Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 18

Monday, 1st June 2020
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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
On May 15 Minister for Education Training and Skills Hon. Gayle Tierney launched the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen a sharp reduction in apprenticeship and traineeship employment.

The Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has been created in response to this challenge. The program aims to assist apprentices and trainees who have lost their employment complete their training.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has commissioned Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) Victoria, the peak body for group training employers, to develop and administer the program.

Since the program launched over 80 Apprentices/Trainees have registered with more than 60 job vacancies available.

For Individuals

Apprentices and trainees who have lost their employment are encouraged to register.

Once on the register, apprentices and trainees will be assisted by one of our program officers until placed with a host employer through a Group Training Organisation (GTO) or directly with an employer.

Program officers will also help direct you to the most appropriate advice and assistance while you remain out of employment.

For Employers

Employers who have job vacancies for apprentices or trainees can submit them on the vacancy register.

Our program officers will match your vacancy with suitable candidates for you to interview.

Employers may also be eligible for Australian Government incentives.

For further information or to register for the program please visit Apprenticeship Employment Network.

To access the Minister's press release please visit the Premier Victoria website.

New SafetyFirst Safety Basics Videos

SafetyFirst Safety Basics
Following the release of the first SafetyFirst Safety Basics animations aimed at highlighting key safety issues faced by apprentices and all workers more broadly, we are pleased to announce that with the support of RMIT we have produced another 5 animations covering the following topics:
  • General WHS Site Induction
  • Forklift Safety
  • Quadbike Safety
  • Supporting Young Workers
  • SWMS's, JSA's, Policies and Procedures
This brings the number of animations to 25 with a further 5 currently in development. These animations are freely available for any GTO to use and to help spread the important message with apprentices of Safety First!

To view the animations please visit our YouTube Channel.


On Tuesday morning this week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the JobMaker Program along with a number of proposed improvements to the VET sector, the Commonwealth and State funding model and industrial relations/award changes.

Many of these announcements related to the recent VET review undertaken by the Hon. Steven Joyce.

The Department has published summaries of what they heard during national co-design consultations on three key Skills Package initiatives – the National Skills Commission, National Careers Institute and Skills Organisations over the past 8 months.

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

Victorian Training Awards - Nominations are Open

Eligible trainees or apprentices in the Victorian TAFE and training sector who deserve recognition for their achievements can now apply for this year’s Victorian Training Awards.

The Awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, employers, and training providers across 15 general categories, People’s Choice Awards, and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards at the end of the year in Brisbane.

The AEN and GAN Australia are once again proudly supporting the Awards as a Principal Partner for the second year running.

Entries close midnight Friday 5 June, so make sure you submit your nomination before then.

National Reconciliation Week 2020: 27 May - 3 Jun

National Reconciliation Week
The theme for #NRW2020 – In this together – is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen when we announced it last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all in this together.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.
At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

Found out more and access resources at National Reconciliation Week.

ATO Updates NFP Information

Recently the ATO updated the information on their website with a dedicated section for not-for-profits

The site has the latest information for:
For more information, please visit the Australian Tax Office.

Victorian Government Launch - Upskill My Business

Last week the Victorian government launched the Upskill My Business program.

The impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being felt by many of Victoria’s small businesses.

Upskill My Business connects you to short courses, online events and resources from the state’s top education providers and industry experts. Get practical help with free online courses, live and on-demand events and a range of business resources to help you prepare for a strong recovery. A range of courses and webinars are available.

Courses on offer can help you regain ground to find more customers, better manage cash flow, gain new skills and knowledge or just prepare for new market conditions.

Visit Upskill My Business to take advantage of fee waivers for dozens of premium courses from top providers.

National Training Awards - Nominations Have Been Extended Until 30 June

The cut-off time for applications to the direct entry categories of the Australian Training Awards has been extended.

Nominations will now close Tuesday 30 June 2020.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards that showcase best practice in VET. The awards celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.

There are seven direct entry award categories:
  • Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
  • International Training Provider of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Achievement Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Small Employer of the Year Award.
Winners will be announced in Melbourne on 20 November 2020.

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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
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