Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 31

Tuesday, 26th March 2019
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Upcoming Events

4 Sept - Generation Gap Training
18 Sept - GTO Managers Nework Meeting
25 Sept - RTO Workshop
Click here for all upcoming events.

2018 Victorian Training Awards

2018 Victorian Training Awards Winners
On Friday evening last week Victorian women took centre stage at the 64th Victorian Training Awards, which recognises the high-quality training being delivered across the state.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney congratulated the 13 winners of the annual awards for apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers for their contribution and dedication to excellence in training.

Women took out the top gongs for Apprentice of the Year, School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, Teacher/Trainer of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, as well as the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Award Winners:

Vocational Student of the Year - Elise Stewart

Koorie Student of the Year - Lewis Brown

Trainee of the Year - Amanda Woodhams

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - Sophie Babycz

Apprentice of the Year & Peoples Choice Award Winner - Alyssa Heard
To view Alyssa Heard's accomplishments, please go to Victorian Training Awards

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development - Nazareth Care

Industry Collaboration Award - Holmesglen Healthscope Industry Collaboration

Inclusive Training Provider of the Year - Melbourne Polytechnic

Large Training Provider of the Year - Wodonga Institute of TAFE

The gala prizewinning ceremony saw 13 winners selected from 39 finalists, with the winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Winners from eligible categories will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November

Congratulations to a number of our members who were also finalists on the night, including:
  • AFL Sportsready
  • AiGroup
  • Gforce
  • SMGT
  • Holmesglen
For further information please click here.

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announces New Cabinet

On Sunday this week, the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his new cabinet ministers, with changes to both the education and vocational education and skills portfolios.

Michaelia Cash - Minister for Small Business, Skills and Vocational Education
Click here for her professional biography.

Dan Tehan - Minister for Education and Training

Other ministers include:
  • Michael McCormack - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • Marise Payne - Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Simon Birmingham - Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
  • Mathias Cormann - Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State, Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer
  • Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Women, Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations
  • Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence
  • Steve Ciobo, Minister for Defence Industry
  • Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
  • Christian Porter, Attorney-General
  • Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs
  • David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
  • Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
  • Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts
  • Greg Hunt, Minister for Health
  • Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Sport, Minister for Regional Communications
  • Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Digital Transformation
  • Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services
  • Melissa Price, Minister for the Environment
  • Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy
  • David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
  • David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
  • Alan Tudge, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

    For further information please visit Parliament of Australia.

National Skills Week - Victorian Launch

National Skills Week Minister Tierney
On Monday evening this week Minister Gayle Tierney launched National Skills week at Box Hill Institute.

Events will be held across Victoria to showcase that more than ever, the skills needed for jobs in high-demand. To make it easier for Victorians to get the training they need to get a job, the Victorian Government has launched two new online tools for people looking to re-skill or change careers.

Skills Switch and Career Switch will support students, retrenched workers and those seeking a career change to identify occupations into which they can readily transfer, and the required skills and qualifications.

Career Switch supports people looking for a career change by building on the skills they already have. The tool works by using users’ existing occupations to identify alternatives in which they can transfer into based on industry, field of education, skill level and wages.

Skills Switch helps prospective students determine whether the skills they have gained from a previous training provider and training qualification are likely to count towards a new course.

The tools also support users by identifying occupation demand and labour market conditions as well as qualification and licencing requirements for each occupation.
Skills Gateway
For further information please visit the Victorian Skills Gateway and the Minister's press release.

Adult Learners Take Centre Stage At Learn Local Awards

Learners, teachers and education providers from across Victoria have been recognised for their outstanding efforts transforming lives through adult community education at the 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Learn Local providers make a huge difference in their communities delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

The awards recognise the contribution of more than 300 Learn Local providers primarily focused on delivering pre-accredited and foundation level training in Victoria.

