Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 28

Friday, 23rd July 2021
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Upcoming Events

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11 Aug - GTO Managers & QA Standards Networks Meetings

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

As you would all be aware, the Victorian government extended the current COVID lockdown restrictions for another week and will review the restrictions early next week.

For further information, please visit:

Current AEN Apprenticeship/Traineeship Candidate Lists

Currently, there are 92 candidates on the Big Build EOI list with Electrical being the most sought after trade. Some of the candidates have withdrawn their interest in the program while others have been able to gain an apprenticeship or employment since registering.
The trade breakdown is as follows:
  • Electrical - 34 Candidates
  • Plumbing - 9 Candidates
  • Civil Construction - 7 Candidates
  • Carpentry - 6 Candidates
  • Engineering - 2 Candidates
  • Business Administration - 2 Candidates
  • Information Technology - 1 Candidate
  • Painting & Decorating - 1 Candidate
The Retrenched Apprentice & Trainee Program currently has 60 registered with Electrical, nearly accounting for half of the apprentices.

Top trade breakdowns are as follows:
  • Electrical - Total: 24, 1st year (10), 2nd year (9), 3rd year (5)
  • Plumbing - Total: 11, 1st year (2), 2nd year (3), 3rd year (3), 4th year (3)
  • Carpentry - Total: 11, 1st year (6), 2nd year (3), 3rd year (2)
A reminder that if you are looking to fill a current apprenticeship/traineeship vacancy, please email Helene@aen.org.au and AEN will be able to forward through some possible candidates that match your needs.

National Priority Fund – Release of Approach to Market

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has released a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for the National Priority Fund on Friday 16 July 2021. They are encouraging innovative project ideas that will address structural and other barriers to attract, recruit and retain Australian job seekers and workers in employment, and support job creation initiatives.
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National Priority Fund initiatives may be between $50,000 and up to $1 million (GST inclusive) excluding any in-kind or complementary funding components. Proposed initiatives may be discrete projects, a component of a larger project, fill a gap in an existing initiative, or complement other programs or sources of funding.

Funding will be available for initiatives to end by 30 June 2025 and will not be restricted to single employment regions. The Department are encouraging initiatives with co-contributions, including in-kind or complementary funding components, to maximise collaboration as well as the economic and community benefits of each investment. The involvement of other stakeholders (including financially) will be an important consideration when assessing the initiatives.

For more information about the types of initiatives the Department are looking for, visit AusTender.

If you have a National Priority Fund idea, we encourage you to engage with your Local Employment Facilitators:

Melissa Kalemis: 0409 258 478
Carmel Veenstra: 0417 344 455

National Skills Week: 23 - 29 August

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Now moving into its eleventh year, National Skills Week 2021 is inviting Australians to 'RETHINK' their ideas of what vocational education and training (VET) is all about and the role it can have in preparing people for the future of work, especially in a post-pandemic economy.

This comes with the 2021 Federal Budget that emphasises the necessity for training in high demand sectors as well as new careers as the Australian Government and State Governments attempt to drive down unemployment and rebuild the economy.
Held annually, the vision of National Skills Week is to raise awareness on the diversity of careers which can be realised through vocational education and training, the skills for an economically viable future, and the incredible range of new jobs and skills in demand for the future.

For further information, please visit National Skills Week.

Looking to Boost the Digital Capability of your Business?

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The Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs program is creating a new pipeline of talent to meet the digital skills needs of Victorian employers.

Digital Jobs takes capable, experienced mid-career workers looking for a career change and helps them become web developers, data analysts, digital marketers and more.

Each job-ready candidate is freshly trained in a digital skillset that’s in high demand. Training courses are industry-backed and delivered by leading digital skills course providers.

Victorian employers can gain access to this new talent pool at a subsidised rate, through internships facilitated by the Digital Jobs program.

Candidates have been selected for digital aptitude and recently trained in one of the following subject areas:
  • Data Analytics
  • Programming/Software Development
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • User Experience/User Interface
  • Product Management
  • Web Development
  • Digital Marketing, Operations, Support
  • Project (agile) Management
To learn more or register as an internship host, go to Digital Jobs.

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

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In partnership with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, the National Office for Child Safety has developed resources to support organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and communities to implement the ten National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

These principles give organisations across Australia a consistent approach to embedding child safety and wellbeing.

The Keeping Our Kids Safe resources apply a cultural lens to the National Principles to help organisations think about how to make themselves more child safe, in a culturally safe way.
Cultural safety is the positive recognition and celebration of cultures. These resources can help organisations to deliver their work in a way that ensures Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and communities feel that their culture and identity are respected.

The resources include:
  • an animated video, 'Keeping Our Kids Safe: Understanding Cultural Safety in Child Safe Organisations', that gives viewers an introduction to the National Principles through a cultural lens; and
  • a guide, 'Keeping Our Kids Safe: Cultural Safety and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations', that gives practical advice on how to implement the National Principles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.
Find out more about the Keeping Our Kids Safe materials and other resources at the National Office of Child Safety.

OECD Report – Employment Outlook

Jobs: a slow rebound

As vaccination campaigns continue and some countries begin to loosen COVID restrictions, economic growth is expected to accelerate. The unprecedented levels of assistance that countries have provided through job retention schemes and income support have saved up to 21 million jobs and helped many households make it through the pandemic. In many ways, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
But this light burns more brightly for some than others. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened already existing social and economic divides, between those with high skills and high incomes and those without, between generations, between men and women, between those with good jobs and those with precarious jobs or no jobs at all. Unemployment is high and jobs are not expected to make a rapid recovery. Reaching pre-pandemic employment rates may take several years.
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To access the full report and data on a number of OECD countries, please visit OECD Employment Outlook.

NCVER Update: VET in Schools 2020 Report

The latest NCVER report shows the number of students undertaking VET in Schools across Australia has increased by 2.3% to 241,200 in 2020, compared with 2019.

VET in Schools 2020 presents information on vocational education and training undertaken by students as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

Certificate II qualifications continue to be the most popular for students with 54.4% of VET in Schools students enrolled in qualifications at this level.

To access the full report, please visit VET in Schools 2020.

New Employment Data Provides Trends and Current Figures for Regions and Occupations

The Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation — NERO — is a new experimental dataset developed by the National Skills Commission.

NERO provides timely information on employment at detailed levels, including 355 occupations across 88 regions in Australia. Until now, data at this level of detail was only readily available once every five years as part of the ABS Census of Population and Housing. With NERO, the insights will be available monthly.

As a new source of labour market intelligence, NERO will provide unique and detailed data on employment trends across occupations and regions – in excess of 30,000 series in total.
This data will provide more timely assessments of how regional labour markets are evolving and occupational trends within regional labour markets.

NERO uses an emerging methodology called ‘nowcasting’, which applies both traditional and real-time data, as well as big data techniques, such as machine learning, to estimate current trends. Nowcasting is different to forecasting in that it doesn’t attempt to predict or anticipate the future - its focus is on understanding the now.

NERO can be searched either by occupation or by region with the data available for download in a variety of ways.

This first release of NERO includes data from September 2015 to April 2021. Updates for May through to August 2021 are scheduled to be released on 1 September 2021, with subsequent updates to occur on the first Wednesday of each month. At this stage, the NERO estimates are experimental in nature.

For further information, please visit National Skills Commission.

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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