Southwest Solutions’ PATH program partnered with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for a hiring event at the PATH office in Redford, during which 16 pre-screened job candidates interviewed with HFHS staff for a variety of entry-level positions.
PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.) assists welfare applicants and recipients to become self-sufficient and integrated into the labor force, based on the workforce needs of Michigan’s current and emerging economy. Last year, 71 PATH participants attained unsubsidized employment.
At the start of the hiring event, Jan Harrington-Davis, Director of Employee/Labor Relations, Compliance & Workforce Diversity at HFHS, addressed the group of applicants, shared her own story of overcoming adversity to achieve success, explained the work culture and expectations at HFHS, and encouraged the applicants to take advantage of opportunities to better their lives. HFHS is one the largest and most diverse employers in metro Detroit. After Jan’s orientation, HFHS recruiters met with the applicants individually.
“Recruiters were able to interview with the candidates and prepare them for the next step to meet with the departmental managers of environmental services, clinical and dietary services,” said Kimberly Sutherland, PATH Program Manager. “The recruiters also provided feedback to the candidates about improving their resumes and interviewing skills. This feedback will help them as they take the next step.”
Also at the hiring event was a representative of the Volunteers of America’s Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. HPOG is a free program that provides education, training, support services, and job placement in the healthcare field. The program assists welfare recipients, veterans and low-income individuals in Wayne County. Job candidates at the hiring event were encouraged to consider HPOG for additional training to help build a career in healthcare.