Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 32

Friday, 4th September 2020
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GTO Managers Meeting

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its thirteenth week, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 420 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 almost 50 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 has had over 630 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.

Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Program Launched

This morning - Friday 4 September - in Ballarat, Minister Jaala Pulford - Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business announced the Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Program.

The Victorian Government has provided $500 million to the Working for Victoria initiative to help our community and contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Package (VARP) is funded by the Victorian Government ($9.0million) and will follow the criteria of the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) and offers young people full time apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in the Victorian Public Service or local government.

The program will provide young people aged 15 to 24 with an opportunity to work for a minimum of 12 months while completing and accredited traineeship or apprenticeship. VARP aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged young people in the workforce, while assisting communities to meet future skill and employment needs.
VARP Launch - Dean Luciani, Lauren Salter and Gary Workman
This program will be available to all Victorian State and Local government departments and agencies through their local GTO, with the goal of having a wide spread of the 300+jobs available across all regions of Victoria. AEN are managing this program.

Training qualifications may include:
  • Business administration and IT
  • Landscaping / parks and gardens
  • Automotive mechanic
  • Building maintenance / plumbing / electrical / carpentry
  • Child care, Aged care, community services
  • Sport and recreation
A minimum of 300 new apprenticeships and traineeship places will be available to a maximum value of $30,000 (inc GST) per placement including all training related costs.

For further information see the Victorian Government Media Release and the Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Package on the AEN website.

National Skills Commission Identify Emerging Occupations within Australia

The National Skills Commission (NSC) has developed a data-driven approach to identify emerging occupations within Australia.

By identifying emerging skills and looking at how these skills change existing jobs, we can identify emerging or new jobs in the labour market, and can help build the skilled, resilient and adaptable workforce we need now, and for years to come.
Emerging Occupations
Figure 1_ Emerging occupations identified by the National Skills Commission
To access the full report please visit National Skills Commission.

Independent Assessment of Apprentices & Trainees


What do employers need to know about apprenticeships, but don't?

When taking on a new apprentice, are employers fully aware of processes, procedures and legal requirements of both them and the apprentice?

To help answer these and other questions, AATIS will be carrying out a survey of our network partners asking them what employers lack in knowledge about taking on an apprentice.

We hope also to be able to create a way of understanding how to reach employers that may never have considered taking on an apprentice before.

They invite stakeholders working within the apprenticeships space to participate in the survey.

Adult Learners Week - 1-8 September

Renew You
Adult Learners Week is celebrated at the beginning of Spring with hundreds of events and activities promoting the benefits of learning.

There are so many opportunities to learn available across Australia.

Adult Learners Week is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment and coordinated by Adult Learning Australia.

Adult Learners Week runs from 1–8 September and incorporates International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8.

Adult Learners Week in Australia is part of an international festival of adult learning.

The move to create broad celebration of adult learning began with the American Association for the Advancement of Education (AAAE) in the late 1980s. In 1990, governments met in Jomtien for the Education for All world conference.

The aim of this conference was to set goals for:
  • universal access to and completion of primary education
  • reducing the adult illiteracy rate to one half its 1990 level by 2000
For further information please visit Adult Learners Week.

AEN Industry Awards - Nominations Now Open

AEN Awards Now Open
The AEN Industry Award Nominations opened this week on the 24 August. The awards celebrate the dedication and achievements of apprentices and trainees, group training organisations and businesses committed to the development of apprentices and trainees.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Overcoming adversity awards
  • GTO service excellence awards
  • OH&S service excellence award
  • STAR awards (apprentice/ trainee)
  • GTO staff service awards
  • Lifetime achievement awards
  • GAN Apprenticeship scholarship
  • GAN apprenticeship development initiative
If you know someone who deserves recognition nominate them here.

Nominations close 30 September 2020
AEn Awards

New Infection Control Training is Now able to be Delivered to Victorian Workers

Stop the Spread
The Infection Control Training is a mixture of 25 hours of online learning and workplace-based assessment and is available to customer-facing workers in critical industries.

There is also specific training available for retail, hospitality, and logistics and transport sectors.

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are jointly funding delivery of the training to Victorian workers, which will enable more than 20,000 workers in critical industries to receive training.
After completion of the training, they will be able to confidently:
  • follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards.
Participants will learn a range of skills, including:
  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Effective surface cleaning
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Disposal of contaminated waste
  • Hazard identification, control and reporting
  • Appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • Knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission
Both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments want everyone to know that infection control training, so vital right now, is available to employees and businesses. The aim is to have a safe and resilient workforce, ready to keep our businesses and community healthy as we move towards a COVID-safe environment.

