Jul 17 2018

St. Louis County Begins Medical Assistants Apprenticeship Program

St. Louis County, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, has established an apprenticeship program for medical assistants. Everyone accepted into this one-year program will be a full-time Washington University employee with wages and benefits, while learning on the job. This program provides an opportunity for a career in healthcare with one of the premier organizations in the country.

“This apprenticeship model allows a person to earn wages while learning valuable workplace skills,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Our administration has always stressed the importance of not just jobs, but careers. We partner with employers like Washington University to provide opportunities that can change the trajectory of an individual’s life. There is a demand for qualified workers to fill these positions and I applaud Washington University for its commitment to workforce development.”

Apprenticeship duties will include collecting vital signs, preparing patients for exams, scheduling lab work, performing blood draws and maintaining electronic records. The salary range is $13-17 an hour.

St. Louis County Workforce Development and Washington University are holding a series of informational sessions for prospective participants at the Crossings at Northwest. Sessions will be held 2:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. tomorrow, July 18, as well as on August 1 and August 8.

Other partners in the apprenticeship program include the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Agency on Training and Education and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

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