Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 41

Friday, 1st November 2019
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Upcoming Events

6 November - Enhancing Workplace Relationships Workshop
12 November - OHS Network
13 November - Code House User Group
13 November - AEN Mini Conference & 2019 AGM
Click here for all upcoming events.

Preparing Victorians For The Jobs Of The Future - VET Review

The Victorian Government will undertake a significant review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system to ensure Victoria has the skills we need for our growing economy.

The Government’s major investments in roads and public transport, education, family violence prevention, disability and aged care will create thousands of jobs over the next decade.

The review is focused on ensuring that the post-secondary education and training sectors are ready and capable of delivering the workforce needed.

The review will be led by former Federal Minister, Jenny Macklin and will be focused on designing a system that meets the needs of both industry and government, while supporting individual students to get the skills they need.

The Macklin Review will contribute to the reforms already underway through the COAG Skills Council.

Ms Macklin has significant experience in delivering major social and economic reforms and will bring together experts from across the country to ensure Victoria has a quality system fit for the future.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to reform our post-secondary education and training sectors to ensure we match skilled workers with the jobs needed in a strong, growing Victorian economy” said Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Hon. Gayle Tierney.

Private industry and large employers have a critical role to play in investing in the training and development of their workforces.

The review will also look at reforms to further strengthen the role of private employers in training and workforce development.

The review will also look at what can be done to ensure VET courses continue to deliver high quality qualifications, as well improving pathways between VET and Higher Education so that all Victorians have access to an excellent education system that is more cohesive.

Education is a lifelong journey and Victoria’s training system helps people from all walks of life pursue their goals of going on to further education and getting work.

For the full terms of reference, please see, Macklin Review – Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy.

The Review will produce specific advice to the Minister for Training and Skills and the Minister for Higher Education as follows:
  • an Issues Paper identifying issues and, potentially, broad recommendations for reform, by the end of February 2020; and
  • a Final Report containing recommendations for ensuring a quality VET system that is ready to equip Victorians with the skills they need for the jobs of the future, within 12 months.

2019 Annual AEN & GAN Australia Awards - Nominations Close 1 November

AEN Awards Open
Nominations are open for the 2019 Annual AEN & GAN Australia Awards.

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more award categories to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Victorian apprenticeship employment network.

Applications can be submitted online at AEN Awards with the application closing on Friday 1 November 2019.

Awards will be presented for the following categories:

Individual Categories

ATOA Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Apprenticeship Support Australia
Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by VicSuper
Inspiration Award: Indigenous Student of the Year – Sponsored by Apprenticeship Support Australia
Inspiration Award: Overcoming Adversity – Sponsored by RMIT University
Inspiration Award: Women in Trades – Sponsored by AATIS
School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by Australian Super
STAR (OH&S) Award – Sponsored by Marsh Advantage Insurance

GTO Categories

GTO Service Excellence Award – Sponsored by Bunnings Warehouse
GTO Industry Service Awards
Outstanding OHS Initiative – Sponsored by EML
AEN Fellowship
AEN Lifetime Achievement Award

GAN Awards

GAN International Apprentice Scholarship
National Youth Initiative Award

To access all the awards nomination information, online application forms and past winners please visit AEN Awards.

Nominations close 6pm Friday 1st November 2019.

Awards will be presented at the annual dinner on Friday 6 December – Victorian Parliament House, Queen’s Hall 6:00pm – 10:30pm. Tickets available here.

Best of luck!

AEN Mini Conference

The Apprenticeship Employment Network will be holding a Mini Conference on Wednesday 13 November at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Tom Wills Room.

The Mini Conference will include updates from Steven Joyce on the Commonwealth VET review as well as an update from Carl Walsh from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

The AEN 2019 AGM will follow the Mini Conference.

Registration closes today. Book your tickets via the AEN Event Calendar.

NECA Awards

On Wednesday evening this week NECA held its annual Awards at Crown for Victorian and Tasmanian apprentices and trainees.

