Training and Expanding the Workforce

Associations strengthen America in virtually every industry sector and corner of the nation through training and expanding the nation’s workforce. In some cases, up to one-third of an association’s time, effort and funding is dedicated to training its member professionals, educating young people about career opportunities, identifying skills necessary for serving the public and implementing programs that address those needs.

Examples of the Power of A in Action:

APICS’ Supply Chain STEM Educational Outreach program proactively addresses the shortage of students, especially among women and people of color, choosing STEM-based careers; a worldwide supply chain talent crisis; and the fact that supply chain management lacks visibility as a lucrative and critically-needed career path.

The National Association for Healthcare Quality created HQ Essentials: Competencies for the Healthcare Quality Profession, a program which ensures healthcare quality professionals are well prepared to serve and lead in the quality roles of today and tomorrow. The program is a framework for ongoing individual and organizational assessment and development across the continuum of care at advanced and master practitioner levels.

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions implements the NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer program, created to satisfy a need for skilled certified compliance officers who have absorbed critical material to help them advance, as well as help credit unions demonstrate the expertise of their staff. The program for certification must be maintained by earning credits for ongoing training to ensure every NCCO grows and develops professionally over time.

The American Fisheries Society’s Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a scholarship program for high school students that matches children from underrepresented minority groups with mentors in marine and freshwater institutions and field stations. Students gain invaluable experience working in labs and parks to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, particularly, minorities and women.

The American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professional® Exam fosters the education, skills, professionalism, and knowledge of individuals working across all domains of the artisan cheese industry. The organization’s efforts develop industry-wide standards and best practices that encourage professional development and career advancement opportunities for industry professionals.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota formed an organization called “MNCARS” – Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair and Service.  Its goal is to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting young people into technical college automotive education programs (collision and automotive service) and industry careers. 
 
National Apartment Association Education Institute’s Real Communities. Real Careers. campaign was created to counter the shortage of talent in an industry that offers competitive pay, great benefits and a
proven track record of promoting from within.

International Sign Association has two workforce development initiatives to retain skilled workers, identify young professionals and provide growth opportunities for all.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society’s Wound Treatment Associate Program is responsible for training a new generation of clinicians who play an integral role in providing optimal care to patients suffering from a variety of complex wounds.

Professional Risk Managers’ International Association provides undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines the opportunity to solve realistic business problems with a risk management focus.

CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT – Dream IT platform program helps educate young women about career options in IT available to them, while encouraging employers to engage with women.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota formed the organization called “MNCARS” – Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair and Service. Its goal is to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting young people into technical college automotive education programs (collision and automotive service) and industry careers. The effort includes an educational video, overview of industry career paths, counseling kit, job board and other resources to educate the audience about the varied and rewarding career opportunities in the automotive industry.