26 September 2023

Aspiring educators to train for free

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Workers considering a career change could soon be able to re-train for free with the State committing 25,000 fee-free training places in a move to bolster the workforce for early learning.

Announced by the Minister for Skills and Training, Alister Henskens and Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, eligibility for the fee-free training is not restricted to people working in the early childhood education and care sector or who have previous learning industry experience.

“The fee-free courses will help people upskill and boost budgets by removing barriers to accessing quality vocational education and training,” Mr Henskens said

“This investment in fee-free courses enables you to get a job in an incredibly rewarding industry, study for free and earn while you learn,” he said.

“People who are already working in the industry can also upskill if they enrol in courses this year and bolster their qualifications so they can take on new roles as early learning educators.”

Mr Henskens said a wide range of full- and part-time qualifications were available, including Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

“These courses provide pathways to employment including early childhood educator and educator in before and after school care programs,” he said.

Ms Mitchell said the commitment would create jobs growth and opportunities for people to explore a career in early childhood education.

She said the new fee-free training places aimed to bolster the pipeline of skilled and job-ready workers for the early learning and care sector.

Further information on the fee-free courses can be accessed at this PS News link.

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