Residential Care Workforce VET Initiative Primary Centre contact: Michele Lonsdale Residential Care Worker VET Initiative email@example.com Young people who reside in residential care require the best possible care that can be provided. The safety and wellbeing of these young people is the paramount consideration for everyone involved in their care. To meet this requirement, from 1 January 2018, all residential care workers are required to hold mandatory minimum qualification to undertake their role as a residential care worker in Victoria. A short transition period until 31 January 2018 has been provided for workers who enrolled in training in 2017 to enable training to be completed. To support organisations in meeting their mandatory qualification requirements, further training will be offered to workers across Victoria in 2018. Minimum qualification requirements from 1 January 2018 Under the minimum qualification requirements for residential care workers, all workers providing direct care to children and young people in a department-operated or funded residential care home will need to: A. Hold a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out-of-home care), including an accredited trauma unit of competency; OR B. Be undertaking a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out-of-home care), and have completed the mandatory units of competency; OR C. Hold, or be undertaking, a qualification recognised as relevant to residential care and have completed the mandatory units of competency. In partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Children and Family Welfare, the department has developed a recognised list of relevant qualifications for workers. The list of approved recognised relevant qualifications can be found here. How do you register for training? The Residential Care Workers Vocational Education Training Initiative provides state-wide training for current residential care workers to transition to the minimum qualification requirements. Training has been extended under the initiative up to 30 June 2018. Expressions of Interest are now open for Top Up training and training in Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out-of-home care), with training dates and locations to be confirmed in January. If you have questions about workers already booked in for January training, please contact Melbourne Polytechnic on 03 9269 8874. Click here to register your expression of interest for Top Up or Certificate IV training for residential care workers. Depending on the availability of Certificate IV training, new workers have the option of enrolling in the mandatory units of competency ahead of Certificate IV enrollment to enable them to be able to continue to provide direct care services while they undertake their qualification. Training Expected Duration Classroom Days Minimum Workplace based hours Cert IV Course* 9 – 12 months 2 days per month Average 12 hours per week Top Up Course 2 – 3 months 2 days per month Average 12 hours per week *Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care) Workers will be required to discuss training attendance with their manager. Managers will register their expressions of interest for the most suitable location and date. The relevant manager or organisational representative is required to: Determine training requirements of their residential care workers. Please note – to complete the expression of interest process you will need to provide the name and contact details of the individual you are booking into training, their citizenship status, any current qualifications they hold and the preferred training location and training commencement date. Register expression of interest for appropriate training. For further information and assistance, contact Michele Lonsdale at the Centre on 03 9094 3521 or firstname.lastname@example.org What support is available? Skills First Initiative Skills First, launched in January 2017, provides support for all Australians to receive subsidies to undertake training in Victoria. Through the Skills First Initiative there will be no course cost to the individual for training undertaken through the initiative. Recognition of Prior Learning Upon enrolment in TAFE, workers can request to participate in a Skills Recognition process so that their previous training, and/or work experience can be considered for the purpose of gaining credits or exemptions for the qualification. Additional learning support needs Workers will be contacted by TAFE regarding options available to support them where additional learning needs are identified. Workers who have concerns regarding their learning are encouraged to speak with their manager to identify additional supports that may be required to support them to undertake the coursework and/or seek advice from a participating TAFE delivering the initiative.