An important part of the TLC offering comes from past and present students. Current students and former students are all learning to be or have been caregivers and are encouraged to support and take care of each other. Because TLC accepts new students into the training program at the beginning of each month…in every class and in every house where students live, there will be those who are almost finished as well as those who are just starting and those at every stage in between.
Additionally, usually, several former students, who have already completed all the requirements for temporary foreign workers, some with Open Work Permits or Permanent Residence, are also living in the shared accommdation. These former graduates have come back to live in TLC shared accommodation because it is reasonably priced and comfortable...giving them a chance to get better established in Canada before setting up their own independent households. Naturally these people who have already been through the whole process are an excellent resource for those who are just starting.
This informal support system continues to exist long after students move into the work force and become foreign workers in Canada. Many students form long-term friendships in the school and continue to meet and socialize as part of their work and private lives. Another important part of the student support network is former students coming back to the classroom during class time, as part of the lessons, to share their experiences as caregivers and nannies with current students.