Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 32

Friday, 20th August 2021
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Upcoming Events

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)

Victorian Training Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

A pool of 44 finalists have been announced for the 67th Victorian Training Awards, recognising the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney this week announced the finalists and said this year’s event would acknowledge the resilience and innovation of the sector amid the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

Finalists have been named across six award categories for individuals, four for employers and four for training organisations as well as the Industry Collaboration Award.

This year’s awards received the highest number of nominations in more than a decade, with individual award categories proving most popular among nominees.

Award recipients will receive $5000 prize money and a selection of award recipients will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

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

A complete list of all the finalists is available on Victorian Training Awards - Finalists.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

COVID-19 Updates

Information for metropolitan Melbourne

The Victorian Government has announced restrictions have been extended and strengthened in metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59pm on Monday 16 August until 11:59pm on Thursday 2 September. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am every night.

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August, permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work or study, or to travel to and from authorised work or study.

Permits must be carried by higher education, training and university students who are permitted on-site if their research, study, training or work placement is on the Authorised provider or authorised worker list. Download and complete a permit at Authorised provider and authorised worker permit.

Information for cross-border communities

The New South Wales (NSW) Government announced that stay-at-home restrictions apply to all parts of regional and rural NSW from 5pm on Saturday 14 August to 12.01am on Sunday 22 August.

Students from cross-border communities who reside in NSW but attend a Victorian TAFE, training organisation or university can study on-site if they abide by the conditions of the Border Crossing Permit Directions.

Students who are cross-border community residents and reside in Victoria but attend a NSW TAFE, training organisation or university may attend on-site if their study or training is a permitted activity within NSW.

Cross-border community requirements

From 6pm on Friday 13 August, residents of the cross-border community local government areas aged 18 years and over must obtain a cross-border permit to enter Victoria for all permitted reasons to travel. With a valid permit, staff and students from the cross-border community area can cross the Victorian-NSW border for the purposes of work or education. This includes childcare or early childhood services as well as universities, training, work placements and TAFE.

More information

For further information on current restrictions, see the COVID-19 Victoria website. The COVID-19 Victoria website is the single destination for all Victorian COVID-19 information and resources, including information about university, TAFE and training operations, and health and wellbeing. The Department of Education and Training COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663 is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

AEN Virtual Professional Development Series:

Places are still available!

Registrations will close soon for 'Inspiration in Leadership' and 'Youth Mental Health First Aid'.

The virtual professional development series, and is open to all members.
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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 further information on 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.

VCCI COVID-19 Vaccine Policies for Business: A Guide for Employers

    VCCI has released a guide for employers on a range of COVID policies. While this guide will be regularly updated as the situation evolves, this first edition covers vital topics, including:
    • Communicating with employees
    • Assisting employees to get vaccinated
    • Considerations for workplace Health and Safety Laws
    • Vaccines and privacy law
    • Ongoing workplace health and safety.
    The Victorian Chamber recently asked more than 1,500 Victorian businesses of varying sizes and across all sectors if COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory in the workplace. To view the results of the survey, please visit VCCI - Mandatory COVID Vaccination Survey.

    Help Train a New Generation of Skilled Victorian Workers

    Industry experts across Victoria are being encouraged to sign-up as TAFE teachers, with a new incentive program funded by the Victorian Government.

    Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney this week launched the new TAFE Teacher Training Scholarship, with up to 200 study assistance scholarships valued at $10,000 each to be offered to experts across a variety of in-demand industries, including health and community services, construction and electrotechnology.
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    The program will enhance the TAFE teaching workforce amid skyrocketing VET enrolments, which increased by 13 per cent to May compared with the same time last year. More than 87,200 students have now started a Free TAFE course since the initiative launched in 2019 – giving Victorians better access to the high-quality training they need for the state’s most in-demand jobs.

    The new TAFE Teacher Training Scholarship is also a unique opportunity for skilled workers seeking a career change or for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic to pass on their industry-relevant skills to TAFE students.

    To find out more about the scholarship, visit Victorian Government: How to become a TAFE Teacher.

    Kangan Institute's Trades + Skills Centre Virtual Preview: 3 September

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    Construction is well underway at Kangan Institute’s new Trades + Skills Centre. The Centre is located at the Broadmeadows Campus and is supported by an injection of $5.6M from the Victorian Government’s TAFE Maintenance Fund. The Trades + Skills Centre features new state-of-the-art plumbing training facilities that will enable Kangan Institute to offer training in the Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32420) to first year apprentices commencing October 2021.

    To join this virtual event for an exclusive look at the soon be complete Trades + Skills Centre:

    Friday 3 September, 2021
    10.00 - 11.00am
    Zoom Meeting
    Click here to register your attendance by 31 August.

