Cleveland Foundation awards $85,000; Dominion awards $10,000
-- University Hospitals recently received two grants in support of its Workforce Development programs. The Cleveland Foundation awarded an $85,000 grant to the Professional Pathways and Step Up to UH programs, and Dominion Energy Ohio awarded a $10,000 grant to Step Up.
UH developed its Workforce Development (WD) strategy with the goal of hiring and retaining local residents in jobs that provide a family sustaining wage and then providing resources and support to help employees advance in their careers into higher skilled, higher paying jobs. In 2013, UH established its formal series of WD programs, including Step Up for external candidates and Pathways for incumbent employees.
Step Up to UH has helped more than 200 people to date. Entry level positions offered through Step Up are an ideal starting point for those motivated to further their careers.
According to Kim Shelnick, Vice President, Human Resources at UH, the Step Up to UH program was created in 2013 to help local candidates prepare for employment. Participants receive work readiness training, job coaches and wrap-around services.
“Through the creation of Step Up to UH, we receive a steady stream of qualified candidates for positions in both environmental services and nutrition services," said Shelnick. “There are many people who want to work, and we have open positions. It's a win-win."
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