Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 24

Friday, 10th July 2020
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Upcoming Events

14 Jul - OHS Network Meeting
12 Aug - QA Standards Network Meeting

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Now into its seventh 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 almost 300 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.

COVID-19 Restrictions Increase for Metropolitan Melbourne

Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions have been reinstated from 11.59pm Wednesday 8 July for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

For six weeks, if you live in these areas, there will be only four reasons to leave your home:
  • Shopping for food and essential items
  • Care and care giving
  • Exercise
  • Work and study
For further information on COVID-19 restrictions and border restrictions please visit the Victorian Department of Health.

National Training Awards Extended to 19 July 2020

National Training Awards 2020
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards that showcase best practice in vocational education and training (VET).

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.

Winners from each state and territory compete for a national award title.

This has led to Australia-wide awareness and respect for skill-based careers and skills excellence.

Direct entry applications have been extended to Sunday 19 July 2020.

Independent Assessment of Apprentices & Trainees


NAIDOC Week Postponed until November

The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July - 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities.

The committee taken on-board the advice from the Federal Government, health experts, key partners and from leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.
The committee believe that an escalating COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis as we head into winter would have disastrous impacts on those in our communities.

The National NAIDOC Awards scheduled for Saturday 11 July in Alice Springs will not go ahead as planned.

National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November with the theme #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe

Free TAFE Expansion To Boost Skills And Drive Economic Recovery

The Victorian Government will expand its signature Free TAFE program as part of a major new package of investments to boost skills, create jobs and drive the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney this week announced $163 million in targeted investments that will make it easier for people with pre-existing qualifications to retrain so they can get work in sectors that need more skilled workers.

It includes funding to get more Victorians impacted by coronavirus into training – particularly women and young people – in the second half of this year, for jobs in industries that will drive economic recovery.

The package will create 10,000 more Free TAFE places, and expand Free TAFE to include new full qualifications linked to jobs and government priorities.

These qualifications include Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, and Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.

There is an increased need for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work because of the impacts of coronavirus and in line with the interim recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

This includes the Course in Introduction to the NDIS (skill set), as well as $3.9 million for an additional 11,000 places in accredited short courses and skill sets in construction across TAFE and industry-owned Registered Training Organisations until June 2021.

The Government is also allocating $1.25 million to improve literacy, numeracy and digital skills to help more Victorians progress to further study or employment.

AEN Video Conference Week - 24-31 August

During National Skills Week (21-28 August), the AEN will host a series of free video conference presentations and interactive workshops to provide VET updates to our member network.

The AEN has scheduled 10 speakers from State and Federal Government and other industry stakeholders to provide 30-45 minute video conference updates.
Monday 24 August

10.00am - 11.30am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Tuesday 25 August

10.00am - 11.00am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Wednesday 26 August

10.00am - 11.00am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Thursday 27 August

10.00am - 11.00am

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Friday 28 August

10.00am - 11.00am

Carl Walsh - Manager, Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Engagement Participation & Inclusion Division - HESG
Department of Education and Training Victoria

Simon Smith & Diana McGowan

Gary Workman - Executive Director
Apprenticeship Employment Network
AEN Industry Update (Including OH&S update)

Linda White - Assistant Secretary
Workforce and Apprenticeships Industry Branch
Australian Govt Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Nik Mavrommatis - Operations Manager
Apprenticeship Employment Network
(Cyber Security)

Peta Skujins - Director

Gina Chinnery
(Youth Mental Health in a COVID-19 Environment)

Grant Lovelock - Assistant Secretary
Tiffany Blight - Executive Director
National Careers Institute
Department of Education, Skills & Employment

Janet Nicholson
(IR / Awards Update)

Prof. John Buchanan
Dr. Lisa Fowkes
(The impacts of COVID-19 and a way forward)
Registrations will open soon.

WGEA Reporting Deadline 31 July

WGEA Compliance Report Deadline
Has your organisation submitted their compliance report yet? The deadline for WGEA reporting is fast approaching. Make sure to submit by 31 July!

You can get started now with the WGEA Guide to Reporting.

Many of our member organisations will be working on their WGEA reports right now, with the deadline to submit fast approaching.

This year, all reports must be submitted by 31 July 2020 and no extensions will be given.

Ensure you have your myGovID to log into the portal. If you're unsure, go to the website and click on the 'Portal Login' at the top right-hand corner of the screen. You can then download the Workplace Profile Worksheets and the Indicative format of the workplace profile and reporting questionnaire.

Further details are available through the WGEA website

Melbourne Career Expo Cancelled

Melbourne Career Expo
Sadly, the Melbourne Career Expo 2020 has been forced to cancel due to Covid -19 restrictions.

The 2021 Melbourne Career Expo has launched and will take place 23 - 25 July 2021 at the Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf.
For a Free E-Ticket or exhibiting opportunities please visit or contact Bill Lennox on 0400 652 180 or via
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