B.C. beefs up elder care training support

Province needs 1,500 graduates to meet current staffing needs
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/04/2009

With an aging population, there is an increased demand for elder-care workers. In British Columbia, more than 1,500 qualified graduates are needed immediately to staff new and existing long-term care and assisted living beds as well as home care clients.

To help meet that demand, B.C. is increasing efforts to encourage more students to trains residential care aides and home support workers.

The provincial government has increased training programs and financial support for students and, along with Vancouver Island Health, Fraser Health and 20 educational institutions, it has launched a $160,000 marketing and awareness campaign called BC Cares.