The Phillips Partnership has organized two of the nation’s largest hospital-based jobs programs, one for entry-level work and the other for advancing up the career ladder. Now administered by PPL, the programs offer local residents the opportunity to advance continuously from unskilled work to professional positions at local hospitals.
Train to Work
Train to Work is a paid job skills training program for neighborhood residents that provides training in job readiness, workplace expectations and life management skills. The program also helps to meet the staffing needs of area hospitals for entry level workers. The program offers 2-4 weeks of training followed by mentoring and support for 12-18 months after job placement. Since 1997, there have been over 1,000 graduates and over 700 job placements.
Health Careers Partnership (HCP)
Health Careers Partnership provides financial assistance to eligible employees at healthcare institutions who are interested in pursuing a health care degree or certification at Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Originally designed to serve the employment needs of partner hospitals, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center, HCP has since expanded to multiple area healthcare providers. The program administrator, PPL, has worked to align the needs of employers with HCP’s training programs to provide a range of opportunities for program graduates, including new foundational science coursework and a Pharmaceutical Technician program. More than 1,200 students have helped advance their careers through participation in HCP programs.