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CBHSSJB and CSB team up to offer direct to employment vocational training in health sector

02 décembre 2020

With plans to hire over 600 new positions in the next five years, capacity building is a significant focus for Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB). 


Training Beneficiary Attendants to work with Elders

To help more Crees qualify for these roles, the Cree School Board’s Sabtuan Adult Education Services is now offering “direct-to-employment” training programs in partnership with CBHSSJB. Community members in Chisasibi and Waswanipi can now apply for the first program under this partnership, the Beneficiary Attendant training program. 

This program will prepare students to work in their local Elder’s home. Those who take the program will receive a vocational diploma and a local job offer immediately upon graduation. 

For adults interested in a career where they can help others, spend time with Elders, and contribute to their community, the Beneficiary Attendant training program is a unique opportunity. 

Removing barriers to education and training for the Cree workforce

Sabtuan Adult Education Services hopes the way the program is offered allows more people to pursue this career path. “Our data shows us that many Crees want to go back to school, but certain things stand in the way – like concerns about moving south for school or finding a job after graduation,” said Nian Matoush, Director of Adult Education for the Cree School Board. “By offering the programs locally with a direct-to-employment guarantee, we are able to address many of these concerns.” 

In addition, the Cree School Board has launched a new student allowance program to help students care for their families while in school. Allowance amounts are calculated based on a student’s family situation, so they can provide for their children and spouse for the duration of the program. 

Woman helping an elder with arm in sling

Online applications for Beneficiary Attendant program open until December 11

Applications are open now for the Beneficiary Attendant training program (Chisasibi & Waswanipi). The deadline is December 11.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Beneficiary Attendant page of the Eeyou Education website:…

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