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Programme Launched to Bring Men Into Childcare

Reaching out to unemployed men in the community, the Learning and Skills Council London Central (LSCLC) has announced a new project to help bring men into the care sector in cooperation with European Social Fund (ESF) funding.

Cool2Care

The project, known as Cool2Care, will be run in seven boroughs across London (namely Camden, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth and Westminster). It is targeted at unemployed men who are interested in becoming involved in working with children and young people.

The programme will also give learners a chance to both gain valuable experience in the field and achieve a qualification that will be widely recognised. The scheme is another project in the ongoing remit of the ESF to help unemployed and inactive people to re ““ enter the workforce and develop the skills of unemployed people. Those accepted onto the project will have the opportunity to start a Level 2 Playwork National Vocational Qualification (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) or Early Years Qualification from September.

Training to Meet the Challenge

The LSC was founded in 2001, and is dedicated to ensuring that the workforce will have the skills and training required to be competitive in 2010. As part of a programme of continual development, the project will also assist the men in finding positions within the field upon completion of their training. Wandsworth Council, for instance, is working with other local authorities to recruit more men into childcare, a profession in which men are under ““ represented.

The training is free of charge and for those eligible an application form can be ordered by calling 020 8871 8760.

Jethro Marsh

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