Nova Scotia

Province squashes child care hiring rumour

Some youth and child care workers in Nova Scotia are concerned after word spread the government won't honour their private college certifications.

Some youth and child care workers in Nova Scotia are concerned after word spread the government won't honour their private college certifications.

One government department said Friday those graduates can rest easy.

Many of the workers are employed in group homes and other youth facilities operated by the province.

For this type of work, they receive their education at NSCC, in university or at a private college.

It's those who were educated at private facilities that are worried.

Some of those graduates have told CBC they've heard the government has decided they will no longer hire private college graduates.

At the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services they're trying to figure out where the rumour started.

They say there is a standard that says only NSCC or university grads can hold certain positions, but it's been in place for 11 years.

"Those are positions that are working with very troubled youth who have come from very difficult backgrounds and require staff who are exceptionally skilled," said Janet Nearing, Manager of Adoption and Children in Care for Children and Family Services.

"For those jobs only, the private career college recent grads would not be considered qualified."

She said as graduates gain more experience, they may be considered for those jobs down the road.

Nearing said that's only about four per cent of the jobs offered by her department and the remaining 96 per cent of positions are entry level and still open to private college grads.

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