Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 18

Friday, 14th May 2021
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21-22 June: Mid-Year Conference

Commonwealth Budget

Federal Budget 21/22 Summary
Please find below a summary of the key announcements made earlier this week. Overall it’s a positive budget with a continuation of a number of recent initiatives to support apprenticeship commencements and Free TAFE training into 2022.

Key announcements include;
  • Personal income tax cuts;
  • Business tax incentives;
  • New apprenticeships and training places;
  • More infrastructure; and
  • Record funding for schools, hospitals, aged care, mental health and the NDIS.
New apprenticeships
The Government is spending an additional $2.7 billion to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program. The demand-driven program is expected to support more than 170,000 new apprentices and trainees by paying businesses a 50 per cent wage subsidy over 12 months for newly commencing apprentices or trainees signed up by 31 March 2022. The subsidy will be capped at $7,000 per quarter per apprentice or trainee.

The extension will deliver on the Government’s commitment to building a pipeline of skilled workers by further supporting growing businesses to take on new apprentices and trainees.

This Government is also delivering pathway services for 5,000 women to commence in a non-traditional apprenticeship.

Increasing training places
The Government will commit an additional $500 million, to be matched by state and territory governments, to expand the JobTrainer Fund by a further 163,000 places and extend the program until 31 December 2022. The Fund will support training in digital skills and upskilling in critical industries like aged care.

The JobTrainer Fund was launched in 2020 and will support hundreds of thousands of job seekers, school leavers and young people by providing access to free or low-fee training places in areas of skills shortages.

Further details please visit Budget 2021-22: increasing training places

Skills Enterprises to replace Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) and the pilot Skills Organisations
$149.2 million over four years to establish industry owned Skills Enterprises with the priority for industry leadership of VET and Training Package development.

Foundational and Digital Skills
Expansion of the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) of $23.6 million over four years to accelerate the take up of digital skills.
    • $16.6 million to expand eligibility for, and uncap the number of hours job seekers are able to access within, the SEE program.
    • $3.0 million to expand the outreach role of the Reading Writing Hotline.
    • $4.0 million over two years from 2021–22 to support projects to better incorporate digital skills training for job seekers in the SEE program – to support more job seekers to improve their language, reading, writing, mathematics and digital skills to boost their employment prospects.
    • $10.7 million to support up to four industry-led trials to develop new and innovative pathways to increase the number of Australians with high level digital skills through cadetships. The cadetships will be in emerging and high technology digital fields, comprising formal and on-the job training, and will be targeted at cohorts seeking to upskill or cross-skill to adapt to new digitally-advanced employment opportunities.
Infrastructure budget for Victoria
$3 billion for projects, including:
  • $2 billion for the Melbourne Intermodal Terminal;
  • $380 million for the Pakenham Roads Upgrade; and
  • $250 million for Monash Roads Upgrades.
Additionally, $373.5 million is also being allocated to road safety and community infrastructure projects.

Overall, AEN would have liked to have seen additional support for SMEs and apprenticeship school to work programs through the group training network.

For further details please visit Budget 2021-22

AEN Mid-Year Conference 2021 - Registrations Open

Mid-Year Conference 2021 Registrations Now Open
The AEN is excited to be holding this year's Mid-Year Conference in Geelong. Over one and half days, conference guests will hear from representatives of the Commonwealth and Victorian Government. The AEN will also provide an update on current projects and services. This year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics and updates.

Monday 21 June 2021 - Tuesday 22 June 2021

Novotel Geelong
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

Closing date for registrations is 4 June 2021

Registrations are open and tickets are available to purchase

Victorian Education Week: 23-29 May

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Victoria’s annual Education Week is returning from 23-29 May.

Now in its 77th year, Education Week celebrates the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government schools.

The theme ‘Building Connections’ celebrates the connections between schools and local communities, and strengthens bonds with families and carers. Collaboration between community organisations and schools can enhance creativity, learning, enrichment, and provide support to students as they transition through school and beyond.

