New ECEC Training Package Update

There Has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee/Apprentice

The federal government has extended its wage subsidy scheme for apprentices and trainees for another year, in a move it expects will generate 70,000 new positions.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an uncapped increase in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) funding this morning, estimating it would employ at least a further 70,000 apprentices/trainees across the country up until March 2022.

Note: Subsidy extension applies to those already on scheme.

For many Centre Managers and owners who have signed up trainees and apprentices since the initial announcement in October 2020 this extension will be very positive news.

The extension also means any sign ups between now and September 30 will get a full 12 months of the subsidy.

A 50% Wages Subsidy – WOW!

As part of the BAC funding, employers are eligible to access up to 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainee’s wages for the first year, capped at $7,000 per quarter. New apprentices and trainees have until 30 September 2021 to sign up for the scheme

In addition to hiring new entrants, traineeships / apprenticeships can be offered to existing workers but they have to be advancing in their employment status i.e Casual to Part Time or Part Time to Full Time.

Further information can be found at the Department website at https://www.dese.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements

New ECEC Training Package Update

New ECEC Training Package – UPDATE

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Approved
  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has Not Approved

Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) is keeping a close eye on the new training package and advising students and clients as the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) progresses with their review.

We can report that the 36th meeting of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) was held on 23 February 2021.

At the meeting, the Committee welcomed Mr Brian Newman, Chair of the Children’s Education and Care IRC, who was invited to present to the committee findings from the review into six Children’s Education and Care qualifications which commenced in 2016. The Committee also heard from Ms Gabrielle Sinclair (CEO, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority) on her organisation’s views regarding proposed changes to key early childhood related qualifications.

New ECEC Training Package

The results of the meeting are tabled below.

In short, the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification has been approved, whilst the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has not been approved.

The next AISC meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 April 2021, at which time a further update on CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be published.

IRC

Details of submission

AISC Decision

Children’s Education and Care IRC

CHC Community Services – Children’s Education and Care. Addressing outcomes of the ASQA Strategic Review

 

The Case for Endorsement includes:

  • 6 revised qualifications
  • 32 revised units of competency
  • 3 new units of competency
  • 6 deleted units of competency
  • 2 revised skill sets
  • 1 new skill set
  • 3 deleted skill sets
In-principle approval of four qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care
  • CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
  • CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
  • CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Not approved:

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and care
  • CHC40121 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

The AISC will work with the IRC to identify solutions to stakeholder concerns regarding those qualifications not approved prior to them being resubmitted to the AISC.

The AISC will also consider meeting out of session if required to support timely approval of this training package.

Summary

In conclusion, with the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care now approved, Kool Kids Training College will be seeking clarification on teach out and finer details and publish this information once direction is given from the relevant authorities. We will give an update on the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care post the April meeting.

Packaging Rules

Should you have any questions on the new Training Package, please contact the college on 1300 048 133.