Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 26

Friday, 12th August 2022
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Upcoming Events

6 Sept African Cultural Awareness & Recruitment
8 Sept Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program
14 Sept Introduction to Industrial Relations
16 Sept Introduction to Industrial Relations (Online)

Apprentice Training Awards

GTO Awards Categories
  • GTO Service
  • GTO Industry Excellence
  • GTO/AEN Fellowship
  • GTO/AEN Lifetime Achievement
Individual Awards
Inspiration Awards
  • ATOA Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • SBAT of the Year
  • STAR - OHS Initiative
  • Disability Achievement
  • Indigenous Student of the Year
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Women in Trades
Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Australia Awards
  • Youth Initiative
  • International Apprentice Scholarship

Nominations Close: 9 September 2022
Finalist Announced: 14 October 2022
Awards Presented: 23 November 2022
Apprentice Training Awards Nominate Now

GAN Conference - Postponed

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Earlier this week the conference committee agreed to reschedule The Future of Apprenticeships Conference.

The change comes as a result of increasing COVID cases in Melbourne with Employers and government officials being encouraged to work remotely. There was a concern that international speakers, government officials and delegates would be sitting in a conference room potentially with local participants having to video conference into the event.

The event has been designed to be as interactive as possible with a combination of guest speakers, government workshops and site visits/ study tours so our preference is for that interaction and networking to happen to ensure strong relationships are formed going forward.

This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we appreciate the support of everyone involved to date.

Rescheduled Date: Sunday 5th February to Friday 10th February 2023
Melbourne: 5th February to 8th February 2023 (inc. travel to Aukland, NZ on 8th February)
Auckland: 9th February to 10th February 2023

Conference registrations will commence shortly.

R U OK? Day

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R U OK? Day is Thursday 8 September 2022.

It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

R U OK? has released resources, tips and ideas to help you drive genuine change in your workplace, school and community.

Sign up via the website to access the R U OK?Day 2022 resources.

NECA Open Day

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Discover Traineeships and Electrical Apprenticeships
  • Hear presentations by our apprenticeship and traineeship experts
  • Test your aptitude for electrical with the NECA Pre-Selection Assessment
  • Tour our specialised electrical classrooms
  • Try virtual reality programs developed for our apprentices
  • Test your skills at the Middy's Wiring Competition stand and WIN prizes
  • See Middy's No 14 - V8 Supercar on display and Millwaukee Power Tools
  • Fuel up at free food stands

Find your future at the NECA Education & Careers Open Day 2022.

Worldskills Refrigeration and Airconditioning Competition

ARBS 2022
WorldSkills Australia has the opportunity to showcase the 2022 Regional Competitions at ARBS on the 16 – 18 August at the MCEC Melbourne.

Limited places are still available for Apprentices in Refrigeration and Airconditioning who would like to enter this competition to showcase and benchmark skills excellence at this major industry event.
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Registration is FREE for the 1-day competition.

1st Prize includes a gold medal and a CPS VG200W Wireless Vacuum Gauge.

There is also an opportunity for competitors to be nominated and potentially progress to the National Championships where they will represent their education provider, employer, state and region at the 2023 National Championships in Melbourne.

Competitors are required to complete (3) modules in the competition:

  • Fabricate/install refrigeration pipework
  • identify electrical faults on one (1) refrigeration and /or air conditioning systems.
  • identify refrigeration faults on one (1) refrigeration and/or air conditioning systems.

For further information please contact
WorldSkills Australia

August is Tradies National Health Month

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August is Tradies National Health Month, an awareness initiative that shines a light on tradies health and wellbeing.

Did you know, tradies working in the construction industry can be significantly impacted by poor mental health? Mental injuries are on the rise and now more than ever, your workers’ physical and mental safety should be top of mind.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) account for 60% of injuries sustained by Victorian construction workers. MSD can have significant and long-term impacts on workers' physical and mental health and can end careers.

Over the last 12 months in Victoria:
  • Construction has the third highest number of injury-related claims across all industries.
  • Tradies working in carpentry, plumbing and electrical have been the most affected with the highest number of injuries.
  • One-third of these claims are due to injuries sustained from manual handling.
  • Tradies working in construction are significantly affected by poor mental health as mental injuries in the industry are rising yearly.
For further details please visit WorkSafe Victoria.

2022 National Skills Week

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The 2022 National Skills Week will take place 22-28 August with the theme, 'A Universe of Skills: Go Beyond Your Imagination.'

Now in its 12th year, National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and raising awareness of the many careers available.

The challenge is to provide potential students, parents and carers with clear information on possible career pathways, training options and emerging new skills areas.

There are a range of events planned for the week. You can also register your event on the National Skills Week website.

For further information, please visit National Skills Week.

