Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 26

Monday, 12th July 2021
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Upcoming Events

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14 July - AEN Member & OHS Network Meeting

AEN Virtual Conference - Presentations and Video Recordings

A big thank you to all the guest speakers and delegates that were able to join our virtual presentation sessions last week.

PowerPoint presentations are available via the Members' secured area on the AEN website.

Video recordings are available on AEN’s YouTube channel.

COVID Update – Restrictions have Changed in Metro Melbourne

From 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July, restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne have been brought into line with regional Victoria, which means all COVID Safe settings will apply state-wide.

Masks will continue to be required in indoor, public-facing settings unless an exemption applies, but they will no longer be required at schools for students and staff, or at your workplace if you don’t interact with the public.

A range of venues across Melbourne will now be able to apply the same density limits that apply in regional Victoria: one person per two square metres – including hospitality, gyms and physical recreation venues, community facilities, creative studios and places of worship – provided a COVID Check-in Marshal is on-site to make sure people are checking in.

Crowd numbers will increase at approved public events. Outdoor stadiums can welcome 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 40,000 people, and indoor stadiums can open to 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 7,500 people. Theatres will also open to 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 2,000 people.

These settings will be in place for 14 days, subject to assessment of epidemiological risks by the Victorian Government's public health teams. Comprehensive information can be found at COVID Victoria.

Register to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service

Check-in at venues is essential to supporting contract tracing in the event of a COVID-19 incident so make sure you are registered to use the free QR code service.

Businesses, venues and facilities with electronic record keeping requirements must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service. See the complete list of businesses required to use electronic record keeping.

For more information and advice for businesses and workplaces required to collect contact details, please visit record keeping for contact tracing - information for business.

NAIDOC Week: 4 - 11 July 2021

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The NAIDOC 2021 theme for 2021 is – Heal Country! – which calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity.

Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

For more information on what events are taking place during NAIDOC week, please visit NAIDOC Week Events.

Darebin Employment Forum: 21 July 2021

This will be the first of a series of Jobs Forums and will focus on employment challenges and solutions for:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • People from multicultural diverse backgrounds, newly arrived and refugees.
The format will be a panel style with 4 people on each of the two panels who will talk about the challenges and solutions in relation to employment for their particular cohort group. Each panel discussion will run for around 45 minutes with additional time for Q&A from the audience.

The purpose of the forums will be to stimulate solutions to Darebin’s employment challenges both for job seekers and for business/employers with a strong focus on disadvantaged and marginalised groups, to highlight all of the known services and supports and inspire people to come together to get Darebin back to work. It will also be a forum to encourage connections and networks between all those working to solve employment challenges for people in Darebin. The Council is inviting anyone who works in the following sectors:
  • Anyone supporting or representing businesses interested in employing locally, who are trying to navigate the complicated job market.
  • Employment services, Job Activities and Disability service providers.
  • Not for profit private employment providers.
  • Group training, apprenticeship and traineeship providers particularly those focused on disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
  • Training and capacity building providers who improve people’s chances of gaining employment.
  • The “new players” in the space – Jobs Advocates, new JVES providers, Local Jobs Coordinators and others.
The Council is keen to get a few GTOs along that focus on disadvantaged jobseekers.

Date: Wednesday 21 July
Time: Arrival from 12.30. Event starts promptly at 1pm with a Welcome to Country
Location: Darebin Arts Centre, Corner St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston

For further details or to register for the event, please visit Darebin Jobs Forum.

Current Candidates Available for Apprenticeships & Traineeships

As many of you would be aware, the AEN is running a number of programs to support out of trade and unemployed youth across the State. Below is a summary of the candidates available.

The Retrenched Apprentice & Trainee Program currently has 76 active candidates with the top 3 trades:
  • Electrical – 32 apprentices
  • Plumbing- 14 apprentices
  • Carpentry – 13 apprentices
The remainder of the candidates are in a mix of industries.

The Big Build EOI Apprentice list currently has 92 candidates who are seeking an apprenticeship on major projects. Many are in casual employment and have been actively applying for positions. Many have also completed Pre-Apprenticeships or have a variety of different tickets e.g. Forklift license, Whitecard/OH&S construction induction.

The top trades of interest include:
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Civil Construction
  • Carpentry
The EOI list currently has 110 candidates who are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship in Electrical, the most popular followed by Plumbing, Carpentry and Automotive.

