A new Personal Support Worker (PSW) training program at the Near North District School Board continues to expand.
The board is partnering with West Nipissing General Hospital and the Algonquin Nursing Home in Mattawa to provide living classrooms to train PSWs.
These are the third and fourth MoUs created over the past two weeks.
Students will learn theory in an on-site classroom, then apply these skills in a hospital or long-term care home.
The costs of students with the program will be subsidized and the tuition fees are covered by the school board.
The hands-on learning opportunity is available for ages 18 and up and students who are not yet in grade 12 are eligible to apply.
Potential students in the program will be able to earn six credits towards their DESO
“We are delighted to offer this training, which is accredited by the Personal Support Worker Professional Association,” said Craig Myles, Director of Education for NNDSB. “NNDSB will train PSSPs who will be ready to start work at the end of the course. “
The PSW program is a collaborative effort between the board, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and community organizations.
Two other partnerships involve Cassellholme in North Bay and a long-term care home in Parry Sound.
“This is an opportunity for us to develop our own PSWs, which generally leads to recruitment and better retention when they come from the community,” said Cynthia Sedormiers, President and CEO of WNGH. “There is a critical shortage of health human resources (HHR) across Ontario and in our community as well. It is a program that allows us to think outside the box while meeting a need at WNGH and in our community.
An online information session (link on the NNDSB website) will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m.