If you are looking for a change in career, an opportunity has presented itself in Barry’s Bay.

The Pathway 2 PSW program is accepting applications to learn their free, condensed personal support worker program. Helen Lavric, Job Developer at Pathway 2 PSW says the course will certify people into becoming support workers and help them find placement in the field.

Lavric says they have fathered feedback through working with employers across the Renfrew and Lanark areas about what they want in their employees, and have tailored the program accordingly. Those eligible will go through an assessment, and when approved, will go through a 20-week program. Six of those weeks will include an actual job placement. Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the course is 100 percent free. There is also the option to receive up to $3000 in personal support.

Lavric calls personal support work a great fit for those who have taken care of elderly relatives before. To her, PSW’s are companions, listeners and helpers that care deeply about those they serve. They can also help the elderly live their lives with dignity. She says if you are a caring person, it is certainly a career path to consider.

The course will start on September 13th, but applicants are urged to apply before the August 25th deadline. The location of the in-person training has yet to be determined, but a location will be confirmed shortly.

To register, go to www.pathway2psw.ca, or call 613-312-3425.