Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 33

Friday, 11th September 2020
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Upcoming Events

15 Sep - Financial Controllers & IR Network Meeting

30 Oct - AEN Skilling Now Conference

10 Nov - OHS Network Meeting

13 Nov - AEN AGM and Mini Conference

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 almost 440 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 has had almost 650 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

Last week, 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.

R U OK? Day - Thursday 10 September

Thursday 10 September was R U OK? Day.

The message for R U OK? Day for 2020 is:

R U OK Day
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us.

R U OK? Day helps assist Australians to know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK.

By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.

Learn what to say after R U OK? and download FREE resources for tips and ideas to help you share the message in your community.

Independent Assessment of Apprentices & Trainees


OECD Global Report - Employment Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the worst jobs crises since the Great Depression.

There is a real danger that the crisis will increase poverty and widen inequalities, with the impact felt for years to come.

Countries now need to do everything they can to stop this jobs crisis from turning into a social crisis.

Reconstructing a better and more resilient labour market is an essential investment in the future and in future generations.

Unemployment will remain high into 2021

Unemployment is projected to reach nearly 10% in OECD countries by the end of 2020, up from 5.3% at year-end 2019, and to go as high as 12% should a second pandemic wave hit.

A jobs recovery is not expected until after 2021.

The report provides a range of comparisons on employment activity between OECD countries (including Australia’s results)

October is National Safety Month

In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month - a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.

This year’s theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.

Workplaces have had to quickly adapt their practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks arising from COVID-19 and to manage the psychological effects of the pandemic on workers.

This week is also National Electrical Safety Week.

The aim of Electricity Safety Week is to teach children to stay safe around electricity both at home and outdoors. The interactive program shows young people how electricity works, how to use it and how to stay safe around it.

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
The Victorian Training Awards finalists have been 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.

NCVER Update

Most trade apprentices who don’t complete their training cite employment-related reasons for leaving, highlighting how crucial the employer’s role is in supporting them to finish their apprenticeships.

The new report Traditional trade apprenticeships: experiences and outcomes examines findings from focus groups held with apprentices and a 2019 survey to understand their perspective on what’s effective, what’s not, and what needs improvement.

It shows that trade apprentices report high levels of satisfaction with their off-the-job training even if they don’t complete their apprenticeship.

The differences are with their on-the-job experiences; non-completers are much less satisfied with their working conditions, supervision, pay, types of work, and their relationships with co-workers than those who complete their apprenticeships.
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