Mohawk College is launching a new provincial pilot project to deliver foundational training for correctional officer recruits.
Beginning Tuesday (Mar. 9), the new project will involve an 18-month virtual training program providing instruction on foundational training subjects, such as human rights, communication, de-escalation, mental health, and anti-racism issues.
“Mohawk College has significant experience in the successful delivery of accessible, rapid skills training across a number of sectors and throughout a number of jurisdictions,” said Alison Horton, Mohawk College Vice President, Academic.
“We are eager to support the Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre to provide new recruits across the province with foundational skills training that will assist them in dealing with sensitive and complex situations in their work. This pilot project represents an opportunity to help public safety employees gain important professional development skills that can serve them well as they pursue their challenging careers.”
Mohawk College designed a remote, virtual learning environment to present the ministry’s training curriculum to people across the province.
“As the instruction of these courses is being delivered virtually, the program can help to reduce both financial and geographic barriers to recruitment and employment and makes it more accessible for participants across the province, including Northern Ontario,” said Mohawk College in its official announcement.
The project is a collaboration between Mohawk College, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, and The Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre.
“Our government continues to make progress on our commitment to hire more staff, increase access to training and strengthen Ontario’s correctional system,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
“Leveraging Mohawk College’s expertise in curriculum design and virtual learning, alongside the ministry’s strength in experiential, skills-based training will help increase access to participation and encourage more people to consider a career that contributes to the safety and well-being of our communities.”