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December 01, 2017

(Back) Sam Atukorala, Karen Davis, Samantha Malzard, Brittany Mullins, Vaughan Adams. (Front) Merfet Hrais, Sadiq Al Shejer, Dimah Al Rubaei, Ariette Nankumba and Elisha Malimingi.

Shepparton CVGT believes its ParentsNext services could pave the way to help parents from new and emerging communities gain access to training and employment.

The ParentsNext service is aimed at parents whose youngest child is between six months and six years old.

It started in March last year and operates in 10 local government areas in Victoria, but will soon be expanded into much of Australia.

‘‘It’s about engaging with our service to empower (parents) to build social networks, maybe to reintroduce them to training opportunities with the future goal of employment,’’ Shepparton CVGT branch manager Vaughan Adams said.

With support from Shepparton Ethnic Council, Mr Adams is optimistic they will be able to reach out to a diverse range of people.

Shepparton Ethnic Council’s Sam Atukorala said ParentsNext was an option for parents from new and emerging communities to find employment.

Mr Adams said there were eligibility requirements for parents to participate in the program, but they were happy to talk to people about the program and assess whether they would be able to do it.

‘‘Some of the assistance we can help with is creating ideas for what educational training can be done,’’ he said.

To find out more about the ParentsNext program, phone the Shepparton CVGT branch on 58233436 or visit the office at the corner of Welsford and Sobraon Sts in Shepparton.

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