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Career changers are being encouraged to consider a job in Early Learning and Childcare as a Scottish Government recruitment campaign enters its next phase.

Entitled “A Job and a Joy,” the campaign supports the Scottish Government’s pledge to increase the hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare available to families in Scotland to 1140 by 2020.

The campaign is running on TV, radio, newspapers and online, alongside stands in railways stations, shopping centres and supermarkets, plus events aimed at those interested in working in the sector.

More than ‘just a job’

Children’s Minister Maree Todd said: “Working with children is varied, enjoyable and meaningful, and this is the focus of our “A Job and A Joy” campaign.

“We know that when people consider changing career, achieving a good work life balance is essential alongside rewarding work.

“Our expansion of funded early learning and childcare will create up to 11,000 high quality and well-paid jobs across Scotland by 2020.

“A career in childcare is more than ‘just a job’, with opportunities for flexible working and career progression. I urge those who are looking for a change of career to seriously consider a role in childcare.”

Improving diversity

In support of the campaign, Skills Development Scotland has joined partners including Early Years Scotland for an event offering more information on careers in the sector.

A Career in Early Years is waiting for you! takes place on 31 January 2019 in The Studio, Hope Street, Glasgow, with a focus on improving diversity in the sector by attracting under-represented groups.

"I urge those who are looking for a change of career to seriously consider a role in childcare.”

Children's Minister Maree Todd

Mili Shukla, Skills Planning and Sector Development Manager for Health and Social Care at SDS said: “If the early learning and childcare sector in Scotland is to meet its ambitious plans for growth, it needs to attract more new entrants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

“That includes males, those aged over 25, and people from minority and ethnic backgrounds and other under-represented groups who recognise the rewarding career that the sector can offer.

“The event in Glasgow will offer more information, provide the chance to ask questions, and help anyone interested in a career in early learning and childcare to identify their next steps.”

You can find out more and register for the event on the Early Years Scotland website.

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