Cornerstone is an 8-week training program designed to give learners the foundational skills and training to enter the field of health and human services as support workers with people with disabilities or seniors.

Learners receive an extensive menu of industry-recognized training certifications. They then have the opportunity to complete a job placement with an employer with a chance to prove themselves and ultimately find paid employment.

The training includes the seven core competencies which are the minimum requirement for work in residential settings for people with disabilities; specific workshops for people working with elders in their homes; as well as workshops to help participants to learn more about themselves as future employees in this field.

VCLA works with a number of partners to make Cornerstone successful. Nova Scotia Community College is a key partner that helps to locate certified trainers through their Business Development Division. A number of other organizations also partner with VCLA to deliver training including the Canadian Mental Health Association, GP Safety Consulting and Peopleworx.

Job-specific workshops offered in Cornerstone include: Food Handler Certification, Fire & Life Safety, Medication Awareness, Health & Personal Care, Individual Program Planning, Basic Cooking, Intergenerational Knowledge, Palliative Care, Alzheimer & Dementia Care, Document Use for the Helping Professions, Mental Health First Aid, Conflict Resolution (MANDT), Non-Aversive Behavioural Change, Compassion Fatigue and Caregiver Stress Management, Excellence in Client Care, MSD Awareness & Prevention, Preventing Falls from Slips & Trips, Lifts and Transfers, Basic Housekeeping Skills, Tools for Handling Tough Conversations, Elder Empathy, Foot Care for Seniors, and Person-Centred Care.