Apprenticeship Employment Network

News Volume 16, Issue 3

Friday, 24th February 2023
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Upcoming Events

1 March - Building personal Resilience
8 March - GTO Managers Meeting
22 March - Youth Mental Health First Aid
29 March - Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

Prime Minister and Skills & Training Minister announce New Energy Apprenticeships Program

The Australian Government’s commitment to net zero emissions has been given a significant boost with the launch of the New Energy Apprenticeships program earlier this week in WA.

An army of skilled workers will be required to build and install the infrastructure needed to achieve a 43 per cent emissions reductions target by 2030 and net zero by 2050, The Prime Minister announced a $95.6 million program over nine years to support 10,000 New Energy Apprenticeships.

The program will see eligible apprentices receive up to $10,000 over the course of their apprenticeship to assist with the cost of living.

The program forms part of the Powering Australia Plan will help to secure a pipeline of talent to deliver Australia’s clean energy infrastructure.

Quotes from Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor:

“Clean energy industries are the future for our workers and include work in solar installation, large-scale renewable projects, electric vehicles, green hydrogen, and renewable manufacturing.

“The cost-of-living pressures faced by thousands of students, trainees and apprentices need immediate attention.

“The New Energy Apprenticeships Support Payment is designed to encourage apprentices to choose a career in the clean energy sector, support them through it, and help them complete their training to go on and have successful careers.

“We must build greater skills capacity in the clean energy sector, so our economic growth isn't impeded, and Australia's clean energy transition continues to accelerate to achieve our 2030 Emission Reduction Target.”

For further details of the financial incentive program please visit Support for Australian Apprentices.

Upcoming AEN Professional Development

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: 9.30am- 1.30pm
Delivery: In Person

African Cultural Awareness & Recruitment

Participants will gain an understanding of African beliefs, values, work/family values and how to work with African communities. Gain insight into the importance of cultural inclusion throughout the recruitment process along with strategies to develop, retain and support African apprentices/trainees.

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2023
Time: 10am-1.00pm
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.

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.

Apprenticeships Victoria – Apprentice Supervision

Apprenticeships Victoria recently updated information on supervising apprentices and trainees in the workplace.

It includes links to fact sheets for employers, supervisors and apprentices/trainees and a link to the complete Supervising Apprentices and Trainees, Guidance Note for Employers and Supervisors.

Supervision in the workplace is essential for apprentices or trainees to become competent in their chosen trade or vocation, and to work safely, confidently, and effectively.

Employers who take on and train apprentices or trainees play an important role in developing both their own workforce and the workforce of their industry.

For more information, please visit Apprenticeship Victoria Supervision.

Update on Financial Supports Available for Australian Apprentices

As an Australian Apprentice, you may be eligible for financial and non-financial support from the Australian Government.

To claim and receive payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System you must meet all primary eligibility requirements.

Primary eligibility requirements include:
  • Citizenship or residency status.
  • Employment and training arrangements.
  • Lodging claim forms with supporting evidence within the specified time.
  • Must have commenced or recommenced an Australian Apprenticeship with a new employer on or after 1 July 2022; or recommenced an Australian Apprenticeship 1 July 2022 with the same employer after a break greater than:
  • 6 months if commencement was prior to 1 July 2022, or
  • 12 months if the commencement date was on or after 1 July 2022.
If you have previously completed the qualification or are an Existing Worker, Custodial Australian Apprentice this may affect your eligibility.

Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment

The Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment provides up to two years of direct financial assistance for Australian Apprentices undertaking a Certificate III level or above qualification in an occupation listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

A full-time Australian Apprentice can receive $1,250 every six months for the first two years of their apprenticeship ($5,000 in total), a part-time Australian Apprentice can receive $625 ($2,500 in total).

This payment is to help offset the costs of everyday living, supporting Australian Apprentices to continue in their Australian Apprenticeship.

Eligibility requirements include:
For more information, please visit Australian Apprenticeships support Network.

International Women’s Day - 8 March

Womans Day 2023
For International Women's Day and beyond, let's all fully #EmbraceEquity.

Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.

A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA.

And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.

IWD 2023's campaign theme aims to get the world talking about why "equal opportunities are no longer enough."

For further information and to access resources please visit International Womens Day 2023.

Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

On 13 February 2023, the Closing the Gap Implementation Plan was released, led by the Prime Minister, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Linda Burney MP.

The Implementation Plan responds to the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Annual Report 2022, released on 30 November 2022, and outlines the Commonwealth’s strategic priorities and efforts to close the gap over the next 12 to 18 months.

The 2023 Implementation Plan builds upon the first Implementation Plan, released in 2021.

It is a whole-of-government plan, developed with First Nations partners including the Coalition of Peaks, that outlines specific, tangible actions that will be undertaken across the Commonwealth to progress Closing the Gap outcomes and improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The 2023 Implementation Plan builds upon the first Implementation Plan, released in 2021.

It is a whole-of-government plan, developed with First Nations partners including the Coalition of Peaks, that outlines specific, tangible actions that will be undertaken across the Commonwealth to progress Closing the Gap outcomes and improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We encourage you to read more in the Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

Outcomes 6, 7 and 8 relate to education and employment opportunities, youth engagement, and strong economic participation and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

For further information please visit Commonwealth implementation Plan.
Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

Australian Super – Money 101

Australian Super have recently relaunched the Money 101 Financial Wellbeing program.

The interactive online platform is a great resource to share with employees.

With short, self-paced online modules, topics include super, retirement, wellbeing and managing money.

For further information please visit Money 101 Australian Super.

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

National Youth Commission Australia – Report Senior Secondary Education

Recently the National Youth Commission Australia released a new report on “Senior Secondary Education – still a long way to go.”

The report highlights that many secondary schools focus on ATAR results and not enough on other important outcomes that students might achieve.

To access the full report please visit National Youth commission Australia Report.
National Youth Commission Australia

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.
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