Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 3

Friday, 7th February 2020
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events


12 February - IR Basics Workshop
18 February - QA Standards Network
18 February - Competency Based Training Workshop
26 February - Cybersecurity Awareness Workshop

4 March - Cross-cultural Responsiveness Training
12 March - Apprenticeship Luncheon
12 March - GTO Managers Meeting

Apprenticeship Luncheon - Thursday, 12 March 2020

At this event, guests will hear from Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Hon Steve Irons MP on the current and future directions of VET and apprenticeships in Australia.

Come and join in the conversation on how apprenticeships and traineeships are being utilised as a solution to youth unemployment as well as meeting future employer workforce needs.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park Room – Enter via Gate 3
Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm


12:00pm Welcome
12:30pm Entrée
12:40pm Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships
Hon Steve Irons MP
1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm Victorian Government Update
2:00pm Event Close


Register for this event via the AEN Event Calendar.
*Please note credit card payment is required at the time of registration.

AEN Members: Please Login prior to purchasing tickets to access the member rate.

Purchase 8 or more tickets to receive $100 off your booking.

Registration for this event will close Friday 28, February 2020.

Call for AEN "Skilling Now" Conference Presenters

Presenting at the AEN "Skilling Now" Conference provides an opportunity to build your professional network.

Delivering a content-rich session individually or as part of a team is a wonderful way to share knowledge, experiences and ideas.

The conference program will showcase current initiatives, future directions, best practices, stories of successful collaborations, lessons learned and solutions to VET and apprenticeship/traineeship issues within various conference themes.

Conference details
Date: 18-19 June 2020
Location: Melbourne - Sheraton Hotel

Conference themes include:
  • Supporting women in trades
  • OH&S and young workers
  • Cultural diversity and social inclusion in the workplace
  • Supporting small businesses with the skills needed for tomorrow
  • Successful collaborations for improved employer and apprenticeship outcomes
  • International apprenticeship and workplace learning best practices
  • Industry 4.0 and apprenticeships
The AEN "Skilling Now" Conference is aimed at RTO/TAFE, GTO managers and the wider VET sector.

If you would like to present at the conference please submit your abstract to by Monday, 6th April 2020.

2020 Stakeholder Survey

As a valued stakeholder of the Apprenticeship Employment Network we would like to thank you for the support you have provided in the past.

To help us improve our services, please take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences, the support you receive and how we can improve this into the future.

Your individual responses are anonymous and we encourage you to answer honestly.

Apprenticeship Vacancy Index

This week GAN Australia released its January 2020 update to the Apprenticeship Vacancy Index (AVI).

To start the year off there were 1732 apprenticeship vacancies advertised across Australia. Note that this is not an exhaustive count and these figures can be a lot higher.

Top Industry Sectors
Building and Construction - 459
Automotive - 235
Business Administration - 135
Engineering - 139
Hospitality & Tourism - 111

Top Occupations
Carpenter - 210
Administration - 121
Hair and Beauty - 109
Auto Mechanic - 108
Electrical Trades - 98

State Performance
NSW - 718
VIC - 505
QLD - 241
SA - 127
WA - 78

As is the norm for this time of year, there was a healthy increase in advertised vacancies. As usual, the construction and auto servicing sectors are by far the largest employer of apprentices.

Access the AVI at GAN Australia.

Apprenticeship Luncheon - Thursday, 12 March 2020

Following the announcement in November last year, several Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers are no longer be operating in this capacity since February 1 2020.

If you or your apprentices were signed up by one of these providers, your registration should have been transferred to one of the remaining providers.

If you have not been contacted with details of your new provider, you can contact the Australian Apprenticeships Enquiry Hotline on 13 38 73.

To view a list of the new providers visit the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Changes to Federal Department

In December 2019, the Prime Minister announced changes to the structure of the Australian Public Service.

The creation of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will consolidate several previous departments. This new Department comes into effect on February 1 2020.

2020 Skills Conference Sydney

NSW 2020 Skills Conference
The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT invites you to attend the 2020 Skills Conference.

With the theme of “Making VET great again” the conference promises to stimulate discussion and thinking around what can we do better collectively as an industry to improve apprenticeship and traineeship numbers in Australia.

AEN NSW & ACT would like to offer Victorian GTOs the member rates should you wish to attend.

You will need to use the code SKILLS2020EB at the point of registration (during the early bird period). This will reduce the price to member rates.

For further information and to access the full program, speaker list and accommodation options please visit the Skills Conference website.

CEO for One Month

Have you ever dreamed of being a CEO? What if you could do it for one month?

The Adecco Group are giving one person the opportunity of the year through their CEO for One Month Program. This program is a four-week paid internship with the chance to be their CEO alongside CEO, Rafael Moyano.

As the chosen CEO for Australia, you will experience everything this position can offer.
By shadowing Rafa in his daily responsibilities you will gain insight into their brands, Adecco, Modis, Spring Professional and General Assembly and lead another life in the corporate world for four weeks.

Following this experience, you will have the chance to be the Global CEO for One Month. This will be an additional paid four weeks with the Global CEO, Alain Dehaze which entails travelling the word and getting behind-the-scenes in managing a multinational company.

Don’t wait. This is your moment to stand out from the rest.

Apply now and see if you've got what it takes to be a CEO for One Month!

Employment Projections 2019 - 2024

Each year, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment produces employment projections by industry, occupation, skill level and region for the following five-year period.

