Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 23

Friday, 3rd July 2020
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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its sixth week, the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program has received over 230 registrations from apprentices and trainees who have been affected by the current economic crisis.

The top 3 sectors represented are:
  1. Building and Construction
  2. Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
  3. Automotive and Boating
The top 3 occupations are the:
  1. Electrical Trades
  2. Plumbing and Roofing
  3. Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinetmaking
First year apprentices make up over 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 190 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.

Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review

Last week, the Fair Work Commission handed down a 1.75% increase to the federal minimum and award wages in it's Annual Wage Review.

The changes to award wages will be effective from three different dates depending on which sector the award falls into:
  • Group 1 Awards - 1 July 2020
  • Group 2 Awards - 1 November 2020
  • Group 3 Awards - 1 February 2021
For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new national minimum wage will be $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour.

For further information and to access details on the industry groups visit FairWork Commission - Annual Wage Review 2019-20.

Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Close Today

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 tonight, so make sure you submit your nomination before then.

Independent Assessment of Apprentices & Trainees


Job-Ready IT Trainees Just Waiting for a Host Company

The Victorian IT Traineeship Program funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and being coordinated by the AiGroup is offering:
  • Pre-screened tech-savvy, keen to work hard trainees.
  • Additional financial incentive of $2000 per traineeship.
  • Trainee host supervisors are offered free training to help with overseeing the trainee.
  • A dedicated mentor who specialises in IT on hand to support the trainee alongside field officers.
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This opportunity is open to all GTO’s to become involved.

To find out more contact Luba Pavlovic via email or 0403 230 403.

National Skills Commission

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National Skills Commission - A Snapshot in Time
This week, the National Skills Commission (NSC) achieved a significant milestone with the release of their first publication, A snapshot in time: Australia’s Labour Market and COVID-19.

This first report for the NSC speaks to the massive shock our labour market is currently experiencing. Much of the data presented will come as no surprise. The impact of COVID-19 has been immense. However, there are also some glimmers of hope, acknowledged by the OECD when it noted that Australia’s economic resilience was greater than most.
The NSC also launched a new website, which hosts information about the NSC. The website will continue to evolve and introduce new functions and features over time.

NAEN Delivers Government Key Recommendations for Dealing with Apprenticeship Emergency

NAEN has delivered a number of recommendations to the federal government to deal with the challenges faced by group training amid the COVOID crisis.

The recommendations are part of a report, Dealing with the Apprenticeship Emergency, that has been prepared by NAEN, based on the feedback from members over recent weeks.

The report makes it clear that while government support is proving helpful for many GTOs, there are real concerns at how the sector will fare once these supports are removed, and how apprentice and trainee numbers will respond to the downturn in economic conditions.

The report makes three key recommendations:
  • Wage support of $500 per apprentice, per week should be extended, in the form of the JobKeeper model through the one-touch payroll, and should apply to all employers of apprentices and trainees beyond the immediate COVID period for a period of 12 months, with a review after six months. This would apply to businesses of all sizes and cover new commencements and existing apprenticeships and traineeships, but not existing workers. The estimated cost is $5.2 billion.
  • Introduce direct annual $20 million GTO funding to support the strength and public good of the GTO model in recovering from the COVID crisis as part of an apprentice retention and commencement strategy, using commencements, rotations, host sharing and other innovative strategies. This would help to rebuild apprenticeships and provide mentoring and support for small businesses most severely impacted by COVID.
  • The government mandate a minimum 10 per cent employment requirement for apprentices and trainees on all projects where the Commonwealth is involved in funding and/or expedited approval.
The report has been delivered to the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and key portfolio ministers for consideration as part of the government’s review of industry assistance, and ahead of the planned economic and fiscal update on July 23.

Skills and Thrills is Going Digital

SkillsOne will be taking the highly successful Parents Showcase digital!

Due to Covid-19 SkillsOne has unfortunately had to postpone the live Skills and Thrills Showcases for both parents and students, however they are excited to announce that there will be an online showcase for parents due out on August 10 2020.

The Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase is an engaging and informative 20-minute video created to highlight vocational education and training (VET) and the success stories that emanate from VET pathways.

The Digital Parents Showcase will help parents better understand vocational pathways, including apprenticeships/traineeships and school-based apprenticeships/ traineeships and give parents the knowledge they need to help their children make informed career choices.

Topics Covered in the Video:
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • TAFE/ Private Training Providers
  • Industry trends
  • Covid-19 impacts on industry
  • Funding options available (Smart and Skilled)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Options: School -delivered VET, SBATs and EVET
  • Where to find information
  • Resources and support services
Supporting this video, SkillsOne will be holding a live streamed Q&A panel discussion with industry professionals and department representatives where pre submitted questions will be addressed.

Panel discussion to be held on August 26th (evening).

How Parents can Access the Content:
  • Content will only be available for a four week period from August 10 to September 4 2020. Content cannot be downloaded or saved, so must be watched during this time.
  • To participate, parents need to pre-register their interest to receive viewing information and updates at SkillsOne
  • Content will be free for parents
  • Live Q&A Panel discussion on August 26 (evening) on SkillsOne Facebook
  • Parents can pre-submit any questions to do with careers/ industry to
Schools Support Requested:

SkillsOne would like to request support from schools to share the message of this free digital offering for parents.

How you can assist:
  • Please email and we will supply you with marketing collateral (social media posts, A5 downloadable poster, newsletter write up) to promote this video to your parent cohort.
  • Share information with parents of students who are interest in apprenticeships/ traineeships and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs).
SkillsOne Contacts:

Georgia Turner -
Skills and Thrills Event Assistant

Kirstin Casey-
Skills and Thrills Executive Project Manager

Programmed Australian and NZ Salary Guide

It has been a tumultuous start to 2020 for businesses and employees across Australia and New Zealand.

In this climate, it is even more important to stay on top of the key trends and issues that will shape the business environment.

The 2020 Programmed and Kelly Services Salary Guide provides a free in-depth commentary about key economic issues that will influence the Australian and New Zealand employment landscape in the wake of COVID-19, and a detailed look at salary levels across a range of roles in key sectors.

New Research: Women in Leadership Positions Improve Business Outcomes

Gender Equity Insights 2020
This month the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre released a research report on the impacts of gender equality on business outcomes.

The report reveals a strong causal link between an increase in the number of women in key decision-making positions and subsequent improvements in company performance.

Findings includes that an increase in the share of female managers by 10 percentage points or more led to a 6.6% increase in the market value of ASX-listed companies, equivalent to $104.7 million.

To access the full report please visit Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

First State Super and VicSuper Merger

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It’s official – First State Super and VicSuper have merged into one super fund.

By coming together on 1 July 2020, we become one of Australia’s largest super funds, managing over $125 billion in savings on behalf of more than 1.1 million members from similar industries, such as education, healthcare and the public service.

This merger will build on the shared heritage, values and strengths of our two successful and strongly aligned profit-to-member super funds, paving the way for new market leadership and innovation. The merger enables us to achieve greater scale, expanding our national footprint and opening the opportunity to invest in different ways.

for further information please visit First State Super.

AEN in the News

This week, the Apprenticeship Employment Network featured in full-page editorial in the Herald Sun.

The feature highlights not only the benefits of completing an apprenticeship, but also the Group Training network, including the current program supporting retrenched Apprentices and Trainees.

"Apprenticeships come in many different forms - you can be a school student and do a one or two-day apprenticeship placement, a school lever, re-entering the workforce or looking for a career change."
- Gary Workman
Executive Director (AEN)
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