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AE News Volume 15, Issue 36

Friday, 28th October 2022
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Upcoming Events

8 Nov Apprentice Wellbeing Lifeskills Coaching Program
23 Nov AGM & Official AEN Building Opening
23 Nov 2022 Apprentice Training Awards

2022 Apprentice Training Awards - Registrations Open!

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2022 Apprentice Training Awards

The Plaza Ballroom
191 Collins Street Melbourne
Wednesday 23 November 2022

GAN Conference - Registrations Now Open!

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We invite you to be a part of 'The Future of Apprenticeships Perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia striving for excellence' 2023 GAN Melbourne Conference

On behalf of the conference organising committee of 'The Future of Apprenticeships: Perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia striving for excellence', we are pleased invite you to be a part of a leading event focused on reigniting apprenticeships in Australia and connecting like minded international collaborators, government stakeholders, industry participants, group training organisations, unions and educational institutions to build economic prosperity by working together.

The conference promises to be an excellent opportunity to network and connect with industry stake holders, participate in a range of workshops, study tours, facilitated debates and attend industry network events.

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

Federal Budget 2022-23

This week the new government released their first budget. The budget focused on many of the pre-election promises.

From an Education / VET perspective the key announcements include;

  • TAFE was a key focus , with the government to fund 480,000 fee-free places. Indigenous Australians, young people, jobseekers, unpaid carers and people with a disability will be given priority access. From January 1, 180,000 of the places will be available at a cost of $1 billion, and another 300,000 from 2024.
  • Universities will have an extra 20,000 places funded over two years, at a cost of $485.5 million, with health, education, engineering and technology courses given priority.
  • Invest an additional $12.9 million to establish Jobs and Skills Australia to tackle skill shortages.
  • Deliver the Australian Skills Guarantee to ensure one in ten workers on major, federally funded government projects are an apprentice, trainee, or paid cade.

Skilling the clean energy workforce
The Government is addressing growing skills demands in the clean energy sector by committing over $100 million to the New Energy Apprenticeships and New Energy Skills programs. The programs will help apprentices acquire necessary skills by developing a new mentoring program and providing up to $10,000 for each apprentice in a clean energy role.

A target of one million new homes under a national Housing Accord
The Government is bringing states and territories, the Australian Local Government Association, investors, and representatives from the construction sector together under a new national Housing Accord. The Accord sets an aspirational target of one million new, well-located homes to be delivered over 5 years from mid‑2024 as capacity constraints are expected to ease.

Under the Accord, the Government will provide $350 million over 5 years, with ongoing availability payments over the longer term, to deliver an additional 10,000 affordable dwellings. States and territories will also support up to an additional 10,000 affordable homes, increasing the dwellings that can be delivered under the Accord to 20,000.

Planning for the future of Australia's housing
Beyond the Accord, the Government will develop a National Housing and Homelessness Plan to set out other actions and longer-term reforms. The Plan will be developed in close consultation with the states and territories and other stakeholders.

Minister Brendan O’Connor's Media Release is now available.

National Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector.

The Australian Training Awards commenced in 1994. Over this time many individuals, businesses, and registered training organisations have been rewarded for showcasing best practice in VET.

The Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory. The 2022 Awards will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, on Friday 18 November 2022.

Tickets are now available for purchase until sold out.

Victorian Skills Authority – Launch of New Office

On Monday 24 October the Minister for Training and Skills the Hon. Gayle Tierney officially opened the new offices of the Victorian Skills Authority.

The new offices are situated at Level 3, 289 Wellington Parade South - East Melbourne.

AEN will be looking to host a member meeting in the venue in early 2023.

Congratulations to CEO Crag Robertson and the team at VSA.

Updates to the Major Projects Skills Guarantee Requirements

Recently the Local Jobs First policy and guidelines were updated and refreshed to strengthen policy outcomes and simplify application for agencies and industry. This includes improved guidance and processes for the Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG) and a new MPSG Policy Statement to complement the Local Jobs First policy.

From 31 January 2023, the process for estimating labour hours will be streamlined so that the bidder submits a single employment commitment in the Local Industry Development Plan which will be used to inform both the MPSG and VIPP requirements.

As a result of this change, bidders will no longer be required to use the Deemed Hours Formula to estimate the minimum MPSG 10 per cent requirement. A simplified and updated Deemed Hours Formula will be available for optional use by suppliers and agencies.

Tenders released between 10 October 2022 and 31 January 2023 must use the previous guidance for using the Deemed Hours Formula to calculate the MPSG requirement as outlined
in the May 2020 Local Jobs First Agency Guidelines and Supplier Guidelines.

For further details please visit Local Jobs First - Policy Updates and Transitional arrangements

How Young People are Participating and Accessing the Workplace Survey

This will give participating companies the opportunity to showcase the company's youth reach and impact of current workforce development strategies.

The Global Apprenticeship Network have developed this survey (available in English and Spanish) in collaboration with GAN Guatemala, the private sector and the Making Cents international Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) 2030 program, which strives to emphasize youth leadership through the placing of young people within a wide community of stakeholders, working together in the advancement and achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.

Building on the achievements of past YEO summits, this year the Global YEO Summit has created a work group dynamic focusing on three thematic pillars.

Amongst them, is the Private Sector Leadership work group which aims to engage with the private sector to support the proper preparation of youth in the workplace and to develop a youth focused viewpoint in the workforce development strategies.

We at GAN Global and GAN Guatemala are leading the work group and the results of this survey will be shared through this platform.

We hope to count on you for support and participation! Please forward this to your colleagues who may be interested. We request the filled-in survey by Thursday, 3 November.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 920 participants have been supported to date.
  • 83.8% Male
  • 15.9% Female
For Individuals
Apprentices and trainees who have lost employment are encouraged to register.

Once registered, 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.
For Businesses
If you have an apprenticeship 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.
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