Female apprentices dominated the major awards and award winners included:

Best 1st Year Apprentice of the Year - Mitchell Allen
Best 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year - Nellie Baker
Trainee of the Year - Emily Brown
Pre-apprentice of the Year - Lewis Fraser
Commercial Apprentice of the Year (Tasmania) - Alex Findlater
Industrial Apprentice of the Year (Tasmania) - Marek Porter
Junior Apprentice of the Year - Emily Cruickshank
Senior Apprentice of the Year - Taylor Palmer
Kevin Stevens Excellence Award for Academic Achievement - Nathan Alickolli

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the awards.

For further information please visit 2019 NECA Awards.

Regional Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government is delivering for rural and regional Victoria – with funding ready to help regional businesses and communities expand, grow jobs and attract investment.

Minister for Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes last week released updated guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – with more than $30 million available to make Victoria’s regional cities and country towns better places to live, work, invest and visit.

The regional development fund helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects, and assists councils to build the infrastructure locals need.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund will move to a competitive round-based process, to ensure the best projects receive support – with grants of up to $500,000 available to councils and council-sponsored projects.

Applications will open on 6 November 2019 and close on 18 December 2019.

More generous funding ratios will make it easier for smaller councils and local community organisations to access funding, so their lower rate bases don’t preclude them from delivering projects for their communities.

Investments will target high potential, high value sectors to drive regional Victoria’s jobs growth - including food and fibre, advanced manufacturing, professional services, new energy, medical technology, biological sciences and healthcare, transport, defence and construction technology, and international education.

Grants of up to $50,000 are also available throughout this financial year via the Stronger Regional Communities Program to support rural and regional towns to attract families and young people to regional Victoria.

Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund are available at the Regional Development Victoria website.

New Commonwealth Website

Commonwealth Website
Recently the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business released its new website.

The website is easy to use and navigate and has all the latest information regarding skills and training and employment including all the latest news, current incentives, programs and reviews taking place.

To access the new site please visit

The Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP)
A new user guide can help you explore local jobs data and find the information and insights you need.

The Portal (LMIP) brings together data and insights from a range of official sources to increase your understanding of local labour markets.

Businesses, researchers, economists, government employees, job seekers and people planning their next career move may all find the information helpful, as well as labour market analysts.

Now, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has made it even easier to access the diverse range of information on the Portal, by producing a helpful user guide, called Using LMIP to understand your local region: A user story.

The user guide can step you through finding key data sources to help you unlock deeper insights into the jobs in demand and local labour market conditions.

Summary data
  • Each local region contains a summary data table that includes the unemployment rate, the number of unemployed people, and the number of people using jobactive.
Key employment data
  • To explore labour market data over a time period, this feature will generate a line chart and corresponding table. It can, for example, show how the unemployment rate of a local region has changed over the past 15 years.
For further information, please visit the Labour Market Information Portal.

WorkSafe Victoria OHS Month Conference

WorkSafe Conference 1
WorkSafe Conference 2
On Wednesday this week, WorkSafe Victoria’s month long series of workshops and information sessions culminated with it's major conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Over the month various events have covered a wide range of OH&S topics including:
  • Workplace bullying
  • Supporting diverse workplaces
  • Supporting young workers
  • Working with engineered stone (crystalline silica dust)
  • Improving Workplace OH&S systems
For further details and the presentations covered over the month can be found at WorkSafe Health and Safety Month.

WorkSafe Victoria Awards

On Thursday evening WorkSafe Victoria held its annual awards at Melbourne Town Hall.

The awards recognise outstanding Victorian teams and individuals leading the way in health, safety, wellbeing and return to work.

The finalists across nine categories have showcased innovation, initiatives and commitment that have made an outstanding contribution to workplaces.

The award winners included:

Leading Return to Work Practice by an Employer - Baw Baw Shire Council
RTW Coordinator Excellence - Winnie Tjong, Northern Health
Worker Return to Work Achievement - Alex McCrae, H.I.M Spares
Commitment to Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing - Scope
Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue - Reece Group, Ute Side Lifter
OHS Leadership/Achievement Award - Mark Keating, St John of God Health Care
Health and Safety Invention of the Year - Sigmatec Pty Ltd
Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue - Belle Banne Conveyor Services
Health and Safety Representative of the Year - Sally Collier-Clarke & Sara Jorgensen

For further information on the award winners and finalists please visit WorkSafe Awards 2019.

AQF Review

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review has now been completed with the final report released in October 2019.

Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework Final Report 2019

The Australian Government announced a review of the AQF in the 2017-18 budget to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community.

The review led by Professor Peter Noonan recommended closer links and pathways between VET and higher education, including:
  • A revised AQF architecture that is simpler and more flexible to promote the equal value of qualification types across higher education and VET.
  • The creation of a Higher Diploma at the same level as a Bachelor degree and renaming VET certificates to reflect their purpose.
  • Recognition of microcredentials and greater fluidity between VET, higher education and schools.
The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator, Michaelia Cash said the report recommends a more flexible system which can provide workforce skills and qualifications for people at all stages of their career.

“For example, someone doing a VET course in carpentry may want to study some business courses at a university to help them run a small business. Likewise, someone studying engineering at university may want to get some hands-on experience in refrigeration,” Senator Cash said.

To access the full review please visit the Australian Qualifications Framework Review.

Australian Training Award Finalists

Commencing in 1994, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

The majority of the Awards are the culmination of the state and territory training awards with winners from each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.

Through showcasing best practice the Awards' Real Stories Real Achievements video series, promote continuous improvement and innovation in the design and delivery of VET which has led to national and international awareness and respect for Australia's VET sector and skilled-based careers.

The 2019 Australian Training Awards will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, on Thursday 21 November.

Awards include:

Trainee of the Year
Apprentice of the Year
Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award
Vocational Student of the Year Award
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award
VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

Best of luck to Victorian GTO finalists, NECA Trainee of the Year - Daniela Feldman and Gforce School-based Apprentice of the Year - Heidi Rasmussen.

For further information please visit the 2019 Australian Training Awards website.

OctoberVET - 14 November 2019 in Ballarat

Federation University

Supporting young people into their futures: Research and practice

A free research-based event in Ballarat.

How young people in non-metropolitan areas in Victoria imagine their futures: A Department of Education and Training (Victoria) funded research project.
Professor Erica Smith & Associate Professor Annette Foley, Federation University.

Presentation title to be announced.
Bernadette Gigliotti, CEO, Career Education Association of Victoria.

Tracking apprenticeship vacancy trends to identify skill shortages.
Gary Workman, Executive Director, Apprenticeship Employment Network, Victoria.

Learning about environmental sustainability practices.
Erica Smith, Annette Foley & Morgan Wise, School of Education, Federation University.

VET teachers’ strategies to engage young learners who have left school early.
Annette Foley, School of Education, Federation University.

More presentations yet to be announced.

Discussion sessions on policy and practice implications will be scheduled, and the event will end with an expert panel to respond to audience questions.

Please support Ballarat’s twelfth annual OctoberVET event, mounted by Fed Uni’s VET research group RAVE – Researching Adult and Vocational Education.

For more information, please visit Federation University.

Event Details

Thursday 14th November 2019, 12:30pm – 4.30 pm
Registration and light lunch from 12:30pm.
Afternoon tea also provided.

Ballarat Technology Park, SMB Campus, Lydiard St, Ballarat city centre
Seminar theatre, Tech Park Central (previously the Brewery building).
Campus map
Easy access from the train station.

Registration: Email
Please indicate any dietary requirements.
Note: If demand for places is heavy, we may have to charge for later registrations to cover catering costs.

The Australasian Vocational Educational and Training Research Association (AVETRA) is committed to building and promoting research capability to ensure a rigorous and well informed VET system.

OctoberVET is the name given to a series of events held throughout Australia to showcase VET research. For more information, please visit AVETRA.

AEN Office Closure 4 & 5 November - Melbourne Cup

The AEN office will be closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of November due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday.

The office will re-open as normal on Wednesday 6 November.
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AEN Upcoming Events & PD Sessions

We have a busy end to the year planned with plenty of member network meetings and professional development sessions scheduled.

Check out the list of upcoming events below and go to our Events Calendar to RSVP.

Enhancing Workplace Relationships Workshop - Wednesday 6 November
OHS Network - Tuesday 12 November
Code House User Group - Wednesday 13 November
AGM & Mini Conference - Wednesday 13 November
Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness Workshop - Tuesday 26 November
2019 Awards Dinner - Friday 6 December

These are free events for AEN members to attend.

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