Apprenticeship Scheme

Boosting Apprenticeships Scheme Extended Until June 30

For many of you reading this you would have already hired a trainee or apprentice under the Federal Government’s $1.4B Boosting Apprenticeships Scheme.

If you have not as yet, then the good news is that the scheme has been extended!

A 50% Wage Subsidy, Up to a Cap of $7,000 per quarter

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of wage subsidy support, is now extended until 30 June 2022.

The subsidy is for a maximum of $7000 per quarter, for wages paid in the 12-month period from the date they start.

We note also from the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday that the wage subsidy will also be eligible for extended support through the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) for the second (10pc capped at $1500 per quarter) and third year (5pc capped at $750 per quarter).

There Has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy is a great incentive to hire a trainee or apprentice.

At KKTC we specialise and know the landscape of funding, sign ups and getting trainees and apprentices started so they can be included in ratio and helping your operations quickly and efficiently.

Call us today on 1300 048 133 to tap into this additional $365M of funding from the Federal Government to help drive employment in our sector and help with the current challenge of resourcing in our sector.

There really has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee!

KKTC Welcomes New Trainers

KKTC Headquarters played host last week to a brand-new cohort of Trainers and Assessors.

The six freshest additions to the KKTC team rolled into their first induction session bright-eyed and bushy-tailed last Monday morning, ready to bring their enthusiasm and excitement to our ever-growing team.

Over the course of their induction week, the trainers embraced the spirit of KKTC, getting to know our Student Services and Compliance team in our swanky new Head Office.

Spanning across Queensland and New South Wales, these Trainers and Assessors will start to be allocated a cohort of students in parallel with their learning of the KKTC way of training.

College Manager Sam Hendry said at the induction

You are here because of who you are and the insights we took from our interview processes to hire those candidates who aligned with our values. We are not like every other RTO and it is the person we look for and then with time and training we will support your growth in becoming a great trainer. That journey starts today and we will not rush it, as it takes time to learn our processes and ensure consistency in training. But you are all at a head start position as you are all quality people.

The team spent a busy first week learning many facets of KKTC’s operations and the little nuances that make up the KKTC way of doing things.

“I call the nuances UGR’s or Unwritten Ground Rules, and these in addition to the formal processes take time to learn and understand. We embrace candour in everything we do and sometimes that can be confronting. But honest feedback and striving every day to be better is what we do and with that comes some nuances and little tips and tricks that you will only learn on the job and from our team of mentors,” Sam said.

“With the industry currently to see new changes and challenges around every corner, it is such a relief to be able to bring some fresh faces with big ideas and a passion for educating into our training team.

“Last week was really beneficial, not only for the new Trainers, but for myself and our college as a whole. Bringing them in and seeing them really commit to their work shows how ‘up for the challenge’ they are. It was a great start and everyone had fun with the process” he said.

Amy Conrad, a KKTC Trainer and Assessor of long standing, ran many of the training sessions throughout the week-long induction, and sees great enthusiasm and opportunity within the new recruits.

“I’ve been working as a Trainer and Assessor for a fair while now, it is so cool to see so much excitement from the new guys,” she said.

“They have already shown such an eagerness in their work and they’re offering new perspectives. It really just reminds me how much I love my job and how much this industry benefits from diversity.”

Interested in joining the team? Check out our recruitment page at https://www.koolkidstrainingcollege.com.au/work-with-us/

KKTC Approved for New Training Packages in Queensland

KKTC are excited to be delivering the New Training Package for Early Childhood Education and Care in Queensland as of January 2022.

Kicking off the new year with a bang, KKTC is among the first RTOs to be approved to deliver the new CHC30121 Certificate III and CHC50121 Diploma with the support of Queensland Government Funding.

KKTC College Manager Sam Hendry is delighted to be offering the new qualifications this year, as he encourages all people looking to study to “reach for the stars” in 2022.

“It is so exciting for us as an RTO to be able to offer the new training package to our new students this year. We only exist for our students, so we are incredibly proud to keep offering training at the highest standard,” Mr Hendry said.

The new qualifications are an ambitious step upwards for the Early Childhood sector, with an updated structure and altered packaging rules.

What you need to know:

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • 17 units – fewer units than previous qualification
  • 160 hours of work – more work hours than previous qualification
  • 12 – 18 months – longer, more flexible timeframe

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • 15 units – fewer units than previous qualification
  • 280 hours of work – more work hours than previous qualification
  • 1 – 2 years to complete – longer timeframe
  • Entry Requirements – students must hold CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enrol in the diploma qualification

Both qualifications are supported by Queensland Government Funding.

