AE News Volume 10, Issue 6

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Upcoming Events

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon

08 MARCH  - OH&S Network

22 MARCH - Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

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National Skills Week - August 28th - September 3rd

National Skills Week (NSWk) is the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). Each year the week continues to celebrate and inform students and the wider public of the diversity and career pathways available through VET. The week, (August 28th - September 3rd, 2017) will communicate the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.

NSWK has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Register your National Skills Week event now!

What can you do in National Skills Week 2017 to highlight VET and its opportunities to the wider public?

Keep up to date with information on National Skills Week via SkillsOne and National Skills Week newsletters, website and social media channels.

For further information please click here.

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Job Jumpstart website

Job Jumpstart is a one-stop-shop for young people seeking employment planning and job search information.
 
The site offers a range of content in the form of articles, workbooks and links that can help young people.

Click on How can Job Jumpstart help young people?
 
Information for those supporting young people can be found on the Help for advisers page. Printable resources can be accessed via the Job Jumpstart Toolbox.  
 
This website is managed by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

For further information please click here.

 The department also recently released its annual report on employment trends – Australian Jobs 2016.

To access the Australia Jobs 2016 annual report please click here.

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Career Quiz app for exploring career options

The Department of Employment has also recently launched a Career Quiz app. This fun, interactive app has been designed to help job seekers better understand their work preferences and learn more about the kinds of jobs they might enjoy or be good at. The app is based on the popular Career Quiz currently on the Job Outlook website.

Job seekers are encouraged to complete on the site a series of simple questions about the types of work they most like doing. Their responses are used to create a profile which has links to detailed information about a range of occupations that suit their work preferences.

The Career Quiz app can be downloaded free from the iTunes app store and Google Play by searching for ‘Career Quiz Australia’.

For further information please click here.

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New Ombudsman to boost protection for students

Last week  Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham announced a new independent umpire will be established to deliver stronger protection for students having issues with training providers under new legislation introduced to Parliament.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new VET Student Loans Ombudsman would be able to investigate and resolve student complaints and the compliance issues of training organisations and ultimately make recommendations to address any issues. 

“This Ombudsman will help clean up the leftover fallout of the failed VET FEE-HELP scheme that saw students exploited and taxpayer funds rorted,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Ombudsman complements the Government’s VET Student Loans program that began this year to replace VET FEE-HELP to ensure students and taxpayers are protected and to help rebuild the reputation of Australia’s high-quality vocational education sector.

“The establishment of an independent dispute resolution process through the VET Student Loans Ombudsman, with the power to adequately investigate complaints, will give students confidence that their complaints will be treated seriously.

“The new safeguards we’ve put in place mean students can have confidence that the training they are receiving is aligned to workplace needs and strong employment outcomes, and is being delivered by training providers who have met the tougher benchmarks we have set. At the same time, taxpayers can have confidence the loans the Government is providing are for genuine students, learning skills that will contribute to the economy and increasing the likelihood the loans will be repaid.” 

Minister Birmingham said he had “beefed up” the Department of Education and Training’s powers to help students who had been exploited by shonky providers under VET FEE-HELP, but that the Ombudsman would build on that work.

“A specialist complaints team has been operating in the Department since May last year to help those students who have been ripped off under VET FEE-HELP,” Minister Birmingham said. 

“Importantly, the Ombudsman will also ensure students under the previous VET FEE-HELP scheme have an appropriate avenue to direct their complaints and investigate any debt disputes.” 

The Ombudsman will operate as part of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and will:

• give providers advice and training about best practice for the handling of complaints made by VET students,

• review provider compliance with program requirements, 

• make recommendations to providers and the department arising from its enquiries; and 

• work with the sector to develop a code of practice.

For further information please click here.

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National Youth Week 31 March to 9 April 2017

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.

It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments. Young people have the opportunity to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It also lets them have a lot of fun.

To find further information on what’s happening around Victoria please click here.

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NCVER Update

Student entitlement models proving effective in Victoria

A new study, commissioned by NCVER, investigates the results of the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) between January 2011 and June 2012, with those aged 25 to 54 years. It finds that Victorians who make use of government subsidies for up-skilling are making smart choices, opting for courses that match labour market needs and offer good graduate salaries.

 

AVETMISS news for RTOs

Close off date for AVETMISS reporting – 28 February

If you’re a registered training organisation in the process of submitting your 2016 AVETMISS fee-for-service data direct to NCVER, please note that there are only a few working days left before the collection window closes on 28 February 2017 (5pm ACDT). As the end of the collection approaches, the Client Support team are particularly busy so please allow sufficient time to meet your reporting deadline.

If your RTO did not conduct any training during 2016, please note you are required to submit a nil activity return using the AVETMISS Validation Software – they are no longer able to accept emails and statutory declarations. Please see the fact sheet on How to submit a nil return for further information.

Please note, no reporting extensions will be available for reporting 2016 AVETMISS data.

NCVER's client support team are available Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 5:00pm, and can be contacted by:

• submitting the AVETMISS Support contact form

• emailing support@ncver.edu.au or

• by phoning 08 8230 8400 or toll free 1800 649 452.

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ACNC - Fundraising guidance now available

The ACNC has published a range of guidance for charities, including:

• information on the different obligations organisations may have to state or territory regulators

• guidance on working with fundraising agencies

• a guide to help charities engage responsibly with vulnerable people when conducting fundraising activities

For more information please click here.

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Mental Health Awareness - ‘Are You OK’

AEN is hosting a Mental Health Workshop for GTO Members aimed specifically at Field Officers and other staff that have direct contact with apprentices and trainees.

Premium Health will conduct a 3-hour session raising awareness and highlighting the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Premium Health, an accredited national RTO, is an organisation, which provides engaging and innovative health and wellbeing training in the form of various First Aid and Mental Health Crisis (First Aid) training.

Topics include:

• Knowledge to recognise acute signs and symptoms of common mental health problems

• What to say – Are You OK?

• Engage and support a person during a crisis situation

• Where to direct the person to seek help

Participants will receive a Statement of Participation upon completion.

Registration Details

Date and time:          Wednesday, 22 March from 10.00am – 1.00pm

Location:                   AEN Office, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne

Cost:                          Free for AEN & VTA Members

Non-Member Cost:   $50 incl. gst.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please visit our website for further details.

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The Needanapprentice website currently has 173 job ads and 11 resumes online.

If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to register your details on the website to gain access to the apprentice listings and post your vacancies.

Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

If you need any assistance with registering, posting a vacancy or would like further information please contact the AEN office on 9639 3955 or email info@aen.org.au