Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 29

Friday, 2nd September 2022
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Upcoming Events

8 Sept Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program
14 Sept Introduction to Industrial Relations
16 Sept Introduction to Industrial Relations (Online)
10 Oct Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)

2022 Apprentice Training Awards - NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON!


Nominations closing Friday 9 September!

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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

Victorian Training Awards – Finalists Announced

Victorian Training Awards
Last Thursday, Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney announced 47 finalists in the 67th Victorian Training Awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector.

AEN would like to congratulate all of the 2022 Victorian Training Awards Finalists.

Winners will be announced on Saturday 10 September.

Jobs and Skills Summit

On Thursday and Friday, 1-2 September, the Prime Minister, Treasurer and other Ministers participated in the Jobs and Skills Summit at Parliament House in Canberra.
Jobs & Skills Summit
The invitation-only summit had representative from unions, employers, civil society and governments to find common ground to address Australia's biggest economic challenges.

An agenda and issues paper to get participants and the community thinking and building a common understanding about the summit's key themes ahead of the event:
  • maintaining full employment and growing productivity
  • boosting job security and wages
  • lifting participation and reducing barriers to employment
  • delivering a high‑quality labour force through skills, training and migration
  • maximising opportunities in the industries of the future.
The summit is the first stage of a broader process. Its outcomes and ideas will inform an Employment White Paper and further community engagement, helping to shape Australia's labour market to deliver good outcomes for all.

Changes to COVID-19 Isolation Requirements

Earlier this week there were changes made to the COVID isolation requirements.

From 9 September, the isolation period for COVID-19 positive cases will be reduced from seven to five days following a positive test.

Seven days will still apply for workers in high-risk setting including aged care, disability care, and those providing care in the home.

Others can leave isolation after five days only if they are asymptomatic. National Cabinet also agreed to remove the mandatory wearing of masks on domestic flights.

No decision was made regarding masks on public transport, which will still be required as per individual State and Territory Government directions.

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.

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

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23 - Friday before AFL Grand Final Day

1 - Melbourne Cup Day
(Unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by a non-metro council)

Upcoming AEN Professional Development


Cultural Awareness & Recruitment - African Communities - CANCELLED!

The AEN regret to advise this session has been postponed with a new date to be confirmed.

We apologise for any inconvenience and full refund will be offered to those who have registered and paid in full.

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.

NCVER Update

The latest NCVER report shows 45.9% of all nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications that started in 2017 were completed, higher than those commencing in 2016 (43.8%).

Students enrolled at enterprise providers had the highest completion rates for qualifications commencing in 2017 (55.5%), followed by schools (48.0%), private training providers (47.3%), universities (45.6%), TAFE institutes (43.0%), and community education providers (40.7%).

By level of education, diploma or higher qualifications had the highest completions for
those commencing in 2017 (56.2%), a considerable increase from those commencing in 2016 (45.5%).

To learn more, download the report.

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.
Do you want to be kept up to date with everything that’s happening with GAN Australia and the wider VET sector?

Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

Thanks to our Industry Partners

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