Free Georgian program aims to tackle labor shortage in long-term care
The Supportive Care Assistant program consists of six weeks of online training followed by a paid four-month internship
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the devastating impact of chronic staff shortages in the long-term care sector. In response, with support from the federal government, Georgian is offering a new free micro-certificate to address the workforce shortage and encourage students to explore meaningful careers in long-term care.
Micro-accreditations represent the completion of industry / market driven skills that are completed within a short period of time. These programs can help learners quickly acquire new skills, hone their skills, or retrain for a new career.
The Supportive Care Assistant program consists of six weeks of online training followed by a paid four-month internship. This micro-certificate gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, gain practical experience while earning a salary, and provide much-needed support to people living and working in long-term care.
The program is a national initiative funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is part of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Long-Term Care Capacity Building project.
“Georgian is proud to help design and develop this essential micro-certification program in partnership with our colleagues at Colleges and Institutes Canada and other college partners,” said Kevin Weaver, Vice-President, Academic, Georgian College.
“This new program is an immediate and urgent stopgap, with longevity to support the healthcare team and will help address the critical workforce shortage in the healthcare industry. We look forward to filling these employment gaps by providing training to eligible participants who want a rewarding career in healthcare.
The Supportive Care Assistant program is for those interested in entering the industry, including redeployed workers who support long-term care homes and shelters.
Employment prospects are high after obtaining this micro-certificate and certification can also help speed up the next step for those who choose to continue their education and become personal support workers.
The program is fully subsidized (free courses) and flexible. The online training component must be completed within six weeks, but can be taken on your own schedule to accommodate work and family life.
After completing the necessary courses, students will be placed in a long-term care facility or home and will perform 560 hours of non-clinical activity to support the healthcare team and clients. While waiting for the employer’s availability, students can do their internship hours at an establishment in their local community.
Long-term care employers can receive a wage subsidy of $ 5,000 to help train new workers, provide staff support and improve the quality of care. Information for employers wishing to partner with Georgian is available online.
Registration is also open at the above web address. Georgian will be accepting applications for the Supportive Care Assistant program on an ongoing basis, with the first group starting July 1. A limited number of places are available, so register early to guarantee your place.