healthcare professionals.
“Working with SEIU is part of my administration’s effort to address the ongoing staffing crisis in healthcare and engaging COMIDA to help train our workforce for the jobs the agency is creating,” said Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello.
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers is a healthcare union with a membership of 400,000 including retirees.