School at Work (SAW®) is known across US healthcare as the model for training and career development of entry-level healthcare associates.
SAW sharpens key behavioral skills to optimize an employee’s performance in his/her current role and puts them on a healthcare career path.
The School At Work (SAW®) Story
Why Human Resource and Education Leaders Choose SAW
Leaders of hospitals who are tuned into all aspects of a high quality patient experience know that every associate impacts it. Entry-level employees are regularly in and out of patients’ rooms and have frequent interaction with patients and families that also extends to transporting and the cafeteria. Essential Workers have been lauded for loyalty and bravery during the pandemic. They are frequently highly ethnically diverse.
School at Work (SAW) is a comprehensive education and career planning system for a health system’s lowest paid employees. Its goal is to help these individuals move from low-skill, low wage jobs to middle-skill, family sustaining wage careers with your organization. Hospitals who strive to be the great, the destination healthcare employers, use SAW to develop the confidence, professional skills, loyalty, and upward mobility of their entry-level associates.
Since 2002, over 22,000 grads have been impacted by School at Work. Distinguish your organization as one where everyone has opportunity by joining the over 500 US hospitals who offer School at Work!
The School at Work educational curriculum is a rapid review of the essential skills of communication, grammar, reading, and writing. It also provides employees with ownership for the HCAHPS rating and introduces them to medical terminology. Your employees will gain skills necessary to improve in their current position, develop a personalized career plan, seek technical school or job advancement, and build their confidence to realize a healthcare career.
Career & Learning Plan
A Bridge to Career and Higher Education
The Career and Learning Plan is a requirement of completion for SAW students.
The (CLP) Center is a four step career exploration process that is rich with resources to
help your employees learn about themselves and the opportunities available within your organization.
Students explore their interests, strengths, values, and experience.
Customized Career Interest Survey
Jobs Database and Videos
Local School Search (This enables the student to identify their local options for obtaining that next diploma, certification or degree)
S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Students learn to use and will define SMART goals that will bring their career plan to fruition)
Using adult learning principles with a Blended Learning Model to overcome the unique obstacles of the student, SAW has produced completion rates considered best practice in adult-learning. Its content delivery model has a unique set of features to encourage maximum learning and time for student discussion and learning practice:
- Combines Education & Career Planning
- Healthcare Specific Curriculum tailored to the Entry-Level Employee
- Cohort Learning Model
- Blended Learning:
- – Interactive Videos – educational topics, easily facilitated by an in-house educator
- – Online Modules –education reinforcement, career and learning plan activities
- – Workbooks – for classroom group and “Take It To Work” activities
- – Informational Interviewing and Job Shadowing – for career exploration
- Delivered in Physical or Virtual Classroom
- Train the Trainer model facilitated by your Education and Talent Acquisition Staff
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