The YMCA of Okanagan is currently looking for people to train as child care professionals beginning September 19. With the recent announcement of funding for 205 new licenced child care spaces in Kelowna, the YMCA of Okanagan is taking steps to train more early educators to meet the demand. 

The YMCA will prepare individuals to work in a daycare setting and as child care leaders in before and after school care settings in the Kelowna area. Through partnerships with other providers the YMCA hopes to give individuals a feel for the industry, train them and set them up with local opportunities in the field.  

Participants will receive 15 weeks of employability and occupational skills training, six weeks of on-the-job work experience, plus two weeks of follow-up support and will obtain their Early Childhood Educator Assistant certification through the process. On top of this free training, participants may also be eligible for living supports of up to $300 per week for the duration of the project to help them get through the program.

With high demand in the Okanagan, the YMCA anticipates that all participants will have a seamless entry into the workforce. Based on current need alone, those who complete this training program should have no problem finding sustainable work in the field.

For information and to get started contact Gagn at Maximus WorkBC at gagns@maximusworkbc.ca or 778-478-8390 ext. 1016.

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