OALA is committed to being part of the solution in Workforce Development!

Senior care has a significant economic impact to our state and we pride ourselves in promoting the continued growth of quality assisted living in Ohio. Senior living communities contribute more than $4.8 billion per year to Ohio’s economy; employ more than 36,800 staff; provide health insurance and retirement benefits; and pay at least $139.4 million to local governments.

The jobs in this industry, both directly and indirectly supported, employ more than 36,800 staff members! Senior Living jobs continue to rise; with this it becomes important to not only retain employees but to assist others in seeing this industry as a career path.


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Workforce Development has many layers! OALA supports the partnerships at all levels: K-12 Schools, Career Centers, Technical schools, Vocational schools, Community colleges and Universities.

Apprenticeships are a great way to upskill your employees showing you are invested in their career growth. There is a 90% retention with employees that go through apprenticeship programs while working.

Discover how you can build career ladders for employees to reduce on-boarding costs and increase diversity throughout your workforce. Covers how you get started, what documents are needed, what college/educational program you can partner with, and more.

Employer Resource Network (ERN)

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OALA has partnered with Marion Matters to bring information about an Employer Resource Network (ERN) program that is bridging support in workforce retention in some assisted living communities. The ERN is an innovative, employer-based model that pulls together small - to mid-size businesses to provide job retention services, work supports, and training opportunities for entry-level employees. Key ERN innovations are: Business engagement, cross-sector collaboration among employers, human services and educators, workplace-based employee success coaching (case management), and real-time referrals to community resources.

Senior Living Works

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OALA is a proud supporter of our national affiliate's, Argentum, Senior Living Works Program. Senior Living Works offers industry professionals an all-encompassing resource to inspire their workforce and recruit for the future.

This is a resource to highlight the careers and opportunities in the dynamic senior living industry. Our industry has a range of careers that share one thing in common: a passion for serving the residents in our care.

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Whether you are an employer seeking education partners and referrals or a jobseeker looking to upgrade your skills, find useful information here...