Big need for per­sonal sup­port work­ers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

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.

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