Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 7

Friday, 26th February 2021
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Upcoming Events


11 Mar - AEN 2020 Catch-Up Awards Dinner

25 Mar - OHS Network Meeting

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program Banner
Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
This program has now supported almost 650 participants since May 2020 and recommenced over 250 apprentices and trainees with a new employer.

Currently, there are over 70 participants on our active caseload.
Top 6 Occupations

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Chefs
  • General Mechanic
For Individuals

Apprentices and trainees who have lost 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.
If you have an apprenticeship or traineeship position you would like to fill, please contact the AEN Office so we can forward potential candidates that meet your criteria.

For further information or to register for the program please visit Apprenticeship Employment Network.

Big Housing Build Begins – Delivering New Jobs and Homes

Work on the biggest investment in social and affordable housing in Victoria’s history has begun.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Housing Richard Wynne visited Dunlop Avenue in Ascot Vale on Thursday this week, where 80 old, decaying dwellings have been demolished, ready to be replaced by 200 new, comfortable and accessible homes as part of the Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.

Dunlop Avenue is one of six fast-start sites – in Ascot Vale, Ashburton, Flemington, Hawthorn, Richmond and West Heidelberg – where planning or pre-construction work has already begun.

Together, the $532 million in fast-start projects will build more than 1,000 new homes and kick-start the Government’s landmark Big Housing Build, which will deliver more than 12,000 new homes and create 10,000 jobs a year, each year over the next four years.

On top of the fast-start projects, the Government will also invest $948 million to spot-purchase properties and buy new homes in construction projects that are either in progress or ready to build.

This investment will secure 1,600 social housing properties and 200 affordable homes – bolstering the construction industry and supporting jobs. More than 60 houses have already been purchased across the state, with a further 295 to be secured in coming months.

In addition to this, two development sites – on Hopkins Street in Footscray and Plenty Road in South Morang – have been secured.

More than 50 new social housing properties will be built on those sites, with Homes Victoria in the process of securing a further 113 dwellings in projects currently under construction or ready-to-build.

The Victorian Government’s Big Housing Build will boost social housing supply by 10 per cent – providing a stable foundation for thousands of Victorians to build their lives.

Orygen Apprentice Mental Health Research Project

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

Orygen are developing a report on the mental health of apprentices and are holding consultative sessions to hear about your experiences. These sessions will a maximum of one-hour and will involve groups of 3 - 5 of your fellow apprentices discussing some of the following topics:
  • How apprenticeships impact mental health and wellbeing
  • The mental health and wellbeing support services available for apprentices
  • Apprenticeships and workplace culture

    These consultation sessions will help Orygen promote mental health support services which are optimised to meet the needs of apprentices.

    If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please email Cameron Boyle at Orygen at

    AEN 2020 Catch-Up Awards Dinner

    2020 AEN Catch-up Awards Dinner Banner
    Join the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Australia as we celebrate the achievements of apprentices, trainees and Group Training Organisations (GTO).

    We had over 60 nominations across the following categories.
    • Apprentice of the Year
    • Trainee of the Year
    • Inspiration Award: Indigenous Student of the Year
    • Inspiration Award: Overcoming Adversity
    • Inspiration Award: Women in Trades
    • School-based Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
    • OHS STAR Award
    • GTO Industry Service Awards
    • GAN Australia International Apprentice Scholarship
    Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, this event is invite only.
    Registrations close 1 March 2021.
    Please ensure you register with your coupon code to secure a seat.

    COVID-19 Vaccinations

    The Australian Government has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program and has commenced the roll-out strategy as of the 22 February 2021.

    The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will record COVID-19 vaccinations and an immunisation history statement which will be available through Medicare.

    Services Australia is supporting the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and has developed information and resources on how to access this immunisation history statement as proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

    There are 3 steps below that provide information on how to access an immunisation history statement:
    Medicare Create a myGov Account
    Medicare Link your Medicare Account
    Medicare View your Immunication History
    For more information, you can visit Services Australia.

    National Careers Week

    National Careers Week is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia which aims to celebrate careers, career development, its services and development practitioners as well as promoting the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.
    National Careers Week 2021
    Career development is the process of managing learning, work and leisure to progress through life.

    It includes gaining and ustilising the skills and knowledge required to plan and make informed decisions about education, training, and work.

    Everyday decisions and priorities affect career development. Ultimately, career development is about much more than jobs – it is about how to live your life.

    Check out the ideas and resources to assist you in planning and running your own National Careers Week Events!

    The website has included resources such as NCW logos & branding assets, social media templates, posters, and information sheets on a wide range of career development topics.

    Dig in and start planning for your next event!

    AATIS Launches the Partners Program

    AATIS are excited to announce they have officially launched the new Partners Program.

    It is an initiative to help you utilise and gain priority access to the available resources and services and connect with the wider apprenticeship community.

    AATIS are here to help stakeholders like yourself achieve objectives and connect with your audience. In line with this, the program offers many benefits.
    This includes receiving access to the exclusive virtual networking hub, partner events, collaborative opportunities for research, webinars and projects and more.

    There is no cost attached to the program. You can find out more information about the program here.

    To sign-up, organisations need to nominate up to two representatives who will receive a starter pack (if opted) and an invite to join the networking hub.

    Individuals can nominate themselves as well, however AATIS are currently unable to accept more than two people per organisation.

    Should you have any queries, feel free to write to

    AATIS Launches Apprenticeship Snapshots

    AATIS has launched Apprenticeship Snapshots, which are short flyers with overview information, perfect for use with your audiences.

    Use these in your classroom, to train new staff, whilst signing up potential apprentices or employees and whenever you need apprenticeship handouts on the go.

    These were one of the most widely requested resources and are now live on the website.

    You can also customise these with your logo, website information and more, depending on your needs.

    WEGA Update

    The national gender pay gap drops to 13.4%

    The Workplace Gender Equality Agency announced that the national gender pay gap has dropped to 13.4%, a decline of 0.6 percentage points over the last six months.

    Using the latest Average Weekly Earnings seasonally adjusted series data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has calculated the national gender pay gap as 13.4% for full-time employees, a difference, on average, of $242.20 per week between women and men.

    WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation Holders

    The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

    The citation is awarded for a period of two years. Below are lists of all current 2021 EOCGE citation holders, the first list is the 2019-21 application group and the second list from the 2020-22 application group.

    For further information please visit WEGA.

    NCVER Update

    NCVER Employer Survey
    The Survey of Employers' Use and Views of the VET system collects information about employers' engagement and satisfaction with the VET system and the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs.

    The survey covers training provided in the previous 12 months.

    The sample of employers is randomly selected from the commercial business registry (illion) and prior to that the ABS Business Register.

    Approximately 9 000 employers are interviewed each survey.

    Employers can complete the survey either online or by a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI).

    Information is available at the national level, as well as dis-aggregated by industry, business size and state. The survey was first conducted in its current form in 2005.
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