Manitoba investing in two programs to address staffing shortages in healthcare sector, increase Indigenous representation in that field

The Manitoba Government is investing $5.2-million into two training programs that it says will help address staffing shortages in the health-care sector, and increase Indigenous representation in this field.

The two programs are the Skills Development Program and the Indigenous Adult Health Internship Program.

The former provides career counselling and financial supports to eligible Manitobans seeking post-secondary training in programs for health-care aide, health unit clerk, medical office assistant, pharmacy technician and practical nursing.

The latter offers Indigenous People the opportunity to explore high demand health-care occupations and areas through pre-employment training programs, job-shadowing opportunities, and a paid work practicum.

In a news release, Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade Cliff Cullen says these two programs will help provide training and resources to address immediate and emerging workforce needs in a sector stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon says these investments will ensure the health-care system is amply staffed with a skilled, engaged workforce that is reflective of the province’s population.

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