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GOVT FUNDED FREE PSW PROGRAM

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  • What is the PSW Challenge fund?

As PSW Challenge Fund, you may be eligible to receive Government funding up to $13,235 to become a professional Personal Support Worker (PSW.) 

  •  How do I choose a good college to do the PSW program?
  1. Ensure that the school is recognized by NACC, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
  2. Ensure the college is able to get you paid placements in government recognized Hospitals, retirement homes, long term care facilities, community care facilities. Ask them to show you contracts with these facilities.
  3. Ensure that you get flexible classes to fit your schedules.
  4. Ensure that the college has a dedicated financial aid officer who will answer all your funding questions before, during and after the course.
  5. Ensure there is a facilitator who will be available after hours
  6. Ask the college what are the special steps they take for the FINAL EXAM PREP (very very important!)
  7. Ask the college, that if you fail the NACC final exam in the first attempt, what the repercussions are
  8. Ask the college what the costs for the second or third attempt are.
  9. Ask the college, if you have an emergency and if you are not able to complete the course what the repercussions are.
  10. Ensure that the college gives you free books and scrubs
  • Is the Government still paying for PSW in Ontario?

Yes, the government has recently announced that they will be covering full tuition costs on behalf of students and will also offer paid placements- through the PSW challenge fund program.

  • How long does it take to become a PSW in Ontario?

5 months in class and 2 months of PAID placement!!

The National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) certified Personal Support Worker program at Academy of Learning is 7 months long including placement.

  • Is the PSW course still free in Ontario?

Yes, starting from June 2022-September 2022 the PSW Program will be funded by the Challenge fund with 100% tuition funding in Ontario.

  • Does OSAP cover PSW?

Yes. You will be eligible for grants if you apply for the PSW Program in Ontario.

  • How do I get a PSW grant in Ontario?

You can apply for the challenge fund program for 100% tuition grant and paid placements. You can ask for the financial aid officer at the college to help you navigate the challenge fund program.

  • Am I eligible for the Challenge fund program?

If you’ve been an Ontario resident for the past 12 months and have PR, Canadian Citizen or Protected person status you will be eligible for a FREE PSW Program at Academy of Learning Brampton West.

  • My income is very low but my spouse makes a very high income. Can I qualify for the Challenge fund?

Yes you can still apply for the challenge fund.

  • I am a refugee, can I do the PSW program?

Yes you can. There are many different types of Refugee claimants. Some do qualify for 100% tuition grants. The financial aid officer of your college should be able to help you find out if you qualify.

  • What traits should I have as a PSW?

Adaptable, understanding, friendly, motivated, compassionate, trustworthy, honest, great communication skills, professionally trained.

  • Where can I get a job after becoming a PSW?

You can work at a retirement home, long-term care, hospitals and multi-speciality homes.

  •  How much do PSW make in Ontario?

The average PSW salary in Canada is $37,908 per year or $19.44 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $34,125 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $47,500 per year.

  • I am not very comfortable with the computer, can I still become a PSW?

Yes you certainly can! Ensure that your college does an assessment for you to ascertain if you can get extra language classes.

  • I am a nurse from my home country. Will I get some course benefits to become a PSW?

YES. There is a possibility that some courses will be waived for you. You can earn credits for prior learning.

  • I prefer learning in person. I don’t like online learning. Can I still do the PSW course?

Yes. Ask your college for in person classes.

  •  I have no daycare so I prefer only online classes. Can I still do the PSW course?

Yes. Ask your college for an online option.

  • I work full time and I cannot quit my job. Can I do the PSW course?

Yes, the college should offer you flexible timings.

  • Can I get a 100% tuition grant if I am working full time?

Yes. You can surely qualify for the challenge fund.

  • Can I apply for Second Career to do the PSW course?

Yes you can.

  •  What is the NOC Code for PSW?

Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412)

 

Please call our expert admissions Counselors at Academy of Learning Brampton West to get further details on the questions above.
Campus Phone: 365-788-4080
After hours cell phone:647-680-2379
email: min@aolcbrampton.com
Website: www.aolcbrampton.com
Meenakshi VyasGOVT FUNDED FREE PSW PROGRAM
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21 Questions every PSW wants to know!!

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1. What does PSW stand for?

PSW is the acronym for Personal Support Worker.

