Exciting Changes are Coming to Basic Skills Training
11 Mar 2019
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by Lori Morphy, SARC Trainer/Resource Developer

For more than 15 years, SARC has offered Basic Skills Training (BST) to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) working in the disability services sector. This in-house training provides DSPs with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to promote choice, independence, and quality of life for the people they support.

Upon completion of BST, graduates earn course credits toward the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Disability Support Worker (DSW) certificate program and can continue their education through that program to learn more about this exciting career of supporting people experiencing disability.

As services for people experiencing disability have evolved, so too have requirements of the training. Because of this, we have identified a need to evolve BST to better suit the learning needs of employees in the disability services sector, making it more interactive and reflective of current practices. We’re also excited to let you know that we’re changing the program’s name – BST will now be known as Stride. When choosing to complete Stride, DSPs are taking a purposeful step forward in their professions by advancing their knowledge and skills and starting on their path as experts in this sector.

As with BST, Stride will continue to provide fundamental knowledge and a uniquely blended learning approach. You can still expect the same:

  • Fundamental knowledge that is relevant to the role of a DSP
  • Support and mentorship of an in-house Stride Trainer
  • Peer-based learning sessions guided by an in-house Stride Trainer
  • ’Hands-on’ application and demonstration of knowledge and skills
  • Course credits towards Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Disability Support Worker (DSW) Certificate program

Additionally, you can expect these great new features:

  • Updated content delivered through an engaging and interactive online format
  • Additional learning exercises and self-reflection activities
  • New videos and resources

Please note: You can still register Learners in BST until May 20, 2019 for a start date of June 1, 2019. After May 20, 2019, no new Learners will be registered until the new program launches in the fall.

Anyone currently completing BST will still qualify for Saskatchewan Polytechnic DSW credits, and will still receive the same great learning support while completing BST.

If your organization currently offers BST, you will receive more information about the transition to Stride very soon.

Stride officially launches this fall, so stay tuned and check out SARC Learning Central for updates on the program!

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