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AE News Volume 11, Issue 6

Friday, 9th March 2018
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Upcoming Events

11 April - OH&S Network
9 May - Alcohol and Drug Awareness W/shop
30 May - Cultural Awareness W/shop
Click here for all upcoming events.

Kangan Institute Awards

On Thursday evening last week, Kangan Institute held their annual apprenticeship awards at Docklands in Melbourne.

The Minister for Training and Skills, Hon. Gayle Tierney, opened the event which was hosted by Simon Madden. The event showcased a number of great examples of where hard work through an apprenticeship can take you.

Two AEN members also had apprentices that won awards on the night - AGA and The Apprenticeship Factory.

Congratulations to all the apprentices and trainees.

For further information please visit the Kangan Institute website.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee - Industry 4.0 Industry Reference Committee

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) will establish an Industry 4.0 Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to help ensure vocational education and training gives students the future-focussed skills they will need as workplaces become radically transformed by increased automation and digitalisation.

The Industry 4.0 IRC will work with industry to identify the competencies students need in areas such as big data, supply chains, automation, digital skills and cyber security. These competencies could then be included in a range of qualifications across the national training system.
“Australia stands to gain from new technological breakthroughs but only if we prepare people for the skills and knowledge to help them move between jobs and to transition to new and emerging ones,” said AISC Chair, John Pollaers.

Industry 4.0 is also known as the fourth industrial revolution and describes the profound change that artificial intelligence, increased digitalisation, robotics, advances in data exchange and other new technologies will bring to manufacturing and the economy more generally.

The Industry 4.0 IRC will be made up of industry leaders with expertise in areas such as advanced manufacturing, ICT, transport and logistics and engineering.

For further information please visit the MySkills website.

National Day of Action Against Bullying

Next Friday, the 16 March, Australian schools will stand united in their communities to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).

The National Day of Action is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and in 2018, schools are called to imagine a world free from bullying and share their BIG IDEAS.

For further information and to access a range of free resource’s please visit the Bullying No Way website.

International Women’s Day

Thursday this week the 8 of March was international women’s day, with this years theme #pressforprogress is an opportunity to reflect on progress to date and priorities for the future.

Further information regarding the key facts of women in the workplace can be found at WGEA.

For further details on international women’s day activities please visit the International Women's Day website.

On a similar topic Victoria University recently launched the research report, Perfect for a Woman: Increasing the participation of women in electrical trades by, Emeritus Professor Anne Jones (VU), Emeritus Professor Berwyn Clayton (VU), Dr Naomi Pfitzner (RMIT) and Honorary Fellow Hugh Guthrie (VU).

Employers, especially those who have recruited electrical tradeswomen, told us that they notice the benefit, including a more productive workplace culture and improved employee wellbeing. Employers say that women are better communicators, more attentive to detail and better organised.

Download the report here.

Global Money Week 'Money Matters Matter'

Teaching our youth about money is a great investment in their future. In a world where we use credit cards and online shopping to buy the things we need, and internet banking to move our money around, it can be hard for young people to see the relationship between earning, spending and saving.

Parents and teachers play a vital role in helping youth understand the value of money and how to manage it. Global Money Week (12 - 18 March 2018) is the perfect time to use ASIC's MoneySmart resources to help you talk to the kids in your life about money matters.

What is Global Money Week?

Global Money Week is an international campaign that promotes awareness of money and the importance of financial capability. Every year schools, organisations and communities around the world take action to give people the tools they need to shape their financial future.

The theme of this year's campaign is 'Money Matters Matter'. Visit the Global Money Week website for more information.

Upcoming AEN Events

AEN have confirmed a number of upcoming workshops and member network meetings. Please add the below dates to your calendars and please notify relevant staff within your organisations.

11 April - OH&S Network - AEN offices - 10.30 – 1.00pm
9 May - Alcohol and Drug Awareness Workshop - AEN offices - 10.30 - 1.00pm
30 May - Cultural Awareness workshop - AEN offices - 10.30 – 1.00pm
28 & 29 June - Mid-year Conference - Dingley - Registrations will open soon

For further information please see our event calendar.

National Skills Week - August 27 – September 2, 2018

National Skills Week is the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). Each year the week continues to celebrate and inform students and the wider public of the diversity and career pathways available through VET. The week communicates the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.

National Skills Week 2018 will extend the message by adopting Real Skills for Real Careers as the theme for 2018.

For further information please visit the MySkills website.

Making Long Service Leave Fairer

The new Long Service Leave Act, which will be debated in Victorian Parliament this week, will stop women and parents being discriminated against and losing hard earned long service leave.
Currently, the Long Service Leave Act treats parental leave less favourably than all other forms of leave. If an employee takes more than 12 months unpaid parental leave they lose continuity of service, and any accrued long service leave entitlements.

This undervalues the vital contributions parents make to their workplaces – particularly women, who are disproportionately affected by this unfair and outdated arrangement.

Under the Victorian Government’s proposed changes, any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service.

The new laws also provide greater flexibility in how long service leave can be taken, reducing the minimum period for long service leave to one day, giving employees greater flexibility – particularly when transitioning to retirement.

The laws will also allow workers to apply for leave after seven years’ service – as soon as long service leave entitlements begin accruing – rather than after 10 years.

Nominations Open For 2018 Victorian Training Awards

Now in their 64th year, the prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, and the businesses who train them.

The Awards are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and journey within the training and TAFE system, and meet industry experts and employers from across Victoria to help build your career.

The Awards are open to all Victorian students in vocational education and/or training, from a range of backgrounds and age groups. There are five student award categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, and School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Winners receive $5,000 prize money, and become Victorian ambassadors for the TAFE and training sector.

Nominations for the awards are now open - until midnight on 2 April 2018.

Be inspired by the stories of previous winners, and nominate now!

We encourage you to get involved and nominate for the 2018 awards. To give you all the information you need and help you with your nomination, we have developed:

  • The 2018 VTA Guide
  • Student factsheet
  • Information on preparing your nomination
  • FAQs
  • Conditions of Entry
These resources can also be downloaded from the VTA resources page.

For more information, contact the Victorian Training Awards at or call 1800 290 654.

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