Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 38

Monday, 27th May 2019
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Upcoming Events

23 Oct - Cross-cultural Responsiveness
13 Nov - OHS Network Meeting
22 Nov - AGM & Awards Dinner
Click here for all upcoming events.

Minister Tierney Announces Ongoing GTO Funding in Victoria

AEN Board and Mandy Macdonald with Minister Tierney
On Thursday morning this week Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Gayle Tierney, visited local GTO BGT in Ballarat to announce three years of group training funding.

Thousands of Victorian apprentices and trainees will get the support they need to finish their training and get a job thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Minister Tierney announced $9.3 million in funding for Victoria’s GTOs to support around 21,000 apprentices and trainees over the next three years.

GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host employers – including rotations between employers to ensure they gain the broad experience they need to get a qualification.

They provide a one-stop-shop to make it easier for employers to deal with the multitude of service providers and agencies associated with the training apprentices, delivery of off-the-job training and compliance with employment conditions.
Minister Tierney with BGT with Workshop Apprentices
Minister Tierney with BGT Apprentices
Minister Tierney with Channel 9 Crew
BGT Foreman with Mandy Macdonald and Minister Tierney
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“Group Training Organisations play a crucial role supporting Victorians to develop the skills they need to get long-lasting and rewarding jobs.”

Quotes Attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“We’re strengthening apprenticeships and traineeships to give people in the Ballarat region the skills they need to get a job.”

Over the past 33 years Victorian group training organisations have supported over 170,000 apprentices and trainees.

Group Training was initially established in Victoria in the mid 1980s to support local communities, small business and youth with a skilled employment pathway.

Today in Victoria there are 24 registered GTOs that support over 7000 apprentices and trainees each year across the state in a wide range of skills.

Thank you to BGT and GTO members who were able to attend the Ministers announcement.

For further information read the Minister's Press Release and AEN Press Release.

AEN 2018 Annual Awards – Finalists Announced

This year AEN received a record number of entries for our annual awards.

The 2018 AEN Annual Award finalist are:

ATOA Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Australian Super
(winner receives $250 gift card)

  • Daniel Aarons - Gforce
  • Thofan Boontham - SMGT
  • Ethan Hardwick - CVGT
  • Katrina Palmer - Gforce
  • Nathan Ramsbotham - AGA
Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by VicSuper
(winner receives $250 gift card)
  • Abbey Halton - Gforce
  • Kyle Lancaster - Programmed
  • Craig McCauley - CVGT
  • Lucy Smeaton - AFL Sports Ready
  • Rosalie Summers - Westvic Staffing Solutions
STAR (Stop Taking A Risk) Apprentice/Trainee Award - Sponsored by EML
  • Joel Hancock-Bice - BGT
  • Jayden Mollica - Programmed
  • Brody Murphy - Gforce

OHS Service Excellence Award - Sponsored by EML
  • TBA
GTO Service Excellence Award - Sponsored by MARSH
  • AGA - South East Automotive Transition Program
  • Skillinvest - Jobs Victoria Indigenous Employment Program
  • Westvic Staffing Solutions - Glenormiston Agricultural College Project
  • Victorian Group Training - "Speak Up" App
Thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to enter the awards.

The calibre of nomination was extremely high which made the judges decisions tough.

Congratulations to all finalists.

We look forward to hearing more at the awards dinner on Thursday 22 November at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown.

Tickets are now on sale through our new online registration process.

OECD Release Report: Seven Questions about Apprenticeships

Seven Questions
On Tuesday this week the OECD released a report titled: Seven Questions about Apprenticeships.

After a period of relative neglect in many countries, apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning are experiencing a revival.

Their effectiveness in easing school-to-work transitions and serving the economy is increasingly recognised. However, engaging individuals, employers, social partners and education and training systems in such learning remains a significant challenge.

In light of this, Seven Questions about Apprenticeships draws out policy messages on how to design and implement high-quality apprenticeships, using material from the OECD project Work-based Learning in Vocational Education and Training.

It presents answers to seven questions commonly asked by governments and practitioners seeking to either introduce or reform apprenticeship systems for young people and/or older workers.

The study establishes principles of effective practice by building on new analytical work and examples of effective practice from around the world.

