Why Premier Health is turning to high schoolers to fill its workforce

To keep up with growing workforce demands, Dayton, Ohio-based Premier Health is turning to high schoolers for the first time in its history, according to the Dayton Business Journal.

"Our current and future workforce needs require us to be more creative and to look for ways to introduce young students to a potential career in healthcare," Billie Lucente-Baker, the system director of talent acquisition at Premier Health, told the publication.

High school students who are at least 16 years old will be eligible to fill jobs within the system's environmental, nutrition and linen services departments. Some students may also have the opportunity to become patient care technicians, an entry-level position requiring enrollment or completion of a state-tested nurse assistant course, the report states.

While Premier Health is opening the opportunity to all area students, it hopes to attract those who foresee a future in the healthcare industry.

"We see this as a new pipeline to draw future candidates into the healthcare field. One of the best ways to foster an interest in a particular field is job shadowing — something that usually isn't offered until after high school. This opportunity will expose students to the healthcare field at an earlier age," Ms. Lucente-Baker added.

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