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The region’s early childhood sector can soon expect a significant workforce boost thanks to the NSW Government’s commitment of providing 25,000 fee-free training places to bolster the pipeline of skilled and job-ready workers for the early learning and care sector.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Government’s fee-free training courses had proven a success for the hospitality sector and was confident that the same results would be achieved by removing barriers to accessing quality vocational education and training in the early childhood sector.

“We are building a stronger early childhood sector, allowing parents to get back to work sooner and giving families the leg-up they need to thrive,” Mr Anderson said.

“There has never been a better time to upskill and start a new career and I know our community will look forward to welcoming more teachers and carers in the local early education sector.”

A wide range of full and part qualifications are 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.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the last year more than 11,000 people undertook early childhood education training, supporting the sustainable pipeline of educators and teachers for tomorrow.

“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.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government’s revolutionary Early Years Commitment will create jobs growth and opportunities for people to explore a career in early childhood education.

“Our investment in early learning will transform the education system, create jobs and secure a brighter future for NSW families,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Parents know the value of a high quality and reliable early childhood service for their child’s future, and this government is leading the country in delivering that for all NSW families.”

More information about courses and eligibility is available online.

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