Almost 20 young Bridgewater and Gagebrook parents were recognised last month with certificates following the completion of accredited training courses in business and community service.
Nine completed the community service training and 14 the business course. Four parents undertook both courses.
The parents participated in the Level One courses as part of their involvement in UnitingCare Tasmania’s Pregnant and Young Parent Support (PYPS) Service. The training was provided through a partnership between UnitingCare and Avidity Training and Development.
The Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ Communities for Children initiative and Skills Tasmania provided funding to enable the courses to be conducted.
PYPS co-ordinator Robyn Rice said the training provided an opportunity for young parents and parents-to-be to meet in a supportive and relaxed environment to share ideas and experiences and to learn from each other.
They are also given the opportunity to gain further qualifications.
PYPS intends to continue its partnership with Avidity to enable the parents to undertake Level Two training later this year. Skills Tasmania has already committed to providing support funding.
Ms Rice said access to further education allowed young parents the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in an area of interest while receiving support in their parenting role via onsite childcare arrangements.
“Young parents benefit immensely by participating in the program. It increases their self-esteem, social capital and connections to community while also increasing their chances for employability in both their local community and beyond,” Ms Rice said.