A Saskatchewan college has joined forces with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to address shortages in certain health care professionals.
Cumberland College in northeast Saskatchewan has partnered with the SHA to provide training programs that are responsive to employer and employee needs. A shortage of certified Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) in Nipawin led to delivery of a specially-tailored CCA program to address workforce needs in Arborfield, Carrot River and Nipawin. Conditional hires were able to complete their training requirements while working as casual employees and often became permanent hires following certification.
Based on the success of this program, others were adapted to provide similar opportunities to fill CCA shortages in other parts of the northeast.
Program offerings then expanded beyond care providers. An Institutional Cooking program from Saskatchewan Polytechnic provided on-site training to SHA employees in Melfort’s Parkland Place to help address a shortage of certified cooks.
“Students accessed post-secondary education close to home as well as mentorship and preceptorship opportunities while receiving practical, hands-on training on the job,” stated Kellie Stroeder, Facility Administrator, Pineview Lodge, Nipawin.
Cumberland College students enrolled in the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) program in Nipawin, pictured with their instructor, gain practical, hands-on experience in Pineview Lodge in Nipawin.