Early childhood education recruitment prioritised


Residents in Wyndham will have boosted TAFE training opportunities for early childhood education and care workforce, the state government has announced.

Training and skills minister Gayle Tierney on Thursday, June 30, announced a $2.9 million investment to recruit and train 140 workers in Wyndham and Geelong, through a collaboration with The Gordon TAFE and industry stakeholders.

The Building Careers Through Smart Skilling project will deliver training, an industry ‘try-before-you-buy’ program, mentorships and other wraparound supports that will provide local jobseekers with pathways into TAFE courses and meaningful career opportunities.

“Our littlest Victorians deserve the best start in life – which is why we’ve made a joint commitment with the New South Wales Government to embark on the greatest transformation of early childhood education in a generation,” early childhood minister Ingrid Stitt said.

Quote attributable to The Gordon Building Careers Through Smart Skilling Project Manager Megan Hortle

“Our intensive learning program focuses on upskilling and cross-skilling the existing workforce while encouraging new workers from our refugee, CALD and Indigenous populations, women and youth to reskill.”

The state government’s free TAFE initiative is providing a pipeline of skilled workers, with enrolments in Early Childhood Education and Care courses more than doubling since they were added to the list.