Are you thinking of employing an early childhood trainee? Traineeships are a great way for new educators to enter the profession as they study.
We have a chat to Nic, who is currently working at Moreland Community Childcare Centres (MCCCC) while studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Gowrie. The government offers financial incentives and wage subsides to employers of early childhood trainees and, at Gowrie, we can help you manage the recruitment process to ensure you find the right candidates for your service.
Before becoming a trainee, Nic worked in retail for eight years in a managerial role at Dan Murphy’s. When COVID-19 struck, Nic decided he needed a change.
“I’ve actually got an eight-year-old son and I really enjoyed home-schooling him during COVID. After that I applied for the job at Moreland and found out that the training was through Gowrie. I thought it would be a great way to get into early child education.
My son went to Gowrie Broadmeadows Valley, so I had already heard of Gowrie. I was really pleased when I found out the training was through them.”
What has your experience as a trainee been like so far?
“It’s been good. The training is fantastic, and the job is great as well. It’s exciting and different – every day is a new challenge. Because it’s all hands on, coming to class every week and then going back into the workforce makes me feel more equipped to handle all the different challenges that come up.”
What has been your favourite moment as a trainee?
“There are so many! I enjoy coming to class every Thursday because it’s a class with all other trainees – all likeminded individuals all at the same level. You get to see what the other trainees have been up to during the week and ask their opinion on things.”
What aspects of the traineeship would you recommend to others?
“It’s a fantastic industry to get into and a traineeship is probably the best way to start your career, because you learn on the job while getting a qualification. I took a big drop in wages to do the traineeship but it’s entirely worth it.
I love the variety. It’s not repetitive, it’s different, it’s exciting and I am getting paid to do the qualification from Moreland Community Childcare – so it’s great.”
Would your centre benefit from a trainee early childhood educator?
We offer the minimum qualification to work in early childhood; the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, as well as the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.