How Employers Can BEGIN
The Bridging Educational Grant in Nursing (BEGIN) program is a partnership between WeRPN and the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care. BEGIN is designed to improve nurse recruitment and retention, providing nurses with meaningful career opportunities in the Long-Term Care (LTC) and Home and Community Care (HCC) sectors.
What is BEGIN?
BEGIN provides tuition reimbursement grants to eligible students enrolled in accredited PSW-RPN, RPN-RN, and PSW-RN programs, eliminating the financial barriers for them to expand their nursing careers and invest in their futures. Students may enroll in an eligible nursing program on a full-time or part-time basis, providing them with the flexibility to continue their employment.
BEGIN supports Ontario’s LTC and HCC Sectors
BEGIN is designed to help PSWs and RPNs expand their careers and connect them with employment opportunities in Long-Term Care and Home and Community Care. Students who have received BEGIN tuition reimbursement grants commit to working in Ontario’s LTC or HCC sectors after their program is complete. Upon graduation, BEGIN participants will fulfill a contractual employment commitment (Return of Service), working one year for every year they’ve received funding. New graduates are provided with resources and education to support the transition to practice.
How BEGIN Benefits Your Workplace
- Foster career growth and educational development
- Expand your team’s knowledge and skills
- Tap into a dedicated pool of candidates committed to working in your sector
- Support recruitment and retention efforts
How Can I Hire Through BEGIN?
Create a FREE account to start posting your job openings to the BEGIN job board. Your job openings will be shared directly with candidates who have committed to finding employment in Long-Term Care or Home and Community Care upon graduation. The BEGIN job portal is only open to employers, not staffing agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Employers will have access to a pool of eager graduates who have committed to working in either the Long-Term Care or Home and Community Care sectors. Through their participation in the program, these prospective employees also have access to WeRPN resources to support them on their journey in nursing including a New Graduate workshop and mentorship program.
Additionally, BEGIN helps foster career growth and educational development, expand your team’s knowledge and skills, and supports overall recruitment and retention efforts.
Absolutely. BEGIN participants may enroll in an eligible nursing program on a full-time or part-time basis, providing them with the flexibility to continue their employment. BEGIN participants must be on track to graduate from their program by the program end date of March 31, 2026.
The employer reference is a quick and easy online reference sent via email to a former or current employer, of a BEGIN applicant. The reference will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Upon graduation, students commit to one year of employment in the LTC or HCC sector in Ontario for every year they receive funding (up to three years). For example, if a student received two years of funding, they would commit to two years of employment. For years in which they receive funding for a portion of that year, they will be required to complete a full year of employment post-graduation (Return of Service).
1 Year after program completion.
The BEGIN team and employee will communicate the start and completion date for the Return of Service.
If they are unable to complete their Return of Service in an Ontario Long-Term Care or Home and Community Care employer, the individual will be required to repay the tuition grant plus any interest accrued to WeRPN.
No. The BEGIN program is specifically aimed at supporting recruitment and retention in LTC and HCC. As part of this program, students must commit to working in these sectors to obtain their tuition reimbursement.
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