Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 43

Friday, 20th November 2020
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Upcoming Events


24 Nov - Victorian State Budget

18 Dec - AEN Christmas Closure

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 610 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis. Over 60 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 over 1400 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.

Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Training awards were held over the past couple of week through a virtual online series of announcements.

The winners in each category for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards are:
Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for
Lifetime Achievement
Geraldine Atkinson and Lionel Bamblett

Apprentice of the Year
Shona McGuigan

Trainee of the Year
Nicole Barrow

Vocational Student of the Year
Simon Watts

School-based Apprentice or
Trainee of the Year
Van Sui Thawng

Koorie Student of the Year
Matthew Atkinson

Teacher/Trainer of the Year
Kevin Nunn – TAFE Gippsland

People’s Choice Award
(Apprentice of the Year)
Nellie Bake
Industry Collaboration Award
SuniTAFE Aged Care Leadership Development Collaboration

Large Training Provider of the Year
South West Institute of TAFE

Community Training Provider of the Year
The Centre for Continuing Education

Small Training Provider of the Year
Builders Academy Australia

Inclusive Training Provider of the Year

Medium Employer of the Year

Large Employer of the Year
Swan Plumbing Supplies

Find out more about the winners and finalists.

Good luck to those winners who will be representing Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

International Fraud Awareness Week - 15-21 November

Int. Fraud Awareness Week 2020
This week is International Fraud Awareness Week.

According to the 2020 ACFE Report to the Nationas, companies lose an estimated 5% of their revenue annually due to fraud.

Although the coronavirus has limited activity in many parts of the world, fraud prevention and detection is more important than ever.

To explore anti-fraud and career resources related to the pandemic and to help your fraud awareness campaign, please visit Fraudweek.

Worksafe Victoria - Safety Month Videos Are Now Available

WorkSafe's Health and Safety Month series of webinars ‘Navigating through COVID-19’ are now available to download.

There are 12 videos available to download that cover topics such as:

  • Managing mental health through the pandemic
  • Working remotely
  • Leadership
  • Fatigue
  • Supporting injured workers
  • The impact on premiums
You can catch up on any webinars you may have missed, or share the ones you liked with your team.

Worksafe Victoria - Digital Licensing

The following WorkSafe licences are available in digital format:

  • Dangerous goods driver
  • Dangerous goods vehicle (Fleet Trailer Licence)
  • Plant registration
  • Driver transporting explosives
  • Pyrotechnician
  • Blasting explosives
  • High risk work
  • High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDG) Permit
You can apply for, manage and access digital licences online via myWorkSafe. From your myWorkSafe account, you can view, download and print your digital licence if required.

If you submit an application for a digital licence through myWorkSafe, you won't receive a plastic licence in the post.

If you need help setting up your online portal account, please contact the WorkSafe Advisory Service.

The National Training Awards

Australian Training Awards 2020
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards that showcase best practice in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The Australian Training Awards celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.

Winners from each state and territory compete for a national award title. This has led to Australia-wide awareness and respect for skill-cased careers and skills excellence.

Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists!

To register for Fridays (tonight’s) online event or for further information please visit The Australian Training Awards.

VRQA Announce New CEO

Recently VRQA in partnership with Pam White, Chair of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), announced Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the VRQA. He will take up this role on 14 December.

Jonathan is a highly regarded public administrator and has held senior executive leadership positions across policy, service delivery, corporate governance, and compliance and regulatory functions – most recently as Executive Director of the Integrity, Assurance and Executive Services Division in the Department of Education and Training.

In this role he led the department’s Integrity Reform Program in response to two Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) investigations, the establishment of a new Employee Health, Safety and Wellbeing Division and the corporate workforce response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Jonathan will bring this breadth of experience and a strong record of leadership to the CEO role and lead the critical contribution that the VRQA makes to high quality education and training services for Victorians.

We would also like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Lynn Glover, who has led the VRQA since its establishment from 2007. Over the past 13 years, Lynn helped build a stronger and more integrated education system through Victoria’s education and training regulator and continued to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to a quality education for all Victorians.

Please join us in thanking Lynn for her achievements and in welcoming Jonathan to the VRQA.

NCVER Update

A new review of existing international research reveals work-based education placements can lead to better employment outcomes for VET students and provide productivity gains for employers in the form of job-ready workers.

Other benefits include:
  • Students: smoother transitions into ongoing employment and the chance to develop broad occupational skills.
  • Employers: current employees can upskill in the workplace, new skills transferred more effectively to work tasks.
  • Training providers: a positive reputation, better relationships with employers, more motivated students, and better student outcomes.
Employers can find work-based education programs costly and challenging to resource, leading to fewer opportunities for students.

Targeted financial incentives can assist in addressing this and enable a wider range of businesses to participate.

Regular communication is key to overcoming most other challenges associated with work-based education, while policy-makers can create environments more conducive to participation by setting quality standards and incentivising effective work-based education programs.

To access the full report please visit : Work-based education in VET
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