The provincial government is looking for more people to become certified in the field of continuing care.
A new pilot program will try to increase the supply of continuing care assistance in Nova Scotia.
The program will provide funding by waiving assessment fees ($800) and/or reducing the education phase fees by $800.
This pilot project will happen in two different phases.
First, people will have their current skills and experience assessed through the Recognizing Prior Learning process. This aims to help people currently working as long term care assistants or those who have come to Nova Scotia and want their credentials recognized here.
Once they’ve been assessed, they will get individualized paths to follow, like finishing any required education or skills training before allowing them to write their exam to be certified as continuing care assistants.
Pam Shiply is the Continuing Care Assistant Program Manager. She tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show it’s important to let people’s current skills count towards certification.
“Everybody’s a little unique, and we would look at their situation, and put them through that process, and everybody based on their life responsibilities can go through this process,” says Shipley.
The program will support up to 200 participants and will run until March 2021.
People can apply by visiting novascotiacca.ca.