Before commencing ParentsNext, Abeda was a busy stay at home mum whose sole focus was on parenting her four boys. Abeda hadn’t considered going to school or work and her limited English skills had contributed to her feeling overwhelmed and anxious about considering her next steps.
Then she was referred to ParentsNext.
ParentsNext is a pre-employment program that helps parents with children under the age of six, to identify their education and employment goals, and connects them to training, child care and services in their local community.
At Abeda’s first appointment she felt apprehensive and didn’t know how ParentsNext could benefit her.
Listening to her concerns her ParentsNext provider explained that ParentsNext could refer her to courses that could help her to improve her English, and when she felt comfortable they could connect her to educational courses that could help her become work-ready.
Over the next couple of appointments, Abeda began to build a rapport with her ParentsNext provider and decided that along with the English course, she would like to start studying.
“My ParentsNext provider is very encouraging and motivating,” she said.
“With the help of my provider I enrolled and completed a Certificate I in Access to Work and Training, a Certificate I in Vocational and Community Engagement and a Certificate II in Career Preparation.”
After completing these courses Abeda has now commenced a Certificate III in Aged Care, which she aims to complete in August this year.
“Being part of ParentsNext not only improved my English, but it also provided me with the ongoing encouragement and support I needed to become work-ready.”