Victorian Training Awards - Finalists Announced

Victorian Training Awards
On Tuesday this week the Victorian Training Awards finalists were announced.

Individual categories
  • Apprentice of the Year: Nellie Baker, Joel Handcock, and Shona McGuigan
  • Trainee of the Year: Tamara Eldridge, Nicholas Steer and Nicole Barrow
  • Vocational Student of the Year: Simon Watts, Scott Tomlinson and Bethany Peele
  • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Van Sui Thawng, Darian Burgess and Callum Howden
  • Koorie Student of the Year: Grace Stewart, Elva Smerotkins and Matthew Atkinson
  • Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award: Kevin Nunn (TAFE Gippsland, Marina McGrath (Bendigo Kangan Institute) and Torin Coakley (Bendigo TAFE)
Employer categories
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Mambourin Enterprises
  • Large Employer of the Year: Swan Plumbing Supplies
Industry Collaboration Award
  • Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative Swinburne University of Technology & Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative
  • SuniTAFE Aged Care Leadership Development Collaboration (Sunraysia Institute of TAFE & Chaffey Aged Care)
  • IBM ANZ (Federation TAFE & IBM Australia Ltd)
Training Provider categories
  • Community Training Provider of the Year: The Centre for Continuing Education, Cire Services Inc. and Williamstown Community and Education Centre Inc.
  • Inclusive Training Provider of the Year: GOTAFE, Box Hill Institute and National Food Institute
  • Small Training Provider of the Year: Health Carers International Pty Ltd, Builders Academy Australia and Ringwood Training
  • Large Training Provider of the Year: GOTAFE, South West Institute of TAFE and Box Hill Institute
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney say, “Despite a challenging year, these Awards continue to highlight the strength of Victoria’s vocational education and training sector and we look forward to sharing these successes over the coming weeks and months.”

Due to coronavirus restrictions, this year winners will be announced as part of a new, virtual format.

Congratulations to all the Victorian Training Awards 2020 Finalists.

Worksafe Australia COVID-19 Resources

Over the past month or so Worksafe Australia have been developing a wide range of COVID-19 industry specific resources including;

  • Signage and posters
  • Risk assessments
  • Resource kits for business
  • Small Business Hub
  • Information in a wide range of languages
Further information and access to these FREE resources is available.

Expert Panel Recommends New Standardised NAPLAN Test

An independent review of NAPLAN commissioned by Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT is recommending an overhaul of the national standardised assessment to ensure that it meets the needs of schools, parents and students now and into the future.

The report was presented at today’s Education Council meeting of state, territory and federal ministers and will now be considered and brought back to a future meeting for a decision on the recommendations.

The Review, conducted by Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw, Emeritus Professor Bill Louden, and Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, considered standardised assessment practices across the world, the uses of NAPLAN data, and the content and delivery of the assessment itself.

These recommendations address longstanding criticisms and concerns with NAPLAN and provide a blueprint for high-quality online national standardised assessment fit for the 21st century.

The NAPLAN Review Final Report released today recommends that:
  • The current testing of students in Year 9 should move to Year 10 to enable greater engagement and to provide students with a more accurate indicator of learning achievement prior to their commencement of senior secondary education. This will also give secondary schools much more flexibility in how they structure their year 9 programs.
  • The test should be brought forward from May to as early as possible in the year, so that results can be used more productively by schools and teachers. Students and teachers should also get results within one week of the test. This will help schools avoid feeling the need to ‘teach to the test’ each year.
  • The tests should move beyond literacy and numeracy to include a new assessment of critical and creative thinking in STEM. This would replace the current NAP Science Literacy test conducted every three years. Critical and creative thinking is widely regarded as a key skill for the contemporary workforce. Assessment of critical and creative thinking in this way would place Australia as a world leader.
  • Substantial changes should be made to the writing assessment to address long-standing criticisms that the current approach merely encourages formulaic responses.
  • National standardised tests should continue as universal, rather than sample, tests because of the valuable information they provide to schools, as well as students and parents.
  • The new test will be called Australian National Standardised Assessments (ANSA), to reflect the significant redevelopment of the national standardised assessment.
The report’s recommendations reflect the widely held views of educators that substantial reforms are needed to ensure standardised testing remains a source of important and relevant information on learning progress.

The NAPLAN Review Final Report is available.
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