On Thursday in Portage la Prairie, the Manitoba authorities made a funding splash, asserting the funding of greater than $5.2 million in two applications to assist deal with the general staffing scarcity within the province.
Financial Growth, Funding and Commerce Minister Cliff Cullen, Well being Minister Audrey Gordon, and Portage MLA Ian Wishart made the announcement at Lions Prairie Manor.
One of many two initiatives talked about to obtain funding was the “Abilities Growth Program,” which is meant to supply profession counseling and monetary assist to eligible Manitobans searching for post-secondary coaching in applications as much as two years in size.
Funding for the Abilities Growth Program is obtainable for college students pursuing coaching in healthcare fields, together with:
- healthcare aids;
- well being unit clerk;
- medical workplace assistant;
- pharmacy technicians;
- and sensible nursing.
The opposite initiative to obtain funding was the “Indigenous Grownup Well being Internship Program,” which provides pre-employment coaching, job-shadowing alternatives and a paid work practicum. The Manitoba authorities provides that this holistic undertaking provides Indigenous group members the chance to discover high-demand healthcare occupations and areas, together with:
- dietary aids;
- healthcare aids;
- well being information;
- supplies administration;
- and recreation or actions assistant.
MLA Wishart shares that the provincial authorities is all the time excited to put money into well being care throughout the province.
“The funding for right now’s announcement will go a good distance to assist deal with the challenges in well being care as we come out of the pandemic,” says Wishart.
Well being Minister Audrey Gordon welcomed and thanked everybody for coming to the announcement, noting that she normally involves Portage for strawberry choosing. Nonetheless, she hadn’t but picked any this yr.
She touched on this funding allotted to strengthening the well being care system.
“The Manitoba authorities acknowledges the crucial want to extend workforce recruitment and retention within the healthcare sector as a part of the province’s post-COVID financial restoration,” says Gordon. “These investments will make sure that Manitoba’s healthcare system is abundantly staffed with a talented, engaged workforce that’s reflective of the province’s inhabitants.”
Financial Growth, Funding and Commerce Minister Cliff Cullen additionally touched on the funding.
“The Abilities Growth Program and the Indigenous Grownup Well being Internship Program will assist present the coaching and assets wanted to deal with instant and rising workforce wants in a sector stretched skinny from the pandemic,” says Cullen. “That is key to addressing the numerous labor market wants of the healthcare sector.”
The federal government notes that the Indigenous Grownup Well being Internship Program is a collaborative initiative between Indigenous communities and Southern Well being-Santé Sud, the well being authority, which serves a inhabitants of over 216,000 residents.