Fanshawe’s Simcoe campus to provide free training for long-term-care jobs

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Long-term-care and retirement homes are hiring, and a new program out of Fanshawe College’s Simcoe campus aims to put graduates to work.

Fanshawe is offering students 12 weeks of free online training followed by a two-week paid co-op at retirement homes in Norfolk, Haldimand, Brant and Hamilton.

The hospitality-focused program, funded by SkillsAdvance Ontario, will impart skills needed to work entry-level jobs in the kitchen or dining room of long-term-care facilities.

Participants will leave the program with certificates in health and safety, food handling, first aid and customer service. Fanshawe staff will help graduates with their job search so they can quickly enter the workforce.

Further financial support is available to help with expenses such as transportation and child care.

“We look forward to the opportunity to unlock the potential of the communities we serve by developing a pool of job-ready, skilled workers and connecting them with employer partners in the retirement and long-term-care sector,” said Krista Zilkey, manager of continuing education and training services at Fanshawe’s Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus.

To learn more or register for an upcoming 12-week course (start dates are Feb. 22, May 10 and June 28), visit or call Fanshawe at 519-428-1135 x 0.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator