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AE News Volume 15, Issue 37

Friday, 4th November 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

Women in Trades - MIP Support Project

Women in trades program
The Women in Trades - Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training – Apprenticeships Victoria to provide female participants with the opportunity to have a “hands on” trial of a range of vocational trade occupations.

Participants engage with 3-4 different industries (painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical) to research and experience first-hand what it really takes to be successful in that industry.

The Project has supported 9 programs via our members AGA, Kestrel, CVGT and VGT - AEN are thrilled that we have assisted over 100 participants with training opportunities since February 2022.

Not only has the project supported initial training – we are pleased that several of the participants have secured Apprenticeships in the electrical, flooring, and automotive trades.

With increasing demand for skilled workers, women are encouraged to pursue different trade careers which have traditionally been dominated by men.

It is anticipated that better informed career choices will lead to improved commencement and retention rates for women in trade apprenticeships.

Supporting Flooded Victorian Businesses Return to Trade

The Australian and Victorian Governments have announced an $877 million Recovery Support package, supporting businesses, farmers, and not-for-profits to rebuild and return to trade as quickly as possible, following the recent devastating floods.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations to support recovery efforts including rebuilding damaged infrastructure and replacing damaged assets.

To help businesses navigate through the recovery period, more than $22 million has been made available for support services to facilitate the development of recovery plans, provide mental health support and assist in grant applications.

in addition, Business Chamber and Trader Groups Programs will be established to enable locally led solutions for business activation.

Recovery grants of up to $200,000 will also be available for medium and large businesses directly impacted by the floods.

To assist primary producers and rural landholders, grants of up to $75,000 will be available as part of a recovery support package – complementing the existing Primary Producer Concessional Loan Program, announced last week.

The Primary Producer Recovery Support package will accelerate agricultural recovery and ensure rural and regional Victorians have access to expert advice and support.

Sporting and recreational clubs that have been impacted by the floods will also be eligible for a $5000 to assist them with their recovery.

Any grant received through the existing $5,000 Small Business Immediate Flood Relief and $10,000 Primary Producer Flood Relief programs will be included in the maximum amounts available through the recovery grants.

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 7 November or until sold out.

Director ID – Deadline Date Fast Approaching

Any directors appointed under the Corporations Act 2001 may face serious penalties if they do not obtain a director ID by 30 November 2022 – this includes directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

It’s important that any Nominated Officers and Relevant Persons associated with a labour hire licence, Not for Profit or registered business meet their legal obligations.

How to apply for a director ID
You can apply through Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) in three steps.
  • You will need a MygovID, with at least standard identity strength, to apply for your director ID – the Australian Taxation Office has more information on their website.
  • Gather documents with personal information that the ATO has about you.
  • Lodge your application online for a director ID using your MygovID.
Once you receive your director ID, you must pass it on to the company’s responsible record-holder. You must also pass it onto to the record-holder of subsequent companies you direct in the future.

What are the penalties for not having a director ID?
In 2022 ABRS announced four new offences for not having a Director ID under the Act.
Penalties can range up to $1,100,000 if existing directors do not have a director ID in place by 30 November 2022.

NCVER Update

The latest NCVER report shows Australian, and state and territory governments spent $10.4 billion on vocational education and training (VET) in 2021, an increase of $2.9 billion or 38.6% compared to 2020.

The largest increase in expenditure was on employer assistance to engage in VET, which totalled to $3.7 billion in 2021, up 155.7% compared to 2020.

Direct VET delivery funding increased by $372.6 million or 7.4% from 2020.

The other expenditures that had increases in 2021 were capital investment (up by $145.8 million or 45.1%) and system administration and governance (up by $117.4 million or 20.3%).

Global Careers Month

The first Global Careers Month, an initiative of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Career Guidance (IAG WGCG), will be launched next Monday.

The campaign which runs from 8 November to 13 December 2022, is aimed at raising awareness of the important role of career guidance in the current disruptive environment.

Some recent publications from various agencies on career guidance include:
For more information, please visit VOCEDplus.

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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