Gabriola Community Health Care Worker Training Program

How do I submit my name for consideration?

Please complete the Expression of Interest form found HERE. After completing the form you will be contacted with more information within 3 days.


Please note - in order to be considered for this program:

  • You must be a Canadian Citizen UPDATE - You do qualify if you are either a Canadian Citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status.
  • You must be a permanent resident of Gabriola.

How do I know if I've been selected for the program?

Everyone who has inquired has been added to our list. We will not be short-listing until the mandatory interviews on July 19th, 2019 from 9am to 4pm at the Fire Hall on Church Street. After your interview you will be notified if you have been short-listed for the program. Please read details about the July 19th date below.

What should I do first?

Please make note of the following dates:

  • JULY 19th, 2019 - All interested parties should plan to attend the mandatory meeting to discuss if you will qualify and to be interviewed. You are required to bring a one page resume which includes both a work reference and a personal reference. Please also bring your health card number.
  • JULY 9th - 20 people were selected on a first come, first serve basis to attend the Food Safe program on this date. You have been contacted by email if you were selected for the July 9th class. A second Food Safe class is scheduled for August 1st. Applicants who are accepted into the training program will contacted about this class, the last week of July. Successful applicants who cannot attend this class will need to make their own arrangements for obtaining food safe certification before August 7th, 2019.

Please begin to obtain the necessary prerequisites

Prerequisites

If you are interested in the program, please obtain the following items to be considered.


  • Proof of completed Grade 12 English or equivalent
  • An up to date, completed Immunization Requirements Form
  • Proof of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Information System (WHMIS) (to be paid at your own cost)
  • Foodsafe Level I certificate (training available on Gabriola at no cost. See below)
  • Standard First Aid certificate (that includes CPR Level “C”) (training will be included with the course) UPDATE: You will NO LONGER NEED TO REGISTER FOR FIRST AID TRAINING IN ADVANCE OF THE PROGRAM.


Short-listed candidates will need submit these documents by Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Please submit copies of these documents in person to the PHC office at 675 North Road, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-2:30pm.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to insure that all admission requirements have been met.

All participants who want to take the training must attend a joint interview with Island Health, People For a Healthy Community (PHC) and VIU which will be scheduled.


Participants must successfully be able to clear a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

Food Safe Training - July 9th, 2019

20 people have been selected to take the prerequisite Food Safe program on July 9 at the Gabriola Fire Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm. There is no charge for this program. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.

A second Food Safe class is scheduled for August 1st. Applicants who are accepted into the training program will contacted about this class, the last week of July. Successful applicants who cannot attend this class will need to make their own arrangements for obtaining food safe certification before August 7th, 2019.

MANDATORY Interview, Funding Options and Prerequisites Meeting - July 19th, 2019

This session is a mandatory step to be considered for the training initiative.

Everyone interested will need to attend a day to go over prerequisites, review funding options and be interviewed. on July 19th, 2019 at the Gabriola Fire Hall. The focus of this day will be on:

  • meeting with the ministry on your own wage replacement request
  • Grade 12 English coaching
  • interviews - You will be given an interview time when you arrive. Please be on time. The interview is for 10 or 15 minutes long. You can leave and come back, or switch your time with someone else but you will be responsible for being available.

You are required to bring a one page resume which includes both a work reference and a personal reference. Please also bring your health card number.

The session will start with a presentation by the ministry on the economic assistance available, then detailed presentations to the whole group of work expectations, job duties at Island Health and at PHC, and generally at long term care facilities.

What are the training hours and dates?

Training begins September 11th, 2019 and runs for six months. Hours are yet to be determined, but you can expect to have full days. The training will run four days a week on Gabriola, and one day a week in Nanaimo. Practicums will be held in Nanaimo, and/or Gabriola.

Update: There will NO LONGER be a second session offered in March 2020, as previously offered.

Immunization - August 12th and August 14th, 2019

The immunizations are expected to take place August 12th and Aug 14th on both days on a drop in basis hours to be announced. The TB shot takes a second visit.

By this date we expect to have the training participants selected so we will only be immunizing those who will do the training.

Other Questions:


Q: What expenses are covered by the training?

A: All tuition fees, all books, uniforms, shoes and ferry, mileage and a meal per diem for days attending VIU will be provided.


Q: I have small children. Will daycare be provided?

A: No, daycare will not be provided, but on a case by case basis funds will be available to cover childcare expenses at another location arranged by the student.


Q: I will need to quit my job to take this training. Will my wage be covered?

A: It may be possible. Workforce BC representatives will be present on July 9th and July 19th at the prerequisite training sessions to meet with individuals so that this training opportunity is made accessible to Gabriolians on a case by case basis.


In addition, PHC is working with community organizations who may be interested in supplying bursaries, scholarships or low to no interest loans with a generous pay back period.


Q: Is there a penalty if I don't finish the training?

A: No, but all financial supports will terminate upon leaving the program. If a loan had been made, it would have to be paid back immediately.


Q: I'm over 45 can I still apply?

A: Yes! There is no age discrimination at Island Health, however, the job does require strength, the ability to lift and to be active for a full day.


Q: Can more than one family member in the same household apply?

A: Yes


Q: Can I be a first responder or a firefighter and work for Island Health?

A: Yes you can.


Q: Will some of the jobs be part time?

A: Yes there will be a mix of full time and part time positions available through Island Health, People For a Healthy Community and private family contracts. The positions with Island Health are unionized. Details of employment will be explained in interviews.


Q: Do I have to work for Island Health at the end of the program?

A: No, there is no requirement to work for Island Health at the end of the program but with pension and benefits they are an attractive option. Further employment options may be available through PHC and through private contracts. A valid drivers licence will be required for employment with Island Health and PHC.

Graduates will be registered in the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker registry.