Sanford Health program aimed at those out of the workforce

December 23, 2019 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health has launched a new pilot program to attract employees who have been out of the workforce for some time.

The program it calls “returnship” is aimed at finding enough employees in a region where unemployment is low. Current positions are in marketing and communications, finances and human resources, all based in Sioux Falls.

The 12-week program comes with extra mentoring and coaching.

“I think it kind of gives both sides of the equation a chance to try things out,” said Brad Schoenfelder, a senior executive director.

Schoenfelder described the ideal returnship candidate as someone out of the workforce for 24 months or longer and a degreed professional with an established work history, the Bismarck Tribune reported.