Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 8

Friday, 31st March 2023
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Upcoming Events

26 Apr African Cultural Awareness & Recruitment
3 May Enhancing Interpersonal Skills
5 Jul Managing Conflict with Confidence

NECA Education and Careers Annual Apprenticeship Awards

Last week NECA Education and Careers held their annual Apprentice Awards for Tasmanian and Victorian Apprentices with over 300 people in attendance at the MCG.

Congratulations to the following winners.
Tasmanian 1st Year Apprentice
Jesse Springer

Tasmanian 2nd Year Apprentice
Bianca Eberle

Tasmanian 3rd Year Apprentice
Flynn Harris

Tasmanian 4th Year Apprentice
Jak Rowbottom

Teacher Of The Year
Carl Dziunka

1st Year Student Apprentice Of The Year
Nikolas Kasteliotis & Tong Yak
2nd Year Student Of The Year
Katrina Kessaris

Kevin Steven Excellence Award
Danial Monaghan

Trainee Of The Year
Damien Pace & Alexandra Wardell

Female Apprentice Of The Year
Bonnie Saunders

Junior Apprentice Of The Year
Anna Wright

Senior Apprentice Of The Year
Jack Cutajar
Apprenticeship Employment Network congratulates all winners and finalist on their amazing achievements within their study and careers.

New WorkSafe Victoria Program 101 for High School Students

A new WorkSafe program is giving Victorian students the skills to stay safe in their first jobs.

The safety of young workers is an ongoing focus of WorkSafe activities, with more than 600 teens seriously injured at work last year.

WorkSafe 101 for high schools is a free, interactive program to help prepare students in Years 9 through to Year 12 to enter the workforce safely.

Designed with input from teachers and career practitioners, the program includes e-learning modules, videos with examples from workplaces where young people are commonly employed and teacher-led activities that cover OHS basics, identifying hazards and the importance of speaking up.

WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said WorkSafe 101 is now available to all schools across Victoria, after 230 Year 9 Braybrook College students became the first to complete the program in December last year.

"This is the age when many young people are starting a part-time job or moving from school to the workforce – we owe it to young workers to give them the knowledge to work safely and the confidence to speak up when something doesn’t feel right," Dr Beer said.

"Our research shows young workers are more likely to accept unsafe work conditions and less likely to raise safety concerns or to report issues when they do occur, due to lack of knowledge, experience and awareness about Occupational Health and Safety."

"Starting your first job is a huge milestone and a reason for young workers and their families to feel proud. Sadly, too many young workers soon find that celebration turns to tragedy."

Braybrook College careers teacher Rowena Archer said her students had embraced the program and seemed to enjoy the tasks, which she said are suited to students from Year 9 through to Year 12 and accessible for CALD students and students with disabilities.

"The topics were appropriate for what young workers need to know about and I really liked that bullying content was included, along with other mental health hazards," Ms Archer said.

"We hope that this will help empower students with the skills to be able to say, 'that doesn’t look right' and to query what’s actually going on in the workplace."

Throughout 2022, WorkSafe accepted 615 claims from workers aged 19 or younger, including 264 from casual or part-time workers and 185 from apprentices.

The most common injuries among teen workers were cuts and amputations (207), traumatic tendon, muscle and ligament injuries (119), fractures (112), musculoskeletal injuries (88), burns (24), and mental injuries (23).

For further information, please visit WorkSafe Victoria.

Federated Industry Skills Network

This week the Victorian Skills Authority hosted an event where industry stakeholders could meet members of the new Federated Industry Skills Network.

Over two days the Victorian Skills Authority hosted colleagues from across the States and Territories, Jobs and Skills Australia and the newly established Jobs and Skills Councils for the first meeting of the Federated Industry Skills Network.

The Federated Industry Skills Network will aim to coordinate industry advice, advocacy, research and practice to support the work of the newly formed Jobs and Skills Councils and advocate to the Commonwealth on key skills issues, where required.
For more information please visit Victorian Skills Authority.

Jobs and Skills Australia – Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2023, the Australian Government introduced into Parliament the Jobs and Skills Australia Amendment Bill 2023 to establish Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) in its final form.

The Bill proposes to establish JSA with a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, and a Ministerial Advisory Board to engage widely to support the delivery of Jobs and Skills Australia’s work program.

The Bill also proposes expanded functions for JSA to improve the identification of labour imbalances across the economy, analyse skills demand and supply, and undertake studies to improve the understanding of Australians that have historically experienced disadvantage and exclusion in the labour market, including those marginalised by way of age, health, gender, or background.

Feedback from the Jobs and Skills Australia Discussion Paper and consultations, including views from the Jobs and Skills Summit, informed development of the Bill.

The Bill can be found on Parliament of Australia.

More information about the process visit Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Workplace Gender Equality Amendment (Closing the Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2023

WGEA is excited to welcome the passing of the Workplace Gender Equality Amendment (Closing the Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2023 on 30 March 2023 in the Federal Parliament.

Together with the remade Legislative Instruments (6th Feb), these reforms are a significant step forward to help accelerate employer action to close the gender pay gap.

They implement in part, or in full, six of the 10 recommendations of the 2021 WGEA Review and provide a roadmap to close the gender pay gap in Australia.

The package of reforms requires the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to publish employer gender pay gaps for private sector and Commonwealth public sector employers.

This will be done by mean, median and employer remuneration quartile.

From 2024, large employers with 500 or more employees must also have policies or strategies in place to address all six-gender equality indicators.

The Australian-first measure covers the workplaces of approximately 40 per cent of the nation’s workforce.

We look forward to working with the government, employers and others to implement these important reforms.

For further information visit Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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

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

Managing Conflict with Confidence

Positive relationships and win/win outcomes are critical success contributors, and a range of conflicts can easily interrupt this. We must acquire the expertise and confidence to manage our emotional state effectively while in the heat of the moment to avoid negative effects on our wellbeing, morale and productivity.

Date: Wednesday 5 July 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

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 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.

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 Statistical Report

Statistical report: Apprentices and trainees 2022: September quarter

Latest national data show there were 402,245 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 September 2022, 14% higher when compared with the same time in 2021.

Figures released today also show apprentice and trainee completions increased to 24,655 in the September quarter 2022, up 33.4% from the same quarter in 2021.
Completions in trade occupations drove most of the increase in September quarter 2022, rising to 13,130 or by 46.6% from the September quarter 2021.
Those in non-trade occupations increased to 11,505 (up by 20.8%).

The addition of an interactive 10-year time series chart, this quarter allows users to further interact with apprentice and trainee data spanning a decade, and support readers to visually interpret trends evident across various contract statuses.
For more information, visit NCVER.

NCVER Update

Latest VET data on Equity Groups

Our latest report provides a summary of the participation, achievement and outcomes of students from various equity groups who undertook nationally recognised VET during 2021.

It shows how each equity group is faring in VET compared with their non-equity peers and is supported by comprehensive data tables.

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

The equity groups featured are people with disability; Indigenous people; those from low socioeconomic areas; those from a non-English speaking background; those living in remote and very remote areas; and those not employed.

These groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefitting from education in Australia.

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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