    For queries, please contact Kangan Institute’s Manager Apprenticeship Development, Erinn Freeburn at

    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.

    August is Tradie Health Month!

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    Now more than ever, workers' physical and mental safety should be top of mind.

    Get the right tools for the job by taking advantage of free WorkSafe programs designed to help small and medium businesses build physically and mentally safe workplaces.

    The tools available for trade based industries include:
    • Workwell Toolkit - For creating a mentally healthy workplace
    • OHS Essentials Program - For free and confidential safety advice from an OHS consultant
    • Advice to Prevent Physical Injury - To reduce injuries in your workplace.

    For further information, please visit WorkSafe - Supporting Leaders in Trade Based Industries.

    Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence: Nominations are Open

    Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations who strengthen multiculturalism across 15 categories.

    The awards are proudly coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and are now open for 2021.

    AISC: National Skills Overview 2020-21

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    The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has released its annual insights report for 2020-21.
    The AISC's National Industry Insights Report (NIIR) contains a high-level analysis of industry skills needs, and the factors and trends affecting the demand for skills at a national and cross-industry level. The 2020-2021 National Skills Overview consists of four key sections which are detailed below.

    1. Insights and Highlights

    Summarises the top five skills most highly prioritised across Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecasts, the various factors (including those related to COVID-19) which drive skill demand, and key initiatives which aim to address these skill needs.

    2. Priority Skills

    Examines the key skills identified by IRCs in their Skills Forecasts. These complement the Skills Priority List (SPL), developed by the National Skills Commission (NSC), by providing supplementary views on skills needs directly from industry, while the SPL provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for occupations. The evidence supporting the development of the SPL includes labour market data analysis, employer surveys, stakeholder consultation with industry bodies and federal and state/territory government agencies, as well as consideration of data and information. Different data sources are used by the NIIR and the NSC, providing a richer insight into skills needs. Between the two, a large and diverse range of data is utilised, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force Survey, the Participation, Job Search and Mobility supplementary survey, the Labour Market Information Portal, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), and the Survey of Employers who have Recently Advertised (SERA).

    NIIR priority skills identified by IRCs include collaboration skills, digital skills, and industry and occupation skills.

    Certainty (Temporarily) Provided on Electronic Execution and Virtual Meetings with the Passing of the TLA1 Bill

    Both Houses of Parliament have now passed the much-anticipated Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021, allowing for the electronic execution of documents and the holding of virtual company meetings. The Bill, which was amended in the Senate from its original draft form, now awaits Royal Assent – which is expected to occur in the coming days.

    The Bill implements a number of welcome changes, including:
    • temporarily extending and expanding on the measures in the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response Determination (No. 3) 2020 that had since lapsed (see previous commentary, Newsflash: electronic signing relief lapses); and
    • introducing a fault element that must be satisfied for a disclosing entity to be liable under the continuous disclosure provisions for civil penalties.
    In late June, the Government released for consultation an exposure draft of new legislation (Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for Consultation) Bill 2021: Use of technology for meetings and related amendments) to permanently amend the Corporations Act to facilitate the use of technology in meetings, to execute company documents and to send meeting-related materials. You can read previous commentary on that consultation in the following article, Electronic meetings and electronic execution of company documents are (hopefully) here to stay. Those measures remain in draft form but the Bill has been designed to bridge the gap in the interim (in particular, by providing ASIC with permanent power to grant certain relief in exceptional circumstances).

    To access the full article, please visit Hall and Wilcox Lawyers.

    NCVER Update

    NCVER has released this week Total VET Students and Courses 2020 reports.

    A total of 3.9 million students enrolled in nationally recognised VET in 2020, a decline of 6.4% compared with 2019, according to latest annual release of VET data.

    'Total VET Students and Courses 2020' reports the number of students and total enrolments in nationally recognised VET on a government-funded or fee-for-service basis, noting many students enrol in more than one type of training.

    The data shows the number of fee-for-service students in Australia (domestically) dropped by 10.4% and the number of international students decreased by 1.2%.

    However, the number of students enrolled in government-funded training increased by 4.3% to 1.3 million, with increases in the number of students enrolled in nationally recognised programs up by 0.9% to 1.2 million and in stand-alone subjects up by 32.5% to 175 300 (reported as subjects not delivered as part of a nationally recognised program).

    Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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    This program has now supported 822 participants since May 2020, and 326 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.

    Currently, there are 48 participants on our active caseload.
    Top 6 Occupations
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Carpentry
    • Hair & Beauty
    • Chefs
    • General Mechanic
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    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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