Partnering with Industry to Grow the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce

  • New Short Course Piloted to Train Early Childhood Educators Quickly and Effectively
  • McGowan Government and Industry Working Together to Meet Demand for Workers
  • Full-time and part-time provision meets the needs of identified jobseeker cohorts
  • The training is free for job seekers, young people and eligible students
  • The McGowan government is partnering with Western Australia’s early childhood education and care sector to pilot a Job Ready pre-employment scheme, with the aim of attracting and developing more early childhood educators. early childhood for the local workforce.

    The new Job Ready Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program is the latest in a series of new skill sets – developed in conjunction with WA Industries – to provide short, sharp training for job seekers. employment and young people, allowing them to improve or retrain. in industries that need skilled workers.

    It combines a short training and an internship to introduce participants to the work environment of an early childhood educator.

    The entry-level program also includes holistic supports to reduce barriers for participants and guide them through the end of their training.

    The first three cohorts of students started the program through North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville, registered training organization Meerilinga Training College in West Leederville and North Regional TAFE in the Kimberley.

    The program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, to meet the needs of identified cohorts of job seekers. For example, students leaving school in grade 12 in the metropolitan area attend the program full-time for five weeks, while mothers returning to work in the Kimberley region attend part-time for 10 weeks.

    Graduates of the program earn credits towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and are supported to progress to an internship with an employer or undertake further training to become fully qualified early childhood educators .

    The program complements other training and workforce initiatives introduced by the McGowan government to support the sector, including:

    • $1 million in local government grants to help attract and retain child care workers;
    • significantly reduced course fees for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and a range of other care qualifications through the reduced-fee Local Skills Programme; and
    • low-cost existing worker internships for child care workers.

    The ECEC Job Ready program is a unique collaboration between the State Government, North Regional TAFE, Community Skills WA, Broome Local Jobs and local industry. It is implemented as part of an outreach program in Broome CIRCLE, to enable local mothers returning to work to have access to crèches while they complete their training. Participants will also be supported by Nyamba Buru Yawuru, through their sustainable employment program Warrmijala Murrgurlayi (Rise up to Work).

    The Job Ready programs are part of the state government’s $5.5 billion investment in WA’s Recovery Plan initiatives to upskill WA’s workforce and improve job opportunities. employment and training after the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The training is free for job seekers of all ages, young people and eligible students.

    Employers of students transitioning into internships will be able to access state and Australian government wage incentives or subsidies.

    For more information or to register your interest in the programme, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at, call 08 6551 5049 or email email to:[email protected].

    As Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said:

    “The Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready program offers practical support to encourage Western Australians to start or restart their careers as early childhood educators.

    “There has never been a better time to join WA’s early childhood education and care sector, which needs more workers, provides an essential service to West Australians and their families and supports our economy.

    “Like many of the McGowan government’s new training initiatives, this program was designed to break down barriers to training and workforce participation.

    “It will also connect participants with employers and additional training opportunities, helping them prepare for their new careers.”

    As Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said:

    “Early Childhood Education and Care is so important not only for the socialization and upbringing of children, but also to help parents – especially women – get back to work.

    “Strengthening the workforce is key to delivering quality early childhood education and care, and this initiative will help attract more early childhood educators to the sector and support them as they begin their careers. career.

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    Michael A. Bynum