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Filling Kelowna’s child-care labour gap

Posted January 30, 2017, by Sprott Shaw College. Tags: , ,

The Sprott Shaw College Kelowna campus is proud to work with the YMCA of Okanagan who has received funding from the Provincial Government to put up to 12 people through 23 weeks of classroom and on-the-job Early Childhood Education training in partnership with the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club. Once complete, they will be educated as early childhood educator assistants and once certified, will be eligible to work as an assistant with children aged 12 years and under.

Throughout the project, participants are trained to work with children by learning proper communication skills and health, safety and nutritional knowledge, as well as risk management practices. They also learn career and job search skills to go along with training in theories of care and child-care centre operations before beginning a six-week job placement to put their new skills to work. Two weeks of follow-up support then gives participants guidance in finding full-time work in the ECE industry.

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