council works to strengthen healthcare talent pipeline

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee recently conducted its first medical assistant Occupational Council 2019, examining ways to strengthen talent pipelines in the region. Hosted by Bay Area Council member Dignity Health, the meeting focused on an additional high-demand occupation that affects the entire healthcare industry, clinical laboratory scientists (CLS). Occupational Councils convene employers and educators to identify ways to strengthen talent pipelines in a variety of middle-skills professions.

Clinical laboratory scientists analyze body fluids and tissues, providing essential research for patients in our region’s hospitals. As the clinical laboratory scientist workforce ages, it is essential to grow the training capacity for CLSs to meet demand in the healthcare industry. As employers have expressed additional areas of need, the Bay Area Council has identified unique ways it can build our region’s training capacity. The Workforce of the Future Committee is currently convening Bay Area educators to examine ways to expand training capacity for the CLS occupation. For more information about Occupational Councils and the Workforce of the Future Committee, please contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.

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