Early Childhood Teachers – There is a shortage of Early Childhood Teachers for long day care centres in Australia. After completing four years of training, many ECTs go into the primary school system rather than long day care due to higher wages, better hours and school holidays. There is a particular shortage of ECTs on Sydney’s Northern Beaches due to the high cost of living and limited public transport options.
Childcare Services Educators – Experienced Trainers in children's services with up to date knowledge on early years learning framework (EYLF), national quality framework (NQF) and new policies 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. Diploma-qualified Educators are particularly in demand as 50 per cent of teachers must hold the qualification.
Secondary Teachers – Secondary Teachers of mathematics, science (chemistry and physics) and technical subjects are in high demand since many people with these skills go into industries where they receive a higher salary and can use their technical knowledge at a more advanced level. Secondary Teacher Librarians are also in particular demand.
Aged Care Services Educators – Due to an ageing population there has been significant growth in the aged care sector and it is now a major training area in both TAFE and private RTOs. The high demand means that around 90 per cent of students gain employment after completing courses.
Vocational and Adult Educators – We are seeing demand for Vocational and Adult Educators in business frontline management, healthcare and marketing. Vocational Health Educators and Vocational Business Services Educators are in particular demand. These growth industries are suffering from candidate shortages and are thus turning to training options. There is also a huge amount of growth in the RTO sector at present.
As demand for childcare services continues to rise, more centres are opening and expanding, creating a greater need for Childcare Educators in both temporary and permanent roles. Ratio requirements are changing so there is a need for Educators who are diploma qualified.
As regulations have changed, early childhood teachers can now be replaced for a period of up to two weeks by a diploma qualified educator, so there has been less need for early childhood teachers who can fill temporary roles. We are now seeing more Certificate III candidates because they can qualify in as little as six weeks and training organisations are encouraging new migrants to do this course.
January to March will see only last minute recruitment needs for schools as the school year returns at the end of January. We expect many last minute roles to be filled on a contract basis. Schools will look at taking on permanent staff to commence in term two, but we expect this to be somewhat limited as many people will be remaining in their roles or will have just changed roles for the start of the school year.