While still at school, Dominic Breslin is already carving a career path in the child care sector, undertaking a school based traineeship with Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten in Southport.
Inspired by his mother, who works in the industry, Dominic said “I decided to pursue child care as a career path because it offers plenty of variety during the working day (you never get bored), and it is also really rewarding. So far I have completed my Certificate III and I’m now onto my Diploma”.
Dominic’s manager at Imagine, Skye Sowden said “The children chase Dominic around, they have a close bond with him and he patiently lends them a helping hand when needed”.
Sue Taggart, Domestic Sales Manager at Imagine Education, stated “The dynamics change when Dominic is around, he has a very calming influence on the children and they all adore him. Child care is extremely rewarding as you are influencing and shaping lives from a very young age. The industry also offers many opportunities as it can lead to teaching or managing centres. Not to mention, the great parenting skills you can learn along the way!”
Under a school-based traineeship, Dominic works one day a week at the Centre, which is incorporated into his normal school curriculum. Dominic’s trainer, Kim Harris stated “Dominic is very committed and always gets his work done on time. He also has a lovely interaction with the children”.
Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work stated “Child Care is an industry that has been experiencing skills shortages so it is a viable career path, offering ongoing job security and opportunities”.
“We have just launched our GC150 campaign where we are aiming to place 150 young apprentices and trainees before the end of the year. Imagine Child Care has pledged to sign up further trainees during the GC150 campaign and with other great employers on board for the campaign, now is a great time to contact the team at BUSY. We can also advise on any incentives available when hiring a trainee or an apprentice”, Paul further stated.
Currently, the Queensland Government is offering wholly subsidised training costs for persons under the age of 21 who are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in 139 priority industries, including child care. Find out more.
You can find out more about apprenticeship or traineeships by visiting www.busyatwork.com.au or call BUSY At Work on 13 28 79 for more information.