Yesterday, the Government of Manitoba and Red River College announced a new initiative to support improved staffing and resident support in personal care homes and long-term care facilities across the province, with the launch of a COVID-19 Health Care Support Worker micro-credential.
Red River College will offer a week-long condensed, high-intensity training program that will train students to work as uncertified health-care aides (UHCAs) and create immediate employment opportunities for Manitobans including students currently enrolled in a health sciences faculty or program.
These workers will support all members of the resident care team, assisting with resident care and support under the general supervision of a manager or nursing supervisor. Duties may include resident observation, companionship, redirection, stocking of supplies and more.
“As part of our continued efforts, we’ve established a Rapid Execution and Deployment Team that will continue to create new and innovative solutions to offer our expertise, facilities, and network of campuses to support all Manitobans in response to COVID-19,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO, RRC.
“I am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish to aide in our provincial response, and I want to commend our staff and faculty for continuing to step up and support our communities.”
Interested individuals must apply to the COVID-19 casual pool and select the location where they prefer to complete the training. The deadline to apply for the first intake of students is Monday, Nov. 23.
Employment as UHCAs is also available to first- and second-year students in a health sciences faculty and programs, without the requirement for additional education. Students will be hired directly into the COVID-19 casual pool and assigned to a personal care home.
Opportunities exist throughout the province. All successful applicants will be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment for the setting in which they will work.
Read the joint news release here.
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