Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 46

Friday, 11th 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 190 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 1600 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.

AEN 2020 Awards – Finalists Announced

AEN are proud to announce our 2020 apprentices and Trainee award finalists.

This year we received over 48 nominations across the 7 award categories.
Apprentice of the Year

Certificate III Carpentry – G-Force
Benjamin Farrell

Certificate III Agriculture Mechanical Technology – Westvic
Joey Botwell

Certificate III Light Vehicle Mechanic – WPC Group
Cain Turner

Certificate III Parks and Gardens – G-Force
John Hull

Certificate III Mechanical trade – WPC Group
Anthony Kasem

Certificate III Carpentry – Kestrel
Jack Meehan

Trainee of the Year

Certificate III Business - WPC Group
Jenny Diep

Certificate III Arboriculture – WPC Group
Katherine Knapman

Certificate IV Information Technology – G-Force
Jean-Pierre Last

Certificate III Business – G-Force
Chloe Joseph

Certificate III Business – WPC Group
Marcus Murphy

Certificate III Business – WPC Group
Cassandra Westwood

Overcoming Adversity Award

Certificate III Plumbing – VGT
Vuong Nguyen

Certificate III Carpentry – Kestrel
Jack Meehan

Certificate III Business – G-Force
Tiana Newton
Inspiration Women in Trades Award

Certificate III Arboriculture – WPC Group
Katherine Knapman

Certificate III Conservation land management – WPC Group
Sydney Voisey

Certificate III Joinery – VGT
Ebonie Innes

Certificate III Electrotechnology - BGT
Klya Tatti

Indigenous Student of the Year Award

Certificate III Plumbing – BGT
Liam Procter

Certificate IV Beauty Therapy – VGT
Charlie McDonough

Certificate III & IV Business – AGA
Nathan Damjan

School-based Apprentice / Trainee of the Year

Certificate III Business – Skillinvest
Madison Moorby

Certificate III Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanic – Westvic
Mitch McKinnis

Certificate III Electrotechnology - VGT
Tyler Michalik

Congratulations to all the finalists.

We look forward to inviting all finalists to attend our awards evening in March 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions permitting).

Further details and ticketing information will be available in the new year.

National Careers Institute
To support young people as they prepare to leave school, the School Leavers Information Kit and the School Leavers Information Service provide tailored careers information to help young people understand their education, training and work pathways.

Both initiatives are funded through the Australian Government’s Enhanced Support for School Leavers measure and are being delivered by the National Careers Institute.

Digital Skills Survey

As part of a project with Microsoft GAN Global, GAN Australia, GAN NZ and GAN Columbia are undertaking a small research project to better understand the digital skills landscape and the views of young people.

As a first step in the project we have developed a short online digital skills survey - feel free to pass this on.

Once participants complete the survey they receive direct access to the suite of free Microsoft training courses.
Digital Skills Survey

AEN To Assist Students Complete Their Mandatory Work Placements

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney on Wednesday this week announced $1 million to ensure Victorians can get practical on-the-job experience and begin working in sectors critical to the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

The Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) will help an initial 1,000 people in sectors such as nursing, mental health, disability and individual support, childcare and community services get suitable placements quickly.

The pandemic has affected many VET students in accessing mandatory work placements needed complete their courses and begin work in these vital sectors – this funding will help fix this.

Work will also be undertaken with employers to ensure these placements can happen as more workplaces open and we work towards a COVID normal.

This investment is on top of the $10.23 million in Free TAFE Coordinated Practical Placement funding already allocated to employ Placement Coordinators at every TAFE and dual sector provider to broker placement opportunities with employers.

This program will be expanded to allow for the placement of students outside free TAFE courses.

New Report By Year13

Class of 2020 COVID
This week YEAR13 released a new report - Coronavirus & The Class of 2020 tells through a mix of data and first-hand accounts from Year 12's what it’s been like to finish high school during COVID-19 and how this has impacted their futures.

It's findings have been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, Channel 7 and 2GB.

70% of Year 12's say their post-school plans have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As well, just under two thirds of this year’s graduating class say their post-school plans have been negatively impacted.

National skills Commission – New Report The Shape Of Australia’s Post COVID-19 Workforce

COVID-19 Workforce
This week the National Skills commission released their latest report, The shape of Australia’s post-COVID-19 workforce.

This report builds on our understanding of Australia’s workforce and skills recovery from COVID-19.

The report provides an update on recent Australian labour market developments and publishes two major NSC research projects – a resilient occupations framework and analysis of four recovery scenarios.

The resilient occupations framework ranks the relative strength of 358 occupations and their likely prospects as the economy recovers from the initial impacts of COVID-19; while the four recovery scenarios identify the potential impact of the pandemic across industries and occupations to 2025.

Both areas of research suggest that occupations that were performing well before COVID-19, including health, education and professional services, are expected to dominate growth, and jobs are likely to continue to become more highly skilled.

While it is clear COVID-19 has changed how we do business and work, the latest ABS data show signs that the labour market is recovering.

This is supported by the NSC’s own monitoring of internet vacancies and our own employer surveys.

Online Learning - Good Practice Guide

Online Learning Good Practice
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TEQSA was aware that many providers made the transition to online delivery with little support and few resources.

This resource was collated by TEQSA to assist the sector’s rapid transition to online learning during COVID-19.

The resources listed cover a range of topics relating to online learning, from getting started and helping workforces to work online, to student experiences and assessment integrity.

Not all resources will be relevant to every provider and the website has been designed to reflect this with accessible and easy to peruse sections.

TEQSA welcomes further contributions and feedback, as we aim to build on the materials already available to ensure that this resource continues to be useful and relevant to the sector.

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