Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 29

Friday, 30th July 2021
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Upcoming Events


11 Aug - GTO Managers' Meeting
7 Sept - Inspiration in Leadership
15 Sept - IR & FC Network Meeting
21 Sept - Mental Health at Work in a COVID World
6 & 7 Oct - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)

AEN Virtual Professional Development Series

The Field Officers’ Conference has been replaced with a series of virtual professional development courses which is open to all AEN members over the months of September and October 2021.
virtual training

Inspiration in Leadership

7 September
10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost (incl. GST)

Member: $55
Non-Member: $110
Registrations close: 31 Aug
Mental Health at Work in a COVID-19 World
21 September
10.00am – 12.00pm
Member: $55
Non-Member: $110
Registrations close: 14 Sept
Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)
Self-paced interactive eLearning (7 hours) –completed before 6 October

Instructor-led delivered virtual workshops on 6 & 7 October, 9.30am – 1.00pm both days
Member: $242
Non-Member: $292
Registrations close: 31 Aug
For course content and to register, please go to AEN events page and select the course of interest.

AEN Members: Login to Member's area prior to purchasing tickets to access the member rate.

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

WorldSkills Australia National Championships - Still to go Ahead!

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Apprentices, trainees and students from around the nation will showcase their talents at the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show, with the event moving to accommodate travel restrictions by introducing satellite sites around the country.

The competition’s format has been adapted to ensure the event goes ahead, with the championships originally set to bring apprentices, trainees and students from every state to WA from 26 – 28 August.

Competitors from states like New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland will now be able to participate from their home state, competing in a series of exciting challenges for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze and become Australia’s national champion in their chosen skill.

Thousands of school children are already registered to attend the championships at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, giving them the opportunity to explore the large array of careers available in the VET sector. Members of the public can also be part of the excitement and can register to attend!

For further information, please visit WorldSkills Australia.

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.

Victorian Skills Gateway Website

The Victorian Skills Gateway, managed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, is constantly updated with information to support job seekers, students and VET stakeholders. The site has a number of great resources to assist people access the right information including;
  • Free TAFE courses
  • Infection control training
  • Short courses and Skill sets
  • JobTrainer.

National Skills Commission - Similarity of VET Courses Across and Within Training Packages in Australia

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This week, the National Skills Commission released a paper that analysed the similarity of VET courses across and within training packages in Australia. This analysis employed natural language processing to calculate similarity scores for each national VET qualification to all other qualifications across all training packages.
Explore the searchable dashboard to search for a qualification and see other similar qualifications, ranked in similarity from very high, to high, moderate and low.

For further information, please visit National Skills Commission.

Putting Gender Equality at the Heart of Victorian TAFE

This week, Minister Gayle Tierney launched an Australian-first guide to gender equality and respect which will be rolled-out across Victorian TAFEs.

The Respect and Equality in TAFE guide, includes written and visual resources that work alongside a dedicated website, encouraging TAFEs to create change by implementing equality action plans, fostering female leadership, encouraging female students to enrol in non-traditional courses and supporting staff to identify and respond to incidents on-campus.

Teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic, which was one of six TAFEs involved in the pilot, have already developed a project for VCAL students to reflect on their own values and behaviours relating to family violence and prevention.

The initiative responds to key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. A national version is currently under development.

For further information on the full suite of government initiatives on building a safe and strong gender equality system in Victoria, please visit Victorian Gender Equality Strategy.

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses 2020

The latest NCVER report shows there were 1.2 million students participating in Government-funded VET.

In 2020, 1 141 300 students were enrolled in Government-funded nationally recognised VET. The majority of these students, 77.8%, were undertaking training package qualifications.

Compared with 2019, considerable changes were observed in 2020 in the number of students enrolled in:
  • training package skill sets (up 215.6%)
  • locally developed skill sets comprised of at least one nationally recognised subject (up 65.6%)
  • stand-alone nationally recognised subjects (down 22.2%).
To access the full report, please visit NCVER.
This report highlights findings from three industry case studies: manufacturing; healthcare (including aged care and pharmacy); and hospitality and tourism.

By examining the different ways these industries responded to the pandemic and the extent to which innovation was an element of their response, most businesses reported they adapted to changing conditions during the pandemic, rather than innovated.

To access the full report, please visit NCVER.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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This program has now supported 820 participants since May 2020, and 325 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.

Currently, there are 73 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.
Do you want to be kept up to date with everything that’s happening with GAN Australia and the wider VET sector?

Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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