Comment 26848

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 05, 2008 at 17:19:04

Hi Grassroots,

I took the course in 1997 (well, approximately then). It was partly because of Harris cutting back on healthcare expenditures that I couldn't land an RN gig (I had just about landed a critical care nursing gig when the ward was closed down...)

The career planning assesment was indeed outsourced, to various agencies. Mine was run by Goodwill and my career advisors were very careful not to put people forward for courses they felt they could not complete. Unfortunately other agencies were not so astute.

Ultimately the 'blame' for the course's problems has to lie with the government department tasked with running the program (i.e. the department spending my tax dollars). What is discouraging is that there never seems to be any transparency around programs like this.

I'm not ideallogically opposed to privatizing certain elements of our 'safety net'. I'm sure there are some very well run and ethical organizations out there, but the oversight and transparency needs to be there at the government level. For instance, what were the goals of this program? What was the reporting structure? When there is no effective accountability in an organization inefficiency is rife.

It's a shame that programs like this - properly run programs at least - are not more prevelant because they are sorely needed. I have worked over 10 years in the IT workforce since completing the training and more than paid back the investment.

Thanks for the comments.

Ben

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