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Bringing More Men into Child Care

Posted 167 days ago | 08.01.19

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Bringing More Men into Child Care

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is piloting a 12-week course for men to encourage them to consider careers in child care, where they are under-represented. Only 4% of those working in childcare are male and a skills shortage is facing Scotland.

The classes will run in evenings to suit those already working in jobs during the day and those completing the course have the chance to gain an HNC in childcare.

UHI said the that Scotland will need about 11,000 new workers by 2020 to meet the Scottish government's commitment to provide 30 hours of free childcare to eligible two to four-year-olds. The new course is supported by a £23,600 grant from the Scottish Funding Council's Men in Early Years Challenge Fund.

Launched last year by Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, it is part of an effort to increase childcare training places in Scottish universities and colleges.

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