Allied Health-Direct Care Workforce Plan: A Foundation of Our Future
Entry level direct care support jobs are accessible with a modest amount of post-secondary training, often non-credit programs, and as such present a vital pathway to above minimum wage work and careers that can provide family-supporting wages. The workforce that seeks out these jobs presents many challenges as candidates often lack fluency in English and generally lack a foundation in numeracy and the application of technology as a tool for health care delivery. It is important to note that some students in this pipeline are functionally literate in the language of the communities they seek to serve and others hold health care certifications in their home countries that only need validation, locally. Therefore, this workforce requires an array of support services, including access to financial aid, to become ready for job training programs and will need stackable, articulated coursework to further develop their knowledge, skills and abilities for advancement to higher level certifications and college degree programs.