WorkSafe Victoria Update

WorkSafe is reminding employers of the risks associated with working from heights after a spate of serious injuries in the construction industry.

WorkSafe supports employers in maintaining safe workplaces through site visits and guidance, with further support available through the free and confidential OHS Essentials program.

To prevent falls from height employers should:
  • Eliminate the risk by, where practicable, doing all or some of the work on the ground or from a solid construction.
  • Use a passive fall prevention device such as scaffolds, perimeter screens, guardrails, safety mesh or elevating work platforms.
  • Use a positioning system, such as a travel-restraint system, to ensure employees work within a safe area.
  • Use a fall arrest system, such as a harness, catch platform or safety nets, to limit the risk of injuries in the event of a fall.
  • Use a fixed or portable ladder or implement administrative controls.
For further information please visit WorkSafe Victoria.

Upcoming AEN Professional Development


Cultural Awareness & Recruitment - African Communities

Participants will gain an understanding of African beliefs, values, work/family values and how to work with African communities. Gain insight into the importance of cultural inclusion throughout the recruitment process along with strategies to develop, retain and support African apprentices/trainees.
Target Audience:
Anyone with recruitment responsibilities of African apprentices/trainees.
Tuesday 6 September
9.30am - 12.30pm
In person at AEN Office
Members: $50
Non-Members: $90

Introduction to Industrial Relations

This workshop will provide an understanding of the industrial relations environment that Group Training Organisations work within. The workshop aims to assist staff who are new to group training, and those wanting to refresh their IR knowledge who are required to have an understanding of IR obligations and practices in their day-to-day work.
Target Audience:
Payroll officers, field officers and anyone wanting to refresh their IR knowledge
Wednesday 14 September
10.00am - 12.30pm
In person at AEN Office

Friday 16 September
10.00am - 12.30pm
AEN Members only: Free

Upcoming PD in October

10 October - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)
18 October - Indigenous Cultural Recruitment
26 October - Supporting Apprentices with Disability

For more information about these PD sessions and to register, please go to AEN Events Calendar and select the event. All prices include GST.

AEN Members: Please login to Member’s area prior to purchasing tickets to access the member rate or to RSVP for a free event.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 910 participants have been supported with 820 currently in training:
  • 83.8% Male
  • 15.9% Female
The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
Currently, there are 14 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 3
  • Automotive - 2
  • Plumbing - 2
  • Carpentry - 3
  • Business - 2
  • Other - 2
For Individuals
Apprentices and trainees who have lost 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, whilst also directing you to the most appropriate advice and assistance while you remain out of employment.
If you have an apprenticeship or traineeship position you would like to fill, please contact the AEN Office so we can forward potential candidates that meet your criteria.

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

APAC – Technical and Vocational Education Forum

The first APAC TVET Forum took place on the 5th and 12th of November 2021, around the theme of “Bringing Us Together”.

Close to 1,000 registered participants from 61 countries joined together for a cross-system conversation about effective skills development. Attendees heard from senior government officials, major companies, international organisations and TVET sector leaders from around the world.
This year’s knowledge-sharing event will take place across two-days:

14 and 15 September 2022
While gaining new connections across APAC TVET, visitors will gain insight on hot topics including sustainable practices, digital learning and micro-credentials.

Join global leaders for this two day immersive virtual event.

NCVER Update

How do foundation skills students move through the VET system? And what are their further study and employment outcomes?

The NCVER latest research analysed the learning journeys and training and employment outcomes of students who undertake nationally recognised foundation skills programs post-school. In this study, the term ‘foundation skills’ is used to cover adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills, and employability skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and self-management.

Results show that the journey of foundation skills learners through the VET system can be complex, with learners often enrolled in multiple VET programs. Those who enrol in foundation skills programs in some combination with other VET programs are more likely to complete any nationally recognised VET program than those who only enrol in foundation skills programs.

Another finding was that learners who completed a foundation skills qualification have poorer employment outcomes than their non-foundation skills qualification completer peers. Caution should be taken, however, in defining the benefits of foundation skills programs primarily in terms of employment or completion outcomes as there are many reasons why learners are doing foundation skills training. For example, getting a job may be the goal for some foundation skills learners, but not for all.

In another recent study by NCVER report shows that the individual completion rate for apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2017 decreased to 55.7%, down by 1.2 percentage points from those commencing in 2016.

In trade occupations, individual completion rates for those who commenced in 2017 decreased to 54.0%, down 3.0 percentage points from those commencing in 2016. In non-trade occupations, individual completion rates remained steady at 56.9% compared with those commencing in 2016 (56.6%).

The contract completion rate for trade occupations declined to 42.0%, a decrease of 1.9 percentage points from those commencing in 2016, while the rate for non-trade occupations remained steady at 54.2%.

To find out more, download the report through NCVER.
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