For further details and access to possible candidates to fill your vacant apprenticeship/ traineeship roles, please email helene@aen.org.au.

Victorian Labour Hire Authority Annual Reporting Guide and Checklist

To help licensed providers collect the information and supporting documents needed to complete their annual reporting, the VLHA have published an annual reporting guide and checklist.

For most providers, annual reporting is short and simple. In developing the annual reporting process, VLHA considered providers' feedback from the labour hire licence application process and made annual reporting more straightforward and easier to use.

What is annual reporting?

Licensed labour hire providers must report every 12 months on their labour hire activities for the previous 12 months, as a condition of their licence. Failure to comply with a licence condition may result in a significant fine with a maximum penalty for a natural person of $36,348 or $145,392 for a corporation, or the licence being suspended, cancelled, or varied.

For further details, please visit Guide to Annual Reporting.

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July 2021

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World Youth Skills Day 2021 will again take place in a challenging context due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UNESCO estimates that schools were either fully or partially closed for more than 30 weeks between March 2020 and May 2021 in half the countries of the world.
In late June 2021, 19 countries still had full school closures, affecting nearly 157 million learners, and 768 million more learners were affected by partial school closure

Respondents to a survey of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions jointly collected by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank reported that distance training had become the most common way of imparting skills, with considerable difficulties regarding, among others, curricula adaptation, trainee and trainer preparedness, connectivity, or assessment and certification processes.

ILO estimates show that globally, youth employment fell 8.7 per cent in 2020, compared with 3.7 per cent for adults, with the most pronounced fall seen in middle-income countries. The consequences of this disruption to the early labour market experiences of youth could last for years.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will pay tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis. Participants will take stock of how TVET systems have adapted to the pandemic and recession, think of how those systems can participate in the recovery, and imagine priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19-world.

Kangan Institute’s Building and Construction
Pre-Apprenticeship Skills Showcase and Networking

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This FREE event on Thursday 22 July is a great opportunity to meet Kangan Institute's enthusiastic and skilled Building & Construction Pre-Apprenticeship students and potentially secure the next apprentice for your clients. Kangan's Apprenticeship Development Manager will also be in attendance to answer any queries.

The students will be presenting the mini houses project that they have worked on as a part of their course and are seeking a chance to build up their industry connections and find employment.

Date: Thursday 22 July
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: T Building, Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows Campus
Parking: Enter through Gate 4 via Dimboola Road and park in the carpark on the right
Dress: Neat casual

Light food and refreshments will be provided.

To register, please visit Skills Showcase & Networking Event.

Registrations close Sunday 18 July.

If you have any questions, please email events@kangan.edu.au.

WorkSafe Victoria Update

Victoria's new provisional payments for work-related mental injuries

Victorian workers can now access early treatment and support while they await the outcome of their mental injury claim. This support is called provisional payments, and is available for up to 13 weeks, even if a claim is rejected.

Provisional payments can cover the cost of general practitioner (GP) visits, psychologist and psychiatrist appointments, and medication for mental injuries ahead of a claim being determined.

Provisional payments aim to provide early support for workers with a mental injury to improve their recovery and return to work outcomes.

For further details, please visit WorkSafe Victoria Provisional Payments.

WorkSafe Victoria grants

The WorkSafe grants support initiatives that deliver outstanding workplace safety and education projects in Victoria.

A round of grants valued at up to $2 million is now open for applications. Applicants must be a community group or local organisation, an employer, or employer or employee representative group and have an ABN. Grants will be awarded across three tiers of funding - up to $50,000, $50,000-$500,000 and more than $500,000.

WorkSafe Executive Director, External Affairs Sam Jenkin said WorkSafe's grants focus on nurturing safety and recovery support innovation in the workplace. "Innovative programs can make a lasting difference to the lives of many Victorian workers and their families and play a lead role in improving safety in many workplaces," Mr Jenkin said. "That is why we are delighted that organisations can now seek the resources to turn their ground breaking safety and recovery ideas into sustainable workplace improvements."

Grant applications can be submitted online until Wednesday, 18 August and further information on how to apply for a grant can be found at WorkSafe Grants Program.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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This program has now supported over 815 participants since May 2020, and over 320 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.

Currently, there are 75 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.
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