Courtney has started full-time work as a nanny and is planning her career in the industry after taking part in the Get Into Childcare program with local service provider Hessel Group.

Courtney has always wanted to work with children, but the financial burden of studying meant it was not an option for her. Instead, she has been working in casual retail positions since leaving school and was unemployed for a number of months before being offered a position in the Get Into program.

“I didn’t have the money to put myself through a child care course so when I was asked if I wanted to join the Program I jumped at the opportunity,” she said.

“The six week course was really thorough and engaging and although I didn’t always enjoy the theory aspect, I can now see how relevant it is in the workplace.

“I am enrolled to start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in April also with Hessel Group, and I am excited about the career options I now have for the future.

“If I didn’t take part in the Get Into program I would still be applying for various jobs that I had no interest in,” Courtney said.

The Get Into Child Care program is run in collaboration with SYC, Prince’s Trust and Hessel Group and provides sector specific skills to upskill young jobseekers wanting a career in child care and to enhance their employment options.

Hessel’s Founder and CEO Tanya Cole is excited to be involved in the project and the employment opportunities it has created for their organisation.

“We are thrilled to be involved in a program which supports young Australians to increase their employability skills and also have the opportunity to gain employment with us and in the broader sector.

“Get Into has provided Hessel Group with an additional avenue to source trained, sector interested employees,” she said.

SYC and Princes Trust have partnered with other Australian organisations to deliver the Get Into programs in; aged care, social care, traffic management and retail and the partnerships have seen great employment opportunities for many young job seekers.