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YWCA Canberra job skills programme set to train early childhood educators

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YWCA Canberra's new skills programme is set to train individuals vying for roles in the early childhood education and care sector.


By U2B Staff 

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YWCA Canberra has launched a new programme to train Australians for roles in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) field.

The new and innovative Educate, Inspire, Excel (EIE) programme is designed to train individuals seeking work opportunities in ECEC roles.

EIE is funded through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program, an ACT Government initiative.

The programme expects to train more than 100 people to fill vacant roles in the (ECEC) sector based in Canberra.

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.

Upon completion, participants will work in one of YWCA Canberra’s six early childhood education and care services or 15 school-age care programmes where possible.

Participants may also have an opportunity to secure employment with YWCA Canberra’s partner organisations and other ACT providers of children’s services.

Young people, mature women, individuals who identify as women, and non-binary individuals will have a priority to enrol for the programme.

YWCA Canberra Chief Executive Officer, Frances Crimmins said, this programme will enable the non-profit organisation to young people, older women and the ECEC sector, all of whom are among the worst impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“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,” Crimmins added.

Programme participants will have access to a Vocational Support Officer and a Community Development Officer for EIE. This will ensure that participants will experience learning in a safe environment, with sufficient social and emotional support.

Participants accepted into the programme will have the option to undergo work readiness training: The work readiness training will include a practical and interactive pathways workshop to learn about the role of educators and long-term career options.

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Participants enrolled in the programme can expect classes of groups of 12 or with a fewer number of students.

Given the small class size, participants can benefit from ample face-to-face time with YWCA trainers.

This will enable participants and trainers to build personal relationships to facilitate positive learning outcomes.

Additionally, the work readiness training will improve the participants’ ability to prepare their resumes and cover letter as well as boost their interview skills.

The overall objective of the work readiness training is to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and understanding that underpin successful employment in the children’s services sector.

Through the programme, participants can expect to receive assistance with language, literacy, and numeracy skills through three-hour weekly group tutoring sessions in addition to the funded training classes.

Participants will also receive one-on-one support to assist with completing assessments as well as have access to confidential outreach therapeutic and financial counseling services.

In addition to this, participants will be given referrals for emergency food relief services, youth support programs, and housing support services and will be linked with workplaces so they can begin their traineeships if needed.