A Scottish college is attempting to encourage extra males to contemplate jobs in childcare.
Solely four% of these working in early years and childcare are male, based on the College of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
It’s piloting a 12-week course for males, with the lessons run in evenings to higher go well with these already working in jobs throughout the day.
Those that full the course have the possibility to realize an HNC in childcare.
UHI mentioned the early years and childcare occupation faces a expertise scarcity, with Scotland needing about 11,000 new staff by 2020 to satisfy the Scottish authorities’s dedication to supply 30 hours of free childcare to eligible two to four-year-olds.
Its new course is supported by a £23,600 grant from the Scottish Funding Council’s Males in Early Years Problem Fund.
The fund was launched final 12 months by Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, as a part of an effort to extend childcare coaching locations in Scottish universities and faculties.
Those that efficiently full the fast-track course at Inverness Faculty UHI shall be assured an interview for the college’s HNC Childcare course, which begins in August.
Heather Keyes, of Inverness Faculty UHI, mentioned it had been recognised that there was “way more work to be carried out” to make sure Scotland’s nurseries and faculties had been numerous and gender balanced.
She mentioned: “This is not nearly assembly a authorities goal. There’s an enormous quantity of analysis that reveals position fashions of each genders are vital in early years, and that males carry totally different expertise and approaches to studying, which is necessary for little one improvement.
“Males working in early years additionally report excessive ranges of job satisfaction – not solely is it a profession stuffed with selection, with indoor and outside working, it presents versatile hours and plenty of alternatives for development.
“We’re delighted to obtain this grant and sit up for persevering with the work we’re doing to encourage males into the occupation.”