Early Childhood Workforce Expo in Colac a big success
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Early Childhood Workforce Expo in Colac a big success

by Freya Lucas

August 15, 2023

The Victorian Department of Education, supported by the Colac Otway Shire Council, recently hosted a successful Early Childhood Workforce Expo in Colac which showcased the amazing opportunities to be found when pursuing a career in early childhood education and care (ECEC). 


As well as showing attendees their options when working in ECEC, the expo gave representatives from the Victorian Government the opportunity to highlight all the incentives available to people considering work in the kindergarten sector in rural and regional areas of Victoria.


As well as the Government and representatives from the Council, the expo had representatives from registered training organisations (RTOs), Victoria University, Practical Outcomes and Gordon TAFE with ECEC service providers giving community members to find out more about early childhood career opportunities.


“We were really pleased with how well attended the event was, it was great to provide our community with the opportunity to learn more about early childhood career pathways, all in the one place,” said the Council’s Manager Connected Communities Tamzin McLennan.


“The early childhood sector is a rapidly-changing space. Local providers are working towards implementing 30 hours of free four-year-old kindergarten in 2027 in the Colac Otway Shire, and we know that there is extremely high demand for childcare (sic.) in our area,” she continued.


“We’re very grateful to the Department of Education for bringing the expo to our shire, and we hope that it has encouraged more people to consider a career in early childhood.”


Ms McLennan said the Council would continue to work with the Department of Education to build the expo.


“We’re already working with the Department to consider how we can widen the scope of a future expo to encourage secondary students along with interested community members to consider early childhood as a potential career.”


For more information on ECEC employment opportunities or further education initiatives please contact the Department of Education’s Early Childhood Improvement Division via email to [email protected] 

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