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AE News Volume 15, Issue 38

Friday, 11th November 2022
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Upcoming Events

23 Nov AGM & Official AEN Building Opening
23 Nov 2022 Apprentice Training Awards
30 Nov African Cultural Awareness & Recruitment
8 Dec OHS Network Meeting

2022 Apprentice Training Awards - CLOSING TODAY!

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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

Victorian Labour Government – Election Statement on Apprentices

Earlier this week Premier Daniel Andrews made a number of election statements regarding new programs to support apprentices if re-elected in November, including:
  • Investing $9.7 million to deliver cost of living relief and make vehicle registration fully free for eligible apprentices – worth up to $865 every year.
  • Establishing an Apprenticeships Taskforce to improve safety and fairness for apprentices as they get started in their careers.
  • Establishing a parliamentary inquiry to crack down on bosses and contractors who refuse to pay their sub-contractors for completed works.
Labor will establish an Apprenticeships Taskforce, which will be co-designed and include workers, unions and industry to ensure the lived experiences of apprentices are at the heart of its work.

The taskforce will consider:
  • Regulatory arrangements, including clearer objectives and functions for the regulator.
  • Strengthening screening processes and oversight of training plans.
  • Simplifying complaint reporting and enforcement for apprentices encountering mistreatment at work.
  • Improving reporting and accountability for employers.
  • Establishing a more rigorous process to ensure that employers who have mistreated apprentices – including by failing to pay wages and entitlements – are prevented from employing apprentices.
The taskforce will report directly to the Minister for Training and Skills and the Minister for Industrial Relations and outcomes will be delivered in partnership with unions and industry, including legislation if necessary.

Further information is available through Doing what Matters.

Jobs and Skills Australia

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The Australian Government has passed legislation to establish Jobs and Skills Australia, an interim statutory body to provide independent advice on current, emerging and future workforce, skills and training needs.

Building on the work of the National Skills Commission, Jobs and Skills Australia will also focus on workforce planning and developing closer partnerships with state and territory governments, unions, industry and education providers. Consultation on the final model for Jobs and Skills Australia is underway.
Jobs and Skills Australia are creating a new website. This will include regular labour market data releases such as the Internet Vacancy Index, the Skills Priority List and Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey.

You can now subscribe to their newsletter for updates.

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.

AEN wish all the award finalist the best of luck.

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

This publication provides information on the flow of government funding for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia.

The publication is based on 2021 data provided by the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for administering funds for Australia’s VET system.

In 2021, government funding provided through VET appropriations and VET intergovernmental funding arrangements totalled $10.5 billion, an increase in nominal terms of $2.8 billion (37.0%) from 2020.
  • The Australian Government provided $6.3 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion (64.3%)
  • State and territory Governments provided $4.2 billion, an increase of $379.9 million (9.9%).
In addition, the Australian Government provided:
  • $257.4 million for VET Student Loans, a decrease of $15.5 million (5.7%)
  • $199.7 million for Trade Support Loans, an increase of $0.4 million (0.2%).
In 2021, VET funding distributed totalled $10.4 billion, an increase in nominal terms of $2.9 billion (38.6%) from 2020.

Expenditure across VET activities included:
  • $5.4 billion for direct VET delivery, an increase of $372.6 million (7.4%) from 2020
  • $3.7 billion for employer assistance to engage in VET, an increase of $2.3 billion (155.7%)
  • $125.5 million for student assistance for equipment, travel and other costs, an increase of $6.3 million (5.2%)
  • $469.5 million for capital investment, an increase of $145.8 million (45.1%)
  • $694.6 million for system administration and governance, an increase of $117.4 million (20.3%).
To access the full report please visit NCVER.

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.

Treading Water: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth Transitions

The latest report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that the COVID-19 pandemic held young Australians back from making their usual transitions.

Treading water: effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions examined data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) and analysed the changes in education,
employment, financial circumstances, social circumstances, and wellbeing of young Australians between 2020 and prior years.

Findings show that between 2019 and 2020, typical transitions into employment and permanent or ongoing roles did not occur for a significant proportion of young people, running counter to historical patterns of those who were aged 19 and 20 in 2013-2014, in 2010-2011, and in 2007-2008.

In addition, the pandemic appears to have taken a major toll on young people’s mental health, with nearly one in four 20-year-olds meeting criteria for probable serious mental illness in 2020.

Young people who were female, unemployed, in no type of study, or without social support were particularly vulnerable to mental distress.

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.
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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