Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 42

Friday, 8th November 2019
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Upcoming Events

13 November - Code House User Group
13 November - AEN Mini Conference & 2019 AGM
26 November - Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness Workshop
Click here for all upcoming events.

Victoria Macklin VET Review February 2020

Following up from last week's news on the Victorian Government conducting its own VET review in 2020, the review will be focused on developing a system that meets the needs of both industry and government, while supporting individual students to get the skills and education they need.

TAFEs, universities, private providers, industry, students, community organisations, advocacy groups and post-secondary policy experts will be invited to provide input into the shape of Victoria’s future post-secondary education and training system.

Terms of Reference
The purpose of the Review is to make recommendations to ensure Victoria has a quality vocational education and training (VET) system ready to equip Victorians with the skills they need for current and future jobs, with strong connections and pathways between VET and Higher Education as well as schooling.

Scope of the Review
The Review will examine and make recommendations on the following:
  1. What are the education and training needs for jobs in Victoria over the next ten years?
  2. What reforms are required to meet the skills and capability needs of industry and employers, government and the community over the next decade?
  3. What reforms are required to build industry investment in skills and workforce development, including apprenticeships and traineeships?
  4. What reforms are required to improve access to Higher Education and VET for students that are entering the workforce, and those seeking to reskill or upskill later in life, no matter their background?
  5. What reforms are required to ensure relevant, high quality teaching and VET courses that produce job-ready graduates at all stages of their career?
  6. What reforms are required to improve pathways, and connections, between TAFE and other VET providers, adult and community education providers, universities and other non-university higher education providers, schools, and employers, so students can easily understand and navigate the post-secondary system and update their skills throughout their careers?
  7. What reforms are required to improve the funding arrangements of Victoria’s VET sector?
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.
For further information please see Macklin Review – Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy.

Gforce Chair Announces Retirement After 26 Years

Vaz Juchima Retirement
On Friday evening last week Gforce Chair, Vaz Juchima, announced his retirement after 26 years - 20 of which he served as Chair.

Board directors, current and past employers and associates came together to celebrate the achievements of Gforce and Vaz since 1993.

Gforce CEO, Rob Birch, paid tribute to the leadership of Vaz over this period, “Vaz Juchima’s time on the Gforce board over the past 26 years has been a remarkable contribution through a period of continued growth, with his leaderships driving a strong workplace safety culture”

Congratulations to Vaz.

For further information please visit the Gforce website.

2019 Annual AEN & GAN Australia Awards - Early Bird Tickets on Sale

AEN Awards Open
This year's annual awards promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more award categories to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Victorian apprenticeship employment network.

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

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!

FREE Health and Safety Advice - Victorian WorkSafe Essentials Program

Many Victorian employers have been receiving free health and safety consultancy under the Victorian WorkSafe OHS Essentials Program which is also available to GTOs and host employers.

Up to 8 ½ hours of free information, advice and assistance is available from an approved provider of the program.

Paul Scofield has been delivering the program since 2013. Employers in a wide range of industries and vocations have benefited from his considerable health and safety expertise.

The confidential services provided under the program are fully independent of WorkSafe. Nothing is reported back to WorkSafe.

What is OHS Essentials Program?
It’s a free service for eligible Victorian small and medium sized employers. Providers of the program are state-wide.

Employers receive a free evaluation of their organisation and discuss their health and safety obligations and requirements. Information and advice is provided at no cost.

Eligibility for the program
Employers must have a Victorian WorkCover premium and 59 or less employees. Previous program participants can re-apply after 3 years.

What the program provides
By accessing the free program, eligible employers receive:
  • An initial free 3 ½ hour visit to review health and safety.
  • An action plan for improving health and safety developed by Paul who provides on-going support during the Program.
  • A free 2 and 3 hour follow-up visits over 9 months.
Further information
Further details about the program and assistance with registration can be obtained by contacting:

Paul’s area of operation is up to 150Km from Melbourne.

MAS National are part of the IntoWork Australia Group of businesses.

WorldSkills National Competition 2020 to be held in Western Australia

WorldSkills Australia has been invited by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to hold the highly anticipated 2020 WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Western Australia.

The last national competition to be held in Western Australia was in 2014 and was well received by the community.

WorldSkills Australia is proud to bring the largest skills and trade competition in the Southern Hemisphere to Perth.

The team which includes our strong volunteer network are eager to showcase the talent of young trainees and apprentices from across Australia as they compete for the pride of their state and the title of 'Best in Nation'.

2019 is forecasted to be the largest regional competition cycle for the organisation to date and off the back of our recent International success in Kazan, Russia the 2020 WorldSkills Australia National Championships will be a fierce display of skill and Australia's future workforce.

For further details please see the article, WorldSkills National Championships for Perth in 2020.

The ILO Global Competitiveness Report

This year’s Global Competitiveness Report is the latest edition of the series launched in 1979 that provides an annual assessment of the drivers of productivity and long-term economic growth.

With a score of 84.8 (+1.3), Singapore is the world’s most competitive economy in 2019, overtaking the United States, which falls to second place. Hong Kong SAR (3rd), Netherlands (4th) and Switzerland (5th) round up the top five.

Building on four decades of experience in benchmarking competitiveness, the index maps the competitiveness landscape of 141 economies through 103 indicators organized into 12 themes.
Global Competitiveness Report 2019
Each indicator, using a scale from 0 to 100, shows how close an economy is to the ideal state or “frontier” of competitiveness.

The pillars, which cover broad socio-economic elements are: institutions, infrastructure, ICT adoption, macroeconomic stability, health, skills, product market, labour market, the financial system, market size, business dynamism and innovation capability.

Overall Australia ranked 16th (down two places from 2018) and 5th in the south east Asia region.

To access the free report please visit Skills for Employment.

Final Call: Last Chance to Register for Scholarships

Women currently working in the training and development sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of 2019 and it is unsure when these grants will be available again.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 5pm on December 6 at Women & Leadership Australia.

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.
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NCVER Update

Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2019

Across the nation, 50.9% of employers made use of the nationally accredited VET system in 2019, down 3.5 percentage points from 2017, according to new data released today.

The biennial Survey of employers’ use and views of the VET system, first conducted in its current form in 2005, interviewed over 7000 employers nationally in 2019 about how they met their skills needs in the previous 12 months and how effective those strategies were.

Nationally, 34.2% of employers had jobs requiring vocational qualifications in 2019, down 3.0 percentage points from 2017, and 19.9% of employers used nationally recognised training (that was not part of an apprenticeship or traineeship), which also declined, by 2.5 percentage points in 2019.

Are skill sets booming? An analysis of training package skill sets

This report provides an analysis of data on training package skill sets uses data from the National Register of VET and the National Provider Collection – Total VET activity.

Training package skill sets are composed of one or more units of competency from a training package and are designed to meet licensing or regulatory requirements, or a defined industry need.

The report identifies how much nationally recognised training package or training package skill set activity is occurring and where.
NCVER Are Skill Sets Booming
The report indicates that activity is clustered around only a small number of skill sets and a small number of training packages.

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.

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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