New program for pathways into Early Childhood Education & Care

A new Job Ready Pathways Program has been developed to support Western Australia’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program has two components; in class training with an approved, accredited training provider, plus an industry work placement for hands on experience. The program will be available on either a full time (five weeks total) or part time (ten weeks total) study basis, and is 100% FEE FREE for eligible students including people aged 15—24, jobseekers, and concession card holders. The program is ideal for people of all ages and backgrounds who would love to start a career working with children, contributing to the learning and development of our future generations. Participation on this program requires no prior experience!

Developed in consultation with industry and the Community Skills WA industry training council, the program includes four nationally recognised units of competency that will build skills and knowledge in how to support education and care programs for children, and entry level skills to work in an early childhood learning setting. These units will provide credit towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care traineeship.

On completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to connect with employers who have traineeship opportunities available. Through a traineeship, they will be employed and paid while continuing their studies to complete the Certificate III qualification. Alternatively, participants may choose to undertake the full qualification outside of a traineeship arrangement, directly with an approved training provider. Either pathway will meet the regulatory requirements for working in the ECEC sector. Expressions of interest for the program are now open!

Find out more on the Jobs and Skills WA website

This is one of a suite of Job Ready Pathway programs available in a range of industry areas including ageing and disability support; bricklaying; infrastructure (civil construction); resources and mining (driller’s offsider); and hospitality (chef). More information about these programs is available at

Page last updated October 07, 2022