Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 35

Friday, 25th September 2020
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Upcoming Events

29 Oct - AusSuper Economic Update

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 eighteenth week, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received almost 470 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 over 700 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.

October is Safety Awareness Month

WorkSafe Victoria’s Health and Safety Month is going virtual this October with a special online program to answer your coronavirus questions.

Health and Safety Month ‘Navigating through COVID-19’ will run from 6 October to 27 October 2020.

With more than a dozen free webinars and online sessions featuring guest speakers and industry experts covering topics like managing mental health through the pandemic, working remotely, leadership, fatigue, supporting injured workers and the impact on premiums.

All sessions will be interactive with presenters ready to answer your questions.

Some of the sessions include:
  • Surviving COVID-19 - a WorkSafe perspective
  • Leading the way: Industries innovating workplace mental health prevention
  • COVID-19 and Healthcare
  • Managing the risk of COVID-19; what does an inspector look for?
  • How the Building and Construction industry is dealing with COVID-19
  • How does COVID-19 impact your workcover premium
Health & Safety month events are free, but registration is essential.

AEN Industry Awards - Nominations Now Open

AEN Awards Now Open
The AEN Industry Award Nominations opened 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
To access the full list of award categories and online nomination forms please visit AEN - Awards.

Victorian Training Awards - VTA 2020 Virtual Events Series

Victorian Training Awards
It has been a challenging year for many Victorians due to the coronavirus pandemic, and, after much thought on how best to acknowledge achievements in the VET sector in these difficult circumstances, we’re delighted to announce the ‘VTA 2020 Virtual Events Series’ which will be hosted on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter channels instead of a physical gala as per previous years.

We are excited to share and celebrate the Winners of the most prestigious awards on the vocational education and training sector’s calendar via a new, innovative and exciting online virtual format.

As part of the virtual format, we will be developing a series of videos highlighting each of the finalists and their stories which will be shared on the VTA social media channels and other Victorian government channels from late October to mid-November.

This is a great opportunity for us to share the successes of the VTA finalists and the vocational education and training sector with an even bigger audience than would traditionally attend the physical gala, so we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, networks and through your organisational channels. We will be developing a stakeholder toolkit with images, posts and other information that you can share to help us promote the event.

We hope you can join us at the specified time for each event, which we will announce each week during October via social media and email letters and help us further celebrate our VTA2020 Finalists this year.

Stay tuned for more information and to find out who the VTA 2020 Winners will be!

Youth Action Project Grants Scheme

Grants ranging from $5,000 up to $20,000 are available for community projects that respond to employment, transport, mental health, COVID-19 and bushfires challenges that may be facing young people, aged 15-24 years.

To be eligible, projects can either be new or existing and must be of a non-commercial nature.

Funds can be used to pay for any type of relevant project, including staff, equipment, consumables and marketing costs.

The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme is delivered by the Australian Government's Department of Health which has engaged the Foundation for Young Australians to administer the applications and scheme.

The Foundation for Young Australians is a non-profit organisation committed and passionate about improving the outcomes and life opportunities for youth.

Applications close 7 October 2020 - APPLY NOW.

Grand Final Public Holiday - Friday 23 October

The Friday before the AFL Grand Final public holiday is scheduled for Friday 23rd October this year.

For further information, please visit Business Victoria - Public Holidays.

Tradeswomen Australia Foundation - Operation Protect and Serve Workshops

Tradeswomen Australia Foundation
Over the coming weeks Tradeswomen Australia Foundation are hosting a series of online workshops to support women.

Operation Protect and Serve Workshops
For further details and to register please visit Trades Women Australia.

AATIS Parent Survey on Career Advise to Youth

AATIS Parent Survey
The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) is undertaking research into careers engagement with parents. As part of this project, we are inviting parents and parents’ organisations to take part.

Parents have the biggest influence on the career choices of young people. It is important for students and young people who are planning their careers to have support in doing so.

This research will investigate what kinds of information can better equip parents to understand career pathways. This includes examining parents understanding of the relationship between Vocational Education and Training (VET), work and technology. We are also investigating how we can strengthen the support parents provide to young people in choosing post-school career pathways.

This research will involve a short online survey of parents which asks a series of questions about their perceptions of VET, their attitudes towards VET career pathways and their beliefs about the future of work.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home and Business Safety Plans

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home Safety Plan is available for download with hardcopy and translated versions available shortly.

The following documents are also available for download:
To access further information on COVID-19 restrictions and workplace plans, please visit Business Victoria.

NSC August 2020 Job Vacancy Report

The number of online job advertisements has increased according to the August Vacancy Report released by the National Skills Commission (NSC).

Across the three jobs boards monitored by the NSC, in seasonally adjusted terms, there were 133,400 newly lodged online job advertisements in August 2020, a 1.3% increase over the month.

Recruitment activity in Victoria fell a further 7.5% during August due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. This being said, the state has so far proved more resilient through current restrictions with 9,600 more jobs advertised in August 2020 compared to the series low in April 2020.

Although the national IVI has decreased by 19.5% over the year, job advertisements increased in Western Australia (up 10.6%), South Australia (10.2%) and Tasmania (1.9%) during this period.

Recruitment activity in Western Australia and South Australia now exceed pre COVID-19 levels.

To access the full details please visit the National Skills Commission.

ILO Webinar - Innovations and Strategies for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Innovations and Strategies for RPL
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing a ‘Webinar – Innovations and Strategies for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)’.

The webinar aims to support policymakers and practitioners in the design and implementation of RPL systems in the fast-changing world of work and to address the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Most learning takes place through non-formal and informal means, whether at work, home, or elsewhere.

In fact, in many developing countries, the majority of people acquire workplace skills by informal means.
In the absence of recognized qualifications, they face severe disadvantages as far as finding decent jobs, migrating to other regions and accessing further education and training.

Unfortunately, most formal education and training systems are not geared to recognize non-formal and informal learning. This not only hinders the development of human capital but is also a cause of its under-utilization. As a result, the recognition of knowledge, skills and competencies acquired through non-formal and informal means is becoming a highly aspirational, political and social issue, attracting the attention of policymakers.

Given its importance, key international standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and EU policy papers, as well as national policies recommend that countries establish recognition of prior learning (RPL) system.

Many countries have initiated steps towards establishing RPL systems, but the majority face challenges to their successful implementation. Therefore, policy-makers and practitioners are seeking support from the ILO and other institutions in this area.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 14 October 2020 from 11.00am - 1.00pm (CEST).
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