A CHILDCARE training organisation in South Tyneside is to carry out its services as far away as Australia as part of a programme to support the country’s Aboriginal community.
Boldon-based Training in Childcare Ltd, and its subsidiary business The Care People, have been invited to create a bespoke training programme and employment programme for Aboriginal people in Alice Springs and Darwin in the Northern Territories and Moree in New South Wales.
The firm, which was launched by care sector specialist Angela Brown in 2006, landed the pilot projects from the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) during a UK trade mission to Melbourne and Sydney.
One of Training in Childcare’s main aims is to deliver training to out of work mothers in the North East, while it also provides employment opportunities through The Care People, which is its not-for-profit commercial arm, which provides responsive care services for children and adults across the region.
The Care People now employs 50 staff, who have all come from the Training in Childcare programme.
Brown is now preparing the launch of the business model in Australia, and while funding arrangements are being finalised, she is hopeful that the pilot will prove a success and that it will be rolled out across the continent.
The programme has already secured the full support of both Danny Lester, chief executive of the AES, and Australian Minister Mark Arbib.
The firm plans to open training facilities in each of the three territories, which it said could lead to further support jobs in the North East.
Brown said: “Our schemes have been highly successful in the North East to date with over 50 jobs created in South Shields alone.
“Both Mr Lester and Mr Arbib anticipate a similar level of success with these three pilots, which will then be rolled out to other locations across the continent. When I launched the business in 2006, I had no idea that I would be speaking to the Australian Government about how it can help its indigenous population.”