Stepping into a career
TAMARA Sivewright's own experience as a young teenage mum has inspired her to set up a course to help other young mums like Samantha Scofield find their way into a qualification and hopefully a new career.
Ms Sivewright has developed "Stepping Stones" a free 40-week Certificate III in Children Services program to help young mums whose education or employment prospects have become more challenging after the birth of their child.
"We wanted to create a format to allow young mums to come back into education and training and not compromise their family and to maintain that balance," she said.
"Through Stepping Stones, they can learn valuable work and study skills while undertaking a qualification.
"It's just one day a week classroom-based but there are also social events each month for girls to get together and hang out with their kids and meet other young mums."
Ms Sivewright says women who have children in their teens to early 20s face more barriers than their more mature counterparts in returning to work.
"We knew there was a demand there and that qualification is relevant to what these young mums are living and what they are doing right now."
For Ms Scofield, 21, it's a timely opportunity to create a better future for herself and her one-year-old son Tyelan.
"I work at the Casino meatworks and I don't want to work there for-ever," Ms Scofield said.
"I want to have a career so my son can look up to me and I want him to have a career as well.
"From my little boy going into day care that really got me interested in how good a job the girls do in day care and I just thought that I'd like to do what they do."
The course is being run through Ace Community College in Lismore. The next course starts on March 5 and a second course will run from April. For more information contact Tamara Sivewright on 6624 7879.
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