Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 28

Friday, 7th August 2020
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Upcoming Events

12 Aug
QA Standards Network Meeting

24-28 Aug
AEN Industry Update Series

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its eleventh week, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 260 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis.

The top 3 sectors represented are:
  1. Building and Construction
  2. Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
  3. Automotive and Boating
The top 3 occupations are the:
  1. Electrical Trades
  2. Plumbing and Roofing
  3. Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinetmaking
First year apprentices make up over 45 percent of those seeking assistance and while regional Victoria has been affected slightly, the vast majority of participants are located in the Metro Melbourne area.

We have also seen employer confidence in the economy boost with more job vacancies being listed on last month. The register currently has almost 600 job vacancies listed.

The program aims to assist apprentices and trainees who have lost their employment complete their training.

For Individuals

Apprentices and trainees who have lost their employment are encouraged to register.

Once on the register, apprentices and trainees will be assisted by one of our program officers until placed with a host employer through a Group Training Organisation (GTO) or directly with an employer.

Program officers will also help direct you to the most appropriate advice and assistance while you remain out of employment.

For Employers

Employers who have job vacancies for apprentices or trainees can submit them on the vacancy register.

Our program officers will match your vacancy with suitable candidates for you to interview.

Employers may also be eligible for Australian Government incentives.

For further information or to register for the program please visit Apprenticeship Employment Network.

COVID-19 Restrictions

Earlier this week, Premier Daniel Andrews made an announcement regarding tighter restrictions for both Metro Melbourne (Stage 4) and Regional Victoria (stage 3) including new restrictions for businesses

From 6pm on last Sunday evening, Victoria entered a State of Disaster. This will give the Police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions.

Melbourne moved to Stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people. This includes a curfew – from 8pm to 5am. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be permitted work (with work permit) , medical care and caregiving. There are also changes to the Construction Sector.

Study at TAFE must be done remotely.

From 11.59pm on Wednesday (7 Aug), Regional Victoria returned to Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions. This means there are only four reasons to leave your home: shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise and work or study.

Businesses in Regional Victoria also returned to Stage 3 restrictions. This means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close and community sport will discontinue. For more information on business support and COVID Safe plans for business, please visit Business Victoria.

From midnight on Sunday 2 August the wearing of facemasks applies to all Victorians - including across Regional Victoria.

Employers must take reasonable steps to ensure that workers wear a face covering at all times when working in their business.

Further information can be accessed from WorkSafe Victoria and DHHS to help prevent and manage the risk of exposure to COVID-19, and to understand your legal obligations.

Independent Assessment of Apprentices & Trainees


Employers Must Notify WorkSafe of COVID-19 Cases

Employers are now required to notify WorkSafe immediately when they become aware a worker has received a confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis.

The new Regulations, made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and require employers and self-employed persons, with management or control of a workplace to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware that:
  • an employee, independent contractor, employee of the independent contractor or self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) and;
  • the employee, independent contractor, employee of the independent contractor or self-employed person has attended the workplace within the relevant infection period.
For information and how to report a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis visit WorkSafe Victoria.

Mental Health Support for Youth

On Thursday afternoon the National Health Minister Hon. Greg Hunt announced that additional funding will be provided to a number of support services.

Additional outreach support for youth will be provided by:
For further information please visit please visit Australian Government.

AEN Video Conference Week - 24-28 August

During National Skills Week (21-28 August), the AEN will host a series of free video conference presentations and interactive workshops to provide VET updates to our member network.

The AEN has scheduled 10 speakers from State and Federal Government and other industry stakeholders to provide updates via video conference.
Monday 24 August

10.00am - 11.30am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Tuesday 25 August

10.00am - 11.00am

Wednesday 26 August

10.00am - 11.00am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Thursday 27 August

10.00am - 11.00am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Friday 28 August

10.00am - 11.00am

Carl Walsh - Manager, Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Engagement Participation & Inclusion Division - HESG
Department of Education and Training Victoria

Simon Smith & Diana McGowan

Gary Workman - Executive Director
Apprenticeship Employment Network
AEN Industry Update (Including OH&S update)

Linda White - Assistant Secretary
Workforce and Apprenticeships Industry Branch
Australian Govt Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Peta Skujins - Director

Gina Chinnery
(Youth Mental Health in a COVID-19 Environment)

Grant Lovelock - Assistant Secretary
Tiffany Blight - Executive Director
National Careers Institute
Department of Education, Skills & Employment

Janet Nicholson
(IR / Awards Update)

Prof. John Buchanan
Dr. Lisa Fowkes
(The impacts of COVID-19 and a way forward)
Registrations are now open.

