Medical lab assistant training opens doors to in-demand jobs

AS many as 15 eligible participants will receive skills training to prepare them for jobs as medical laboratory assistants in the Lower Mainland through a new Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project funded by the ministry.

“For newcomers and youth, this training can lead to great jobs in great demand,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, said on Monday. “Increasing the number of qualified medical lab assistants also means more British Columbians will get the services they count on.”

Self Rise Training Society is receiving more than $350,000 for the training program that will take place at Cambria College.

“We are grateful that this funding will provide opportunities for people in the local community to train for jobs in clinical and hospital settings,” said Sebastian Saboori, Executive Director, Self Rise Training Society. “We’re working with Cambria College to prepare graduates for rewarding medical laboratory careers in the province.”

Participants will receive 35 weeks of in-class and practical learning exercises to train for the certification including: introduction to medical terminology, laboratory microbiology and clinical chemistry courses, four weeks of on-the-job experience with local employers, one week of job search support and one week of follow up support to prepare participants for employment.

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, said: “Our government remains committed to strengthening our health-care workforce by investing in training opportunities for people looking to pursue a rewarding career in health care. This training project will help bring much-needed medical laboratory assistants to the Lower Mainland ensuring that people in B.C. can access the health care they need, when they need it.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about this or other CEP projects can contact their local WorkBC centre.


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