To find out if you are eligible, call 1300 048 133 or visit kktc.com.au/get-in-touch/ to make an enquiry.

 

PENCIL TABLE FINDS A NEW HOME

For the hundreds of students who have come through the Gold Coast doors of KKTC since 2013, you will be familiar with the iconic training room table; affectionately known as the ‘pencil table.’

It is a piece of art in its own right. And this week it found a new home!

Pencil Table

Careful guys

For those who have sat at the table for the first time with a pencil (or pen) in hand can be very confronting; especially when you put your writing instrument down and then try and find it amongst the hundreds designed into the table. The table was a mainstay at the old training headquarters and when we moved to our new premises the size of the old table was a little big for what we are calling the ‘collaboration room.’

Pencil Table

Getting ready for tabletop

 

Pencil table

That’ll do it

 

This room is a meeting room for the training and compliance team and a great room to run a smaller zoom meeting or casual chat with a team member.

So, the call was made to reduce the original table and resize it to fit into the ‘collaboration room.’

Pencil table

Perfect

Well done to the team who have recrafted a college icon! We are pleased to have it safe and sound at our new training HQ!

For information on enrolling with KKTC call 1300 048 133
New ECEC Training Package Update

NEW TRAINING PACKAGE – LATEST UPDATE

KKTC NOW ACCEPTING ENROLMENTS FOR THE NEW TRAINING PACKAGE IN NEW SOUTH WALES

Following recent blogs posts on the new training package and teach out, KKTC have been approved in NSW to offer enrolments in the new Training Package.

In this blog we outline more detail on changes to the Training Package and what it means for the sector.

The first new qualification is CH30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and it supersedes CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Packaging rules are as follows:

  • Total number of units = 17
  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units

On training.gov.au you can read more about this qualification. (Check here)

The second new qualification is CH50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and it supersedes  CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Entry Requirements for CH50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Packaging rules are as follows:

  • Total number of units = 15
  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units

On training.gov.au you can read more about this qualification.

See here: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC50121

FURTHER INFORMATION

The official teach out date for CHC30113 & CHC50113 will be 20th January 2023.

At the time of writing no RTOs in QLD are able to enrol students in the new Training Package. We expect that to change in the very near future and will keep students updated.

If current students or centre managers have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact the college on 1300 048 133.

 

The Power of Passionate Trainers

At KKTC, we are very proud of the passion and effort our Trainers and Assessors have for their work. While all of our team have a high standard of dedication and support for their students, some of our trainers go above and beyond to make sure their students are staying on track.

Sarah Chamberlin is one of our Trainer and Assessors that takes keeping her students on track to another level with this little anecdote.

Training in the Central Queensland region, she covers the most area of all of our trainers, with her farthest student 550 kilometers away from her home in Bundaberg.

“The travel is probably the most challenging part of my job,” Sarah said.

“But my favourite part is getting to meet and support people in those regional areas because they don’t usually get visited out there in regional QLD.”

With such an expansive area to cover for her student base, Sarah quite literally goes the extra mile for her students. So, it’s no wonder that when a student doesn’t quite do the right thing, she takes action!

While working in Townsville a few years ago, Sarah was met with a challenging school-based student who seriously underestimated the lengths her trainer would go to keep her on track.

“I had this student, she would call in sick on the days she was meant to work in her centre all the time. This can happen with teens working for the first time,” Sarah recounts.

“I had just recently had a really serious talk with her about the importance of showing up for work because she was falling behind on her hours and it was important she understood the responsibilities that come with working our sector.”

Sarah wanted to give the student the benefit of the doubt and believe that she was being truthful about being unwell on one such occasion, however she still had a suspicion that all was not as it seemed; a suspicion that was soon confirmed.

“One of my other school-based students ‘dobbed’ her in and showed me a photo the supposedly sick student posted on a social media app, which very clearly showed her having lunch with a friend at the local shops!”

“I spoke to Careers Teacher  at her school and showed him the photo, and next thing we were in the car on our way down to the shops to find out why she wasn’t at her centre.”

The student was shocked to see her usually kind-hearted trainer standing before her catching her in a poorly thought-out lie, but Sarah hopes this was enough to show the student just how much she cares.

