Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 13

Friday, 9th April 2021
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Upcoming Events


21-22 Jun - Mid Year Conference

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program Banner
Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
This program has now supported over 730 participants since May 2020 and over 260 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.

Currently, there are almost 130 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.

Gender Equity Insights: Making it a Priority

This month, WGEA in partnership with Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, released the 2021 Gender equity insights report. The report shows that although progress has been made in recent years to reduce the gender pay gap in Australia, it will still take more than a quarter of a century to close it.

WGEA Director, Libby Lyons, said the report highlighted the importance of Australian businesses taking action to improve gender equality outcomes.

"The findings of last year's WGEA dataset showed that progress on gender equality had stalled in Australian workplaces. This report reveals a worrying level of apathy and indifference among many Australian employers towards improving gender equality outcomes in their organisations," Ms Lyons said.

Key findings from latest report
WGEA - Gender Pay Gap Close by 2040
WGEA - Parity Timeline
WGEA - Targets Work
WGEA - Regular Audits
WGEA - Consistency is Key
WGEA - Consistency Linked to more Women in Workplace
For further information or to view the report, visit Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Local Jobs Program

AEN has been contracted to deliver the Local Jobs Program for the Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region (IMMER). Carmel Veenstra and Melissa Kalemis have been appointed as Employment Facilitators in a job-share capacity to deliver this program for the region.
Local Jobs Program
The Local Jobs Program (LJP) is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and supports tailored approaches to accelerate reskilling, upskilling and employment in regions where COVID-19 has had the highest level of impact on the labour market. Between March and December 2020, the IMMER has seen an increase 61,000 job seekers, the largest increase in any employment region in Victoria.

Carmel and Melissa bring together key stakeholders including employers, employment services providers, higher education and training organisations to work collaboratively to address the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan for the region through the facilitation of projects and activities that will help transition job seekers into employment . They also chair the recently established Local Jobs Taskforce.

There is a local recovery fund attached to the program to support projects where a funding gap is identified. Access to the recovery fund is through a separate procurement process and requires partnership with an eligible employment service provider (Jobactive, Transition to Work or Parents Next).

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment are currently seeking project ideas that align to the five key priorities in the Inner Melbourne Region which are:

  1. Creating employment and training pathways into growth industries.
  2. Creating skill development and employment opportunities, across all sectors including filling apprenticeship and traineeship positions.
  3. Ensuring local job seekers gain the skills required by employers to fill local positions.
  4. Reducing the labour market disadvantage of Youth, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Mature Aged and Indigenous Australians in the region.
  5. Strengthening existing micro businesses and supporting pathways to self-employment.
We encourage you to contact Carmel (0417 344 455) and Melissa (0409 258 478) should you have a project idea or are undertaking activities that align to the priorities in the region.

Further information regarding the Local Jobs Program can be found here.

Victorian Construction Skill Sets

The Victorian Government is offering free short accredited training courses to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic re-skill and find work in the construction industry.

This training will be available immediately to people who wish to transition into the construction industry or those already in the industry who are seeking to re-skill.

These courses are fee free and will be exempt from the usual Government-subsidised eligibility criteria. To manage demand, participants can only undertake one course.

The courses will be delivered in partnership with key employers and industry bodies to deliver the skills required for Victoria’s major infrastructure projects and will be available up to 30th June 2021.

Nominations Open for Victorian Training Awards

Outstanding individuals and organisations in the TAFE and training sector can now be nominated for a Victorian Training Award.

The prestigious event is now in its 67th year and recognises the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers and employers.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today opened nominations while visiting Rose City Vets in Benalla to present the VTA Trophy to 2020 Trainee of the Year winner Nicole Barrow.

There are six award categories for individuals, four for employers and four for training organisations as well as the Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Winners will receive $5000 prize money and winners in some categories will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 4 June 2021 and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Melbourne on Friday 10 September.

The event is supported by principal partner Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Australia).

Last year’s winners included South West Institute of TAFE (SWTAFE) which was named the Large Training Provider of the Year in both the Victorian and Australian Training Awards for its innovative learning approach, smart classrooms and leadership in supporting students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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!

Victorian Government - Education Week

Victoria’s annual Education Week is returning this May, with the theme for 2021 ‘Building Connections’.

Education Week 2021 explores the importance of community in a child’s journey through school and is an opportunity to build on the connections within schools and local communities.

We hope to hear from organisations that can incorporate the theme into a fun activity for school students.

Activities you could consider include (but are not limited to) interactive workshops, exhibitions, tours, online/digital education programs, outreach programs, presentations, or demonstrations.

Small grants are also available to assist eligible not-for-profit organisations to host an activity.

Organisations are encouraged to read the eligibility guidlines, information pack and application forms before submitting proposals.

Activities must be COVIDSafe and run during 23 - 29 May 2021.

Your free event will be promoted through a calendar published on the Department’s website.

Infection Control Training for Victorian Businesses

Stop the Spread
The Infection Control Training is a mixture of 25 hours of online learning and workplace-based assessment and is available to customer-facing workers in critical industries.

There is also specific training available for retail, hospitality, and logistics and transport sectors.

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are jointly funding delivery of the training to Victorian workers, which will enable more than 20,000 workers in critical industries to receive training.
After completion of the training, they will be able to confidently:
  • follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards.
Participants will learn a range of skills, including:
  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Effective surface cleaning
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Disposal of contaminated waste
  • Hazard identification, control and reporting
  • Appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • Knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission
Free courses are available now at TAFEs across Victoria.

NSW Skills Conference

Apprentice Employment Network 2021 Skills Conference

The 2021 Skills Conference is back!

2020 has been a year we would all like to forget. The coronavirus has impacted our lives and the industry we work in.

The Vocational Education and Training industry has seen significant declines in commencements with governments at all levels throwing financial resources to stimulate the industry.

2021 will be a critical year for the long-term viability of VET. The NSW Skills Conference will look at the recovery strategies being put in place to establish the next generation of nation builders.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Dockside Darling Harbour
Cockle Bay Wharf, Wheat Road

AEN NSW & ACT have provided a special offer all Victorian members of AEN - a discounted rate if they wish to purchase tickets. Email to register.

We understand there is still a fear of travelling around covid-19 so we are going to provide an online/virtual option for interstate GTOs should they wish to participate but don't want to travel.

This is not on the conference website as an option at the moment as we want as many to attend face to face where possible.

The virtual option will be the same cost as attending face to face. This is currently for AEN Victorian Members $434.50 until 17th April.

NCVER Update

Report: Apprentices and Trainees 2020 - September Quarter

This week NCVER released the latest national data shows apprentice and trainee commencements were down 23.0 percent in September 2020 when compared with the same quarter in 2019.

Commencements and completions both decreased significantly in this quarter. In particular, trade commencements decreased by 28.2 percent and non-trade completions decreased by 20.4 percent when compared with the same quarter 2019.

Overall in-training figures showed a 4.2 percent decrease with a 9.2 percent decrease for non-trade occupations, compared with 1.7 percent for trades.

These numbers are prior to the introduction of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy in October 2020.

National Skills Overview Updates

The updated National Skills Overview provides high level analysis of industry skills needs, as well as trends and factors affecting the demand for skills at a national level.

The top five skills in demand across IRC Skills Forecast include:
For further information, please visit National Skills Overview.
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