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New trainee programme to be launched for early childhood sector

Jobseekers interested in the sector can apply for a short work stint with preschool centres to have a better understanding of the positions on offer.

SINGAPORE: Jobseekers interested in the early childhood sector can apply for a short working stint with preschool centres, under a new trainee programme to be launched at the end of the month.

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), with support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), said on Monday (May 26) the Traineeship Programme will allow interested parties to get a first-hand experience of jobs on offer in the sector.

Interested trainees will get to work for up to 2 weeks, or 80 hours, with preschool centres under the scheme. A training allowance of S$4.50 per hour plus a S$200 completion incentive will be given to those who attend at least 75 per cent of the programme.

For those employed within a month of the programme at a position in the same sector and stays there for three consecutive months, they will also get another S$300 in employment retention incentive, the WDA said.

"Through the programme, both preschool operators and trainees will have the opportunity to assess suitability for positions such as pre-school teachers, infant educarers and para-personnel," it said.

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing will launch the programme on May 31 during ECDA's Early Childhood Career and Education Fair.

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