YWCA Canberra job skills program will support those wanting to work in ECEC
YWCA Canberra has launched a new program this morning which aims to train people to work in early childhood education and care (ECEC) roles. As well as providing vocational training, participants will be supported to address any social, health, housing or wellbeing barriers which impact on their capacity to work.
The program, known as Educate, Inspire, Excel will train 100 people over the next two years to work in Canberra’s ECEC sector, with priority for the program being given to young people and mature age women, including woman-identifying people, and non-binary people.
Upon commencement, participants will have the option of undertaking work readiness training to ensure they are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin successful employment in the children’s services sector.
Participants will also be provided with additional support strategies as required, including:
- assistance with language, literacy and numeracy skills through three-hour weekly group tutoring sessions in addition to the funded training classes;
- one-on-one support to assist with completing assessments (by appointment or on the job);
- confidential outreach counselling services (therapeutic and financial counselling); and,
- referrals for emergency food relief services, youth support programs and housing support services.
Where needed, participants will be linked with workplaces so they can begin their traineeships.
Classes will be delivered in small groups of 12 or fewer to ensure participants have ample face-to-face time with YWCA trainers, in order to build personal relationships with the group to facilitate positive learning outcomes.
Over two years, YWCA Canberra will support participants to secure a job in children’s services and complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care.
“Through this program, we can help young people, older women and the ECEC sector, all of whom are among the worst impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” YWCA Canberra Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins said.
Training will begin in September 2020, with enrolments now open. Enrolments in the program will be accepted on a continuous intake basis.
“With a range of partner agencies across Canberra already on board, we are excited to help Canberrans, especially young people and mature age women, take the first step in their childhood education and care careers,” Ms Crimmins said.
More information is available here.