East Los Angeles College Host Apprenticeship Discussion With The United Kingdom
Posted: Jul/26/2019 8:19 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2019
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MONTEREY PARK, Calif.— East Los Angeles College (ELAC) was host to a 16-person delegation from the United Kingdom to have a discussion on apprenticeship programs. This delegation included apprenticeship experts, elected officials and education professionals from throughout the United Kingdom. The purpose of their visit was to learn about the unique Registered Health Information Technology Apprenticeship Program offered at ELAC.
ELAC’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Program was established in the early 1970’s and is the first and only Registered Health Information Technology Apprenticeship Program in California. Following completion of all required courses, student will be eligible to place on a job in one of the five occupations: Health Information Technician, Release of Information Specialist, Inpatient/Outpatient Coder, Core Measure Specialist, or Health Data Analyst. The on-the-job training of the apprenticeship program is a paid position that bridges education and employment. The apprenticeship program lasts one year (2,000 hours).
This type of program provides an alternate route for students to become health care professionals and the on the job training invaluable. Apprenticeships are something that are beneficial to both the businesses and the workers. Businesses get highly skilled employees and have reduced turnover costs. Workers can get higher wages and opportunities for career advancement.
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers in the UK, spoke on how apprenticeship programs in the UK have changed in recent years.
“We are a membership body for apprenticeship providers and assessment organizations and the whole reason we came over from the UK is to share our experience with apprenticeships because we have had major changes over the last two years. The biggest change has been that large companies are now levied or taxed by the government and the way they can get that levy back is to have apprentices. There has been a massive push from government and employers into apprenticeships, which has never happened before,” said Dawe.
The HIT program at ELAC impressed the delegation, and the HIT faculty were given an opportunity to share and learn about the similarities and difference between apprenticeships in the UK compared to California.