Big need for personal support workers
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff Several organizations are looking to meet their ever-growing demand for personal support workers.
Glengarry Inter- Agency Group held a job fair recently in Alexandria where employers had an opportunity to review applications from residents looking for work in this field. Representatives from various educational institutions were present to help individuals seeking work in the health care sector.
“There is a high demand for PSW workers in the area,” said GIAG job developer Lucien Ranger. He added instead of having all the interested applicants meet with each employer one- on- one, by offering an employment fair, GIAG collected “a bank of names” to help employers in their search for skilled PSWs.
Employers are offering both full-time and part-time positions. “Some are looking for one person and some for 20,” said Mr. Ranger, adding he had hoped to see as many as 120 people to fill the need. “To be a licensed PSW you have to have the proper training,” he added.
Applicants must be physically fit and have the right personality, a helpful and compassionate nature, and be able to get along well with people.
Employers seeking applicants include Community Living Glengarry, Carefor Health and Community Services, Bayshore Health Care, and Canadian Red Cross and Revera Home Health. GIAG also collected resumés for Maxville Manor and The Palace retirement residence in Alexandria.
“The demand is growing because of the aging population,” said Mr. Ranger, while adding there are people with different needs and challenges who rely on the assistance of a personal support worker.
Educational facilities offering PSW training include Centre d'éducation et de formation de l'Est Ontarien’s Campus in Alexandria, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, and St. Lawrence College.
“We wanted to help as many of our clients looking for work in this field and at the same time work with our employers to fulfill their needs. The best way is to get them all together at the same time,” said Mr. Ranger.