Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 31

Friday, 16th September 2022
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Upcoming Events

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

2022 Apprentice Training Awards - LAST CHANCE!


Nominations close at 11.59pm TONIGHT!

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: 16 September 2022
Finalist Announced: 14 October 2022
Awards Presented: 23 November 2022

Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Training Awards ceremony was held on Saturday 10 September with a number of AEN Members up for awards.
Victorian Training Awards
Apprentice of the Year
Chhunly Taing
Certificate III in Civil Construction

Trainee of the Year
Franchesca Morrell
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
School-Based Apprentice of the Year - Jaynaya Miller - Certificate III in Business

Jaynaya enrolled in a Certificate III Business that was designed specifically for Aboriginal students. Through her training provider, AEN Member Skillinvest, she undertook work at the Warrnambool Police Station.

Driven to succeed, Jaynaya juggled school, two jobs and her course. Now she’s passionate about a career in the police force and because she knows the internal workings of the station and programs, she feels it will help her in the application process.

The SBAT was a journey of self-discovery for Jaynaya as she found her passion which solidified her career goals.

Jaynaya is also deeply involved with her Aboriginal community and has become the strong voice for the girls who don’t have the confidence but want to achieve change. She mentors them to speak up and express their needs and goals. Her leadership resulted in her winning the 2021 Kalay Academy Camp Leadership Award, and she represented Skillinvest and Victoria Police.
Vocational Student of the Year
Caitlin Cook - Diploma of Nursing

Koorie Student of the Year
Chelsea Cooke - Certificate III in Conservation

Teacher/Trainer of the Year
Rebecca Toleman - Agriculture

Small Employer of the Year
Smart Business Solutions Group

Large Employer of the Year
M.C. Herd Geelong
Community Training Provider of the Year
Wellsprings for Women

Inclusive Training Provider of the Year
Victorian University Polytechnic

Small Training Provider of the Year
Master Builders Association of Victoria

Large Training Provider of the Year
Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute

Industry Collaboration Award
Arborists Don't Grow on Trees
Employer Award for Apprentice Development
New Plumbing Solutions

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners in the 2022 Victorian Training Awards.

GAN Conference - Registrations Now Open!

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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
GAN Conference Register Now

WorkSafe Victoria – October Health and Safety Month

WorkSafe Health and Safety Month will present its biggest ever program of events when it returns to the road next month, following two years of online-only sessions due to COVID-19.

Regional Events will take place between 4 & 21 October. With webinars running from 24 October to 28 October 2022.

For a full list of FREE WorkSafe Health and Safety Month events, please visit WorkSafe.

Victorian Parliament will Adjourn for One Week

Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Victorian Parliament will adjourn for one week as a mark of respect.

Both Houses of Parliament sat on Tuesday this week so that Members of the Assembly and Council can be sworn by oath or affirmation, which was followed by a condolence motion to express sorrow at the death of Her Majesty.

The Parliament adjourns for one week as a mark of respect and return to sit on Tuesday 20 September and Wednesday 21 September.

The Commonwealth government also announced that Thursday 22 September will now be a public holiday – National Day of Mourning.

Hume Council - Young Leader Awards

The Hume Young Leaders Awards Program aims to recognise and celebrate young people aged 12 to 24 for their leadership within their communities.

You can NOMINATE NOW in the following categories:

Young Sports Leader
Young person who inspires others to participate in sport and/or has had a positive impact in sport by leading, coaching or participating.

Young Creative Leader
Young person who has inspired others in the creative arts space, this can be art, dance, song, film etc.

Young Community Change Maker
Young person who focused on supporting community-led activities that promote better outcomes for the community.

Young Environmental Leader
Young person who protects the environment and inspires others to do the same.

Young Gender Equity Leader
Young person who has shown commitment to gender equity and ending violence against women in their communities.

Young Aboriginal Leader
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young person who inspires others and has had a positive impact in the community.

Young Advocacy Leader
Young person who strongly advocates for change on a particular issue and/or advocates on someone else’s behalf.

Young Social Entrepreneur Leader
Young person leading the way in innovative ideas to solve social problems or effect social change.
Hume Young Leaders Awards Nominate Now

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

22 - National Day of Mourning
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


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 - 1
  • Plumbing - 2
  • Carpentry - 3
  • Business - 1
  • Other - 4
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.

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses January – March 2022

The latest NCVER report shows that in the first three months to 31 March 2022, there were 708,450 students enrolled in government-funded VET. Of those, 702,445 students were enrolled in nationally recognised training while 19,390 were enrolled in non-nationally recognised training.

Compared to the same period in 2021, the largest absolute changes were observed in the number of students enrolled in:
  • accredited qualifications (down 5,630 students or 9.5%).
  • training package qualifications (down 25,475 students or 4.1%)

In addition, fewer students were enrolled in non-nationally recognised VET compared to the same period in 2021 (down 29.4% or 8,070 students).

To learn more, download the report.
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.

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