2. What are the job duties of a PSW?

Personal support workers (PSWs) care for the elder and aging population. The PSWs act as aids for the added who are unable to do their everyday activities without help. The PSW ensures that the elderly person is taken care of. You make sure your clients are comfortable, safe and enjoy emotional and physical well-being. You may work for a long-term care facility or in your clients’ homes as an employee of a home care agency.

3. What should I do to become a PSW?

In order to become a PSW, you should enroll in a PSW course from a nationally recognized body such as NACC.

4. How do I choose a good college to do the PSW program?

Ensure that the school is recognized by NACC, and Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

5. I am not familiar with government funding options, the information on the internet is confusing me, and what can I do?

The government website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program is very helpful. Also a good college will help the student navigate through all the information and resources available for the student.

Ensure that the college has a dedicated financial aid officer who will answer all your funding questions before, during and after the course. Ensure there is a facilitator who will be available after hours

6. What traits should I have as a PSW? Why should I become a PSW?

The preliminary trait to be a successful PSW is that you should have a feeling to help people. Since majority of the PSWs work with an aging population, in retirement communities or Long term care facilities, being compassionate is one of the most important traits.

Check out the benefits of becoming a PSW.

7. How long does it take to become a PSW in Ontario?

The National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) certified Personal Support Worker program at Academy of Learning is 7 months long including placement. During June-September 2022 intake, students will be offered paid placement.

8. My English is very poor, is that fine?

Yes certainly! Ensure that your college does an assessment for you to ascertain if you can get extra language classes.

9. Can I apply for Second Career to do the PSW course?

Yes you can.

10. Should the college give you free books and scrubs?

Yes

11. I prefer learning in person. I don’t like online learning. Can I still do the PSW course?

Yes. Ask your college for in person classes.

12. I have no daycare so I prefer only online classes. Can I still do the PSW course?

Yes. Ask your college for online option.

13. I work full time and I cannot quit my job. Can I do the PSW course?

Yes the college should offer you flexible timings.

14. I am not very comfortable with the computer, can I still become a PSW?

Yes you certainly can! Ensure that your college does an assessment for you to ascertain if you can get extra computer classes.

15. Where can I get a job after becoming a PSW?

You can work at a retirement home, long-term care, hospitals and multi-specialty homes.

16. How much do PSW make in Ontario?

The average PSW salary in Canada is $37,908 per year or $19.44 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $34,125 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $47,500 per year.

17. Will the college prepare me for the FINAL exam?

 Ask the college what are the special steps they take for the FINAL EXAM PREP (very very important!)

18. Will I get paid for placements during the training?

Yes. Ensure the college is able to get you paid placements in government recognized Hospitals, retirement homes, long term care facilities, community care facilities.

19. What happens if a student fails the NACC final exam in the first attempt?

Ask the college, what the costs for the second or third attempt are.

20. What happens if I am not able to complete the course and have to withdraw midway?

Ask the college, if you have an emergency and if you are not able to complete the course what the repercussions are.

21. What is the NOC Code for PSW?

Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412)

Please call our expert admissions Counselors at Academy of Learning Brampton West to get further details on the questions above.
Campus Phone: 365-788-4080
After hours cell phone: 647-680-2379
email: min@aolcbrampton.com
Website: www.aolcbrampton.com

Meenakshi Vyas21 Questions every PSW wants to know!!
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Ontario Expands Opportunities for PSWs in Long-Term Care!

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Hats off to the Ontario government for investing over $1.3 billion to increase wages for personal support worker, to provide a high level of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, The Ontario government is investing up to $100 million to add an additional 2,000 nurses to the long-term care sector by 2024-25. The government will do this by supporting the training of thousands of personal support worker and nurses who want to advance their careers in long-term care. As the program co coordinator of the Medical programs at the Academy of Learning Brampton, I have personally forged alliances with several local Long term care facilities and Retirement communities and assisted living centers.

Why should you do the program now?

  • Growing career opportunity: COVID-19 has increased the need for health care assistants in long-term care and assisted living services. Approximately 34,400 personal support worker positions will be open nationwide before 2026.
  • Government funding: Normally, to become a health care assistant, you must complete six to eight months of post-secondary education at your own expense before you can apply for a position. Now, with up to 100% government funding, the government pays for your diploma.
  • Qualified education: New hires in the program start in a health care support worker position and receive paid training that leads to full qualification as a Personal Support Worker (PSW).
  • High paying: On an average, a Personal Support Worker receives $19-$28 an hour and is considered as one of the “highest paying jobs” in Ontario.
  • Employment benefits: Employers offer reliable employment with competitive salaries and benefits. Benefits may include a pension plan and medical, dental and extended health care coverage.
  • Emotionally Rewarding: Passionate and caring health care workers make a difference in their communities every day. Creating an environment that fosters and values diverse skills and lived experiences is a goal of the sector.
  • And much more…

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to have your Personal Support Worker training fully covered by the Ontario government. The staff and management at the Academy Of Learning Brampton West are excited to be a part of this great initiative. We would love to help you to start your PSW journey. We have frequent new batches start dates. 

