Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 4

Friday, 14th February 2020
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Upcoming Events


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

7 April - OHS Network Meeting

Apprenticeship Luncheon - Thursday, 12 March 2020

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At this event, guests will hear from Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Hon Steve Irons MP and former Member for the Australian Labour Party, Hon Jenny Macklin 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 VET Review - Hon Jenny Macklin MP
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.

Holmesglen Victorian Tunnelling Centre

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On Monday morning this week, industry stakeholders were invited to Holmesglen’s under construction Victorian Tunnelling Centre.

The Drummond Street campus is the site of a new $16 million Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre where local workers will be trained in underground construction and tunnelling.

The new facility will include a replica mined tunnel and rail tunnel with a full-height entrance, three multi-purpose engineering workrooms and training facilities including tunnel shaft and concrete lining spray simulators, as well as virtual reality experiences.

The Australian-first tunnelling training centre will train thousands of local workers as part of the Victorian Government’s planned rail projects, and is expected to be open for training in June 2020.

Congratulations to the team at Holmesglen.

For further information please visit Holmesglen Victorian Tunnelling Centre.

Have Your Say on School Vocational Pathways

The Victorian Government is giving parents, students, schools and other key stakeholders a say in the future of vocational education and applied learning in schools.

Minister for Education James Merlino established the review of VCAL and VET in schools to improve vocational education and applied learning, so students receive a high-quality qualification with the technical and practical skills that our economy needs.

The review, led by former CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, John Firth will make recommendations to reform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling to ensure it meets the needs of all students.

It will consider how to improve students’ success in further education, training or employment once they have finished school.

Feedback is being sought on a number of topics relating to vocational and applied learning. These include program design and structure, delivery and accessibility, confidence in qualifications, as well as improving student outcomes.

VCAL is a “hands-on” option for students in Years 11 and 12, giving them practical work-related experience as well as literacy and numeracy skills. More than 20,000 students enrolled in a VCAL certificate last year.

Vocational education delivered to school students allows students to receive nationally recognised qualifications and provides an opportunity for students to receive credit towards their VCE or VCAL.

Feedback submissions can be made through Engage Victoria until 27 March 2020.

The review began extensive consultation with stakeholders in mid-November 2019 and will continue to do so throughout the consultation period to accompany the online feedback.

A final report will be completed in May 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.

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and September, the Symposia are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent.

Keynote speakers include: Nova Peris, Ita Buttrose, Libby Trickett, Ann Sherry, Catherine Fox, Tammie Matson, Sallyanne Atkinson and many, many more.

The events will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a highly captivating range of topics.

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). For more information and to book, please visit Women and Leadership Australia Symposium.

Survey of Parents' Attitudes towards VET as a Career Pathway for Young People

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) is seeking parents input into the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Parents and guardians are an invaluable resource for young people when it comes to decision making related to career pathways.
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AATIS require your help to better understand the attitudes and perceptions related to the amount of reliable information parents have about the future of work and the impact of digital technologies on vocational career pathways via the Parents Understanding of VET survey.

As an acknowledgement of appreciation all eligible participants will go into the running to receive two gold class movie tickets.

National Return to Work Strategy

The National Return to Work Strategy took effect on 1 January 2020 following its launch in September 2019.

Supporting workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work is a national priority.
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You can take action now. The Strategy is an evidence-based framework that offers everyone the opportunity to reflect on their own policies and practices.

Download a copy of the strategy here.

Workers are at the heart of the Strategy’s vision to minimise the impact of work-related injury and illness and enable workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work.

Supporting workers through their recovery and return to work is a priority for all jurisdictions and stakeholders involved in the process. The Strategy paves the way for national collaboration to improve return to work outcomes over the next decade.

The Strategy was developed in partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, and endorsed by work health and safety ministers. Consultation was also undertaken with academics, peak bodies, organisations and representatives from the insurance, legal and health sectors to help identify national policy issues and action areas to address them.

The Strategy is designed to be sufficiently broad so those involved in the return to work process can determine how they can best contribute to implementing the Strategy. It is aimed at people who can influence work and workplaces.

For more information, please visit Safe Work Australia - Return to Work Strategy.

WorldSkills National Competition

WorldSkills 2020
Public and school registrations are NOW OPEN to attend the WorldSkills Australia National Championships & Skills Show in Perth. Registration is free! So, what are you waiting for?

Get ready to witness greatness, discover potential, and explore skills excellence at Australia’s largest trades and skills competition.

Held every two years, the 2020 National Championships will give regional winners from across the nation an opportunity to put their talent to the test.

Over 500 competitors will showcase and benchmark their skills on a national stage as they compete for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the International Competition in 2021.

Over three action-packed days, you’ll have access to an exciting array of interactive events, workshops and activities.

Witness over 50 exhilarating skills and trade competitions, get immersed in cutting edge VR and tech at the new STEMhub, or Try’aSkill out for yourself at one of the demo areas.

Plus, this year the competition is co-locating with SkillsWest Careers Expo, so there will be even more opportunities to connect with education institutes and employers for career advice and insights.

For further details please visit WorldSkills Australia.

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!

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses - January to September 2019

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system.
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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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