It came out last weekend: some recruits of the new cohort of attendants who have just completed accelerated training seem disappointed with the working conditions offered to them. The pay is not as good as expected, the working hours are horrible, the status is precarious. A bit as if 10,000 people all realized at the same time that what the attendants have been denouncing for fifteen years is … real …
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I am sure that I am not the only one among the nurses, attendants, teachers and long-time teachers to rejoice a little, somewhere in my depths, by this collective realization: our jobs are difficult.
Not just on paper, in the chronicles bright de Lagacé, but also in the real world. Our respective employment bodies have been trying to penetrate public opinion for decades: there is a lack of resources, we are left to ourselves, our working conditions lead us directly to burnout.
And yet … we announce a small training, and poof: thousands of registrations in a week. A bit as if each participant thought it would be different for him … After all, he was going to help … we would take care of him, we would support him … It’s not knowing the machine properly. It is also, and above all, to persist in not hearing the calls for help that have been emanating constantly for two decades.
The health and education sectors are unique in that most of the population spends a certain part of their life there. So, I have to say that everyone has, somewhere in him, this certainty that he understands how it works. We “know” what is good for our child. We “know” our body. It is an instinctive phenomenon which gives an impression of competence to a little everyone. Become an attendant? Nurse? Teacher? No problem.
If we had offered accelerated training to build, repair and maintain airliners, I am not sure the project would have been so popular. Aeronautics is a complex field; the consequences of an error can be catastrophic. You can’t afford to hire ill-prepared people. It is obvious.
The same thought should go without saying in the care, education and care of a human being. But no. Instinctively, it seems very simple, within everyone’s reach. So simple that in education, some school service centers have already started recruiting new teachers. As a minimum condition of employment, applicants are required to have completed secondary school. Misery…
Jocelyn Desaulniers, teacher