Aboriginal women targeted for course

ABORIGINAL women seeking a career in childcare are being targeted for a new course to run in Kyogle.

The course was launched yesterday and will run from March to August. It is free.

The course is organised by the Alstonville Ballina Community College in association with Kyogle Council and the Kyogle Local Reconciliation Group and will deliver a suite of units leading to the nationally accredited Certificate III qualification in children's services.

"With an increasing need for qualified workers in the childcare industry this project has come along at just the right time," the college's Phillip Reed said. "The course is designed to provide young Aboriginal women with skills and confidence that will get them closer to a career in childcare."

Community development officer with the council Nicola Mercer said the course sought to build community capacity.

"(The course is an) exciting and innovative learning incentive enabling Aboriginal women to participate in a pathway to new career opportunities, skills building and leadership," she said. The course is named "Jojon Jarjum", which means "country kids" and is funded by the ANZ bank.

For inquiries or to enrol phone Nicola Mercer on 6632 2473.

Topics:  kyogle council

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