Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 41

Friday, 6th November 2020
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Upcoming Events

10 Nov - OHS Network Meeting

13 Nov - AEN AGM

24 Nov - Victorian State Budget

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its 6th month, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 600 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis. Almost 70 participants have now successfully re-commenced their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Top 3 sectors

  • Building and Construction
  • Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
  • Automotive and Boating
Top 3 Occupations
  • Electrical Trades
  • Plumbing and Roofing
  • 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 1230 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 whilst also directing 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reopening Safely

The Victorian Government announced that from Tuesday 27 October 2020 some restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are easing.

GTO providers and hosts can use these helpful resources from government to meet their obligations and keep their colleagues and communities safe.

NAIDOC Week 2020 8-15 November

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony.

The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November.

The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.

The postponement was aimed at protecting elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues from the disastrous impacts of COVID19.

To access a list of local events please visit the NAIDOC Week Event Calendar

For further information please visit NAIDOC Week website

Orygen Apprentice Mental Health Survey

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health are developing a report on the mental health of apprentices and are conducting a survey to hear the thoughts of Australian apprentices on their experiences with mental health during their apprenticeship.

Orygen is the leading research, training and clinical service provider in Australia focused on the mental health of young people.

The results of this survey will help to promote mental health supports which are optimised to meet the needs of apprentices.

We encourage all apprentices to take the survey that should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and will go a long way in helping to develop quality and tailored mental health services for apprentices.

The survey will be open until Monday 2 November 2020.

AVETRA Online Conference - Monday 16th November 2020

OctoberVet 2020
OctoberVET’ is an initiative of the Australian VET Research Association (AVETRA).

AVETRA is committed to building and promoting research capability to ensure a rigorous and well informed VET system. OctoberVET is the name given to a series of events held throughout Australia to showcase VET research.

Learning in Turbulent Times - A free online research-based event.
Please support Ballarat’s 13th annual OctoberVET event, mounted by Fed Uni’s VET research group RAVE – Researching Adult and Vocational Education.

DATE: Monday 16th November
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
REGISTRATION: Limited to 90 participants.

Speakers and Topics

Young people and the COVID-19 labour market: Insights from ‘PISA 2018’
Anthony Mann, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Researching men's sheds: Opportunities for international collaboration
Barry Golding

Coronavirus information – a question of trust? Survey results on learning about the pandemic
Erica Smith & Morgan Wise, Federation University

Community learning through adversity and disaster: An Australian case study of rural adaptation and resilience
Annette Foley and Barry Golding, Federation University

OctoberVET’ is an initiative of the Australian VET Research Association (AVETRA).

AVETRA is committed to building and promoting research capability to ensure a rigorous and well informed VET system. OctoberVET is the name given to a series of events held throughout Australia to showcase VET research.
Federation University

Australian Training Awards are going Virtual - 20 November

Australian Training Awards 2020
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the National Careers Institute is pleased to invite you to join us for the 2020 Australian Training Awards presentation event.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards showcasing best practice in vocational education and training.

Date: Friday 20 November 2020
Time: 6.00pm AEDT

We hope you register to watch the Australian Training Awards with your colleagues, family and friends at a venue of your choice.

Victorian Labour Hire Authority – Annual Reporting

To help licensed providers collect the information and supporting documents needed to complete their annual reporting, the Authority has published an annual reporting guide and checklist.

For further information please visit Labour Hire Authority.

Your Career Website

Your Career
As the nation deals with COVID-19, there has never been a more important time for people to have better access to information about education, training and work pathways.

The Your Career website is Australia’s authoritative source of careers information helping people of all ages take the next step in their career.

For people looking for their first job, a change in career or a return to the workforce, Your Career makes it easy to find the information they need.

Your Career provides information about study or work options based on tailored careers information and highlights support programs available to help.

Delivered by the National Careers Institute, the Your Career website is powered by the National Skills Commission’s world-leading labour market intelligence.

The School Leavers Information Kit Your Career: What’s next for you? provides young people with tailored information about education, training and work options as they navigate the changing labour market.
Your Career What's next for you
Key sections include:
  • Help to build your future career - Information about further education and training and industries across Australia.
  • Help with short-term options - Identifying current skills, undertaking short-term education and training, and options to pursue different opportunities like work experience or volunteering.
  • Help to pursue your goal -Financial assistance, starting your first new job and local careers information.
School Leavers Information Service

To assist in using the Kit, there is also information about the School Leavers Information Service which provides school leavers with two levels of careers support:

  • help to navigate the School Leavers Information Kit, access and use the Your Career website or be referred to relevant government programs or support services.
  • where needed, a personalised career guidance session with a qualified career practitioner for up to 45 minutes.
The Service is available by:

Find our more on the Your Career website’s school leaver support page.

New State-Wide Youth Strategy - Consultation is Open

The Victorian Government is developing a new state-wide youth strategy to make our state the best place to be for young people.

They are committed to creating a Victoria where all young people are healthy and safe, and empowered to contribute to the issues that affect them. They want every single young person to have equitable access to opportunities and support to participate fully in the social, economic and civic life of our state.

A new youth strategy for Victoria will give young people, organisations and the broader community opportunities to direct Government’s work in the youth space now and into the future.

The Victorian Government want to engage with young people and communities right across Victoria to build a strategy that will create real, meaningful change.

Think broadly about what matters most to you and to all young Victorians. Your feedback will play an important and influential role in the development of the strategy.

How to get involved

You or your organisation can have your say by:
  • making a written submission to
  • tell us what you would do if you were Premier for a day below
  • Help us to build the ultimate HERO team, ready to solve issues and make Victoria the best place for young people
  • participating in a youth or community forum to be hosted online.
To register for a youth or community forum, and to find out more information about creative ways to contribute to the youth strategy, go to:

Consultation is open until Monday 14 December 2020.
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