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Nurturing skills and independence

Our ParentsNext program gives parents with young children the opportunity to develop skills and confidence that enable them to move into employment.  At Multicultural Australia, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe, welcoming community and be empowered to become economically independent – ParentsNext is an important step towards achieving these goals.

ParentsNext is a free support program available to help parents with children under the age of six prepare for meaningful work. Our experienced team help clients identify their personal goals and the steps to achieve them, build confidence and communications skills and access local support and services.

To be eligible for the program clients will need to: 

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How does the program work? 

Our ParentsNext program gives parents with young children the opportunity to develop skills and confidence that enable them to become employment ready. We link parents with a range of services, including playgroups, job readiness activities, and vocational and non-vocational training. 

What we offer: 

We work closely with local Indigenous Services to make sure we provide our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants with culturally informed care. Multicultural Australia can also provide language and cultural support for participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

For more information about ParentsNext, Contact Us. 

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A bright future ahead: Ya-Chi's story 

When Ya-Chi joined the ParentsNext program, she was unsure about a career path she wanted to pursue and that would be right for her. The ParentsNext team spent time discussing different career paths, and after much consideration, Ya-Chi decided to work towards becoming a hairdresser. 

Ya-Chi was supported to enrol in a Certificate II in Salon Assistant, at TAFE.  She completed this certificate in 6 months and went on to enrol in a Certificate III in Hairdressing at TAFE.  Ya-Chi has received financial support from the Participation Fund towards her enrolment fees, a laptop and hairdressing equipment to complete her studies. 

“While completing this course, I entered a hairdressing competition and received a bronze medal – a proud moment that I never dreamed of achieving,” Ya-Chi said. 

Taking advantage of study opportunities has helped Ya-Chi develop and advance her English speaking and writing skills in a workplace setting. 

In July 2023, Ya-Chi became a trade qualified hairdresser and ready to start a new career.

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