Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 37

Thursday, 23rd September 2021
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Upcoming Events

6 & 7 Oct - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)
10 Nov - OHS Network Meeting

Construction Sector Closes for 2 Weeks

Due to continued concern about case numbers, transmission risk and reduced compliance, construction has shut down in metropolitan Melbourne and Local Government Areas (City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire), currently in lockdown, for two weeks from Monday 20 September.

There will be strictly limited exemption for workers to attend the sites to respond to an emergency or perform urgent and essential work to protect health and safety. An amnesty has been be put in place so that a limited number of workers can attend construction sites in order to shut them down safely.

All sites will be required to demonstrate compliance with Chief Health Officer Directions prior to reopening – including the requirement for workers to show evidence to their employer of having had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they return to site on 5 October. From 23 September, all construction workers require at least their first dose of the vaccine. This means that before workers return to site, they must comply with this new requirement.

The Government is continuing to work with the industry to get as many workers vaccinated as possible – with the priority blitz continuing until Sunday 26 September, including walk-up appointments (without a booking) available at key sites. For more information about priority vaccine access, visit COVID Vaccines.

A COVID-19 disaster payment is available to help workers unable to earn income due to public health orders, with more info available at COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

AEN Awards – Nominations are Open

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The 2021 AEN Industry Award Nominations have opened. 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.

Expanded 'Free TAFE' Turbocharges Post-COVID Victoria

The Victorian Government’s signature Free TAFE initiative will grow to more than 60 courses in 2022 – giving more Victorians training for more jobs as the state moves through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney this week announced seven new courses that have been added to the Free TAFE List for next year:
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • Certificate III in Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations, and
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

WorldSkills Conference: 25-29 October 2021

The WorldSkills Conference "Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future" is a hybrid event both online and live from Shanghai. It will review the impact of the pandemic on green skills development, on jobs and poverty, and on apprenticeships, as well as analyse data and trends at the global and regional level, bringing participants up to date with the learning and solutions that have emerged from this crisis.
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Registrations are now open. For further details, please visit WorldSkills.

October is Health and Safety Month!

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If you’re interested in workplace health & safety, you can’t afford to miss WorkSafe’s Health & Safety Month. Hear from guest speakers and industry experts on topics ranging from:
  • The importance of HSR's to business
  • How organisational culture impacts workplace mental health
  • What do the new Silica Regulations mean for employers and employees?
  • What are your rights as a young worker?
  • Construction sessions
  • Infringement notices + many more!
This year all the events will be delivered as a series of 45 minute webinars, and it's free to register!

For more information, please visit Events - WorkSafe.

Women & Leadership Australia - Professional Development Partial Scholarships Open

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is currently offering professional development partial scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 for three leadership development courses. The partial scholarships are open to women across all areas of the training and development sector.

WLA supports emerging, middle, and senior women leaders across all sectors and industries. Their leadership programs bring together a focus on applied learning with the latest in leadership theory and practice.

Through their Industry Partnership Framework, they work with hundreds of Australian associations and professional bodies to increase awareness and action around gender equity.

Apply by 30 November or find out more at Women & Leadership Australia.

Victorian Training Awards: Online for 2021

The Victorian Training Awards are going online from 7pm on Saturday 16 October when the 2021 Awards will celebrate the sector’s ongoing commitment, resilience and innovation in a year of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual gala will be hosted in a studio with all finalists to tune in live for recognition and the announcement of each award winner.

Registrations for the event are free and are open on Eventbrite.

For more information on the finalists, please visit Victorian Training Awards.

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 33 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 15
  • Plumbing - 5
  • Carpentry - 7
  • Other trades - 6
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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Thanks to our Industry Partners

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