Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 2

Friday, 17th February 2023
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Upcoming Events

22 Feb - QA Standards & OHS Network Meeting
1 March- Building personal Resilience
8 March GTO Managers Meeting
22 March Youth Mental Health First Aid

Global Apprenticeship Network Conference Wrap-Up

The Future of Apprenticeship conference that looked at perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia held in Melbourne an Auckland over the past 10 days had over 170 delegates and 32 international speakers, panellists and moderators.

The aims of this conference were to:
  • Critically examine and reimagine the current apprenticeship system in Australia, drawing on successful experiences in Switzerland and New Zealand.
  • Ensure that people that take up apprenticeships in Australia achieve success in their chosen field.
  • Explore best practice, policies and programs that can future-proof our current skills supply and manage the varying demands on our labour market.
  • Stimulate industry interest to engage with new and innovative apprenticeships that will meet our future economic needs and explore opportunities to develop the industry leaders of tomorrow.
A big thank you to our sponsors:
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Also a big thank you to the Global Apprenticeship Network Members Accenture, AWS, Microsoft and Nestle that participated in the event.

Over the coming weeks the GAN Australia website will upload all the conference presentations and photos.

AEN will also be releasing a report that highlights the conference outcomes and opportunities for further work and collaboration.
The conference steering committee included;
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Australian Jobs 2022 Report

The National Careers Institute / Jobs and Skills Australia recently released the 2022 edition of Australian Jobs.

This publication provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market to support job seekers, employment service providers, career practitioners, those considering future training and people interested in labour market issues.

Websites that offer more detailed information include:
  • Jobs and Skills Australia
    Provides independent advice on current, emerging and future workforce, skills and training needs. Jobs and Skills Australia also focuses on workforce planning and developing closer partnerships with state and territory governments, unions, industry and education providers.
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  • National Careers Institute (NCI)
    The NCI works to ensure people at every age or career stage have access to authoritative and accurate career information and support. You’ll learn about the various products and services available to get you connected to further education, training or work options to support your career needs or goals.
  • Labour Market Insights Information Portal
    Jobs and Skills Australia's Labour Market Insights (LMI) website provides up-to-date information about what’s happening in the Australian jobs market including information about numbers of job vacancies, employment and unemployment rates and employer experiences when advertising for and recruiting staff.
  • Your Career
    The Your Career website is a platform of the NCI. It is designed to provide clear and simple career information and to help people of all ages and circumstances better plan and manage their career.
To access the full report please visit Australian Jobs 2022.

Victorian Social Procurement Framework

The framework establishes requirements that apply to Victorian Government departments and agencies when they procure goods, services and construction.

The Victorian Government have provided updated information on the buying for Victoria

Upcoming AEN Professional Development

Building Personal Resilience.

Resilience enables us to cope with change, challenges, and stress.

It helps us to turn stumbling blocks into steppingstones and setbacks into comebacks.

This interactive session is designed to empower and inspire you to maximise your own level of resilience required to respond positively to the pressures and demands in your personal and professional environment.

Date: Wednesday 1 March 2023
Time: 10am-1.30pm
Delivery: In Person

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.

The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authorised by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by MHFA instructors across Australia.

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2023
Time: 10am- 4.00pm
Delivery: In Person

Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

This in-depth Indigenous cultural awareness training provides a thorough understanding of Australian Aboriginal history, government policies and their impacts on Aboriginal society.

Indigenous Cultural Connections Pty Ltd has an open, non-threatening training style and is welcoming of attendees to ask those ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘taboo’ questions related to Aboriginal culture without fear of offence or judgement.

Date: Wednesday 29 March 2023
Time: 9.30 am- 1.30pm
Delivery: In Person

For information about these PD Session's and to register, please go to AEN Events Calendar
and select the event. All prices include GST.

AEN Members:
Please login to member area prior to purchasing tickets to access the members rate or to RSVP for a free event.

NSW Skills Conference

The 2023 Skills Conference is being held in Sydney on 14th June.

This annual event is hosted by the Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT.

This conference discusses various issues relating to apprenticeships and traineeships in 2023.

As a member of AEN you have access to the AEN member rates for the conference.

Use the discount code AEN2023 during the registration process. This is only valid for a limited time.

For more information including the conference program and speaker's visit Sydney Skills Conference.

Workplace Gender Equality Amendment

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) welcomed the introduction of the workshop gender equality amendment (closing the Gender Pay Gap) bill 2023 into Federal Parliament on 8 February 2023.

Last year, the Government committed to implementing all 10 recommendations from the 2021 Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

This Bill, together with the updated Legislative Instruments, progress implementation of the recommendations and work towards closing the gender pay gap in Australia.

The proposed amendments include publishing employer level gender pay gaps for the first time, as well as requiring employers to provide their WGEA gender equality reports to their governing bodies.

These reforms are a significant step forward for workplace gender equality in Australia and support the ongoing efforts of our team to drive change that will ensure workplaces are fair and equal for all Australians.

For further details Please Visit The gender Equality Agency.

