Personal Support Worker Program

First Nations Communities in New Brunswick are experiencing an aging population and a shortage of professional personal care workers. The Support Worker Program was developed in order to address this gap. The program provides First Nation participants from 3 local First Nations communities the opportunity to gain the necessary ES and post-secondary certified training to become professional Long-term Care Support Workers. Graduates can return to work in their communities, seek employment elsewhere or move to advance training.

The program consists of 4-weeks of workplace essential skills (WES) training and 17 weeks of specific occupational training as Personal Support Workers, including a 2-week workplace practicum. There are currently 12 participants in the program and it is scheduled to end March 22, 2019.
The program is a partnership between the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), New Brunswick Community College, St. Mary’s First Nation, Oromocto First Nation, Kingsclear First Nation, and the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (DPETL) under the Government of New Brunswick.

Location New Brunswick
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Karen Paul, Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI)
506-444-5650, Toll Free: 888-884-9870
11-150 Cliffe Street, Fredericton, NB E3A 0A1

Project Details
Community Reserve community
Scope of Project Local
Target Audience First Nations, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs), Older workers (50+ yrs)