Dad Bernie Evans (left), pictured with YMCA CEO Phill Sellwood and Tom Quinn Centre manager Tom Osborne, is excited at the chance to get skills training while having his child looked after.
Dad Bernie Evans (left), pictured with YMCA CEO Phill Sellwood and Tom Quinn Centre manager Tom Osborne, is excited at the chance to get skills training while having his child looked after. Scottie Simmonds

Jobs help for parents

LIFE just got a whole lot easier for parents hoping to get new skills and get a job, after the Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre and YMCA Bundaberg joined forces to offer dirt-cheap child care and free training.

Under the new partnership, parents will be able to undergo training at the Tom Quinn centre's Booth College - which offers courses in many areas including hospitality, retail, horticulture and furniture marking - while their children are minded for just 10c an hour at the YMCA.

Tom Quinn centre community services manager Tom Osborne said the initiative would give parents an extra hand.

"The Tom Quinn Community Centre is committed to transforming lives in the Bundaberg region, and one way to achieve that is to help people into sustainable employment," he said.

"We deliver free training all year round in practical skills that get people into jobs."

Mr Osborne said the government was subsidising the child care and eligible parents included anyone on a Newstart Allowance, Parenting or Carer Payment, Widow, Partner or Youth Allowance.

Single Bundaberg father Bernie Evans is just one parent in the region already taking advantage of the offer.

Mr Evans is a father of one and has been unemployed for about three years.

"I'm doing a Certificate II in furniture making," he said.

"Then hopefully I can get some work."

Mr Evans said as a single parent, the high cost of child care almost made working pointless.

"The hardest part is finding someone to look after your kids," he said.

"If you're on a pension, in some ways it's not worth working."

 

CONTACTS

For information about the free job preparation and training, call the Tom Quinn Centre on 4153 3557

To inquire about the YMCA's childcare services, phone 4132 8230 or 4132 8222



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