For more information on how you can earn a Personal Support Worker Diploma free of cost you can: 

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The Benefits Of Being A Personal Support Worker

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Growing Profession 

As a Personal Support Worker, you can expect a growing profession that comes with many career opportunities and a change of environment. PSW training prepares you to become the best version of yourself. PSW’s are the largest group of healthcare employees in long-term care facilities and the demand for PSW’s allows you to have a job for life. The PSW profession never dies down, as a matter of fact, it grows. 

Rewarding Wages

Secondly, as a PSW you get a high starting wage, and PSW’s are recognized as integral members of the healthcare system. The pandemic has led to increased current wages and is a reflection of the hard work you do in society. Furthermore, the government plans to enhance the wages of future PSW’s and going forward stable working hours plus better hourly wages are plans that will be materialized soon.

Different Working Environment 

Thirdly, the diverse environments and flexibility in workplaces allow you to gain experience through different facilities. For instance, as a PSW you can work in a private long-term care facility, community facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, and even open to travel. As a PSW working in a hospital allows you to work in different patient care areas and different units like the intensive care unit or critical care unit. The hospital is trying to utilize more PSWS which leaves you with various working environments. 

Become A Helping Hand

The most rewarding part of being a PSW is the dedication and compassion you possess in helping people, helping elders, and working with people that appreciate your hard work. This puts you in a workplace that is friendly, and home-like. PSW training prepares you to work in both private care and community care settings. Dealing with one or multiple patients in a day is something that the curriculum makes you an expert on. PSW training is advanced, and it is designed to prepare you for unpredictable circumstances which result in a fulfilling career.

Limited Time Opportunity 

The next three weeks are going to be very important if you want to become a PSW. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will soon come to an end, complete the PSW course for free when you start within the next 3 weeks. The challenge fund is a government award or bursary that you are not required to repay. It’s not a loan; it’s a grant. To be eligible for the challenge fund, students must begin their PSW training at a participating career college between May 1 and July 31, 2021. You can learn more about this announcement https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-announces-tuition-free-personal-support-worker-training-program-1.5321974

The Academy Of Learning Brampton West’s staff and management are thrilled to be a part of this remarkable effort. We’d love to talk with you and answer any questions you might have about enrolling and getting started as a PSW. We have new start dates on a regular basis, especially in the next three weeks.

Call us at 365-788-4080  E-mail: min@aolcbrampton.com or visit us at https://aolcbrampton.com/our-courses/personal-support-worker and click on Request Info to be contacted. RESERVE YOUR SEAT BEFORE JULY 31ST, 2021

Meenakshi VyasThe Benefits Of Being A Personal Support Worker
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER

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Overview

A Personal Support Worker (PSW) assists with tasks of daily living, working in long-term care facilities such as home care, retirement homes, group homes, hospitals, and other social institutions. The assistance you provide as a PSW can vary widely depending on the needs of your client. Being prepared for unexpected circumstances is a part of your daily routine. 

The routine of the PSW can consist of living care, hospitality, family care and assistance with social or recreational activities; this can vary based on the necessities of each client. A PSW dedicates the majority of their time and effort towards the care of others. Effective time management skills are therefore crucial, when preparing for the day. As a personal support worker, you grow accustomed to early mornings and shifting schedules.

Early Mornings 

A typical morning begins at 7 AM for a PSW.  You will likely start by changing bed sheets and hospitality-related activities. Next, you may find yourself helping a resident in the washroom and assisting with simple tasks like brushing teeth and/or dentures. This helps them get used to the routine. A PSW would help a resident with getting dressed and other personal hygiene-related tasks for the day. While these are important activities for the PSW during the day that help with the client’s comfort and hygiene, your job extends well beyond that. You are the person many residents look forward to seeing every day. With daily interactions, they will begin to rely on you and trust you for their needs. Needless to say, this can be a very rewarding experience for you.

