Resident Care Worker Program expands to Eastern PEI

 A new Resident Care Worker (RCW) program in Souris will address the need for more skilled workers in rural PEI, while also providing rural residents the opportunity to study and gain meaningful employment closer to home. 

RCWs are an integral part of the health system, working in numerous facilities across PEI in acute, long term, and homecare settings, many of which are in rural areas.

“We recognize that there is an urgent need for RCWs in Eastern PEI so we are pleased to support Holland College in this new program addition for Souris. RCWs are an important part of the health system, and through Health PEI we will support the clinical placement experience for these students and help to offer hands-on training with patients and residents.”

- Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward

The 12 month program, offered by Holland College was supported by Health PEI, the Department of Health and Wellness, and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. The program is typically offered every year in either the eastern (Montague) or western (West Prince) regions on a rotational basis, but will be offered in both regions this year. 

The Souris program begins March 2020 and is still accepting applications.  

“We are pleased to provide funding through Skills PEI and work with Holland College on the delivery of the training,” said Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers. “Through these types of partnerships, we are able to identify and respond to skill gaps and opportunities in our Island workforce.”

For more information, visit RCW Program in Souris.

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