Worklinks offers the ParentsNext program aimed at preparing parents for employment as their children go to school.

For parents whose main focus has been their children, the start of school can create an interesting predicament. As your kids head off to start their learning journey, you are faced with free time and the possibility of a return to the workforce. Worklinks understands this situation all too well, and as a community-based, not-for-profit organisation, we can help parents prepare for a new career or a return to a previous one.

Our training, employment opportunities and services provide industry-standard programs like the ParentsNext initiative which is available to residents in Caboolture and Strathpine.

Are you eligible? Will the program be of benefit to you? Read on to find out more information.

ParentsNext: Your pathway to prepare for employment

The ParentsNext program sets realistic and suitable education and employment goals for those who are ready to re-enter the workforce but still have the responsibility of caring for a small child. It is important that parents make the best use of their time while also maintaining a work/life balance level.

ParentsNext, is an excellent pathway to your career goals. The program provides support in the following areas:

  • Identifying relevant education and employment goals
  • Combining the task of preparing for work with parenting responsibilities
  • Accessing activities and services in the local community
  • Developing a pathway to achieving career goals

Additional support services may also be applicable in specific situations. These can include a participation fund, wage subsidies and relocation assistance. To understand your eligibility, you must first book a consultation with the skilled Worklinks team member.

The eligibility criteria for ParentsNext

While the definitive answer about your eligibility will come with a Worklinks consultation, you can gain some initial understanding by considering the following criteria:

  • You have received a Parenting Payment over the last six months
  • There have been no employment earnings during this same period
  • You are the parent of a child aged under six years.

A range of other support and training services for parents are also on offer from Worklinks. Enquire about our ‘Stay & Play’ sessions and the Qualified Child Carer Diploma. Finding a new career pathway is made easier with the following lines of support offered by our team:

  • Returning to the workforce after children
  • Support for your children
  • Additional support and training services.

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