Learn more about stages involved in training and onboarding, working as a health care support worker and becoming a health care assistant.
The Health Career Access Program is a paid work and training initiative for individuals seeking an entry point to employment in health care. New hires will start as a health care support worker providing non-direct care within the emergency room and receive paid training to become a health care assistant upon successful completion of the program.
The Health Career Access Program happens in three stages:
- Stage one: Join the program as a health care support worker.
- Stage two: Complete basic workplace training and onboarding while working in an emergency room.
- Stage three: Complete post-secondary training to become a health care assistant, then work as a health care assistant to complete your Return of Service agreement.
It will take approximately 12 months to complete the training portion of the HCAP program. Upon graduation, a year of work within Fraser Health as a health care assistant resolves the Return of Service requirement.
You will be paid $23.83 per hour when you are working as a Health care support worker. When you attend school, you are paid a stipend of $893.63 per week if you are studying full-time and the amount is pro-rated if you are studying part-time. (current as of April 2023)
Obligations as a participant of the Health Care Access Program:
- Complete all pre-requisites for post-secondary institutions, including Food Safe and CPR during their workplace training period.
- Start post-secondary training as assigned.
- Work with their employer during non-educational days (up to 37.5 hrs/week) and during school breaks.
- Participate in clinical placements.
- Complete post-secondary training in the health care assistant program.
- Register with B.C. Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry to formally become a health care assistant.
- Apply for postings, provide proof of registry as a health care assistant and complete 12 months of work as a health care assistant within Fraser Health to fulfill the Return of Service agreement.