Joining with the host of TV9 Telugu Live, Shelia Nunn – Director of Business and Partnership of East Coast International College (a subsidiary of Oxford International Education Group), and Mohit Gambir – Managing Director at Oxford International Education Services talking about Continuing Care Assistant Program and the opportunities for students to work and study in Canada.
In case you missed the interview, we have listed the key takeaways here.
1. Why choose Halifax?
“Since Nova Scotia needs new immigrants, and through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, International Graduates in Demand stream, students are eligible to stay and work after graduation”- Mohit said
Halifax is a Canadian hidden gem. The city is surrounded by four major bodies of water – the Gulf on Saint Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy, the Gulf of Maine, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very friendly, vibrant, and safe city, as students come here, they immediately feel like home.
2. What is Continuing Care Assistance Program?
It’s a healthcare position and people who become CCAs are working with seniors and other vulnerable people to help them with their daily living activities. You will help your clients with mobility, personal care, assisting with their meals, medication monitoring, or just anything to help them through their day.
East Coast International College offers a 40-week certificate, allowing you to earn the skills and knowledge that require to succeed as a CCA. From communication to professional care practices, you will learn the practical skills necessary to provide care safely and effectively to the individual. The program also included a guaranteed coop, allowing you to directly gain experience from the industry.
3. Why CCA program is such a good opportunity?
The number of Canadians over the age of 75 is expected to double in the next 20 years, resulting in a surge in the need for Continuing Care Assistants. Besides, the Nova Scotia government has announced a multi-million-dollar commitment to help retain and attract more healthcare professionals to assist seniors, which will result in more job prospects for new graduates.
Mohit was enthusiastic about the opportunity to settle in Canada for CCA graduated students: “After graduation, graduates are eligible for CCA employment and immigration pathway through the Nova Scotia International Graduates in Demand stream.”
4. Do students need any experience to apply for this?
Not really. If students have the experience that beneficial. Mohit also explained: “I believe somebody has experience in care work that would be beneficial and put additional weight to the application because ultimately, we want a successful visa for students to come through, but it’s not a mandatory requirement”.
5. Can students work while studying?
International students enroll in this program are eligible to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week while studying full-time
6. Coop program
One of the important pieces about this program is the coop placements. There are 2 coop components in the CCA program. Sheila reiterated the importance of coops, she said: “Those are super important for them to develop the skills that they are learning and to create contacts and networks within the place that they are working because this is going to help them get an offer of employment as well.”
Learn more about the Continuing Care Assistant Program here.
If you’re curious, you can still watch Sheila Nunn talking about life in Nova Scotia, what you’ll learn in the program, and some of the opportunities open to you after you graduate here.