Healthcare Job Training

The Problem:

  • In Richmond's most distressed neighborhoods within the Northside and East End, fewer than 10% of adults have traditional full time employment (35 hours per work week). 

  • Over the next ten years, more than 13,000 healthcare jobs will be available in the Richmond area. Most of the jobs in demand require entry level training lasting 2 years or less. 

  • Our region’s government-funded workforce centers provide funding for healthcare training, but most trained individuals are not employed in hospitals, where they would have more advancement opportunities.

  • More than one third (471+) of the available entry-level jobs in our region's hospitals will go unfilled every year because of the lack of skills and training of Richmond’s current workforce.

Our Progress: 

For years, RISC leaders heard stories in house meetings of community members who can’t find full-time jobs.  We discovered that 500 entry-level hospital jobs go unfilled each year.

 The director of one workforce center told us he tried for 10 years to get the hospitals to hire his clients with no results. He said it was impossible. The hospital officials were concerned that these job-seekers would have poor work ethic and high turnover rates.

 We believe that everyone can achieve stable employment with the right support, so we took action! In 2016, over 1,000 of us got VCU Health and HCA Hospitals to recruit employees from workforce centers. Our people power makes change possible!

We are already seeing results! VCU Health and HCA have collaborated with local workforce centers including Richmond's Office of Community Wealth-Building and the federally-funded Resource Workforce Centers to develop a sustainable jobs pipeline.

Though pipeline development and collaboration of the partners has been a slow process, RISC continued to press the hospitals and workforce centers for results. In June 2018, a pilot of the pipeline was launched by VCU Health. 

Currently, the pipeline is focused on helping high school seniors access health care careers before they experience unemployment or underemployment. VCU Health has hired a project coordinator to recruit graduating seniors interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

We will continue following up to make sure the other hospital systems are involved and the pipeline reaches more people in need of jobs.

See the Free Press article on the jobs pipeline here:


*Statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Jobs EQ ©2013, Chmura Economics and Analytics; Virginia Workforce Connection and the Richmond Regional  Planning District Commission.



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