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Early Childhood Education

2021 Grow Your Own - Aboriginal Trainee Scholarship

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Grow Your Own program

About the Grow Your Own program

If you are interested in becoming an early childhood educator, we would love for you to apply! 

Grow Your Own offers a traineeship package, mentoring support and scholarships to Aboriginal people in the Illawarra and Wingecarribee regions.

What is the duration of the traineeship
Traineeships can be full-time or part-time. It is expected a full-time Certificate III traineeship will be completed in 12 to 18 months.

Who will deliver the training?
The program will be delivered by ECTARC, a community owned, not for profit organisation that has successfully managed education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven for over 34 years.

Please see more Grow Your Own program details here. If you have any further questions, please email 

Program benifits

Successful applicants will receive:

  • $3,000 to assist with completing a Certificate III or a Diploma.
  • The opportunity to work at quality services with qualified educators.
  • Extensive mentoring support throughout the traineeship.
  • Employment with a service for an additional 1.5 years after the traineeship is complete.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, applicants meet all of the eligibility criteria:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Be accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived.
  • Live in the Illawarra and Wingecarribee regions and be committed to working in those regions.
  • Be interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education to support young mob in their early education.
  • Be committed to do the practical and theoretical components of the traineeship.

Please provide evidence to support your eligibility for the program, this includes:

  • Proof of identity (for example, a driver’s licence)
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality (from a registered Aboriginal community organisation or an incorporated Aboriginal community organisation). 
  • Two documents to support residential address (more details below)
  • An expression of interest (more details below)

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