Launched on January 31, 2023
Saskatchewan is dramatically growing academic alternatives for Saskatchewan college students and younger adults excited by well being careers. An instantaneous preliminary funding of greater than $5.5 million will assist create over 550 new post-secondary coaching seats throughout 18 well being care coaching applications.
Increasing well being coaching applications is one in all 4 pillars within the province’s Well being Human Assets Motion Plan. This dedication will enhance coaching capability on the province’s post-secondary establishments and reserve extra coaching seats for Saskatchewan college students in extremely specialised applications in different provinces.
“This initiative will open up thrilling new well being profession choices for a lot of extra Saskatchewan college students by giving them better entry to coaching for his or her profession of alternative,” Superior Training Minister Gordon Wyant stated. “The size of this unprecedented enlargement of Saskatchewan’s well being coaching capability demonstrates our authorities’s dedication to strengthening our well being care workforce. We’re grateful for the help of our companions throughout the post-secondary schooling and well being sectors.”
Coaching applications that may broaden starting in fall 2023 embrace Medical Laboratory Assistant, Persevering with Care Assistant, Main Care Paramedic, Licensed Sensible Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, Scientific Psychologist, Bodily Therapist and Psychological Well being and Addictions Counsellor.
Submit-secondary establishments throughout the province – technical colleges, regional schools, Indigenous establishments and universities – will help the enlargement in order that college students can research and work nearer to dwelling. This newest enlargement builds on a earlier funding in 2022-23 so as to add 150 nursing seats in Saskatchewan’s registered nursing, registered psychiatric nursing, and nurse practitioner applications.
The province may even buy extra seats for Saskatchewan college students at establishments exterior the province for specialised applications not accessible in Saskatchewan. Extra seats might be accessible in applications together with Respiratory Remedy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Know-how, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Occupational Remedy, Electro-Neurophysiology, and Cardiovascular Perfusion. For the primary time, seats may even be reserved for Saskatchewan college students in Speech Language Pathology and Environmental Public Well being.
“We’re taking a number of actions beneath our bold HHR Motion Plan to stabilize and steadily develop our health-care workforce,” Well being Minister Paul Merriman stated. “This contains coaching extra health-care professionals right here at dwelling, and recruiting from throughout the province, throughout Canada and overseas. This coaching seat enlargement considerably will increase academic alternatives for Saskatchewan college students throughout a number of well being disciplines and can generate elevated curiosity in coaching and dealing in well being care right here in our nice province.”
A brand new public consciousness marketing campaign will assist make Saskatchewan college students and younger adults conscious of the expanded coaching applications, monetary help and job alternatives accessible to them. Among the many younger adults featured within the marketing campaign is Kelsey Klewchuk, a not too long ago graduated Main Care Paramedic from Regina.
“No two days are the identical,” Klewchuk stated. “I am all the time studying one thing new, taking one thing significant away from my day and I actually respect that about my job. I might say to somebody contemplating going into my subject of labor – or well being care generally – that this job means that you can critically suppose, work as a crew, and total, it may be a really rewarding job if you do get the possibility to assist somebody and make a distinction on one of the severe days or occasions of their life.”
Saskatchewan college students can entry a wide range of monetary support choices to assist help their academic journeys, together with loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships. The Graduate Retention Program additionally gives as much as $20,000 in tax credit for many who keep within the province after commencement.
The Well being Human Assets Motion Plan introduced in September relies on 4 pillars: recruit, practice, incentivize and retain. These priorities align with Saskatchewan’s Development Plan and can make investments over $60 million and add greater than 1,000 well being professionals to the well being system over the subsequent few years. The $5.5 million funding throughout this fiscal yr will assist post-secondary establishments put together to rent school, buy tools and recruit certified college students in order that program enlargement can start this fall. Ongoing investments might be required in future years and might be decided as a part of the annual funds course of.
To be taught extra about Saskatchewan’s multi-faceted strategy to supporting well being human assets and to seek out data on well being care alternatives, go to Saskatchewan.ca/HHR.
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