The questions explored in the report are;

1: Can apprenticeships provide a useful contribution in every country?
2: Should employers receive financial incentives for providing apprenticeships?
3: What is the right wage for apprentices?
4: How long should an apprenticeship last?
5: How to ensure a good learning experience at work?
6: How to make apprenticeships work for youth at risk?
7: How to attract potential apprentices?

For further information and to access the powerpoint presentation and the 142 page report please visit the OECD website.

Upcoming AEN Events

October 2018

23 - Cross Cultural Responsiveness Workshop

November 2018

13 - OHS Network Meeting
22 - AGM & Annual Awards Dinner
23 - Codehouse User Group Workshop

For further information and to register please see the AEN Event Calendar.

Upcoming Workshops from Bully Zero Australia

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Bully Zero Australia Foundation would like to offer an opportunity to Stamp Out Bullying, by engaging in our Bullying Prevention Programs and bring us one step closer to Creating A World Free From Bullying.

Programs include:
  • General Bullying Prevention Program, covering all aspects of bullying (delivered to age appropriate groups from primary to tertiary and parents)
  • Cyber Safety Program (delivered to age appropriate groups from primary to tertiary and parents)
  • Specialised Program for Senior/VCAL students in preparation for the work force
  • Work Place Program for Organisations (delivered to teacher/staff as personal development training in organisations)
For more information visit the Bully Zero Australia website.

October is National Health & Safety Month

Health and Safety Month 2018
The Worksafe Australia website has a wide range of resources and information to assist everyone within your organisation develop a better understanding of workplace health and safety requirements including;

The latest data

Check out the fatality and injury infographics by state or industry.

Explore statistics and research into work health and safety in Australia – there is something relevant to your line of work.

Working safely in your language

Information sheets in 20 languages that provide clear, simple information about working safely in Australia. They explain that employers must look after the health and safety of workers and that a worker must look after their own health and safety, and include a checklist for new workers to use when starting a new job and a list of government work health and safety and workers’ compensation contacts.

Frequently asked questions

Who’s responsible?

While the Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing the WHS laws in their jurisdictions, we all have a responsibility and duty for building a safe workplace around us.

Who has a duty?

Business owners, managers and employers owe a duty to employees to ensure ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ their health and safety at work.

What is regulation?

In Australia, ‘regulation’ is the process by which the model WHS laws are enforced. State-based WHS agencies – often called ‘regulators’ – enforce the model WHS laws in their jurisdiction.

What are the costs of poor safety?

Poor WHS can cause injury, illness and even death. While the emotional cost cannot be underestimated, the financial cost to the whole Australian community is staggering – in 2012–13 work related injury and illness cost $61.8 billion.

This figure includes both direct and indirect costs: workers’ compensation premiums, compensation payments to injured or incapacitated workers, loss of productivity, current and future earnings, potential output, and the cost of providing social welfare programs for injured or incapacitated workers.

Read statistics on the cost of injury and illness by:

What is good work design?

‘Good work’ is healthy and safe work, where the hazards and risks are eliminated or minimised. Good work is also where the work design optimises human performance, job satisfaction and productivity.
Good work contains positive work elements that can:
  • protect workers from harm to their health, safety and welfare.
  • improve worker health and wellbeing.
  • improve business success through higher worker productivity.
Designing good work starts at the conceptual and planning phases. At this early stage, there is greatest chance of finding ways to design out hazards, incorporate effective risk control measures and design in efficiencies.

Effective design of good work considers:
  • the work.
  • the physical working environment, and
  • the workers.
Read more about good work design and download a copy of our Principles of Good Work Design handbook.

What is the hierarchy of control?

The hierarchy of control can help you identify ways to control risks to health and safety by ranking them.

The model WHS laws require duty holders to work through this hierarchy when managing health and safety risks.

Read more about identifying, assessing and controlling hazards.

What is a hazard?

A ‘hazard’ is a situation or thing that has the potential to harm a person. Hazards at work may include noisy machinery, a moving forklift, chemicals, electricity, working at height, a repetitive job, and bullying and violence.

What is a risk?

A ‘risk’ is the possibility that harm – death, injury or illness – might occur when exposed to a hazard.

Who do you call?

To report a WHS incident or to discuss how you can make your workplace safer, contact the WHS authority in your jurisdiction.

Please help share this information within your organisations, and with your apprentices/ trainees and host employers during October.

For further information please visit the Safe Work Australia website.

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