Accelerated training: already 74 dropouts from the home support program

Accelerated training: already 74 dropouts from the home support program
Accelerated training: already 74 dropouts from the home support program

The accelerated training for home support workers launched a few weeks ago by Quebec has already lost 74 candidates.

This is what the most recent data from the Ministry of Health and Social Services obtained by TVA Nouvelles revealed.

The cohorts began their journey in several professional training centers between the end of February and the end of March.

In total, there are 1066 candidates currently following the training. The ministry clarified that this data dates from the middle of April and that it is evolving.

A scholarship of $12,000 is awarded for this accelerated course. A six-month work guarantee must be given by the candidate to the health network. Those who drop out of the training must repay the scholarship.

The need for home support is significant. There are currently 16,656 people waiting for a first service in the province.


According to unions that represent home support professionals, more must be done than accelerated training to make the profession attractive.

“It’s a very difficult job. It is very little valued. Home care is increasingly burdensome, which means that, if we look at our last negotiation, the government has little value for the job of health and social services assistant (ASSS) and must do so. quickly,” said the president of the CUPE Provincial Social Affairs Council, Fanny Demontigny.

Accelerated training misses the target, according to the Federation of Health and Social Services of the CSN (FSSS-CSN).

“What we want as employees in the network is not employees who are attracted by scholarships or training that is reduced. We want well-trained employees, but who have the taste to do the work with current training, who have the taste to specialize and who have the taste to work to provide care to people,” indicated the paratechnical personal representative, auxiliary services and trades at the FSSS-CSN, Guillaume Clavette.

“Because this work is truly a vocation,” he added. So, it’s clear that if you are attracted to a course, a quick training course. You arrive, then you realize that you are going to work alone, you are going to carry out actions delegated to nurses in sometimes unsanitary environments. You’re going to have to clean up people. You see, suddenly, that it’s another reality. So it’s really a bad way to attract people.”

Quebec will evaluate the results of this training before launching new cohorts.



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