These employment projections are designed to provide a guide to the future direction of the labour market.

The 2019 employment projections are based on the forecasted and projected total employment growth rates published in the 2019-20 Budget, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) data (June 2019) for total employment, and the quarterly detailed LFS data (May 2019) for industry employment data.

2019 Industry Employment Projections Report (Word) (840.6KB)
Industry projections – five years to May 2024 (Excel) (55.7KB)
Occupation projections – five years to May 2024 (Excel) (83.0KB)
Skill Level projections – five years to May 2024 (Excel) (28.4KB)
Regional projections – interactive tool (Excel) (2.2MB)
Regional projections – five years to May 2024 (Excel) (925.3KB)

For further information please visit the Labour Market Information Portal.

Victorian Trade Papers

​A trade paper is a certificate that commemorates the completion of an apprenticeship.​

A reminder that you can​ apply for a free trade paper if you have completed both:
  • a recognised apprenticeship in Victoria, which you started after 1 January 1995
  • the apprenticeship's relevant qualification with a TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation.
When you apply, you'll need to provide your qualification title and code. Your TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation can provide you with this information.

To apply for a trade paper, register an account and submit an application in the trade paper portal, which is provided by VETASSESS.

Opportunities to Travel and Work in Canada for Qualified Electricians and Plumbers

Global Trade eXchange
Global Trade Exchange (GtexPro) in collaboration with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the United Association (UA) would like to engage with qualified electricians and plumbers interested in taking up an exchange opportunity with Canada.

The exchange will take place through Gtexpro’s Commonwealth exchange programs and will consist of a 2-year opportunity to live and work in Vancouver, recognition of Australian qualifications, Gap Training and Red Seal journeymen accreditation.

To find out more please head to the Global Trade eXchange website or contact Steve Julian-Fraser

About GtexPro
The core trading principal of Global Trade Exchange (GteXpro) is ‘trade mobility’. They believe that using your trade to travel not only enriches the individual but the industry as well.

GteXpro's goal is to provide opportunities to both the individual and the industry to grow by bringing the two together through their Commonwealth exchange programs.

GteXpro and its partners have developed seamless pathways to allow tradespeople to explore other countries and industries while using their trade.

At GteXpro they have a combined 100 years of experience in the trade industry both in Australia and internationally, it is this that allows them to bring these exciting opportunities to you.

NCVER Update

AVETMISS reporting - 2019 annual activity due by 28 February 2020

The collection window for direct reporting of 2019 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity to NCVER closes 5pm (ACT), 28 February 2020.

If you are reporting fee-for-service activity via an STA please check with them as their deadlines may be earlier.

The NCVER Client Support team can help with validation or submission difficulties within the AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS), however, please allow enough time to raise any issues so that you are able to meet the reporting deadline.

AUSkey is changing – Make the move to the new credential now!

AUSkey is being decommissioned on 31 March 2020 and has been replaced by a new whole of government digital identity service.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) will no longer be able to use their AUSkeys to access the USI Registry after the decommission date, therefore we recommend that you transition now.

All RTOs accessing the USI Registry must complete the transition steps and move to the new authentication method.

You can now access the USI Registry via the Organisation Portal or a Student Management System (SMS) using myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM):

Organisation Portal users need to acquire their own digital identity. Principle authorities of an RTO’s ABN must acquire a digital identity (myGovID) and can authorise another person with a digital identity to connect to the USI Registry Organisation Portal (on behalf of the RTO) through RAM. This is similar to how a Standard/Personal AUSkey is set up, however, new mechanisms are used and the replacement file is not stored on a computer or USB. A connection can then be made using any device, anywhere, anytime.

Student Management System users will need a new Machine-to-Machine (M2M) credential to replace a Device AUSkey in order to interact with the USI Registry.

Make sure you have updated and cleaned-up your information in the Australian Business Register (ABR), AUSkey Manager and Access Manager.

Set up your digital identity, it’s easy, just download and install the app from the Apple App or Google Play stores and set up your myGovID.

If you have any difficulty setting up your digital identity contact the ATO on 1300 287 539:
  • myGovID option 2
  • RAM option 3
  • Technical issues option 4.
Importantly, if your organisation is utilising an SMS, you must also update to USI Web Service Version 3.0 by 31 March 2020.

For more information, please visit USI - AUSkey.
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Bunnings Apprentice Trade PowerPass

Don't miss a world of opportunities! As a Bunnings PowerPass Apprentice member, you can benefit from a huge range of exclusive deals.
  • ABN free applications for trade-related apprentices
  • Access to PowerPass prices and offers on a wide range of trade products
  • Invitations to exclusive trade events
  • Offers tailored to apprentice’s needs
  • Bunnings Trade merchandise
How do you Sign up for a Bunnings PowerPass Apprentice Membership?
  • Apply for PowerPass on the website
  • Fill in the details and submit
What to do, once you've signed up
The first thing to know is that there is no plastic card issued for a Bunning’s PowerPass member. Your membership is always with you, as the ID card lives on your phone.
  1. After you've filled in the application and it’s been processed you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email address, so it’s imperative that we get your email address right.
  2. After we have verified your email address, you will receive a new email with your CARD NUMBER and a link to download the Bunnings PowerPass App for your phone.
  3. Load the App, enter your card number and you’re good to go.
For further information and details please visit Bunnings Trade PowerPass.

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