Tri-party Agreement Addresses Labour Shortage
Sault College, the F.J. Davey Home and the Sault Community Career Centre have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on increasing the number of Personal Support Workers (PSW) in the Sault through local and international student recruitment and education. Each partner has a role to play in supporting the recruitment, education, employment and settlement needs of incoming PSW students.
This new and exciting collaboration frames the relationship between the partners, with the common goal of increasing the number of established PSW workers in Sault Ste. Marie. The community does not currently have enough local talent to meet all the staffing needs in this important role. The Algoma Workforce Investment Committee (AWIC) and the Local Healthcare Integrated Network (LHIN) have both been very supportive throughout the process and in bringing the parties together.
"This partnership will greatly contribute to an inclusive learning environment whereby learners will gain the requisite education, experience and settlement support to become established Personal Support Workers in Sault Ste. Marie. I am very excited about this innovative approach to solving a local labour shortage," says Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President.
The three partners have teamed up to attract international, national and provincial newcomers to the Sault and will work together to support their integration into the labour market and community. One early activity of the initiative is that the College and the F.J. Davey Home are sending a delegation to Manila, Philippines at the end of February to encourage further exchanges relating to this Program. Through a series of events held at the Trade Commissioner's office in Manila, the College and Davey Home are hopeful they will have a successful student recruitment mission. The goal of the mission is to sign up students for the College's spring full-time PSW certificate Program. Administrator/Executive Director Barbara Harten and ICP/Staff Educator Kerry Gartshore from the F.J. Davey Home will be on-hand on the mission to discuss the possible job opportunities available to students upon graduation and it is anticipated that their participation will add a great deal of credibility to our desire to have students come to the Sault. The Sault Community Career Centre will provide important services to these students as newcomers to the Sault and will assist in many areas including settlement services.
"This forward-thinking collaboration between local and international partners will help to address Personal Support Worker labour shortages in Sault Ste. Marie, assist to support our aging population, and bring newcomers to our city where they will be a welcome addition to the community," says Karol Rains, Executive Director Sault Community Career Centre.
The enhanced graduate to job Program is not exclusive to the Philippines: all countries in which the College recruits will have access to the Program including local Sault residents. The College has added one additional PSW intake this year to address the local labour market and anticipated international student uptake beginning in May 2019, bringing the total to 3 program intakes per year.
"The F.J. Davey Home provides holistic, resident-centered care, ensuring a safe, caring and homelike environment that maximizes choices and maintains respect for the dignity and individuality of the persons we serve. We are committed to building this partnership and we are excited that this alliance will assist us in meeting our needs to provide excellence in the delivery of Long Term Care," says Barbara Harten, Administrator/Executive Director, F.J. Davey Home.
About Sault College
The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined. Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates. The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario. Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $158 million. Over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College. Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest Great Lakes on the planet, in the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.
About F.J. Davey Home
The F.J. Davey Home provides holistic, resident-centred care, ensuring a safe, caring and homelike environment that maximizes choices and maintains respect for the dignity and individuality of the persons we serve.
As a leader in Long Term Care, we advocate a continuum of care that includes programs and services for our residents as well as selected nutritional support and respite services to approved clients in the community.
We are committed to building partnerships and alliances that will assist us in our quest for excellence in the delivery of Long Term Care.
About the Sault Community Career Centre
The Sault Community Career Centre is a not-for-profit support service agency serving Sault Ste. Marie and area since 1992. Our mission is to improve people's lives by helping them become and stay employed and to help businesses find lasting solutions to their staffing needs. Our vision is a thriving community where every person has reached their full potential through meaningful work, and we value and respect the uniqueness of everyone. By adhering to our mission, vision, and values, we commit to leading Sault Ste. Marie in creating a welcoming community, supporting job seekers and employers, as well as providing settlement services to all newcomers.
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