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Workforce Development Program

Through Mass General Brigham’s Workforce Development program, you can learn more about health care careers, develop skills and further your education. 

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Overview

Ensuring a highly qualified and diverse pipeline of health care professionals

Mass General Brigham Workforce Development (WFD), a division of Human Resources and Community Health, is committed to ensuring a highly qualified and diverse pipeline of health care professionals, while providing economic opportunity within the communities we serve. WFD assists staff, management and leadership with program development, planning and funding procurement. WFD strives to create career pipelines and pathways for youth, community residents and current employees with the dual goal of providing career and economic opportunity while responding to Mass General Brigham’s need for a highly qualified, diverse workforce.  

The Workforce Development program also provides career/skills growth opportunities for employees through academic and career coaching/navigation and supportive, accessible and affordable college programs offered in partnership with multiple institutions of higher learning. In order to ensure equitable access for all of our colleagues, the WFD team has piloted and sustained multiple, innovative, flexible strategies and partnerships that offer employees the option to access educational opportunities online, on their own time, and at their own pace.

Mission, vision and strategy 

Mass General Brigham Workforce Development (WFD) honors diversity, equity, and inclusion with strong partnerships at local, state, and national levels. WFD focuses on current and future needs of our organization while providing career pipelines and pathways to create and sustain a skilled, culturally competent and diverse workforce. WFD is committed to supporting and creating career mobility opportunities for employees who want to grow professionally and personally, while creating economic opportunities for community residents.

The Mass General Brigham Workforce Development department will be recognized as a national leader in workforce development by addressing current and forecasted health care workforce shortages, providing equitable opportunities and resources to those we serve, and supporting innovative and collaborative partnerships. We will empower and enable economic mobility. 

Partnerships: collaborative program development and implementation

  • Educational institutions

  • Community Based Organizations

  • Public agencies

  • Funders

Pipelines and pathways: multiple and intersecting routes to health careers

  • Youth 

  • Community residents

  • Incumbent employees

Policy: engagement and influence

  • Boston Private Industry Council/MassHire

  • Commonwealth Corporation

  • Massachusetts Healthcare Collaborative

  • MA Competitive Partnership

  • Governor’s Commission on Innovation and Lifelong Learning

  • National Fund for Workforce Solutions/CareerSTAT

Program spotlight: Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals Program

The Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals (FTP) Program was created in 2020 to assist foreign-trained health care professionals who are currently working outside of the medical field or are under/unemployed and who are interested in meaningful employment in a health care setting in the US. We provide resources and guidance, one-on-one career counseling, and support to help meet their short and long-term professional goals.  

Nineteen individuals have been served since program inception in late 2020. Mass General Brigham works in close collaboration with the African Bridge Network and JVS. Both organizations refer highly skilled immigrant professionals looking to join the our workforce. 

Ismaille Lafortune, former Nurse in Haiti and first FTP program graduate, recalls about the FTP program, “Everything was changed in my life. Believe in your dreams, have discipline, and focus on yourself.” Ismaille landed a rewarding role as a Mental Health Specialist, McLean Hospital after completing the program in 2021.

If you or a staff member earned a degree outside of the US and are looking for assistance, or if you have general questions about this system-wide program, please contact Elena Kuyun, Workforce Development Manager, at 857-282-2445 or ekuyun@partners.org.  

Additional opportunities

  • From career coaching to medical terminology and a pilot online bachelor’s degree program, explore the opportunities open to you as a Mass General Brigham employee. (Mass General Brigham log-in required)

  • We are dedicated to creating an environment that values, supports and respects diversity. Simply put, we recognize that the employees of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital family are our most precious resource.  

  • Our goal at Massachusetts General Hospital is to keep employees engaged and excited, learning and achieving, throughout their career.