Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 20

Friday, 12th June 2020
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AEN Response to Macklin VET Review "Skills for Victorian Growing Economy"

Macklin Victorian VET Review
This week we submitted our response paper to the Victorian Macklin VET review titled "Improving Apprenticeship and Youth Employment Through the Victorian GTO Network"

The Victorian Government is undertaking a significant review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system to ensure Victoria has the skills we need for our growing economy.

The Review is being led by Ms Jenny Macklin, a prominent Australian social policy expert and former senior Federal Minister with 23 years of experience as a Member in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament.

The review is focused on developing a system that meets the needs of both industry and government, while supporting individual students to get the skills and education they need.

For further information on the Macklin VET review please visit the Review website.

Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development

The Productivity Commission has released its interim report on Australia’s skills system this week.

The Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development

The study is examining how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved their goals for the vocational education and training (VET) system as set out in the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, and the suitability of this agreement for the future.

As part of this task, the Commission is to examine several related issues, including how governments can better coordinate their support for VET, options for improving funding and pricing arrangements, and how to ensure that government investment in VET produces the best returns for the community

Following the release, the commission will seek further information and feedback by July 17, with a final report to be provided to the government in November.

For further information please see the Interim Report or visit the Productivity Commission website.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its fourth week, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 200 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis.

The top 3 sectors represented are:
  1. Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
  2. Building and Construction
  3. Hospitality
The top 3 occupations are the:
  1. Electrical Trades
  2. Plumbing and Roofing
  3. Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinetmaking
First year apprentices make up nearly 45 percent of those seeking assistance and while regional Victoria has been affected slightly, the vast majority of participants are located in the Metro Melbourne area.

We have also seen employer confidence in the economy boost with more job vacancies being listed on last month. The register currently has over 140 job vacancies listed.

The program aims to assist apprentices and trainees who have lost their employment complete their training.

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.

SVA Launch of the Review Outcomes Measurement Platform

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) in partnership with the Citi Foundation is launching the Review Platform, a free online data collection and outcomes measurement platform that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of youth employment providers. Co-designed and tested with support from stakeholders from across the sector, the Review Platform enables youth employment providers to demonstrate their value, improve practice and secure funding.

SVA invites you to join them on 23 June at 1pm - 2pm AEST for a live demonstration of the Review Platform, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Lisa Fowkes (SVA), Louise Lindsay (Citi Foundation), Pat Ryan (Dismantle) and Freya Conomos (NSW Youth Action).

For more information or to register please contact SVA.

Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Extended to 3 July

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 now close midnight Friday 3 July, so make sure you submit your nomination before then.

GTO Remuneration Survey

Currently there is an online GTO Remuneration Survey open to all GTOs.

The collated and anonymised survey results will be free to all participating GTOs pending sufficient participation.

The survey is open until Friday 26 June.

BullyZero Australia - Workplace Bullying Workshops

Workplace bullying is experienced by 1 in 9 Australians and contributes to 39% of mental health claims made, costing the Australian economy up to $36B each year. In the most extreme cases, some individuals have taken their lives as a direct result of bullying.

Studies have shown that bullying is not just an interpersonal or individual behaviour problem, in fact a much higher percentage of bullying occurs due to underlying work related risk factors that trigger or enable it.

Bully Zero has developed two Workplace Webinars for Employees and Leaders providing each with proactive tools and preventative measures to avoid the common triggers that lead to bullying in the workplace.

Don’t wait for an issue to arise, take a proactive approach to prevent workplace bullying in your business.

Visit the following links to our scheduled workplace webinars and be part of the change.

TOPIC: Proactive Leadership
DURATION: 60 Minutes
DATE: Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 11.00am AEST

TOPIC: Safe, Valued & Respected Employees
DURATION: 45 Minutes
DATE: Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 11.00am AEST

NCVER Update

Apprentices and Trainees 2019 - December Quarter

The latest national data shows there were 259,930 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2019, down 1.6% from 31 December 2018.

Trade commencements were down 4.8%, with the biggest decrease seen in construction trades workers (down 11.7%).

Non-trade commencements were down 2.5%, with the biggest decreases seen in hospitality workers (down 15.0%) and sports and personal service workers (down 10.7%).

Completions in the 12 months ending 31 December 2019 saw a minor increase of 1.0% from the previous 12 months, with noticeable increases in completions recorded for construction trades workers (up 7.6%).

Incorporating Digital skills

Frameworks for how best to incorporate essential digital skills into VET delivery and how to upskill VET educators are the subject of two new ‘good practice guides’ released this week by NCVER.

The guides highlight how critical it is for VET educators to use technology in their teaching practice, as is their ability to assist learners in developing their own digital skills.

“Short courses and micro-credentials that focus on digital skills development could prepare the current workforce to adapt to and manage changing roles at work," said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“In the longer term, the sector should look to embed digital skills into VET delivery by recognising them as a key component of foundation skills along with language, literacy and numeracy.”

The Incorporating Digital Skills into VET Delivery: Good Practice Guide offers advice to providers and policy-makers on the incorporation of digital skills into VET delivery.

The Teaching Digital Skills: Implications for VET Educators - Good Practice Guide guide focuses on the implications for VET educators of the increasing need to include digital skills in VET delivery.

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