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Cambrian encouraging more applicants for free PSW training

College is joining a provincewide push to to meet the urgent demand for personal support workers
070622_LG_Cambrian PSW program PHOTO
Cambrian College is part of a provincewide initiative to meet an urgent demand for more personal support workers (PSWs).

Cambrian College in Sudbury said it is again taking part in an accelerated program to provide tuition-free training for more Personal Support Workers (PSWs) to meet the growing demand in Ontario.

The college said the special PSW Accelerated program was introduced last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, to address the shortage of PSWs. 

"The demand for more PSWs continues this year even as the world emerges from the worst of the pandemic," said a news release from Cambrian.

The college said the accelerated PSW program includes the following features:

  • No tuition fee and funding for expenses such as textbooks and other supplies;
  • A condensed schedule that allows students to graduate in six months with a full PSW credential, and;
  • A paid work placement/opportunity in the final three months of the program. 

Cambrian said it was important to note that the government funding for tuition and supply costs is available for Canadian students only and only applies to the July 2022 program delivery.

Dr. June Raymond, Dean of Cambrian’s School of Health Sciences, said there was a shortage PSWs before the pandemic hit and that need has only increased since COVID-19.

“We want to make sure people get the care they need from PSWs, which is why we are again offering this accelerated program,” Raymond said.