“We found her at the shopping centre and asked why she called in sick but was well enough to go out for lunch with her friend not long after, and she made some excuse about waking up feeling sick but then feeling better later,” Sarah said.

“Normally I ‘smother them with kindness’, but when I can see a student needs that extra push to reach their full potential, I can get pretty ruthless,” Sarah said.

This level of determination is rare and can only be found in a trainer who truly cares and values their students and their students’ goals.

Way to go Sarah; you have really illustrated the ‘above and beyond’ call of duty KKTC Trainers display!

And a cautionary word for any future School Based Students….don’t get sick and then get better between waking up in the morning and lunch time as you never know if Sarah will make a surprise visit!

Watch the School Based Video where recent trainees talk about their experiences in completing the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care whilst still at school.

Big day today!

WE ARE MOVING IN!

We move into our new training headquarters after many weeks of building works – some of which we have captured on this blog in recent weeks. The move represents a commitment from our team to deliver the best training in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia. We have a premise to be extremely proud of.

A MEETING PLACE

It will house over 30 staff and be home to our trainers not only in SE Queensland but when we bring the team together from across Australia (as we used to pre COVID and we will again in 2022) have a meeting place. And what a meeting place it is! A high tech, purpose built training facility that invites collaboration. Training spaces, meeting places…a home for our team and our students to learn and share experiences and with the investment in technology we can support our students from far and wide.

Signage going up

‘Signage going up’

AN UNPARALLED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

A brilliant learning environment that is unparalleled. The foundations of KKTC have been to continually improve… to work hard every day to be the best training provider in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. And this is so important. As our sector is so important.

just straighten it up a bit

‘Just straighten it up a bit!’

THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION

There is nothing more important than the education and care of our most important asset – our nation’s children. So today, as we move into our new home, we are very proud to take that next step in advancing our important role in delivering training to the nation’s educators who in turn nurture and support our nation’s most important asset. They are the future of our nation. And we are supremely proud to play a part in their development.

Perfect!

‘Perfect!’

We love the responsibility and we are loving the journey.

If your journey is taking you into Early Childhood Education and Care – join us today!

Call 1300 048 133 and talk with one of the team.

Gold Coast SUNS and Kool Beanz turn soil on Childcare Facility at Metricon Stadium

We started the week with a huge announcement – a massive day for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector on the Gold Coast!

Read the full press statement at the Gold Coast SUNS website….

https://www.goldcoastfc.com.au/news/1027301/gold-coast-suns-and-kool-beanz-turn-soil-on-childcare-facility-at-metricon-stadium

 

New Brand Identity

Today is a BIG day in the growth of our training college. We have announced a new brand identity …

ABOUT THE NEW BRAND IDENTITY

The new brand identity represents a youthful vibrancy and an interpretive design which could be an educator or a child expressing their joy. It is this joy that the college aims to deliver on every training experience for our students.

Since the opening of the training college in 2013 we have developed an evolved notion of who we are and what our purpose is, and that is to be the best Early Childhood Education and Care training college in Australia that delivers an exceptional training experience for every student that enrols with KKTC. With that experience, our students can build their careers and fulfilment in a truly rewarding sector.

So today, as we present this new brand identity to the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia and the wider community, we remain extremely humble and proud of the service we provide to the thousands of students and centres we now support.

We hope you love the brand identity as much as we do!

One week to go

ONE WEEK TO GO!

The move to our new headquarters in Southport is getting very close now!

The team will move in this Thursday 28th October.

Attached to this blog post are some photos showing the then and now images. There have been 20+ builders on site for over 2 months so it is a significant project and one we are all eagerly looking forward to.

Importantly as we enter 2022 and will be welcoming students into the college again, we have a brilliant learning facility.

The new KKTC Training Headquarters will feature:

 

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

 

  • Total Training Room area of 153sqm
  • Two state of the art technology equipped rooms with presenter tracking cameras so that lectures have an enhanced interactivity for those students offsite
  • For students onsite there is 51sqm of collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions along with an alfresco area and onsite gym
  • Short walk to the Scarborough Street Light Rail and diagonally opposite the $500 million Queens Street Village mega development at the old Gold Coast Hospital site.

KKTC New Facility

We can’t wait to be in the new KKTC Training Headquarters. If you are thinking about a career change and getting into Early Childhood Education and Care is in your plans, then learning in this new training facility will be something special.

For more information on enrolling with KKTC

Call

1300 048 133