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Yesterday, YWCA Canberra announced a new and innovative job skills program to train Canberra women to work in local childhood education and care sectors.
Named Educate, Inspire, Excel (EIE), the program will support participants across two years to complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care and then secure a job in their relevant sector.
YWCA Canberra’s Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins says the pandemic has shown just how important these sectors are to Canberra.
“The COVID-19 crisis has clearly demonstrated what we already knew: that this industry is vital to our community and our economy.”
“We will give participants work readiness and on-the-job training, and provide any social, health, housing or wellbeing support they might need through our community services.”
“Upon graduation, participants will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to take their career to the next level.”
While EIE is aimed at young job seekers and mature aged women looking to upskill for a career-change, EIE is open to all woman-identifying people and non-binary people.
“Through this program, we can help young people, older women and the childhood education and care sector, all of whom are among the worst impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” says Ms Crimmins.
“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.”
Applications are now open and students can enrol at any time, with training beginning from September 2020.
For more information see ywca-canberra.org.au/education-training/educate- inspire-excel