Winners include:

Ro Allen Award Recognising Pre - Accredited Learner Excellence - David Hayes

The Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award - Amy Schofield

The Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award - Manningham Learns, a strategic alliance of five neighbourhood houses in Melbourne East


The Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award - Kensigton Neibourhood House


For more information, including background on the winners vist Ministers Press Release.

Updated Victorian GTO Payroll Tax Exempt List

During August this year, the Victorian Government approved an updated list of approved Group Training Organisations for payroll tax emption.

As many would know the list was last updated in 2009 and many changes have occurred within the industry over this period.

The new list also takes into consideration GTOs that have had a legal name change or merged with other organisations. The new list comes into effect from 1 July 2018, with the old list ceasing on 30 June 2018.

To find out further information please visit the State Revenue Office or access the Victorian Gazette.

AEN Field Officers Conference

Field Officers Conference 2018
A big thank you to our delegates who attended the Field Officers Conference, held at the Rendezvous Hotel last Thursday and Friday. We would like to that the following speakers:

DET - Maree Bovell

Intowork - Dr Paul Scofield

A&D Education Specialists - Ashley Gurney

Elevate Men's Potential - Aaron Shultz

A special thanks to Bethany Simpson (SMGT), our guest speaker for dinner and our MC Peter Treseder.

Conference delegates will receive an online survey to complete, when this is complete you will gain access to the speakers presentations.

AEN Awards - Nominatons Open

Nominations for the 2018 AEN Annual Awards opened on the 1 August.

Each year AEN presents a number of awards to recognise the great work apprentices, trainees, GTOs and their staff do across the State.

Awards include:
  • ATO Best Victorian Apprentice and Trainee Award
  • Outstanding OH&S Initiative Award
  • GTO Service Excellence Award
  • OH&S STAR Award
  • GTO Industry Service Awards
  • AEN Lifetime Achievement Awards
The awards will be presented at the AEN annual dinner on Thursday 22 November.

Tickets will be available shortly.

Nominations close 28 September.

To access all the nomination forms and further details please visit the AEN website.

After the ATAR II – New Report

Year 13 has just completed a report titled 'After The ATAR II: Understanding How Gen Z Make Decisions About Their Future'. The report explores what young people (15-24) believe influences their decisions about their future.

With more than 4,800 responses, Year 13 hopes that the report will help educators and employers gain a greater insight into the minds of today’s young people and how to communicate with them more effectively.

You can find out more about the report and get a copy at the Year 13 website.

VRQA Update

Approved training schemes list (updated July 2018)

The VRQA determines which qualifications are available as apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria. These are called approved training schemes and include terms and conditions, such as:

  • whether a qualification is available as an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • the nominal duration of an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • probationary periods.
Approved training schemes also specify minimum hours for employment and training for apprentices and trainees.

VRQA usually update approved training scheme after a new training package has been released. They can also update training schemes to meet industry requests.

Updated approved training schemes list can be found at the VRQA website.

VET Reporting Reminder and Updated Provider Guidlines - Now Available

VRQA Guidlines for VET Providers
We have amended our Guidelines for VET Providers to reflect changes to the Training and Education Training Package.

Earlier this year the Training and Education Training Package was updated. The core units added to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification were:

  • TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools and
  • TAELLN411 Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Skills.
To reflect these changes and maintain consistency at national level, we amended our Guidelines for VET Providers.

For a copy of the updated guidelines please click here.

NCVER Update

National Skills Week 'Snapshots'

As you may know, National Skills Week 2018 began on Monday and runs until this Sunday 2 September.

This year’s theme is Real Skills for Real Careers: and highlights that VET qualifications can lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding careers prospects.

As part of this important week, NCVER has pulled together some National Skills Week ‘Snapshots’: quick info and charts based on NCVER data to dispel some myths and look at how VET really does create real skills for real careers.

The Daily Snapshots explore the following topics:

• Incomes of early career VET graduates
• VET improves problem solving skills
• VET leads to many of the fastest-growing occupations
• Barriers that 16-year-olds see to completing post-school study
• Why employers hire apprentices and trainees

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