You can help promote Education Week by:
  • posting an article in your newsletter or on your website
  • sharing the resources in the toolkit with your networks
  • using the hashtag #edweekvic when posting on social media, and tagging @DETVic on Twitter and @Department of Education and Training, Victoria on LinkedIn
  • retweeting Department of Education and Training social media content
  • directing your community to the Education Week

Digital Skills Report - Australia

Digital skills are a vital and growing area of interest within the Australian skills landscape. This report identifies factors affecting digital skilling within Australia across three key issues: The digital divide and social inclusion; innovating skills for a digital economy; and skills development and jobs and skills mismatch.

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“GAN Australia and AEN are proud to put a spotlight on the current digital skills landscape, and to work with GAN Global and Microsoft Philanthropies to understand how Australia compared with other countries, Mr Gary Workman, GAN Australia and AEN Executive Director said. “This report will enable us to develop a plan for the future, building on the current digital skills environment to support industries, employers, and employees with their digital skills needs”.

”Digital skills are increasingly vital in the Australian economy and organisations and governments need to work together to ensure all Australians’ have these skills of the future”, Dr Peta Skujins, AATIS Director and co-author of the report said.

Over the coming weeks, AEN will be working with GAN Australia to showcase key findings and recommendations from the report.

The Executive Summary and a full copy of the report are available on the GAN Australia website GAN Australia: Digital Skilling Australia

Information from three countries New Zealand, Columbia and Australia, along with each country report, are available on the GAN Global website GAN Global: Digital Skilling Training

NAIDOC Week: 4-11 July 2021

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

This year's theme is Heal Country, heal our nation.

Country is inherent to our identity.

It sustains our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

It is more than a place.

To find about more this year’s theme and events please visit NAIDOC.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
This program has now supported over 770 participants since May 2020, and almost 290 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.

Currently, there are almost 106 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.

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.
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Career development is the process of managing learning, work and leisure to progress through life.

It includes gaining and utilising 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 and 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 Training Awards - Nominations Close June 4

Victorian Training Awards Hard Work Deserves a Pat on the Back
Nominations for the 2021 Victorian Training Awards will be closing in just five weeks' time, on Friday June 4.

FREE Writing Assistance
Simply draft your responses to each selection criteria and overview for your award category and email to get the process started.

Please ensure your draft includes the following information:
  • Name
  • Award Category
  • What you are studying and/or teaching
  • Your training institution
  • Phone Number
  • Email
Then, attach your submission and request for writing assistance in an email.

Virtual Workshop
If you’re not sure where to begin, watch the virtual workshop on Facebook to help with starting your nomination.

Don't Wait, Nominate!
Hard work deserves a pat on the back. With only five weeks left to submit your nomination to celebrate and recognise your hard work.

There’s $5,000 in prize money for winners in each category, a great chance to boost your career prospects or have your business recognised for it’s commitment to their staff.

Start your nomination now.
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Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards (the Awards) recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector.

The Awards commenced in 1994. Over this time many individuals, businesses, and registered training organisations have been rewarded for showcasing best practice in VET.

The Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory. The 2021 the Awards will be held in Perth on Thursday, 18 November 2021.

Sixteen Awards categories will be presented at the Awards in Perth—eight categories are individual achievements and eight for businesses and registered training organisations.

Eleven awards are entered to the Awards through the state and territory training awards process with winners from each state and territory becoming eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.

Other awards are entered directly to Awards.

The Awards presentation event coincides with Finalist Week where participants are required to participate in the Finalist Week program which may include the judging interview as well as the opportunity to establish networks with fellow category finalists from around Australia. Finalists will also participate in professional development activities to prepare them for their role as a national ambassador for the VET sector.

As an award winner/runner up they will be recognised nationally as a leader in their field of study, training or a national leader in skills, training and workforce development. Winners in certain categories receive $5,000 in prize money and runner-ups receive $2,500 prize money.

For further details please visit Australian Training Award categories

NCVER Update

What VET can offer to COVID-19 youth unemployment recovery
This research discusses the role of VET in mitigating the effects of economic downturns on young people and helping them move into employment.

VET’s role in the youth unemployment story
Vocational pathways in school, work-based training and career guidance are critical to youth employability, especially for disadvantaged young people. By examining responses to past economic downturns and recessions, this research highlights what the VET sector can contribute to protect youth from long-term unemployment and under-employment during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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