Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 35

Friday, 10th September 2021
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Upcoming Events

15 Sep - IR & FC Network Meeting
21 Sep - Mental Health at Work in a COVID World
6 & 7 Oct - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)

AEN Awards – Nominations now Open

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The 2021 AEN Industry Award Nominations are now open. The awards celebrate the dedication and achievements of apprentices and trainees, GTOs and businesses committed to the development of apprentices and trainees.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:

AEN Awards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fellowship
GTO Awards
  • GTO Service Excellence Awards
  • GTO Industry Service Awards
  • Outstanding OHS Initiative
Individual Awards
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Inspiration Award: Indigenous Student of the Year
  • Inspiration Award: Overcoming Adversity
  • Inspiration Award: Women in Trades
  • School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • STAR (Stop Taking a Risk) Award
  • Disability Achievement Award
GAN Australia Awards
  • GAN International Apprentice Scholarship
  • GAN National Youth Initiative Award
If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them here.

Key Dates:

Key Date
Nominations open
6 September
Nominations close
8 October
Awards judging
18 – 27 October
Finalists announced
29 October
Awards Dinner presentation event
To be announced
The venue for this year’s Awards Dinner is The Pavilion, Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. More details to follow.

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

COVID Update

Coronavirus restrictions to lift for regional Victoria

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 9th September, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

The five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

Construction apprentices – COVID surveillance testing
For advice, please visit Victorian Government Coronavirus.

What if my test was for surveillance testing?
If your test was done as part of industry surveillance testing, you do not need to isolate after testing, unless:
  • you have symptoms, or
  • the Department of Health has told you to - for instance, if you are a close contact or have been to an exposure site.
If you test is positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) as part of surveillance testing:
  • you must immediately go home and isolate. Do not make any stops on the way home.
Commercial sites are likely to use the incolink rapid testing and domestic the standard COVID-19 testing sites.

R U OK Day: 9 September 2021

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This week was R U OK day on Thursday 9 September.

Is your gut instinct saying someone might not be doing so well? Perhaps they're just not themselves and you've noticed a change in what they're saying or doing? You've got what it takes to ask "are you ok?" and make a difference.

Their website has plenty of video’s and resources that can assist you in starting a conversation in the workplace.

For further details, please visit How to get involved with R U OK?

Research Survey, “What will it take” – Employer Views Needed

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) have commissioned PwC to do a piece of work to:
  • understand the factors that drive employer behaviour in relation to creation of quality jobs for youth
  • identify some policies that could promote greater opportunities.
We are looking for employers willing to contribute 10 minutes to seek their views to better understand what can be done to increase opportunities for young people to secure skilled work.

We are hoping that you may be able to support our research by completing this short employer survey.

The survey will remain open but responses would be appreciated by Friday 10th September.

NCVER Update

VET qualification completion rates 2019

New data shows the overall completion rate for nationally recognised VET qualifications has risen slightly, according to the latest data released by the NCVER.

VET qualification completion rates 2019 shows 43.4% of all VET qualifications started in 2016 were completed, compared with 42.9% of qualifications started in 2015.

Completion rates are based on calculations that match commencements with completions using student and qualification identifiers over four years. This timeframe provides sufficient time for most VET students to complete their qualification.

The completion rate for training package qualifications started in 2016 increased compared with those started in 2015, 44.2% compared with 43.6%. For accredited qualifications started in 2016, rates remained largely stable compared with 2015.

By level of education, completion rates across all VET qualifications started in 2016 were highest for certificate IV qualifications (48.4%), followed by certificate III (45.2%) and diploma or higher (45.2%).

Unpacking the quality of VET delivery

This report is an interim publication for a project that outlines what is known about the quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices in Australian VET and how it might be better measured.

Based on a review of the literature, this report explores current definitions of quality in VET, the factors that impact the quality of delivery, and the various measures used to make judgements about it.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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This program has now supported 828 participants since May 2020, and 332 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.
Currently, there are 38 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 19
  • Plumbing - 5
  • Carpentry - 7
  • Other trades - 7
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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