Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 6

Friday, 28th February 2020
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Upcoming Events


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

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Ticket sales close today.

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 today.

Commonwealth VET Reform Roadmap

In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed a vision for vocational education and training (VET) to position the sector as responsive, dynamic and trusted. To deliver on this vision, COAG tasked Skills Council with developing a VET Reform Roadmap (the Roadmap).

Skills Council has asked senior officials in all jurisdictions to work together to develop a Roadmap for consideration by Ministers and endorsement by COAG by the middle of 2020.

Skills officials have developed a consultation draft of the Roadmap. This draft is a working document of the Skills Senior Officials’ Network: it has not been reviewed or endorsed by governments or COAG.

For further information please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

AFL SportsReady Victorian Graduation

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On Friday evening last week, AFL SportsReady hosted their annual graduation at Zinc, Federation Square.

During 2019 AFL SportsReady graduated over 180 trainees in Victoria with an 89% completion rate and having over 10% indigenous outcomes.

As well as having all trainees receive their graduation certificates, the night showcased a number of awards including;

Indigenous Trainee of the Year - Georgia Males
Overall Trainee of the Year - Katja Hesse

Congratulations to all the graduates and the team at AFL SportsReady.

For further information please visit AFL SportsReady.

Victorian Gender Equity Act.

On 26 November 2019, the Gender Equality Bill was introduced to Victorian Parliament - and was passed last week. The Act aims to improve workplace gender equality across the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils. It will also lead to better results for the Victorian community through improved policies, programs and services.

Gender equality benefits people of all genders. The Act aims to level the playing field so that Victorians can have equal rights, opportunities, responsibilities and outcomes.

View the Gender Equality Bill 2019.

Which organisations are covered by the Act?

The Act will apply to certain organisations that have 50 or more employees, including:
  • public service bodies
  • public entities
  • special bodies (as defined by section 6 of the Public Administration Act 2004)
  • local government
  • universities
  • Court Services Victoria
  • the Office of Public Prosecutions
Over 300 organisations will be covered by the Act.

What are the key reforms?

The Act puts the right tools in place to plan, measure and track progress towards gender equality.
Organisations will be required to develop a Gender Equality Action Plan every four years. GEAPs will include strategies for improving gender equality in the workplace.

Organisations will report publicly every two years on their progress.

In certain circumstances, the Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner can take steps to ensure defined entities comply with their obligations under the Act.

The Gender Equality Act will commence on 31 March 2021. This will give organisations enough time to understand, prepare for and meet their obligations

For further information please visit Gender Equality Bill 2019.

Victorian Training Awards 2020 - Nominations Open

Vic Training Awards
On Wednesday evening this week the Minister for Training and Skills the Hon. Gayle Tierney announced that the 2020 Victorian Training Awards were open for nominations.

AEN and the Global Apprenticeship Network Australia are again proud to be the principal partners for the event.

There are 15 general award categories, People's Choice Awards for sponsored individual categories, and a special individual award, the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Category award winners will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2020 Victorian Training Award trophy.

Details on the nomination process and completing an online application can be viewed at Victorian Training Awards 2020.

Award nominations close Friday, 5 June 2020.

The Awards will be presented at Crown on Friday, 18 September 2020.

For further information please visit the Victorian Training Awards.

2019 NAPLAN National Report Released

This week the 2019 NAPLAN National Report has been released, confirming the initial findings of the preliminary information published in August 2019.

“The NAPLAN results for 2019 show that since 2008 – the first year of NAPLAN – there have been statistically significant gains in a number of domains and year levels, particularly at the primary school level,” said David de Carvalho, CEO of ACARA.

“At the national level, compared to 2008, the performance of Australian students in Year 5 numeracy, Years 3 and 5 reading, Years 3 and 5 spelling, and Year 3 grammar was significantly above the NAPLAN 2008 average.”

To access the full statistical reports please visit NAP National Reports.

For further information please visit the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Kangan 2020 Industry Awards

2020 Kangan Awards (2)
On Wednesday evening this week, Kangan Institute held their annual graduation and awards ceremony.

There were 56 awards presented in total with a large percentage won by GTO apprentices and trainees including;
  • Automotive Apprentice of the Year - Agriculture Machinery - Joey Bowtell - Westvic Staffing Solutions
  • Automotive Apprentice of the Year - Heavy Vehicle - Jeremiah Sheehan - AGA Apprenticeships Plus
  • Automotive Apprentice of the Year - Light Vehicle - Jack Chaplin - WPC Group
  • Lindsay Fox AC Heavy Vehicle Technician Award - Frances Russ - AGA Apprenticeships Plus
  • Trainee of the Year - runner up - Hari Acharya - MEGT
  • Trainee of the Year - non trade - Maddison Rowe - CVGT Australia
  • Apprentice of the Year - Parks and Gardens - Bryce Waddington - MEGT
  • Apprentice of the Year - Automotive (Lionel Gell Award) - Mehmet Topalhasan - AGA Apprenticeships Plus
Congratulations to all the winners on the night.

For further information please visit Kangan Institute.

WEGA 2020 Leaders in Gender Equality Announced

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has announced the latest list of Employer of Choice Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders.

The EOCGE citation has been in place since 2014 and is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The citation was reviewed and updated for the 2019-20 period to ensure that it continued to reflect best practice and remained relevant and accessible to employers.

Employers applying for the citation are required to meet a rigorous set of criteria in seven focus areas covering leadership, strategy and accountability, pay equity, support for caring, mainstreaming flexible work and prevention of harassment and discrimination.

This year, 119 organisations have received the citation. Of these, 14 are first-time recipients.

It is wonderful to see the innovation, hard work and commitment that has gone into improving gender equality in each and every one of these workplaces.

You can read the full list of 2020 EOCGE citation holders here.

For more information, please visit the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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.
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