Broadmead Care is very excited to be participating in British Columbia’s Health Career Access Program. The Health Career Access Program is a work experience and education program designed to support new workers who are interested in pursuing a career as a Health Care Worker. Participants in the program begin with a work experience term of one to six months in the role of Health Care Support Worker. The Health Care Support Worker works alongside our Health Care Workers, providing non-clinical support to our residents. After completing the work experience portion, participants are enrolled in a Health Care Aide program at either Sprott Shaw College or Camosun College. Upon graduation, they return to Broadmead Care to complete a year of service as a registered Health Care Worker (and we hope they stay much longer!).
Broadmead Care has participated in the program since it was first rolled out in spring 2021. So far, 16 participants have completed the program and are working, registered Health Care Support Workers. We have 25 participants currently in school who will be graduating over the next 4 months.
A key to the program’s success is our peer mentors! Each new Health Care Support Worker is paired with an experienced Health Care Worker who acts as their guide and mentor during the work experience portion of the program. Being a peer mentor is a volunteer position and we cannot thank our Health Care Workers enough for stepping forward and volunteering for this important role.
We welcomed 18 new Health Care Support Workers to the Broadmead Care on September 26, 2022, and we will be opening another group soon – if you or someone you know may be interested please visit our postings page for more information.