A total of seven Resident Care Aides (RCAs) are to leave the island on Tuesday July 27 to take up employment in Nova Scotia, Canada.
They are the first batch of 44 persons, trained under a programme being undertaken in partnership with Jamaican and Canada authorities, to be dispatched to the North American country.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, who addressed the departing RCAs on July 23 at his North Street office, told them that they were ambassadors for Jamaica and would be paving the way for hundreds of others.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles (left), engages in a light moment with Resident Care Aides (RCAs) Veron Strachan (centre) and Janet Grant, following a meeting with them at his Ministry on North Street in Kingston today (July 23). The RCAs are part of a group of seven, who are expected to leave the country on Tuesday (July 27) to take up employment in Canada.
Noting that they would face some challenges abroad, he assured that the Ministry’s liaison office in Canada “will assist you (to) deal with some of the social, legal, and medical situations that may arise from time to time.”
Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Errol Miller, told JIS News that four of the RCAs would be taking up employment at the Homestead Senior Care in Halifax; two would go to ScotiaCare Homecare and Caregivers in Darmouth; and one person would work with Always Home Homecare, also in Darmouth.
He informed that another seven were being processed by the Canadian High Commission, and would leave the island in August.
The work-study programme, he informed, stems from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year, between the Government of Jamaica and Sprott-Shaw Community College in British Columbia, in partnership with Canadian company, Marmicmon Integrated Marketing and Communications.
The training is being undertaken at the Brown’s Town Community College in St. Ann, using curriculum developed by the Sprott-Shaw Community College.
Regional Manager for Marmicmon, Andre Miller, said the company is pleased to have partnered with the Government of Jamaica to offer the training programme in Jamaica.
“Despite our Canadian base, we have a passion for Jamaica…we believe that it is a tremendous privilege for us to be able to expose the rich talent that exists here in Jamaica,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the RCAs, Rosalyn Sortie said that they were glad for the opportunity and pledged that they would represent the country well abroad.
“We know that we’ll be going to Canada to be great and outstanding ambassadors for Jamaica,” she stated.