A U.S. national BMET Apprenticeship Program organized by AAMI has gained a valuable new employer partner. Elite Biomedical Solutions (Elite), a leading healthcare technology management (HTM) service provider based in the U.S. Midwest, will be expanding their training opportunities with program support. They expect to take on 2 apprentices within the year, with plans to train additional talent as needed.
“With the launch of our own training program last year, this opportunity only seemed fitting,” said Amy Ward, Director of Customer Support Services at Elite. “We look forward to helping the next generation of BMETs.”
AAMI’s BMET Apprenticeship Program, recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a registered apprenticeship program (RAP), combines traditional education with up to 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning. Prospective BMETs are hired by program partners in their area, who then provide them with training and paid work experience, as well as cover expenses for the requisite educational courses.
Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, with three depot repair facilities in the Midwest, Elite Biomedical Solutions supports hospital biomed departments with new replacement parts, re-certified parts, and repairs that keep clinical equipment performing at optimal levels.
Through their Elite Training Program, Elite offers targeted device coursework, continued tech support, and the kind of hands-on experience that is crucial for building confidence and a career in the HTM field. Now, as a BMET Apprenticeship Program employer partner, Elite’s offerings are expanded to include valuable formal learning (including a robust IT/cybersecurity track) and three, industry-recognized credentials. Apprentices will study and acquire AAMI’s premiere CABT certification for professionals entering the BMET field, a certification in IT Fundamentals, and finally become a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.
“With the certification being built right in, you know that this person has at least this minimum knowledge base, that they're teachable, and they have a broad understanding of what their job is and what their responsibilities are,” explained senior BMET Maggie Berkey, co-creator of the RAP and a member of the AAMI Technology Management Council’s executive committee. “It sets a bar of excellence for our industry, and that's what we all want!”
Employers who take part in the program benefit from having entry-level workers on their payroll they can train to their particular equipment and service specialties. “If an employer wants someone to stay after the apprenticeship ends, they’ll already be up to speed—they won’t need retraining,” said McGeary.
Employer partners have access to free and discounted training curriculum and may qualify for special tax breaks. Apprentices gain valuable hands-on and tuition-free education for an in-demand profession.
“An apprentice could be someone who’s ready for a career change, has an interest in the field but doesn’t have the means or life flexibility to go to college at this point in their life, or it could be someone just out of high school or in high school,” McGeary added. “This program is intended to bridge that gap to get them the training they need to be successful while concurrently helping to facilitate the strong healthcare technology management pipeline the field so desperately needs right now.”
AAMI (www.aami.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of more than 10,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective health technology. AAMI is the primary source of consensus standards, both national and international, for the medical device industry, as well as practical information, support, and guidance for health technology and sterilization professionals.