As the early childhood education and care sector grapples with a workforce shortage crisis, G8 Education is investing in the next generation of educators, creating more than 100 Educator-in-training roles across New South Wales and Victoria to pilot its first mass induction of new trainees.

Early childhood education sector vacancies are at an all-time high, with more than 7,200 positions currently advertised online across Australia.

That number has grown by 1000 in just six months, with 57 per cent of those vacant roles in New South Wales and Victorian centres.

G8 Education’s Chief People Transformation Officer Tabitha Pearson said the workforce shortages are at a critical level and are having ripple effects across communities.

“Providers, including G8 Education, are being forced to partially close centres, reduce operating hours and even halt on taking new enrolments due to workforce shortages,” she said.

“While we do our best to minimise these service changes, in the current environment it is, at times, unavoidable and this causes disruptions to our families.

“Our dedicated team members do an amazing job educating and nurturing the children in our care and we’re committed to finding innovative ways to recruit and develop more wonderful educators and teachers to help us support Australian families.”

One way G8 Education is addressing the workforce challenge is investing more in its sector-leading Trainee and Study Pathway programs to grow and develop its team.

Company statistics show employees who complete a VET qualification through the G8 Study Pathway Program stay, on average, twice as long as non-study pathways qualified team members.

“We know we need to think differently if we want to overcome our current workforce challenges, which is why we are so excited to invest more in ‘growing our own’ and creating sector-leading study and development pathways for our current and prospective team.” said Ms Pearson.

G8 Education is one of Australia’s largest early learning providers, dedicated to its purpose of creating the foundations for learning for life.

Zoe Bumpstead joined one of G8 Education’s centres, Great Beginnings Mount Clear, six months ago as an Educator-in-training after discovering the ‘earn while you learn’ traineeship offering. Zoe, Julie and Sienna

“I wanted to start in the early learning sector, but I wasn’t sure how I would juggle work with study until I found the role at Great Beginnings Mount Clear where the study is actually embedded into your daily routine,” she said.

“I have been so supported to succeed in both my study and on-the-floor practice by the team at the centre.

“Working in early childhood is just incredible. We get to witness huge milestones in children’s lives every day like learning to walk or saying their first words, and it is such a privilege to be a part of those moments.”

Julie Wilshire, the Centre Manager at Great Beginnings Mount Clear, started as a trainee with G8 Education 10 years ago, so she understands first-hand the importance of supporting trainees in their development.

“I started my journey as a trainee and I have been supported by G8 Education to grow within my career ever since,” she said.

“Trainees bring fresh ideas and energy to centres which reignites the passion in teams.

“If we are going to overcome our current workforce shortage challenges, investing in growing our own Educators and Teachers and nurturing meaningful career pathways is so important.”

Great Beginnings Mount Clear is just one of around 90 G8 Education centres currently recruiting for Educators-in-training in New South Wales and Victoria.

You can learn more about the role and view all the current trainee opportunities available here.