Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 45

Friday, 4th December 2020
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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its 7th month, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 625 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis. Over 180 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 1550 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.

Free COVID Signs, Posters and Templates for your Workplace

There is a wide range of free templates, signs, questionnaires, and posters to promote a COVIDSafe workplace for employers and workplaces.

Resources include:

New DESE Website

Recently the Department of Education, Skills and Employment launched their new website.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment works to ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provide.

The website has six key sections including:
DESE - Early Childhood
DESE - Schooling
DESE - Higher Education
DESE - Skills and Training
DESE - Employment
DESE - International Education
Other key features:
DESE - Info Coronavirus
DESE - JobTrainer
DESE - JobsHub
DESE - Job-Ready Graduates
DESE - National Skills Commission
DESE - Year 1 Phonics Check

Changes to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be separated into two new departments to allow for a dedicated focus on our health system and on the social recovery of our state.

The new Department of Health (DoH) and the new Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) will commence operation from the 1st of February 2021 and the Government will work closely with workers and their unions over the next two months to manage the transition.

The Department of Health will be responsible for the Health, Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios and, importantly, continue leading the Government’s public health response to the pandemic with Martin Foley as the Coordinating Minister.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will include the current DHHS portfolios of Child Protection, Prevention of Family Violence, Housing and Disability – ensuring the delivery of the significant investments from the recent Budget in Victoria’s recovery – with Richard Wynne taking on the role of Coordinating Minister.

This new department will also be responsible for the key policy areas of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQI+ Equality, Veterans, and the offices for Women and Youth – meaning better alignment with other policy areas focusing on the recovery and growth of our diverse communities.

These portfolios are currently served by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and will transfer across when the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing begins operation on the 1st of February.
Recently appointed Secretary Professor Euan Wallace AM will continue to lead DHHS through the transition period and will helm the Department of Health from 1st of February.

Sandy Pitcher will commence work as Secretary of Department of Families, Fairness and Housing from 14 December 2020, establishing the new department ahead of the formal change.

NCVER Update

Government Funded students and Courses
January to June 2020
This publication provides a summary of data relating to estimated students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system.

VET Qualification completion rates 2018
New data show 41.4% of all VET qualifications commenced in 2015 were completed, with the highest completion rates for qualifications at certificate IV level (47.0%) and certificate III (44.5%).

Completion rates vary greatly by field of education, with 59.5% of natural and physical sciences qualifications commenced in 2015 estimated as completed, compared with only 31.9% of architecture and building qualifications.

VET qualification completion rates 2018 provides observed actual completion rates for VET qualifications commenced in 2015, and projected completion rates for qualifications commenced in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It is the first publication to show observed actual completion rates for qualifications collected under Total VET Activity, as enough time must pass to allow for the majority of students to complete before rates can be reported.

Work-based education leads to better employment outcomes
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.

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.

Training providers, employers and students should work together to ensure all roles and expectations are made clear before a work placement commences.

Policy-makers can create environments more conducive to participation by setting quality standards and incentivising effective work-based education programs.

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