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HPOG Promising Practice: Volunteers of America Michigan–Employment Strategies and Education, Training, & Support Services

Published: July 23, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Promising Practices

Southfield, MI

Sometimes all you need is an extra hand.

In July 2019, Volunteers of America Michigan (VOAMI) added a new staff role to their VOAMI Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. The Training and Enrichment (TE) Specialist offers extra guidance to participants as they move from enrollment to healthcare training to employment. The TE Specialist offers one-on-one support, connecting participants to the best resources for their needs. They host workshops and job fairs and also reach out to local healthcare employers to stay up to date on open positions, company culture, and future needs.

Working closely with the VOAMI HPOG Employment Specialist, the TE Specialist uses local employer workforce needs to match qualified program participants to appropriate positions. Employment and TE specialists meet with participants after completion of initial healthcare training to learn their specific needs. These needs include assistance with resume writing, interview techniques, and financial literacy. This allows each participant to feel fully supported by HPOG and fill in gaps in knowledge before they enter the workforce.

The TE Specialist hosts in-house group workshops focused on resume building and interview skills before hosting employers for onsite hiring events and job fairs. Participants bring a copy of their resume to review and edit one on one with a Specialist. These events help transition those freshly out of training into healthcare careers and re-engage with those who may have not found employment after completing training. The workshops and one-on-one assistance led to an increase in employments in healthcare in year four of the grant.

In months to come, VOAMI HPOG will host more frequent in-house hiring events along with new workshop topics to help participants feel confident and prepared to take the next step in their career journey.

This Promising Practice was self-identified by the grantee and information contained in this document was provided by the grantee.

Last Reviewed: July 23, 2020