Funding for a new Australian Government initiative to assist parents of young children into work has been awarded to Playford, one of 10 Local Government Areas across Australia to receive it.

Called ParentsNext, the initiative was announced by the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

Leading not for profit organisation, SYC Limited (SYC), has won the contract to be a ParentsNext Project provider in Playford and in Hume, Victoria.

Minister Cash said the ParentsNext Project providers will work with parents of young children to identify their education and employment goals and help them access support services such as TAFE, secondary schools, training providers and employment services.

SYC CEO Paul Edginton said he was thrilled to win another contract from the Department of Employment that provided help to people in the Playford area to get into work.

“We all know that Playford has its fair share of economic challenges, however it’s a vibrant community and many people born to the area prefer not to move out of it, so anything we can do to assist parents into the workforce is very welcome.

“Many parents of young children have a genuine desire to get back into the workforce but often find that after several years at home looking after their family, they are overlooked by employers due to lack of skills or experience, whether perceived or real.”

“The ParentsNext Projects will enable us to provide advice on potential employment avenues, gain referrals to community organisations that support parents, recommend relevant training and assist the very practical but crucial processes of preparing a CV and presenting for an interview.”

“We are very pleased to be selected as a ParentsNext Project provider and look forward to working with parents of young children in the Playford area over the next couple of years” Mr Edginton concluded.

The contract commences on 4th April 2016 and runs for two years, concluding 31st March 2018.  It is expected that approximately 3,000 parents in the Playford area will be assisted each year to find work during that period.