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AE News Volume 15, Issue 28

Friday, 26th 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 - NOMINATE NOW!

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

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.

New Report from EY

Prior to the pandemic Australia had experienced two decades of continuous economic growth. Despite higher rates of employment than most countries across the OECD, youth employment rates have remained stubbornly high.

Young people have not shared in Australia’s jobs boom.

Australia’s future workforce will need to be able to easily upskill and reskill as job roles change.

The quality of early work experiences matter in building and embedding the social and technical skills necessary to be adaptable, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and perform non-routine cognitive tasks.
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Without active labour market interventions to match young jobseekers to jobs that build their skills and improve their long-term career prospects, home ownership and economic security will be out of reach for a growing number of young Australians.

To access the full report please visit EY 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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National Skills Week was officially launched on Monday this week by the Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills, at the William Angliss Hospitality Training Restaurant Centre.

National Skills Week is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s diverse skills set, but comes at a time when our nation is in the grip of a skills crisis.

The highlight of the event was the discussion with three people that participate in the VET sector sharing their experiences.

For more information about National Skills Week activities and virtual events across Australia, visit National Skills Week.
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Launch of Victorian Skills Plan

On Monday 22 August The Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education with Craig Robertson CEO, Victorian Skills Authority and Lisa Line Chairperson, Victorian Skills Authority Advisory Board launched the Victorian Skills Plan.

The plan provides the most comprehensive overview of the state’s labour market to date, outlining the immediate challenges and opportunities in joining up skills and training with jobs to deliver the workers industry needs and create great career opportunities for more Victorians.

The Skills Plan shows that Victoria will need an extra 373,000 workers across 13 key industries by 2025, providing a clear picture of skills needs and job opportunities in every part of the state over the next three years – a detailed picture of the sector that will make Victoria far better equipped to build the workforce of the future.

The Victorian Skills Authority will drive delivery of the Skills plan through continuing to bring together the key stakeholders of the skills sector – industry, unions, training providers and learners – and work together to improve skills and employment outcomes.

The plan delivers a blueprint for TAFEs, universities and training and education providers to plan their courses to match local industry and community need – and, armed with greater knowledge of in-demand local industries and training opportunities, will support learners and jobseekers to make the best choices for their future.

Of the new workers required across Victoria, 90,000 new workers will be needed in the service sector, 65,000 in health and community services and 64,000 in the professional, financial and information services sector. An extra 82,000 workers will be needed in regional Victoria.

The Skills Plan delivers on a key recommendation of the Labor Government’s Macklin Review by bringing together industry and training providers, using evidence drawn from more than 60 local, national and global sources and 100 consultation forums with industry, employers, unions, education and training providers and learners.

The plan highlights nine regional snapshots and profiles, addressing the key occupations, industries and actions to bring skills needed to the regions.
It also identifies 11 actions the Government will undertake – partnering with government, industry, employers, unions, training providers and learners – to address priorities in skills provision, helping to reform the training and skills sector and enable learners and workers make informed skilling and career choices – starting at senior secondary school.
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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 11 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 2
  • Automotive - 2
  • Plumbing - 2
  • Carpentry - 1
  • 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.

GAN Conference - Postponed

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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 registration will begin soon.
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Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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