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A launching pad into a career in child care.



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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 16 March, 2007

Media Release

A launching pad into a career in child care

A group of 100 people including parents, mature age and young people from Dandenong, Pakenham,

Frankston and Traralgon are participating in a specially designed programme to help place them into jobs in

the child care sector.

“The project has received $88,000 in Australian Government funding to help address labour shortages in the

childcare sector by providing a pool of skilled job seekers who have received classroom based and on-the-job

training,” Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said.

In February five groups started their Certificate III in Children’s Services, including two in Dandenong, one in

Pakenham, one in Frankston and one in Traralgon. The group consisting of parents, mature aged and youth

will undertake work experience in long day care, occasional care, out of school hours care, kindergartens and

pre-schools.

“Lady Gowrie Child Centre and employers are working closely together to tailor the training to meet the skill

demand of the child care sector,” Minister Stone said.

“An important feature of this project is that each job seeker will be assigned an employment adviser who will

organise a work placement, mentor the participant and help them to find work at the end of the training.

“The project has a high level of support from employers who will host participants during a work placement so

that they can develop the skills they need to move readily into employment upon completing the course.

“This project can be seen as a model of best practice that should be emulated around Australia.

“Flexible working arrangements within the child care industry make it ideal for parents and mature aged job

seekers.

“The opportunity to develop strong employer-employee relationship gives people in the Launch Pad project a

real chance at finding sustainable employment in this growing industry,” Minister Stone said.

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207