HR Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship Program

KS SHRM’s Human Resources Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) is offered through the SHRM Foundation to help emerging HR professionals. While apprenticeship is a centuries old, tried-and-true way to learn a trade, it’s a relatively new way for business and management professionals to earn the credentials they need to launch their career.

Cassie Gilmore is KS SHRM’s Apprenticeship Navigator and her role is to promote the HR RAP program. Cassie is a seasoned HR professional with nearly 20 years experience. Cassie is known for her innovative thinking, her empathetic style, and her ability to build relationships. Over the course of Cassie’s career, she has worked in multiple industries including retail grocery, higher education, corporate wellness, manufacturing and logistics. Cassie recently completed her term as President of Jayhawk SHRM – where she was the first consecutive two-term president. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Kansas SHRM Conference Speaker Committee.

Cassie holds an MLA from Baker University, specializing in Conflict Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas. Cassie is a Certified Executive Level SHRM Professional and has earned the SHRM-SCP designation.

If you are an employer or an organization who would like more information about KS SHRM’s HR RAP program or would like to begin the registration process, please connect with Cassie via email at to discuss how to get started.

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Kansas Launches First HR Professional Apprenticeship Program in Statewide Workforce Development Initiative

The Kansas State Council of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) has unveiled Kansas’s first HR professional Registered Apprenticeship program, a landmark initiative for workforce development in the HR sector. This program, developed through collaborations at local, state, and federal levels, offers a unique pathway for acquiring HR credentials via an apprenticeship model that combines on-the-job learning with formal education.

This initiative aligns with the efforts of the newly established Office of Registered Apprenticeship by Governor Laura Kelly, aimed at expanding apprenticeship programs to fulfill the talent needs of Kansas businesses and enhance workforce skills.

Kansas will be the pioneer state to collaborate with the SHRM Foundation on its HR RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program), designed to source and train untapped talent for entry-level HR roles. This “learn-while-you-earn” model promises higher productivity, better retention rates, and a more diverse talent pool.

The program is set to launch this fall, partnering with five local SHRM chapters across Kansas, including in Johnson County, Manhattan, Salina, Wichita, and Garden City. This initiative represents a significant step towards addressing workforce shortages and developing the HR talent pipeline in Kansas.

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