In recognition of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek, we highlight our Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program! Humanim has partnered with the Maryland Department of Labor to offer a Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program. As a registered MD Apprenticeship program, apprentices receive paid, on-the-job training within a variety of community-based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.
We are currently hosting Youth & Adult Apprenticeship programs in Baltimore City and Howard County. Many participants are excelling in our DSP Ladder, a program created to encourage mastery of professional standards of practice, along with career advancement opportunities and pay incentives.
As a registered apprenticeship program with the Maryland Department of Labor, Humanim’s DSP Apprentices receive a combination of paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction within a variety of community-based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). For Tara, the combination of on-the-job learning and classroom instruction has made all the difference in the program.
“These classes have been so rewarding. To have a dialogue with our trainers and our group and to be able to talk about real issues, our perceptions, scenarios, and the right and wrong way to handle situations and not be afraid to be wrong or judged… These session have left me with a greater desire to do even more. It has helped me to know that when I keep it person-centered, work with integrity, compassion and give respect to everyone that I work with, whether an individual or a co-worker, I must still keep it person-centered.”
For anyone considering a career in healthcare, caregiving, social work, or as a Direct Support Professional, Tara says, “I would advise you to make an investment in yourself and to join the DSP Apprenticeship program. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. It will help to cultivate what you already know and to see things through a different lens. This program will also help you to be person-centered and to get to know yourself better. The Apprenticeship program will also help you to learn from your peers, and give you a place where you can share your ideas and grow. The mentors are phenomenal – they listen to you, make sure that you are doing well, and teach so well that everyone wants to work as a team and learn how to be person-centered.”
We are so glad to have Tara in the program, and look forward to seeing the impact she makes in her career!
Learn more about Humanim’s DSP Apprenticeship Program at: https://humanim.org/careers/dsp-apprenticeship-program