ASQA – Strategic Review into VET Online Learning

The Strategic Review of Online Learning in the VET sector is identified as a regulatory risk priority in ASQA’s Regulatory Strategy 2020-22 and in the 2021-22 Regulatory Risk Priorities.

ASQA uses a risk-based approach to determine the most significant risks to achieving ASQA’s purpose, which is to ensure quality VET and the integrity of national qualifications issued by training providers.

The review key findings included: Whilst quality VET can be delivered online, taking into consideration the requirements of the training product, the student cohort, the skills of the trainer and assessor, and the tools, technologies, and processes for delivering online, the challenges, opportunities and risks vary depending on those factors.

There is no single issue or feature that is an indicator of greater or lesser risk to quality.
  • Quality VET can be delivered well online, taking into consideration the requirements of the training product, the student cohort, the skills of the trainer and assessor, and the tools and strategies for delivering online.
  • Many students prefer the flexibility of blended learning.
  • The online mode of delivery brings opportunities for providers to expand their offerings and provide students with more choice across the market.
  • The broad range of practices captured in the online delivery mode, and its rapid evolution, have contributed to a definition of online learning that is no longer fit for purpose.
This can impact on the collection of accurate and meaningful data on sector activity and performance, and the marketing of accurate and consistent information about mode of delivery to prospective and current students.

However, the review identified a range of risks to students, including not accounting for their learning styles or that they were adequately equipped to meet the ‘technological requirements’ online learning imposes.

These risks included “not ensuring they are appropriately prepared for, and supported to, undertake learning online, and not sufficiently taking into account the student’s literacy, language, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills.”

There were also risks associated with training and assessment using online approaches, including: insufficient digital literacy skills of trainers and assessors, adopting training and assessment approaches that are not suitable and/or not delivered effectively online.

Other risks are not designing or adapting training and assessment for online delivery and when the online delivery approaches adopted do not meet the requirements or ‘spirit’ of the training product.

For the full report please visit Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Registers Reform Measure

Recently the Federal Treasury released for public consultation the exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Registers Reform measure.
There are currently 52 categories of DGR set out in the gift provisions (Division 30) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Of these categories, 4 are currently administered by portfolio agencies.
This reform is intended to transfer administration of the 4 unique DGR categories from portfolio agencies to us. We would gain responsibility for assessing eligibility for the 4 unique DGR categories, consistent with the 48 other DGR general categories.
We would continue to be responsible for the endorsement of all 52 DGR categories.
This change is intended to make all DGR categories consistent in administration, reduce red tape imposed on endorsed organisations, and simplify the application process for organisations seeking DGR status.
For further details visit Deductible Gift Recipient Registers Reform

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

Monday 13 March - Labour Day
Friday 7 April - Good Friday
Saturday 8 April - Saturday before Easter Sunday
Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Workplace Victoria Update

WorkSafe is urging employers to plan ahead and protect workers against heat illness as Victorians brace for three days of scorching temperatures from tomorrow.

With daytime highs around 40 degrees expected in northern parts of the state, WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Narelle Beer said employers need to ensure tasks are carried out safely.

Working in hot conditions can easily lead to dehydration and heat illnesses such as heat rash, fainting, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a life-threatening conditions.
Ways to help manage heat risks
  • Reschedule work so physically demanding jobs are performed during the cooler part of the day.
  • Work from a different location.
  • Wear light clothing that still provides adequate protection.
  • Provide extra rest breaks in a cool area.
  • Ensure workers have access to cool water and are staying hydrated.
  • Use mechanical aids to reduce physical exertion.
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NCVER Update


In-training numbers up 21.6% as at 30 June 2022

A total of 415,240 apprentices and trainees were in-training as at 30 June 2022, an increase of 21.6% from 30 June 2021.

Non-trade occupations contributed most to the increase in in-training numbers, up by 38.3% or 47,995 when compared with the same time in 2021.

Clerical and Administrative Workers and Community and Personal Service Workers had the highest absolute increases in the number of apprentices and trainees in-training for non-trade occupations.

In trade occupations, 241,860 apprentices and trainees were in-training as at 30 June 2022, an increase of 11.8% when compared with the same time in 2021.

By industry, the largest absolute increases in in-training numbers were in the Construction, Accommodation, and Health care and social assistance sectors.

Find out more: Apprentices and trainees 2022: June quarter

VET Employment Outcomes Improve in 2022

VET student outcomes report shows that in 2022, 65.0% of VET qualification completers had an improved employment status after completing their training, up by 4.4 percentage points from 2021.

Among the qualification completers who were not employed before training, 49.6% got a job after their training (up 6.3 percentage points from 2021).

For qualification completers employed before training, 17.3% were employed at a higher skill level (up by 0.8 percentage points from 2021) and 37.1% were in a better job (down 1.7 percentage points from 2021) after training.

Satisfaction with training was similar to that reported in 2021, with 88.9% of qualification completers citing that they were satisfied overall with their VET training.

Read the report: VET student outcomes 2022.

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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