In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re happy to share the news that the WERC Care Navigator Health Apprenticeship Program, developed in partnership with L.A. Care Health Plan and Health Care LA, IPA, has been selected as a featured case study in Equity in Apprenticeship.

WERC’s Care Navigator Health Apprenticeship Program shows that apprenticeship can leverage the skills and cultural competencies of people from underserved communities to improve employment outcomes and on-the-job performance. The Care Navigator Health Apprenticeship Program is designed to maximize the documented benefits of having culturally competent health workers embedded within local communities by recruiting from underserved communities (rather than from the healthcare field) and placing apprentices into patient populations with a shared cultural background.

The Equity in Apprenticeship report series highlights how programs across the country use apprenticeship to extend occupational opportunities to historically marginalized groups, especially people of color and women. The series consists of four case studies and an overview document with policy and practice principles. You can support this exciting body of work by:

  1. Visiting to check out the case studies
  2. Bringing friends and colleagues into the conversation using the hashtag #equityinapprenticeship
  3. Practicing at least one of the principles detailed in the overview report titled “Principles for Equity in Apprenticeship”