Health care aides required
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 07, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Health care assistant student Tamra Robinson

It’s that time of year again.

Interior Health and Okanagan College are putting out the call for its health care assistant program that will start on Jan. 6, 2020.

“Now is a great time to become a health care assistant,” Interior Health assistant recruiter Cassandra Ritchie said in a press release. “The need for health care assistants within the Interior Health region is growing. There are many opportunities for individuals who have this training.

“Whether you want to work in a team environment in long-term care or one-on-one with clients in home support, it is a great career choice for those who enjoy working closely with others, and those who like making a positive impact on the lives of others.”

There are 19,210 job openings expected in the health care assistant field over the next decade in B.C., which makes the occupation an official priority for WorkBC.

“We’re hearing from our industry partners that employers in the Okanagan are desperate for health care assistants,” Okanagan College associate dean of science technology and health Lisa Kraft said. “Students will be making a living wage right out of school, in a profession that offers a variety of shifts, making it easy to find work that best fits their lives.

“Most importantly, health care assistants find their work extremely rewarding. Graduates often tell us how much they appreciate the opportunity to have a significant impact on the quality of life for people in care.”

An information night about the health care assistant program and field will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will take place in Room E103 in the Centre for Learning building on the Kelowna campus.

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