Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 5

Friday, 10th March 2023
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Upcoming Events

22 Mar Youth Mental Health First Aid
29 Mar Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
30 Mar Industrial Relations For Group Training

Global Apprenticeship Network Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you for your support and participation with the recent Future of Apprenticeships conference.

The conferences in Melbourne and Auckland were attended by over 170 delegates, with 32 speakers from 6 countries with the aim of sharing perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia striving for excellence in apprenticeships. Guests included Minister for Training and Skills Hon. Brendan O’Connor who officially opened the conference.

Connecting like-minded international collaborators, government stakeholders, industry participants, group training organisations and educational institutions to build stronger relationships and areas for future collaboration.

The aims of the 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
As part of the Auckland conference 17 Australian delegates also visited a number of New Zealand government agencies to better understand the current New Zealand VET reform.

Key conference themes over the 10 days included:
  • ILO and the global value of apprenticeships
  • The Victorian governments value of apprenticeships
  • The Swiss dual VET / education system
  • School to work apprenticeship models
  • Swiss apprenticeships / VET mobility opportunities
  • Future apprenticeship / VET research opportunities for collaboration
  • Activities to increase employer participation in apprenticeships
  • How to support greater diversity into apprenticeships
  • The Australian and New Zealand GTO apprenticeship intermediary models
  • Digital skills and higher apprenticeships

A big thank you to our sponsors and the conference organising committee.
  • Victorian Skills Authority
  • Apprenticeships Victoria
  • Jobs Victoria
  • Jobs and Skills Australia
  • Vet Development Centre
  • Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Services
  • Nestle
  • Gallagher
  • Victorian TAFE Association
  • Skills Group & GAN NZ
  • ILO
  • Global Apprenticeship Network
  • Movetia
  • Australian Super
The following activities have been identified by the conference organising committee as potential further work the organisations would like to follow up on:
  • Investigate and establish apprentice exchange / mobility programs for apprentices and VET practitioners between Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia
  • Establish future opportunities to bring together other VET/ Apprenticeship stakeholders through conferences/ and other events to expand the knowledge and capability of the sector
Research themes that the GAN could explore further and partner with industry stakeholder include:
  • What is a quality employer / apprenticeship
  • What support is needed to enable greater inclusion & diversity
  • Perceptions on apprenticeships, career decision making
  • School to work transitions
  • Apprenticeship data on completions / university completions / long term career paths / where do they go?
  • What employers are doing to support apprentices / how engaged are employers with the VET systems
  • Employer supervisor skills and training needs
  • Continue the conference organising committee as a “Future of Apprenticeships” steering committee
GAN Australia will re-establish our local steering committee (now that COVID-19 has subsided) with Quarterly meetings. Employers, Governments, VET Researchers and industry stakeholders are welcome to join the group.

Over the next 3 months the organising committee will prioritise the above activities and develop an action plan to identify other potential stakeholders and commence work.

It is envisaged that a “Future of Apprenticeships” committee will annually report on the progress of this work to the Global Apprenticeship Network.

If you would like to participate in any of the above, please email

We have scheduled our first GAN Australia steering committee meeting for Thursday 27 April between 10am - 1pm. An agenda will be provided prior.

Please visit GAN Australia to access the Future of Apprenticeships Conference, next steps, presentations and photo gallery. Please free to share or reference in any of your comms. Further videos from each session will soon be available.

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 the members area prior to purchasing tickets to access the members rate or to RSVP for a free event.

AEN NSW & ACT Skills Conference

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

This annual event is hosted by the Apprentice Employment Network discusses various issues relating to apprenticeships and traineeships in 2023.

As a member of the AEN you have access to the AEN NSW & ACT member rates for the conference by using 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 AEN NSW Skills Conference.

Victorian Training Awards Nominations Now Open

This week, the Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP announced the opening of the 2023 Victorian Training Awards.

In 2023, the Victorian Training Awards mark their 69th year of celebrating the outstanding achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in the VET sector.

Last year’s awards honoured the achievements of many outstanding organisations and individuals, with six Victorian representatives going on to achieve national success at the Australian Training Awards.

Gayle Tierney MP invites you to nominate those who deserve recognition for their exceptional efforts in the VET sector.

You may want to nominate yourself, your students, your organisation, or someone else you know.

Be recognised for your hard work in 2023!

Award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Friday 18 August and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a trophy.

Winners in select categories will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Tasmania in November.

Winners will also receive exposure that comes with winning such a prestigious award, a boost in confidence and heightened profile for their brand or career aspirations.

Aside from winning an Award, the nomination process itself is an important opportunity to reflect on the highlights of your learning journey and to celebrate your successes.

Nominations are now open and close on midnight on Friday 12 May. There will be no extensions beyond this date.

For further information and to register visit Victorian Training Awards.

NCVER Employer Survey

The Survey of Employers’ Use and Views of the VET System gathers vital information about employer’s training needs and their satisfaction with the training their employees receive from the vocational education and training (VET) system.

First conducted in 2005, this Australia wide biennial survey will interview over 6000 employers across all industries and business sizes in 2023.

The survey collects information on whether:
  • Organisations have jobs that require formal vocational qualifications.
  • Organisations have apprentices and trainees.
  • Employees have undertaken any other nationally recognised training, or unaccredited training.
The survey began in late February and runs through until mid-June 2023.

NCVER will send a letter to all selected employers to inform them about the survey and encourage their participation.

Results from the 2023 survey will be publicly available from the NCVER Portal in November 2023.

AATIS 2023 Information Sessions

AATIS’ in-person information sessions have returned!
AATIS will be visiting each Australian state and territory throughout 2023. AATIS first stops are at Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria.

These sessions present a great opportunity to learn about AATIS and the AAPathways website, including an array of information and resources for industry stakeholders.

AATIS will also cover some of the data trends occurring in the Australian Apprenticeships industry. The first stops are Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria

Head to AATIS' events page to find a session type that matches your interests and register today.

Equity of Access in VET

A new review joins the set of overviews in the VET Knowledge Bank that trace the influence of ‘landmark documents’ on the development of Australia’s VET system.
A fair go for all? Equity frameworks and handworks documents in Australian vocational education and training by Elaine Butler and Fran Ferrier, provides evidence, along with historical, social and economic context, of the shifting approaches to equity associated with the landmark documents and other reports of key importance, including influential international documents.
There are two versions of the review: a condensed version available as a web page and in Word and PDF formats; and a full-length version available in Word and PDF formats.

For further information visit VOCED plus.

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

NCVER Update


Government-funded VET enrolments decrease.

The latest NCVER statistical report shows that in the first nine months to 30 September 2022, 1,055,585 students were enrolled in government-funded VET, a decrease of 6.1% from the same period in the previous year.
A total of 1,026,450 of these students were enrolled in nationally recognised VET, down 6.4% from the same period in 2021.
Enrolments in non-nationally recognised VET totalled 52,200, a decrease of 5.8% from January to September 2021.
Overall, there were 1,245,845 government-funded program enrolments in Australia, down 5.6% from the same period in 2021.
For more information, visit NCVER.

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.

Thanks to our Industry Partners

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