ON high school program offers students opportunity to graduate as certified PSWs

April 20, 2022
A new Personal Support Worker program at Montcalm Secondary School in London, Ontario is graduating certified PSWs to help address the labour shortage. The program, which is overseen by the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators, allows students to graduate high school as certified PSWs with a job lined up. "We are having a struggle with recruiting new people into our field," said Stacey Hutton, PHSS senior co-ordinator. Hutton explained that students who complete their placements and receive their certification will be offered a job with PHSS, an organization that provides residential and day care for people with complex needs. “Honestly I’m so pleased for [the students] that they’re going to be coming out of this with a job,” said teacher Sandra Briars. “I’m so proud they’ve done this for themselves.” CBC (ON)