Taking The Next Step With Parentsnext …
Parents with young children can access employment preparation services through the ParentsNext program to develop skills, attend training or gain work experience so they are one step closer to entering or re-entering the work force.
The program, offered locally through YFS and at least six other providers, supports parents and carers who receive Parenting Payments to plan and prepare for work by the time their youngest child starts school.
YFS’ ParentsNext Program Manager, Thandeka Makwaiba, said more than 1000 parents have taken part in the program through YFS since it was introduced in April 2016.
“While some Parenting Payment recipients are required by Centrelink to participate in the program, anyone receiving payments with a child under six can volunteer to join ParentsNext.
“Our ParentsNext consultants can tailor a program to suit your individual needs, as well as providing you with access to training and work experience we can help with writing a resume and job interview practice,” Mrs Makwaiba confirmed.
“We can connect you with additional local services such as counselling and put you in touch with other parents so you can develop a support network.
“We can also provide financial support for childcare, study and work-related expenses including driving lessons and licences, help you look for work when you are ready, and check if you are eligible for employment wage subsidies.
“Our aim is to help you build your confidence, skills and knowledge so you have the financial and emotional resilience to be an independent and contributing community member,” Mrs Makwaiba said.
To be eligible for ParentsNext you need to have received Parenting Payments for the last 6 months, care for a child over 9 months and under 6 years of age, and not reported paid work to Centrelink in the last 6 months.
For more information about volunteering in ParentsNext, find your nearest ParentsNext provider at: https://jobsearch.gov.au/service-providers. You can also contact YFS direct on 3826 1500.