The Thriving Futures program is achieving steady wins in the East Pilbara, with seven candidates filling crucial vacancies at participating Newman early learning centres, enabling the centres to increase their capacities so additional children can attend childcare.
Thriving Futures was established by Child Australia in partnership with BHP in July 2020 in response to the shortage of childcare availability throughout Newman and Port Hedland.
Workforce development in the sector is a complex issue, particularly in the regions, and the program is working to improve outcomes for children by training, recruiting and retaining a quality, sustainable early learning workforce and strengthening professional practices so that children have access to high quality early learning opportunities.
Thriving Futures provides opportunities for both qualified and unqualified candidates to join the early childhood education and care sector. Those employed through Thriving Futures receive ongoing mentoring from our highly qualified professional mentors and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in meaningful employment while gaining confidence and real-world experience to develop their skill sets. Thriving Futures is also able to support candidates with a Certificate III to obtain their Diploma through funded scholarships.
Since inception, Thriving Futures have placed 12 candidates with either part time or full-time employment at early learning centres in Port Hedland and Newman. They currently have seven candidates in Newman and five in Port Hedland.
For those without any previous experience or qualifications, Thriving Futures have established The Academy. The Academy is designed to introduce the candidate to the possibility of a career in early childhood education and care through a free, supportive 12-week immersion program.
Successful completion of The Academy allows candidates to gain funded scholarships to gain a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, ongoing mentoring and meaningful employment. Thriving Futures currently has four candidates who have commenced The Academy program.
Thriving Futures is addressing childcare issues in Newman by recruiting, training and retain a quality, sustainable early learning workforce so that in turn, all children can have access to high quality early learning experiences.
The program is forming strong relationships with key local community and government stakeholders to work together to address the ongoing childcare availability shortages and achieve long-term change.
It has had a positive impact on the Newman community and hopes to continue recruiting, training and retaining a quality, sustainable early learning workforce. Anyone interested in a career in the early years is encourages to contact them today via thrivingfutures.org.au.