Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 2

Friday, 22nd January 2021
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Upcoming Events


10 Feb – IR & FC Network Meeting

17 Feb – GTO Managers Meeting

17 Feb – QA Standards Network Meeting

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its 8th month, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 640 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis. Over 220 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 1700 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

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 Bowtell

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
Kyla Tatti

Indigenous Student of the Year Award

Certificate III Plumbing – BGT
Liam Proctor

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 this year.

Upcoming Events

IR& FC Member Network Meeting
Numbers Limited
Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Video Conference & AEN Offices

GTO Managers & QA Standards Member Network Meeting
Numbers Limited
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Video Conference & AEN Offices

Apprenticeship Luncheon
Tickets will be on sale shortly
Date: Thursday 11 March 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Melbourne Sheraton
AEN Annual Awards
Tickets will be on sale shortly
Date: Thursday 11 March 2021
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Melbourne Sheraton

OH&S Member Network Meeting
Limited Numbers
Date: Thursday 25 March 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Video Conference & AEN Offices

Members are able to register for all events on the AEN website.

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

National Productivity Commission Report – National Skills And Workforce

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The final study report was handed to the Australian Government on 15 December 2020 and was publicly released on 21 January 2021.

The 500+ page report covers an extensive review of the VET and apprenticeship system.

DESE VET Reform Surveys

Skills Ministers have committed to raising the quality of training delivered within the VET sector through revising the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards), improving the capability and capacity of RTOs for continuous improvement and developing a VET Workforce Quality Strategy.

These reforms aim to improve the quality of training across Australia and help ensure the quality of training delivery goes beyond compliance with the requirements of the Standards and towards excellence in training provision.

The reforms will lead to a shared understanding across the sector of what high quality training provision looks like.

A key focus of the reform work will be to strengthen the Standards, to ensure they are focussed on outcomes and that the minimum level of quality that an RTO must meet in order to operate within the national training system, set by the Standards, is sufficient to ensure positive outcomes for learners.

The development of a VET Workforce Quality Strategy (the Strategy) recognises the important contribution trainers and assessors make to a high-quality VET sector.

Trainers and assessors are at the front line of training delivery and have a vital role in passing on industry relevant knowledge to learners to meet Australia’s employment and productivity needs.

The Strategy will aim to support RTOs and trainers and assessors to promote high quality, consistent training and assessment and support the diverse workplace roles within the sector.

These reforms build on findings from recent reviews within the vocational education and training (VET) sector such as the Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (Braithwaite Review), the Expert review of Australia’s vocational education and training system (Joyce Review), and the Rapid review of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s regulatory practices and processes (ASQA Rapid Review), which have highlighted opportunities to enhance quality in the VET sector.

More detailed information on these reforms to support feedback from the sector can be found here:
Have Your Say
We would like to hear the views of all stakeholders in the system. From RTOs, employers, trainers and assessors, to learners and their parents and carers, to schools and universities.

All participants in the VET sector are welcome to provide feedback.

Your feedback will help to shape these important reform measures and ensure changes to the system reflect the needs of the VET sector and its users.

Below is a list of the surveys currently open. This list will be updated as further opportunities to have your say become available.

Training Experience Survey
This survey seeks feedback on the experiences of anyone who has undertaken training (or their parents/carers) in the VET system in the last five years.

Closing Date - 12pm AEDT Monday 22 February 2021

RTO Standards Survey
This survey seeks specific feedback on the individual clauses and schedules of the Standards for Registered Training Organisation (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards) and is targeted towards active users of the Standards (eg RTOs, trainers and assessors, VET experts), although anyone who is interested may respond.

Closing Date - 12pm AEDT Monday 22 February 2021

RTO Quality Survey
This survey will seek feedback on what makes a quality RTO, including broad feedback around the Standards for RTOs.This survey is intended for all VET stakeholders.

Closing Date - 12pm AEDT Monday 22 February 2021

Supporting VET Workforce Quality Survey
This survey seeks feedback on different aspects of the VET workforce to inform the development of the VET Workforce Quality Strategy.

Closing Date - 12pm AEDT Monday 8 March 2021

Career Information For School Leavers And Parents (Webinar)

This time of year can be a challenging time for young people who are unsure about what’s next once school life is complete.

They may be confused about their employment choices, education, training options, or simply just where to start for some inspiration.

The National Career Institute’s Your Career website, the School Leavers Information Kit and Service and Parent and Guardians Guide for School Leavers can help people figure out their next steps.

Join AATIS and the NCI for a webinar on 28 January 2021 at 2:00pm to 2:45pm to find out more about how you can take advantage of these services to help people figure out their next steps.

The Victorian Government Has Developed New COVID-19 Safety Information To Support Culturally Diverse Workers

The information has been translated into 6 different languages including Dinka, Hindi, Karen, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Thai.

It's important all workers understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace and where to find support and information about COVID-19.

To access the support packs please visit Worksafe.

NCVER Update

Students who had undertaken training in qualifications, short courses, and individual subjects took part, with over 250 000 students completing the survey in mid-2020.

Results from the survey show the most common reason for undertaking training in a qualification was to get a job, whereas for those enrolled in short courses or individual subjects, it was because it was a requirement of their job.

The report also provides information on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected students’ employment and further study outcomes, which will help state and federal governments in planning for recovery.
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