Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 6

Friday, 17th 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

Apprentice Employment Network & The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award $1000 Scholarships

The Apprentice Employment Network & The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia is excited to provide 8 x $1000 scholarships through its the Edge Foundation Grants and scholarships program.

The Edge Foundation honours the work of the late Judith Wright, poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights and recipient of the Australian National Living Treasure Award in 1998.

This scholarship commits to recognise and promote the youth training and career work undertaken by Group Training Organisations and the Apprentice Employment Network.

Selection Process:
This is open to current apprentices and trainees under the age of 21 employed by a Group Training Organisation that is a member of their local Apprentice Employment Network.

Apprentices or Trainees must be in employment as of 30th April 2023.

The scholarship is to be used for the purpose of career development. It cannot be used to purchase items unrelated to your apprenticeship or traineeship.

8 x $1000 scholarships are available. We intend to provide one scholarship per Australian state or territory.

Should there be no nominations from a state or territory, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards reserve the right to reallocate the unused funds to another state to issue.

How to apply:
To apply for a $1000 scholarship, we will ask you to submit a 60-second video. In the video, you will need to tell us the following:

  • Who are you, and where are you from?
  • What is your apprenticeship or traineeship?
  • What are your career ambitions?
  • How will a $1000 scholarship help you achieve your career ambitions?
The more information you share about yourself, the better we can understand your story. You have the capability to provide a pdf file that can contain your resume and other supporting documentation with your application.

Applications close: Sunday 30th April 2023.

Uploading video: Accepted file types: mp4, mov, m4v, Max. file size: 512 MB, Max. files: 1.

Should the file be larger than 512mb we suggest using We Transfer ( to email the video to Jason Sultana – Please complete the online nomination form so we can link the video to your application.

Judging: Judging will commence from 1st May 2023.

Winners will be notified by the Apprentice Employment Network in your state and announced on this page in May.

We will be seeking the opportunity to present this scholarship to you if you are successful.

For all Scholarship enquiries:
Jason Sultana
Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT

For full details and to submit aa registration please visit Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

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.

Australian 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. This year's Awards will be held in Hobart, Tasmania in November 2023.

16 Awards categories will be presented at the Awards – eight categories are individual achievements and eight for businesses and registered training organisations.

11 awards are entered to the Awards through the state and territory training awards process with winners from each state and territory becoming eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.

Individuals, businesses and registered training organisations can nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards for the following Direct Entry categories:

  • Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award
  • Innovation in VET Award
  • Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
Find out if you're eligible to nominate by checking out the Award Categories page.

The Awards presentation event coincides with Finalist Week, during which time finalists get to participate in the Finalist Week program to establish networks with fellow category finalists from around Australia.

Finalists will also participate in professional development activities to prepare for their role as a national ambassador for the VET sector.

Award winners/runners-up are recognised nationally as leaders in their field of study, training or a national leader in skills, training and workforce development. Winners in certain categories receive $5,000 in prize money and runners-up receive $2,500 prize money.

For further details please visit Australian Training Awards.

New Secretaries Appointed to Lead Victorian DFFH and DJSIR

The Victorian Government has today appointed two new departmental Secretaries, with Peta McCammon to lead the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and Tim Ada to lead the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR).

Both Peta and Tim bring extensive experience as public sector leaders who have contributed to important reforms in recent years.
Tim joins DJSIR from DPC, where he was Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity.

In this role, he has made an important contribution to the state’s economic development, innovation and infrastructure agenda.

Prior to his time at DPC, he was Deputy Secretary of Jobs and Innovation at the then Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, leading a team responsible for the development of a range of key industry sectors.

Tim has also held executive positions at the former Department of Environment and Primary Industries and, in the mid-2000s, established the Victorian Government Business Office in New York.
Peta comes to DFFH from the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), where she was Associate Secretary with responsibility for policy areas such as Youth Justice and service delivery reform, as well as other key internal functions.

Her Victorian Public Service career has also included senior roles at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), the Department of Treasury and Finance and the then Department of Human Services.

She has led reforms in family violence, mental health and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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


Student equity in VET 2021: participation, achievement and outcomes

This report shows the participation, achievement and outcomes data for students who undertook nationally recognised VET during 2021.

It covers the following student groups: people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those from low socioeconomic circumstances, those who speak a language other than English at home, those living in remote and very remote areas, and those not employed.

The impact of multiple disadvantage is also highlighted, revealing the proportion of students from each equity group that also belong to another group.

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.
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