Up to $5,000 per year for successful applicants
AMHERST ‚Äď Cumberland County students who have chosen to pursue a career in health care have until Friday, May 23 to apply for a 2014 bursary from the Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program.
A joint undertaking of the Cumberland Health Authority and its five partner health care foundations, the bursary program has proven to be a very successful way to bring local young people back to the area to live and work.
CEO Bruce Quigley said the CHA is delighted with the results to date.
‚ÄúOnce this year‚Äôs graduates join the staff, we will have a total of thirty-three current employees who have participated in the program. Much of this success can be attributed to the vision and support of our foundation partners,‚ÄĚ Quigley said.
The bursary program was designed to assist the CHA in addressing projected human resource shortages in various health care professions. The program is only open to Cumberland County students and preference is given to those enrolled in programs of study where there is an anticipated staffing need at the time of their graduation.
Successful applicants receive a bursary of up to $5,000 per year to support their studies. Students must sign a contract with the health authority for a ‚Äúreturn for service‚ÄĚ upon graduation equal to the number of years for which they receive a bursary.
This means that if a student receives a bursary for four years of study then they are expected to work for the health authority for four years following graduation at a location determined by the health authority.
In addition to being guaranteed a job upon graduation, students are also given the opportunity for summer employment with the health authority.
Quigley noted that the CHA has staffing challenges throughout the district and recipients of this bursary continue to play a very important role in filling these positions.
‚ÄúThe CHA operates facilities in Advocate Harbour, Pugwash, Parrsboro, Springhill and Amherst and this program has proven to be an excellent way for us to address staffing shortages in each of these communities,‚ÄĚ he said.
Application forms and further information on the program are available on-line at www.cha.nshealth.ca and from the CHA‚Äôs Human Resources Department at 667-5400 extension 6237 or the Cumberland Health Authority district offices at 661-1090.
Information will also be available from Cumberland County high school guidance departments. Applications are not limited to high school students and those already in post-secondary health-care related studies are welcome to apply.