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Education

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Early Childhood Teachers – There is very high demand for childcare in Australia and this has resulted in a shortage of Early Childhood Teachers for long day care centres. Many ECTs go into the primary school system rather than long day care due to higher wages, better hours and school holidays.

Childcare Services Educators – Trainers in children's services are in high demand as there is a need for more qualified staff in private and government childcare centres. This shortage is continuing to fuel demand for registered training organisations (RTOs) to offer more courses in this area.

Aged Care Services Educators – Significant growth in the aged care sector due to an ageing population means that this is now a major training area in both TAFE and private RTOs. Around 90 per cent of students gain employment after completing courses due to the high demand.

Trades Educators – The changing regulations and formalisation of apprenticeships and trade courses offered is creating a new breed of specialist Trades Trainers. These specialists need to blend industry experience with well planned training courses that fully comply with vocational education and training (VET) guidelines.

Business and Management Educators – This continues to be the highest fee earning course for private RTOs. These higher education courses traditionally catered to international students but are opening to domestic students through the growth of online learning.

Online Learning Educators – Trainers and Lecturers experienced in online or blended learning are becoming increasingly sought after as the traditional classroom based model becomes out of date. Online learning technology is now offering Australian education to a global student base.

Trends

Demand for skilled candidates in Australia’s VET sector is set to surge due to a number of government policy changes including more funding for private RTOs and acceptance that university courses are not meeting the needs of Australian businesses.

Australia has skills shortages in a large number of areas including trades, childcare and aged care. VET Lecturers in a variety of subjects are in demand due to increased demand for vocational education. The recent changes in regulations for early childhood services have increased demand for childcare staff in an already candidate short market. There is a large need for permanent candidates as well as temporary candidates to cover sickness and other leave.

New government skills training contracts are also being opened to private enterprise. Private schools are often more commercially focused and proactive in recruiting students than the larger traditional TAFEs.
 

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