Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 7

Friday, 6th March 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

2020 Apprenticeship Luncheon Banner
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.

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
1:10pm Lunch
1:30pm Victorian VET Review - Hon Jenny Macklin MP
2:00pm Event Close

Nominations for the 66th Victorian Training Awards are Now Open!

Last week, the Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP announced the opening of the 66th Victorian Training Awards.

As a key stakeholder in Victoria’s TAFE and training sector you will be aware of the Awards’ long and proud tradition of promoting innovation and excellence across the TAFE and training sector.

Growing from their inception as Apprenticeship Week in the 1950s, the Victorian Training Awards are now the premier event on the state’s vocational education and training calendar, offering a total prize pool of more than $80,000.

Last year’s Awards celebrated and recognised the achievements of many outstanding organisations and individuals, with several winners going on to achieve national success at the Australian Training Awards.

Could this be you in 2020?

Nominations for this year’s awards are now being sought from individual students and teachers, training organisations and employers. Award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on 18 September and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a trophy.

Winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to have your achievements recognised by nominating for an award. You too could be rewarded with the exposure that comes with winning such a prestigious award and the subsequent heightened profile and market leadership.

You may also nominate an exceptional staff member, colleague or student who you think is deserving of recognition.

If you require assistance with your nomination, the awards team can put you in touch with a writer to review your application and make sure it is of the highest quality.

Entries close at midnight on Friday 5 June, so don’t delay – start your nomination today!

For more information, visit the Victorian Training Awards.

International Women’s Day - Sunday 8 March

On Thursday this week the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) hosted their annual International Women’s Day Luncheon at Box Hill Institute.

The guest speaker for the day was Fiona McDonald nee Lawrie who shared her story and how she overcame many barriers to become a successful automotive apprentice and has now gone onto setting up the Tradeswomen Australia foundation to support other young women.
VTA Luncheon
For further information on International Women’s Day which is on Sunday 8 March, please visit International Women's Day 2020.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

Round 1 Nominations Open 27 Feb - 19 March

The program provides scholarships to successful applicants of up to $5,000 a year to undertake an approved course of study in one of 10 regional areas experiencing high youth unemployment.
Commonwealth Scholarship For Young Australians
The scholarships target occupations identified in projected growth industries and in-demand occupations within each region.

Scholarship recipients will also complete a 20 business day paid internship, for which they will receive an additional $3,000. Host employers will receive $500 per intern.

The Program will be delivered in 10 regional areas by Busy at Work in the following locations:
  • New South Wales: Grafton and Gosford
  • Northern Territory: Alice Springs
  • Queensland: Maryborough and Townsville
  • South Australia: Port Pirie
  • Tasmania: Burnie
  • Victoria: Shepparton, and
  • Western Australia: Wanneroo and Armadale
The first Scholarship Application Round will be opening soon for applicants who are:
  • Aged 15 to 24 years or recently exited from the Australian Defence Force (no age restriction)
  • not in full-time work at the time of applying
  • living in one of the 10 nominated regional areas, and
  • applied for an eligible VET qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level, which leads to an eligible occupation.
Priority is given to individuals who have recently exited from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and young people who are Indigenous, have a disability or are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

More information about the program, including eligible occupations and how to apply for a scholarship can be found on the Busy at Work website.

Cultural Diversity Week 21 - 29 March 2020

Cultural Diversity Week is fast approaching, with many events scheduled this year.

This year, Cultural Diversity Week will be held from 21 – 29 March with the theme ‘Curiosity. Conversation. Community.’

We invite you to join the conversation, or attend one of the many events scheduled or to host your own event.

For further details please visit the Victorian Multicultural Commission - Cultural Diversity Week.

Grants Now Open For Education Week Activities

Not-for-profits across Victoria are invited to apply for grants to host science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed activities as part of the 76th annual Education Week.

The theme this year is ‘Celebrating STEM’ and all government schools are encouraged to join Education Week celebrations, opening their doors to showcase how they are using STEM to help students thrive and gain critical skills for the future.

Celebrating STEM as part of Education Week supports the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State targets of equipping all Victorian learners with STEM skills, achieving excellence, building world-class schools and creating opportunities for every student.

Organisations that can demonstrate how STEM is about innovation, curiosity and creativity as an integral part of everyday life, from using the latest technology to a visit to the beach to discover amazing marine life, are encouraged to apply.

Small grants of up to $2,000 are available to assist eligible not-for-profit organisations to host free STEM-related activities.

Potential activities could include interactive workshops, exhibitions, competitions, tours, open days, online or digital STEM programs, presentations and outreach programs.

Schools will also be hosting free activities showcasing the work they are doing to make STEM relevant and interesting for all students.

Education Week will run from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 May.

Applications for Education Week activities should be submitted by Thursday 26 March 2020 at Education Week 2020.

For more information and to learn more about Education Week visit the Victorian Education and Training website.

National Bully Zero Conference

BullyZero Conference 2020
The 8th Annual No More Harm National Conference in 2020 will be held at The Langham, Melbourne on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 June 2020.

Highlighting bullying, harassment and discriminating behaviour, this annual conference continues to successfully facilitate discussion surrounding the cause, effect, challenges and opportunities surrounding harmful behaviours in schools, the workplace and wider community.

Featuring a selection of renowned keynote speeches, oral presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities, this conference highlights the cause of and solutions to bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Historically, the No More Harm National Conference brings together 200+ delegates from all over Australia to review current bullying, harassment and discrimination issues in schools, workplaces and social environments.

Shining the light on a major issues of concern throughout the nation, the two-day No More Harm Conference will encompass presentations, discussions and interactive dialogues leading the way to prevent harmful behaviours.

Renowned keynote speeches, professional presentations, interactive workshops and a variety of visual poster presentations will highlight the challenges and opportunities we face in eliminating bullying, harassment and discrimination.

For further details please visitor to register, visit No More Harm Conference 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.

Skills Organisations - Draft Pilot Principles Released

Recently the Department of Education, Skills and Employment released the draft pilot principles for Skills Organisations which will ensure that vocational education and training (VET) is able to meet the needs of employers and the economy with three key objectives:
  • Improving quality and responsiveness of nationally recognised training for their industry
  • Embedding employers within VET sector architecture and functions
  • Supporting design and implementation of the broader national VET reform
For further information please see Pilot Skills Organisation principles.

Rebuilding Employment Pathways for Young Australians

This week Social Ventures Australia's (SVA), Lisa Fowkes outlined the emerging employment challenges facing young Australians from lower socio-economic backgrounds and the actions needed from employers and governments to provide the fair go enjoyed by previous generations.

To read the full article please visit Social Ventures Australia.

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.

National Skills Week 24 - 30 August 2020

National Skills Week 2020
National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning dispelling outdated myths and showcasing the attractive career opportunities for all Australians.

Now moving into its tenth year, National Skills Week will again set out to bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers.

The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

For more information, visit National Skills Week 2020.
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