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Earn as You Learn, Personal Support Worker

Become a Personal Support Worker for free, have the opportunity to work in a Healthcare facility while learning, and have a job ready at the end of the training!

The Earn As You Learn, Personal Support Worker (PSW) program provides eligible participants in the Ottawa area the opportunity to train for a new career as a PSW.  This program is in collaboration with Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Services, Private Career Colleges, Literacy and Basic Skills, and Healthcare employers.

Program Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, underemployed or working less than 20 hours per week OR;

  • Employed with a family household falls below the Low Income Cut Off chart

  • Over the age of 18

  • Not currently enrolled in any other education or training

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

You may be suitable for the program if you are…

  • Interested in a career as a Personal Support Worker

  • Available to commit to up to 26 weeks of full time training


Once accepted into the program, participants will start their full-time training to become a Personal Support Worker. This training is up to 26 weeks in length, starting 1 week of  Soft Skills Solutions©, being facilitated by the Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network. Participants will then go on to complete their PSW training with either triOS College or Willis College.

The in-class portion of the training will be delivered virtually whereas the lab component will be facilitated either in a classroom setting or on-site at a healthcare facility. Participants will also complete a practicum in a healthcare facility

Earn As You Learn

Throughout the training, you will have the opportunity to work part-time with a healthcare employer as either a Residential Care Attendant or a Home Support Worker*. This will allow you to earn an income while in school, and become familiar with the healthcare industry.

*Part-time positions as an RCA or HSW are dependent on positions available at the time, and participants’ availability for work


After graduation, participants will have the opportunity to work at 1 of 4 healthcare employers as a certified Personal Support Worker. PQES Employment Counsellors will be available for up to 1 year after graduation to help you integrate into the workforce and help you overcome any bumps along the road.

Learn More

Phone: 613-288-3880


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