Activities

Once the day has begun, residents are served their breakfast and meals. Specific meals are made based on preferences and dietary restrictions. Some of your clients may have difficulty eating or require more attention than others. Towards the end of the day, it is the responsibility of a PSW to note down any changes in the resident’s medical condition before leaving. This important step helps to keep their medical profile updated with important information.

One of the key strengths of a  PSW is –  patience. You will frequently tap into your reservoir of patience during the day as you deal with people who may not be cognitively aware. This makes  constant, and effective communication crucial. No doubt your days will be packed with activities but you will still need to build that build a bond with residents. It can be through simple actions such as having a small conversations with them or playing board games. 

Perspective of a retired PSW

Let’s look at this through the perspective of a retired PSW, Cindy Balazs retired after 41 years of service at a long-term care home. She believes that a day in the life of a PSW “requires lots of patience and compassion,” (Thompson, 2021). Like any other job in the medical field, this is one of the most important jobs in our society today. A lot of PSW’s tell us that they love their job. Balazs is no different. She said she really loved her job and “enjoyed working with the elderly.” (Thompson, 2021) even in these trying times of COVID. She believes that this is because her client needs her support, the human connection formed through compassion and kindness is the most rewarding aspect of being a PSW. When you become a PSW you are on the pathway for a long-term and rewarding career, your hard work pays off when you love what you do. To read more about Balazs experience: https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/you-get-attached-says-psw-retiring-after-41-years-at-john-noble-home

Ontario Government has just announced $86 Million in PSW  Education funding. This is being done to meet the critical need for PSW’s in our community today, especially with the ongoing crisis. This can help you fund your PSW education and even earn a Ministry approved PSW diploma free of cost. To learn more about this limited time opportunity please read our previous blog: https://aolcbrampton.com/2021/05/07/psw-funding/

For more information on how you can earn a PSW diploma call us at 365-788-4080 or e-mail:min@aolcbrampton.com

Meenakshi VyasA DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER
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When Times are Tough, the Tough Get Going

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Have you considered a career in home inspection or personal support worker (PSW)?

COVID-19 hit the world like a ton of bricks. It is what is called a “Black Swan” event; something that no one can see coming and is so rare that it is impossible to predict. While it’s most devastating effect was seen in the loss of life and the pain that families and loved ones suffered through, it’s economic impact cannot be overstated. Hundreds of thousands of people lost jobs as they saw their industries decimated. While the help from government sources has helped somewhat, many find themselves at these unexpected crossroads where they have to find a new job to fend for themselves and their families.

As the saying goes “when the times get tough the tough get going”. In these devastating times we have also seen the human spirit rise. From everyday stories of people helping other people  to the brave frontline workers risking everything to save lives, there is no dearth of inspiration around us. It is with this inspired spirit that the team of Academy Of Learning Brampton West wakes up every day to help people re-tool, re-skill and find rewarding careers. Needless to say, we take great pride in it.

Two career choices that I want to highlight in today’s environment are: Home Inspector and Person Support Worker.

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Home Inspector

While COVID-19 slowed things down all around, one industry that has not seen a slowdown is the real estate industry. In fact data shows that there has been 35%  growth in home sales activity over last year. This is good news for home inspectors whose services are widely employed by home buyers. This goes for new construction as well, which has picked up rapidly and is expected to continue that way. Academy Of Learning Brampton West offers a ministry approved Home Inspection diploma. It can be completed in as little as 30 weeks. Various funding options are available so it can come at no cost to you. If you have ever thought of working in the construction industry, the home inspector diploma offers a great pathway with a recognized credential: https://aolcbrampton.com/our-courses/ Call us today or send us an inquiry using our website or talk to Min: min@aolcbrampton.com or call 365-788-4080. Learn more about the home inspection career at: https://www.oahi.com/

Personal Support Workers have shouldered the COVID-19 impact as front line workers, earning the respect of whole nation. Furthermore, 10000 people hit the age of 65 every day in North America. With the aging population, there is a bigger need than ever before for Person Support Workers to help our seniors. There is a hiring boom in hospitals, long term care homes and home-care businesses. If you have a passion for helping others and are looking for a rewarding career, talk to us today, you could be on your way to your dream job in as little as 28 weeks. With various funding option available, it could be at no cost to you as well. Visit our website: https://aolcbrampton.com/our-services/personal-support-worker/ for details and talk to Min today: min@aolcbrampton.com or call 365-788-4080

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