Support Payments for Victorian Workers who are Self-Isolating or Quarantining

The Victorian Government is providing one-off payments to financially support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

Please visit DHHS for further information.

Victorian Training Awards - Download the APP

Victorian Training Awards
Download the app to stay informed about key activities in the program, including the judging process, announcement of finalists, gala schedule, voting dates for the People’s Choice Award, and much more.

You can also read about the VTA’s history and success stories of past winners and finalists.

Follow these easy steps to download the app:
Key upcoming dates
  • 22 July-15 August: Shortlisting
  • 17 August: All nominees notified
  • 17-28 August: Finalist interviews
For further information please visit Victorian State Government - Victorian Training Awards.

Skills Ministers Meet to Support Australia’s Critical Skills Needs in Response to COVID-19

Skills Ministers met on Friday last week to advance priorities to support Australia’s critical skills and training needs in response to COVID-19 and to continue progressing long-term reforms that will deliver a strong vocational education and training (VET) system for students, employers and industry.

Skills Ministers confirmed the central role that an accessible, relevant and high quality training system will have in Australia’s economic recovery.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the JobTrainer Fund is expected to provide for around an additional 340,700 training places for school leavers, and help upskill and retrain jobseekers.

“JobTrainer is a significant joint investment by the Commonwealth and states and territories in skills and in supporting people into jobs,” Minister Cash said. “It will not only be central to providing Australians with new opportunities, but it will be central to our economic recovery.”

The Skills Council also discussed new architecture for Commonwealth-State relations under National Cabinet and the National Federation Reform Council.

The National Cabinet Review of COAG Councils and Ministerial Forums is currently underway, with recommendations on the best model for Commonwealth-State relations expected in September 2020.

Skills Ministers will continue to meet to discuss priorities, regulatory and legislative requirements including:
  • The VET reform roadmap will be updated to reflect the impact of COVID-19
  • The need to support apprentices and trainees most affected by COVID-19
  • A new model for Commonwealth-State agreement to replace the COAG arrangements.
For further information please visit Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

NCI Website & JEDI

Recently, the National Careers Institute updated their website.

The site has a wide range of information including a job vacancy board, find your nearest RTO and matching your personal skills to a career.
NCI Website

August is Tradies National Health Month

Tradies National Health Month raises awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations-among tradies themselves, their families, employers and the wider community.

With statistics showing almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involving tradies, despite making up only 35 per cent of the workforce, tradies’ health must be everyone’s priority.

Help spread the message and keep Aussie tradies healthy.

There are a range of free tips and resources to encourage tradies to look after their most valuable asset - their health.

For further information please visit the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

JobKeeper Update

Today, the Commonwealth Government announced further changes to adjust the reference date for employee eligibility and make it easier for organisations to qualify for the JobKeeper Payment extension from 28 September 2020.

For full details of the changes visit the Treasury website.

Information about the operation of the existing JobKeeper Payment until 27 September 2020 is available on the ATO website.

NCVER Update

This week the NCVER released a new report on VET in schools for 2019.

The latest annual data shows the number of school students undertaking VET as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education has increased by 2.2 per cent to 235,800.

VET in Schools 2019 shows there were 17,100 school-based apprentices and trainees and 218,700 students undertaking other VET in Schools programs in 2019.

Certificate II qualifications continue to be the most popular for VET in Schools students with 56.2 per cent of VET in Schools students enrolled in these qualifications.

In trend terms, the relative mix and levels of enrolments by industry Training Packages has remained fairly stable over the last five years, however, it is notable that the number of VET in Schools students enrolled in the Information and Communications Technology training package has halved between 2015 and 2019.
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