Penticton care home partners with Sprott Shaw College to offer no-cost HCA training

BCCPA member Haven Hill Retirement Centre has partnered with Sprott Shaw College to offer health care assistant training at no cost for up to 16 participants. Along with quality education, successful students will be offered employment by the Penticton care home once they have completed the program.

“We are incredibly thankful to have received a generous grant from WorkBC, which will make this program possible,” says Jolene Gagne, Care Manager, Haven Hill Care Center. “We look forward to welcoming the successful candidates into our Heath Care Aide Program, and once their course is complete, inviting them to join the Haven Hill team.”

This program is taking place in an area of the province which has been particularly hard hit by the health human resource crisis affecting seniors’ care providers.

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“We’d like to congratulate all the partners behind this program for their ingenuity in trying to address to the health human resource crisis in B.C.,” says BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine. “In addition to innovative approaches like this one, BCCPA will continue to advocate for a comprehensive health human resource strategy from the province, to address the challenges we are seeing in the Interior, and elsewhere across the province.”

Interested participants can learn more, at an upcoming information session on May 17 from 10 a.m. – Noon, which will be held at the Haven Hill Retirement Centre, located at 415 Haven Hill Rd, Penticton, BC.


“We are pleased to continue our strong working relationship with Sprott Shaw College and thank them for their all of their support,” adds Gagne.

Information for Interested Applicants:

Interested applicants can apply via email to and are asked to include a current resume and letter indicating why they are suited for this career, and what makes them stand out as a candidate. Applications must be submitted by May 31, for the program beginning on June 24 and by July 15, for students hoping to begin on August 19.

Applicants must meet the HCA Program Requirements outlined by Sprott Shaw College.

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