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Funding to help connect people to careers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:52 PST, Wed January 20, 2021

Last Updated: 11:54 PST, Wed January 20, 2021

Up to 30 eligible British Columbians will get skills and training to prepare them for jobs as healthcare assistants, recreational co-ordinators and community and personal support workers.

This is a new Community and Employer Partnership (CEP) project from the Government of British Columbia and is intended for immigrants.

"There remains a shortage of qualified health-care assistants and personal-support workers in B.C. right now," said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. "This new project will give participants the skills and experience they need to apply for and get good-paying jobs in this important field."

The province is providing nearly $365,000 to Cambria College Victoria to deliver skills and certification courses in two separate intakes of its Health Care Assistant Plus diploma program.

During the project, participants will receive 23 weeks of occupational, essential and employability skills training, eight weeks of on-the-job work experience and two weeks of followup support to assist in their job search. They will also receive certification courses in Foodsafe Level 1, Standard First Aid with CPR C, Student Practice Education Core Orientation, Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

"We are privileged and excited to partner with the Government of British Columbia to provide health-care assistant training to eligible participants," said Karen Fisher, campus director, Cambria College Victoria. "This training will equip them with current and updated skills at our state-of-the-art lab facilities, as well as additional certifications that will add value and allow them to become readily employed in the health-care sector. It's a win-win for participants, partners and our community."

Full-time, classroom and online learning for this project starts on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Project activities run through to Sept. 10, 2021.

Anyone interested in the second intake, which runs from March 29 to Nov. 12 or other employment and training opportunities, can contact their local WorkBC centre.

More than $15 million will be invested in CEP projects around B.C. The provincial government also announced more than $4.4 million for health-profession-related education and training at public B.C. post-secondary institutions.

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