An “Earn and Learn” Opportunity for Healthcare Credentials
Through apprenticeship, participants train for in-demand, skilled and diverse healthcare occupations without giving up income. BACH currently offers apprenticeships for jobs including Environmental Care Supervisor, Surgical Technologist, Central Sterile Processing Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, and Medical Assistant.
Eligibility requirements for this program include a high school diploma or equivalent, authorization to work in the USA, Maryland residency, and access to reliable transportation, a computer, and Wi-Fi. Candidates must pass a drug screening and background check as well.
This employer-led initiative awards selected participants the opportunity to train on the job as paid employees while completing coursework. In addition to current healthcare employees, the program is made available to unemployed and underemployed refugees and immigrants when space permits. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate from the Maryland Department of Labor, and, when relevant, additional industry-recognized license or certification.
Participants are connected to support resources at both their employer and the educational institution where they are taking technical classes. BACH has a full-time career coach who supports participants from the application process throughout the entire apprenticeship. The career coach can assist with submitting applications, resume writing, interview preparation, time management strategies, communication skills, self-advocacy, connecting to other available resources, and more.
In the most recent BACH survey, 100% of respondents retained employment after completing their apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” training opportunity. Selected participants work in a paid job under the direction of a mentor, while attending technical instruction classes. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, participants will earn industry-recognized credentials whenever relevant and gain critical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in healthcare.
To apply, you must be 18 years or older, have a copy of your GED/ high school diploma, be authorized to work in the USA, be able to pass a drug screening and background check, be a Maryland resident, have reliable transportation, and have access to a computer and Wi-Fi.
When BACH is actively recruiting for a cohort, eligible candidates will be invited to take a reading and math exam and will need to pass at the 8th grade level. Candidates will also complete a pre-screening questionnaire and a brief virtual intake appointment with the BACH team. Select candidates will then be invited to apply and interview directly with the participating employer. The participating employer makes the final decision on who is selected.
BACH partners with CCBC to assess participants academic preparedness for our apprenticeship program through the CASAS exam. Candidates can learn more about the CASAS exam here.
There is no cost associated with the application process, tuition, fees, or books. Participants are usually responsible for the cost of their own uniforms, transportation, and parking.
Currently, BACH sponsors five healthcare apprenticeships:
- Environmental Care Supervisor
- Surgical Technologist
- Central Sterile Processing Technician
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Medical Assistant
Participants will complete on-the-job training in a hospital and should be prepared to be exposed to individuals who are COVID-positive.
All participants will be paid employees, with benefits, from the start of the apprenticeship. Participants earn at least minimum wage. Specific salary, benefit packages and on-the-job training hours is determined by each participating employer and the occupation. Details will be shared when actively recruiting for a program.
Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a CCBC Continuing Education Certificate and a JourneyWorker license from the Maryland Department of Labor stating that they successfully completed a registered apprenticeship program. When applicable, participants will also take national certification/licensing exams and receive industry-recognized credentials.
The length of each program depends on the occupation. On average our apprenticeships take 12-18 months to complete. All the programs are competency-based, which means successful completion depends on finishing all the required classes and a successful demonstration of the designated job functions, as evaluated by a mentor.
Yes, a participant who successfully completes the apprenticeship will remain a permanent employee of the employer in the field they trained in.
Selected participants will be connected with support services at both their employer and the educational institution where they are taking technical classes.
BACH also has a full-time career coach who work with participants from the application process throughout the entire apprenticeship. The career coach can assist with submitting applications, resume writing, interview preparation, time management strategies, communication skills, self-advocacy, connecting to other available resources, building a career plan, and more.