Training Fund closed March 16-31

Update: The closure has been extended to March 31. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will add updates as changes happen.

Thank you to all of our members and partners for the vital work you do on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We appreciate your important work.

The Training Fund will be closed from March 16-31 as a precautionary measure. During this time, we will be making improvements to our systems that will allow us to better serve our members using remote technology.

These changes will allow us to serve our members better every day, and especially during times like this when everyone is taking every measure possible to protect people and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

We will continue to accept applications for our services, however, they will not begin to be processed until April 1, 2020.

Please stay safe and we look forward to hearing from you upon our return.

Addressing questions about the Pro/Tech Conference Travel Benefit

Recently we have been receiving questions from members about the Pro/Tech Conference application deadlines and awards. This is a program that is available to our members from the Professional and Technical bargaining unit of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. Conference Travel Benefit Funding can cover the costs of registration, travel, and hotel for regional or national conferences (within the United States and Canada only). Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis and we recently passed the first quarter deadline on March 1.

Below are important details that address the recent questions. These details and additional information are available on the Conference Travel Benefit for Professional and Technical Workers page.

  • You must apply in advance of the conference. We will not fund conferences that you have already attended prior to the application.
  • Funding decisions are based on seniority (there are limited funds available).
  • Funding decisions for the March 1 deadline will be made at the end of March.
  • Applications received after March 1 will not be reviewed until after the next quarterly deadline (June 1, 2020). Funding decisions will be made for those applications at the end of June.
  • You may receive up to $1,500 for Conference Travel & Attendance per year (pro-rated based on FTE).

If you have questions, please contact us at (425) 255-0315 or .

A note to our members about coronavirus

Update: Please read our announcement about the Training Office closure March 16-31. As things change rapidly and notices may become outdated quickly, please check to make sure you read the most recent posts. The below post was from March 11.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on our communities, we believe it’s important to connect directly with you to share the steps we’re taking to do our part to keep our members, our employees and our communities safe and healthy. This is a rapidly evolving situation that we will continue to monitor, and will provide updates to our members as needed.

The Training Fund is operating business-as-usual and is here to help you by providing access to benefits and resources to assist with academic and career planning. We are encouraging our staff to follow all safety protocols provided by the CDC and local government and public health agencies to ensure that anyone who isn’t feeling well stays home.

We have directed our educational navigators to meet with members off-site from clinical and hospital locations. We have also temporarily suspended all hospital campus navigator outreach. This is meant to respect the workspace of healthcare employees who may be seeing higher-than-normal volumes of patients and who need to focus on the critical care of their patients.

At this time, our office is open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. During those hours, you can reach us at 425.255.0315 or . If you need to meet with your educational navigator, please contact them directly to seek options for meeting off-site from hospitals or to connect via a Zoom meeting.

Our hearts go out to all those who’ve been affected by COVID-19. Based on the guidance we have received from various health agencies, our own preparedness, and current conditions, we remain open for the business of helping our members chart their health careers and navigate the benefits the Training Fund provides.

Thank you,

The Training Fund

We’re hiring a Regional Education Navigator and Partner Liaison!

Come work with us. We are hiring a Regional Education Navigator and Partner Liaison for the North Seattle/Snohomish Region.

The Regional Education Navigator and Partner Liaison position is responsible for the coordination and implementation of a variety of Training Fund programs and services to members in the North Seattle/Snohomish Region along with other regions as assigned. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Lead Regional Education Navigator to provide education navigation services to eligible healthcare workers, adhere to Training Fund benefit administration processes, and facilitate outreach and projects in relation to the assigned region. The Regional Education Navigator and Partner Liaison works to build lasting partnerships with our members, the union, employers and community partners.

Applications due Friday, March 20, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.

Details are available at our Employment Opportunities page.

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