Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 7

Friday, 24th March 2023
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

29 Mar Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
30 Mar Industrial Relations For Group Training
3 May Enhancing Interpersonal Skills

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

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

Enhancing Interpersonal Skills

DISC is a highly beneficial tool to assist us in recognising differences between people. It helps us understand ourselves and others better. By accepting, respecting, and adapting to these differences, we can build long-term relationships and positive influence.
You will complete a self-evaluation survey in the lead-up to the training, an important element to learn more about your own personality traits and spot behavioural preferences in others. You will walk away from this interactive group session with the knowledge of how to recognise other people’s behavioural patterns so you can modify your communication to achieve win/win outcomes.

Date: Wednesday 3 May 2023
Time: 10am - 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 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.

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.

National Skills Week 2023

The dates for National Skills Week 2023 have been set.

National Skills Week was founded on four key areas of focus, notably to dispel the negative perceptions that surround vocational education and training (VET), highlight its diversity, the career pathways, and the success stories that emanate from VET, plus bring focus to emerging skills needs, and industry trends.

Now moving into its thirteenth year, National Skills Week will again set out to bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers.

The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

Past years achieved much, with unparalleled media coverage accompanied by the practical inclusions of over 500 known events taking place across the country delivering engaging and inspirational messages, promoting the VET sector generally.

National Skills Week is an initiative of SkillsOne, who will once again be driving the initiative working with government and stakeholders to achieve unique and beneficial outcomes, accompanied and supported by unprecedented media coverage.

We want you to play a part, practically organising, showcasing activities and events during the week (August 21-27).

There are many ways you can be involved.

For further information email or visit National Skills Week.

Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

Now in its 21st year, the annual Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards recognise outstanding achievements in Victoria’s manufacturing industry.

Nominations for the 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards are now open.

Individual 2023 award categories include:
  • Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year
  • Young Manufacturer of the Year
  • Woman Manufacturer of the Year
  • Honour Roll for Service to Industry
Award winners will be announced at the gala dinner (date to be announced shortly).

Nominations will close at 11:59pm on Friday, 31 March 2023.

For further details and to nominate please visit 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

The Australian Apprenticeship Completion Survey

AATIS is conducting research in collaboration with the Associated Information Team (AIT) on Australian Apprenticeship completions.

The purpose is to gain perceptions and insights from those working with Australian apprentices and employers regarding the factors impacting successful completions of Australian apprentices.

Please take this short survey, as your feedback is highly valuable in achieving more successful VET outcomes.

Harmony Week 20-26 March 2023

21 March was International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also known as Harmony Day.

Harmony Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

This year’s theme is Everyone Belongs.

Everyone can play an important role by working within communities to promote inclusion and belonging for all.

To participate, you can wear orange to show your support.

For more information on ways, you can get involved in Harmony Week, please visit Harmony Week - Everyone Belongs.

Jobs and Skills Australia – Quarterly Labour Market Updates

The Jobs and Skills Australia Labour Market Updates are quarterly reports that provide information about issues affecting Australia’s current and emerging labour market.

This update brings together a range of Jobs and Skills Australia, and Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources to analyse the state of the Australian labour market in the December quarter of 2022.
  • The recent overall strength of the Australian labour market
  • Variations in outcomes across industries, occupations and skill levels – including strong recent employment outcomes for occupations where VET qualifications are the primary pathway
  • A slight easing in recruitment difficulty and an increase in the likelihood of employers filing an advertised role
  • Improved recent results across a number of indicators of wages growth
    updated analysis of the top 20 occupations in demand (both nationally and for each state and territory)
  • Preliminary analysis of the underlying drivers of skills shortage for the top 20 occupations in demand.
For more information visit Jobs and Skills Australia.

Victorian Learn Local Award Winners for 2022

Eight exceptional learners, trainers, training organisations and community groups were celebrated for their contribution to Victoria’s adult community education sector at the Learn Local Awards, which took place on Friday 24 February.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the awards and celebrates the successes of 2022 finalists and winners.

The Learn Local Awards, presented by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, in partnership with the VSA and the Victorian Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions, recognise the transformative impact of adult community education.

Learn Local providers give valuable opportunities to diverse communities and people, helping them gain new skills to return to study, improve digital, language, literacy and employability skills to get a job, change careers, and learn skills to adapt to changing workplace requirements.

Programs are responsive to learner needs, but, as was demonstrated at the awards, they can be co-designed with industry and other partners to provide local solutions and meet workforce needs.

Every Award category spoke of a vast array of backgrounds and experiences, from work with migrant communities in Dandenong, to lived experience as a displaced person in Australia, to overcoming the challenges of a learning disability to pursue a dream of working in the cultural industries.

Although the diversity of the stories reflected the diversity of finalists, what united them was the transformative role of education and training in building people’s resilience, community connections and opportunities for fulfilling employment.

This year’s prize money totalled $80,000. Organisation award category winners each received $10,000, while individual category winners were awarded $5,000, and all category finalists received $1,000.
Learn Local Award Winners:

Ro Allen Award - Learn Local Pre-accredited Learner (Skills for study and life)
Callum Lydiard - Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Learner (Skills for work) Award
Felimon Asel - Prace

Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Trainer Award
Joneen Rattray - The Basin Community House

Victorian Learn Local Leadership Award
Danielle Hren - Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council

Victorian Learn Local Pre-Accredited Program Award (For small providers)
Bass Coast Adult Learning - Practical Music

Victorian Learn Local Pre-Accredited Program Award (For large providers)
Cultural Cuisines Hospitality Course - Wellsprings for Women

Victorian Learn Local Innovation Award
Conversation Reading Cafe class - Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council

Victorian Learn Local Partnership Award
East Gippsland Learn Locals Collaboration - Buchan Neighbourhood House, Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre, Orbost Education Centre

Alongside the ACFE Board, the VSA warmly congratulates all Learn Local Award Winners, celebrating their inspiring stories and wishing them all the best for their future endeavours.

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

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

Statistical Report: Apprentice and Trainee Outcomes 2022

The latest NCVER report shows that the proportion of apprentices and trainees employed after completing their apprenticeship or traineeship remained high in 2022.

As at end of May 2022, 94.9% of apprentices and trainees who completed their apprenticeship or traineeship in a trade occupation were employed after training. Of those who completed in non-trade occupations, 89.3% were employed after training, up 1.7 percentage points from 2021.

Satisfaction with off-the-job training remained steady in 2022, with 87.2% of trade completers and 89.3% of non-trade completers satisfied overall with their off-the-job training.

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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