Last week Senator Michaelia Cash announced the pre-employment program ParentsNext will be extended for an additional three years. We were due to expire in June 2021 and will now expire in June 2024.
The decision comes at a critical time in the West Australian economy, as the government continues to work with various industries in restructuring and rebuilding employment opportunities previously impacted by COVID-19.
This means more parents with young children will be able to obtain support for participation, pathways, employment and education outcomes to help them prepare for the workplace.
Funded by the Department of Education and run under Communicare's Education and Employment directorate, our ParentsNext program facilitators work closely with clients to help them identify and reach their goals.
This is achieved through participation in activities and ongoing support, whether in increasing educational qualifications, developing practical and theoretical knowledge of their desired industry or accessing childcare assistance.
Despite the interruptions to direct client-facing support resulting from physical distancing restrictions, this year alone, our Parents Next North metro was above national averages.
Additionally, all regions improved their key performance indicators (KPI's) from the previous year, leading over 133 clients into employed roles.
We currently service 2000 clients across twenty locations in the South Metropolitan, North Metropolitan and Midwest (Geraldton) and operate out of six sites including Armadale, Cannington, Geraldton, Joondalup, Kwinana and Midland. We also have nine outreach locations - Butler, Scarborough, Morley, Ellenbrook, Cloverdale, Success, Byford, Rockingham and Mandurah.
As an organisation with a commitment to improving the social and economic outcomes of those in our communities, particularly those with limited support, we welcome the Morrison government's decision and look forward to inspiring more clients in creating their futures.
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