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Workforce Planning and Development programs have helped thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers prepare for the health care jobs of the future.

Health care reform. New technology and a greater variety of care settings. An evolving marketplace. What can health care workers do to stay ahead of the changes facing the industry?

One tried and true way to respond to change—and take charge of your own career—is to sharpen your skills and think strategically about your job future.

Workforce Planning and Development programs have helped thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers prepare for the health care jobs of the future, ensure job mobility and security, and keep KP the best place to work in health care. Employees represented by a union in the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions can get guidance from career counselors, train for better, more skilled jobs with Kaiser Permanente, and be reimbursed for their outside tuition costs and training time away from the job. At the same time, these programs help KP achieve regional business goals, hire for hard-to-fill positions from within KP, and better serve members and patients.

Transform your career, transform Kaiser Permanente

Things are changing in the world of training delivery, just as in care delivery. KP Workforce Planning & Development now offers more online courses and other innovations. Programs are available through KP Learn and two educational trusts—the SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund and the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust.

“KP workers have the best and most secure jobs in the industry,” says Jessica Butz, the union coalition’s national program coordinator for Workforce Development. “But we know that today’s jobs will look different in the years ahead. By taking advantage of resources and educational opportunities, we can prepare ourselves for these changes, and make our own jobs and KP even better and stronger, to better serve our members and patients."

New offerings for the fall

  • Anatomy and Physiology (with lab): A California State University online course that includes equipment, a microscope, specimens and supplies to perform experiments at home and submit lab reports.
  • Ed Assist: Academic advising service provides individual education and financing plans for those who are interested in returning to school. 
  • Skill Builders: Short-term classes, online or in person, to enhance your effectiveness in dozens of areas, including computer skills, medical terminology and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

For more information, visit KP.org/careerplanning, bhmt.org or seiu-uhweduc.org.

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