Program to create more early childhood workers

A NEW partnership between The Gordon TAFE and the State Government will provide more training opportunities for the future early childhood education and care workforce in Geelong and beyond.

The $2.9 million investment from the state government will recruit and train 140 workers in Geelong and Wyndham through the Gordon TAFE in conjunction with industry stakeholders.

The Building Careers Through Smart Skilling project will provide training, an industry “try before you buy” program, mentorships and other holistic supports, which will provide local job seekers with pathways to TAFE courses and career opportunities significant while responding to skill demands.

In addition to childcare and care, the Building Careers Through Smart Skilling project will provide opportunities for Victorians looking to enter the aged care, disability, hospitality, tourism, catering and residential services. ‘accommodation.

“Our intensive learning program focuses on upskilling and cross-training the existing workforce while encouraging new workers from our refugee, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and Indigenous populations, women and youth to retrain,” said project leader Gordon Building Careers Through Smart Skilling. said Megan Hortle.

Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney and Geelong MP Christine Couzens visited Happy Hippo Kindergarten and Childcare in Lovely Banks last Thursday to make the announcement.

“TAFE is not just the engine room of the childcare sector, but of industries across the state – it provides great opportunities for job seekers and sets Victoria up with the skilled workers we need. now and in the future,” Ms. Tierney said.

The new training project supports the state government’s $9 billion commitment to early childhood education and care, which includes initiatives to make kindergarten free, provide a new year universal pre-preparatory school for 4-year-olds and to establish 50 government-run child care centres.

Victorian TAFE and the state government’s free TAFE initiative are already supplying more skilled workers, with early childhood education and care course enrollment more than doubling since they were added to the roster, meeting demand of the state government’s free three-year Kinder initiative.

Labor says it has made a record $3.5 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education since 2014.

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