CVGT Australia’s ParentsNext program has celebrated its first anniversary with more than 1,000 participants in the program.

CVGT Australia Deputy CEO John Lynch said the program commenced in April 2016 in the Hume and Greater Shepparton Local Government Areas and has gone from strength to strength.

“ParentsNext is an exciting service designed to assist parents with young children to join or re-enter the workforce by the time their children start school.

“We deliver the service from six locations including Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura in the Greater Shepparton Local Government Area and Craigieburn, Broadmeadows and Sunbury in the Hume Local Government Area.

“Participants have embraced the new program with our staff currently assisting 1,140 parents with employment pathways. While 93 per cent of our participants are female, Nine per cent of ParentsNext participants are Indigenous, 44 per cent are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and 58 per cent are aged 30 or over,” Mr Lynch said.

ParentsNext helps parents become work-ready, by helping them identify their education and employment goals, develop a pathway to achieve their goals and link them to activities and services in their local community.

ParentsNext forms part of the Australian Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business Package announced in the 2015-16 Federal Budget.

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