HSW & PSW Program

Chatham-Kent Employment & Social Services is working with SE College of Health to deliver a 30 week 'Grow Your Own' Integrated Health Support Worker (HSW) - Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Program, in partnership with local partners at the City of Windsor and the County of Lambton.

There is no tuition cost for the student or employer and at no time during the course will the student be without a paycheque.

Employers are provided with immediate staffing and will be able to help address the PSW labour shortage at no cost to their organization!

Information for Participants

Participants will be connected to employers and earn a paycheque right away.

Participants gain skills in:

  • Infection control and prevention
  • Basic homemaking (preparing meals, household tasks)
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting)
  • Respite and companion care
  • Using a mechanical lift
  • Applying compression stockings
  • Assisting with mobility needs and range of motion exercises

Participants will be eligible for employment as PSWs in both community and long-term care.

Participants will receive assistance with health and safety supplies, travel expenses to in-class or placement shifts and loaner laptops if required.

Eligibility and Suitability

Applications will be accepted for participants who meet the following eligibility criteria or until the program reaches capacity:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent and/or Mature Student Status*
  • Able to provide proof of Vulnerable Sector Police Check with no convictions
  • Medically fit to complete the program and work as an HSW/PSW
  • Up-to-date immunization records

* Where applicants do not have an OSSD, Employers may require the successful completion of an English Language Literacy Test before being approved for the training.

In addition, the following are considerations to determine suitability:

  • Demonstrated interest in working as a Health Support Worker and Personal Support Worker
  • Willing and able to commit to the training/placement schedule
  • Comfortable with online learning
  • Willing to enter into a Return of Service Agreement (negotiated with the employer)
  • Reliable child care arrangements
  • Dependable transportation options for the duration of the program and continued employment

Course Details

The 30-week HSW – PSW program includes:

4 weeks of paid HSW training

  • Weeks 1-3 are completed online from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily
  • Week 4 is completed on-site at your place of employment

26 weeks of PSW training with paid employment shifts offered outside of training hours (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

  • Weeks 1-16 include 320 hours of online training, running from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with opportunities to work outside of those hours.
  • Weeks 17-19 include 75 hours of in-person training running from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Weeks 20-26 include a Long Term Care practicum of 19 shifts, scheduled from Monday - Thursday, scheduled from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm depending on the Long Term Care facility.
  • Weeks 27-30 include 80 hours of community practicum. Students can be given credit for up to 60 of these hours for working as an HSW.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will continue with paid employment!

Benefits Available for Participants:

Participants are eligible to be reimbursed for Health and Safety related supplies as well as travel expenses.

Funds for expenses will not be issued in advance. To be eligible, participants must:

  • Complete the Training Support Request Form
  • Submit the request no later than 10 days following the end of the program
  • Provide receipts for all items requested, except for mileage reimbursement

Health and Safety Related Supplies

Participants may be reimbursed for the following Health and Safety Related Supplies:

  • Non-slip work shoes – up to a maximum of $150.00
  • Trade specific PPE not provided by the employer – up to a maximum of $100.00

Travel Expenses

Participants may be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend lab, Long Term Care placement, or community placement. 

  • Reimbursement is based on actual distance at $0.25/km up to a maximum of $10 per trip, and a maximum expenditure of $480 per participant

How to Apply

Apply through an employer on the HSW & PSW Employer List. This list is updated weekly.

Program locations and dates:


  • Start date: May 31, 2021  |  End date: January 7, 2022
  • Start date: July 26, 2021  |  End date: March 4, 2022
  • Start date: September 7, 2021  |  End date: March 31, 2022


  • Start date: May 31, 2021  |  End date: January 7, 2022
  • Start date: July 26, 2021  |  End date: March 4, 2022
  • Start date: September 7, 2021  |  End date: March 31, 2022


  • Start date: June 21, 2021  |  End date: January 28, 2022
  • Start date: August 16, 2021  |  End date: March 24, 2022
  • Start date: September 7, 2021  |  End date: March 31, 2022


  • Start date: June 28, 2021  |  End date: February 4, 2022
  • Start date: August 23, 2021  |  End date: March 31, 2022
  • Start date: September 7, 2021  |  End date: March 31, 2022

Information for Employers

Employers will:

  • Hire an individual through your recruitment process.
  • Provide the time for them to participate in the HSW and PSW portion of the program.
  • Pay wages for the HSW portion of the program.
  • Provide paid hours for the participant during the PSW portion of the program as an HSW.

Financial Assistance for Employers

  • The costs of the HSW-PSW program are 100% covered through partnership funding from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
  • A wage subsidy of 30% of wages up to $3,000 is available to cover wage expenses. This increases to $4,500 for any hires via Ontario Works.

SE College of Health has previously collaborated with 17 partners to deliver 26 HSW/PSW programs across Ontario. They have graduated 118 PSWs with an 84% retention rate at one-year post-graduation!

How do I get more information?

For information about the SE Career College Curriculum, contact Kim Utley with SE Health at 519-819-1243 or email KimUtley@sehc.com.

To participate as a student, please apply through any of the sponsoring employer organizations.

To participate as an employer, please contact Jessica Williams at 519-351-1228 x 2257 or email HSW-PSW@chatham-kent.ca

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Ce programme Emploi Ontario est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement de l'Ontario