Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 5

Friday, 21st February 2020
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events


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
22 April - Alcohol, Drug & Well-being Workshop

Apprenticeship Luncheon - Thursday, 12 March 2020

2020 Apprenticeship Luncheon Banner
Ticket sales close Friday, 28 February 2020.

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.

Employment Data for January 2020

This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the employment data for January 2020.

  • Employment increased by 20,000 to 12,996,700 people. Full-time employment increased by 14,600 to 8,879,300 people and part-time employment increased by 5,400 to 4,117,300 people.
  • Unemployment increased by 600 to 709,600 people.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.2%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 66.0%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 0.9 million hours to 1,785.5 million hours.

  • Employment increased by 13,500 to 12,995,400 people. Full-time employment increased by 46,200 to 8,882,200 people and part-time employment decreased by 32,700 to 4,113,300 people.
  • Unemployment increased by 31,000 to 725,900 people.
  • Unemployment rate increased by 0.2 pts to 5.3%.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 66.1%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased by 8.1 million hours to 1,781.8 million hours.

  • The monthly trend underemployment rate remained steady at 8.5%. The monthly underutilisation rate remained steady at 13.7%.
  • The monthly seasonally adjusted underemployment rate increased by 0.3 pts to 8.6%. The monthly underutilisation rate increased by 0.5 pts to 13.9%.
For further information please visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

World Employment and Social Outlook Report: Trends 2020

This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity, as well as dimensions of job quality such as employment status, informal employment and working poverty. It also examines income and social developments, and provides an indicator of social unrest.

According to the new World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020 (WESO) report, almost, half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they would like or lack adequate access to paid work.

In addition, the WESO shows that unemployment is projected to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020.

The report shows that the mismatch between labour supply and demand extends beyond unemployment into broader labour underutilisation.

In addition to the global number of unemployed (188 million), 165 million people don’t have enough paid work and 120 million have either given up actively searching for work or otherwise lack access to the labour market. In total, more than 470 million people worldwide are affected.

The report also looks at labour market inequalities. Using new data and estimates it shows that, at the global level, income inequality is higher than previously thought, especially in developing countries.

To access this report please visit Skills for Employment.

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 Training Awards - Nominations Open

Training Awards
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. There are also seven award categories available by entering directly.

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 Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory. The 2020 Australian Training Awards will be held in Melbourne.

For further information please visit Australian Training Awards.

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.
Beautiful family together. Mother, father and daughter smiling a
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 Careers Week 18-24 May 2020

National Careers Week aims to celebrate careers, career development and career development practitioners and to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

Everyday decisions and priorities affect career development. Career development is about much more than jobs - it is about how to live your life.

The objectives of National Careers Week are to:
  • Develop community awareness of the concept, benefit, and value of career development.
  • Raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes, and broaden horizons about careers.
  • Highlight the need for ongoing reskilling and upskilling to support careers throughout life.
  • Identify the changing nature of work and its impact on all Australians.
  • Showcase industries and the career opportunities available in them.
  • Provide opportunities to partner with key stakeholders.
For further information please visit National Careers Week.

Safe Work Australia 2017-18 OH&S Workplace Incidents/Compensation Claims Report

Safe Work Aus Compensation Stats
Safe Work Aus Compensation Stats 1
Safe Work Aus Compensation Stats 2
Earlier this year Safe Work Australia release its 2017-18 Workplace Compensation Claims Report.

This report provides detailed statistics about workers’ compensation claims in Australia.

The statistics provide an indication of Australia’s work health and safety performance and includes data broken down by sex, age, occupation, industry, nature of injury or disease, mechanism of injury or disease, and bodily location of the injury or disease.

To access the free reports or for further details please visit Safe Work 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!
GAN Subscribe to Newsletter
Do you want to be kept up to date with everything that’s happening with GAN Australia and the wider VET sector?

Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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.

Thanks to our Industry Partners

GAN Australia Logo

Follow us

facebook twitter youtube linkedin