As Thrive Group has grown, diversified and expanded its services over the past eight years, so has the regional healthcare provider’s partnership with Mohawk College.
Since 2013, Thrive Group has been offering support and care for people in community care, so they can live as independently as possible. It started with consolidated administrative support to two local community healthcare providers. Today, Thrive Group operates four regional organizations and supports administrative support for a dozen more.
The Thrive Group-Mohawk College has been nurtured by a common goal to train and sustain a skilled workforce for tomorrow’s healthcare sector. You can find Mohawk graduates working as nurses, practical nurses and PSWs in several Thrive Group locations – more than 100 Mohawk graduates are in their employ.
What may have started with an eye to workforce training, has become a multi-faceted relationship. Thrive supports many Mohawk co-op and student placements every year and supports student success through an annual scholarship. Thrive team leaders contribute to the Program Advisory Committees in the allied health programs. They are also partners in professional development delivery through Mohawk College Enterprise.
In 2019, Thrive Group and City School by Mohawk College partnered to develop a customized training program, Careers in Community and Long Term Care, to promote in-demand and viable career opportunities with Thrive.
Then, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the partners rapidly responded to an acute shortage of workers in the community and long-term care sectors. Through a focused ad campaign and participation in a government-funded rapid skills training program, the two organizations are working together to fill a workforce gap in the community healthcare.
The uncertain times of the pandemic has reinforced the value of strong partnerships. And, in this case, the pandemic has fortified the partnership between Mohawk College and Thrive Group even more.