It's not every day that someone offers to pay for your education, but right now there are a ton of entry-level health care jobs in B.C. that are doing just that.
On Wednesday, September 9, the province shared their plans for a Health Career Access Program.
Since the pandemic has created a huge need for more workers in the industry, this is a way to fast track them.
They'll not only start at around $20 an hour, but they'll also get post-secondary covered on the province's dime.
This program is especially for people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. B.C. wants to hire 7,000 people who are out of work.
Ready to start the next chapter of your life? Here's how you can get one of the jobs for yourself:
How do I get started?
The first step in the process is to "submit your expression of interest." That just means filling out an online form to share your information, eligibility, and where you want to work.
Then, once they get your info, give them three weeks to get back to you.
If they reach out, then you'll be invited to apply for positions in your area. In B.C., there are five different health regions: Vancouver Coastal, Fraser, Interior, Vancouver Island, and Northern.
As soon as you accept the offer, you're going to start working and on-the-job training right away as a Health Care Support Worker. There are practically no qualifications other than the completion of Grade 10.
What does a Health Care Support Worker do?
This role is basically like a helper in health care settings. They work under registered nurses and other health care professionals in a ton of different ways.
The difference is, these are non-clinical tasks, so it's not like you're going to be giving flu shots without any training!
For example, the duties of this role can include things like housekeeping and restocking.
Plus, you'll need to just generally help visitors with things like directions and residents of the facilities during mealtimes and rec time.
What are the next steps?
So, you've finished basic training and passed your probation period. Congrats! Now, the real learning begins.
Working together, both your employer and post-secondary school will give you an education that will take about a year to finish.
Once you're finished, you'll get a post-secondary credential and you can register as a Health Care Assistant. They make about $45,000 a year.
Health Care Support Worker & Health Care Assistant
Salary: Starting at $20 per hour; after a year, you could be making $45,000 a year.
Company: B.C.'s Regional Health Authorities
Why You Should Apply: With a decent starting salary and your post-secondary covered, it's an ideal time to chart a new course.