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SHRM Foundation Announces New Partnership with WorkHands

Alexandria, Va. – Today, the SHRM Foundation announced that it is partnering with WorkHands to provide its Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) employers a tool to manage the progress of their apprentice. The program, which launched in 2021, allows individuals to earn wages while receiving hands-on training to successfully fill high-skilled, in-demand HR specialist positions.

An apprenticeship is a well-proven talent development program that allow employers to provide customized training and a way to tap into a more diverse pool of job candidates, such as people with disabilities, career changers, people who were formerly incarcerated, veterans and older workers or to upskill incumbent workers.

"At the SHRM Foundation, we support efforts to provide the experience, training and credentials employees need to develop the skillsets for today's economy," said SHRM Foundation President Wendi Safstrom.  "Apprenticeships give employers a cost-effective way to develop and retain the diverse talent they need."

WorkHands is an apprenticeship progress tracking website for managers and their apprentices. The website allows managers to select and assign their apprentice's SHRM Foundation HR RAP online coursework, track coursework completion, monitor the apprentice's on-the-job learning (OJL) hours and view the apprentice's overall program progression all in one location. Apprentices will be able to access their SHRM Foundation HR online coursework and view their program progression. A mobile app is available as well.

"Apprenticeships are an incredible opportunity for learners and employers to meet their respective goals," said Patrick Cushing, CEO of WorkHands.  "We feel privileged to be a part of supporting the SHRM Foundation as they develop a nationally recognized apprenticeship program for human resource professionals." 

To learn more about the SHRM Foundation's Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program, please visit

About SHRM Foundation

Founded in 1966, the SHRM Foundation is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the world's largest HR professional society, SHRM. SHRM represents more than 300,000 HR professionals across the globe, impacting 115 million workers and their families. The SHRM Foundation mobilizes the power of HR for positive social change in the workplace. Its robust resources, meaningful partnerships, and evidence-based programming educate and empower HR professionals to hire diverse talent, build inclusive workplaces, prioritize workplace mental health and wellness, develop, and support the next generation of HR professionals, and help employees find purpose at work and beyond. Learn more at

About WorkHands

WorkHands simplifies running an apprenticeship for any industry – from traditional construction programs to newer apprenticeship-focused industries like healthcare and IT. WorkHands keeps apprentices, supervisors, and administrators on the same page from a single app showcasing apprentice progress in on-the-job training, related instruction, wage progression, and more. To learn more, visit


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