Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 9

Thursday, 6th April 2023
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

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

Jobs and Skills Australia Update

Have your say Foundation Skills Study

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) wants to hear your views on the design of a new national study on adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills by providing feedback on our Foundation Skills Study Discussion Paper.

A lack of basic literacy or numeracy skills, or both, often results in exclusion from education, training and secure work, as well as difficulty engaging in society more broadly.

The most recent national data available on adult foundation skills is more than a decade old.

Collated back in 2011-2012, a survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found increasing the literacy level of a country by 1% leads to a 2.5% rise in labour productivity and a 1.5% increase in GDP per head.

Public consultation on this discussion paper is an opportunity to work together and help JSA understand what is important for the design and implementation of the foundation skills study.

Getting the design right is critical to ensuring the study delivers on the promise of building an evidence base for foundation skills in Australia.

Submissions will close at 5pm AEST Monday 24 April 2023.

The discussion paper is available at Jobs & Skills Australia.

Jobs & Skills Energy Workforce Research

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) is seeking your views about the workforce and skills Australia needs to transition to a clean energy economy.

A discussion paper is now available on the JSA website for comment.

JSA is inviting submissions from all interested stakeholders including business, unions, and education and training providers until 2 May 2023.

The final terms of reference for the study have also been published.

The capacity study will build on existing research and deepen understanding of the clean energy sector by:
  • Clarifying what jobs and industries make up Australia’s clean energy workforce.
  • Analysing different scenarios for how we could reach net zero by 2050, understanding how many workers will be needed (and where) and who will have the skills to take on those jobs.
  • Exploring how the workforce opportunities created by clean energy can be shared across regions and with First Nations Australians, women, people with disability and Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Examining the possibilities for workers in high-emitting sectors to transition to new roles in their communities that will build on their existing skills and experience.
  • Identifying the education, training and migration pathways that we should be developing, and the underlying system settings needed to enable those pathways.
Submissions to the Clean Energy Capacity Study can be made until 5pm AEST on Tuesday 2 May 2023.

You can submit your response by emailing the Clean Energy Capacity Study team.

Happy Easter from AEN

The AEN Office will be closed for Easter from 7th April to 11th April.

Happy Easter from the AEN Board & staff.

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

Applications close for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award on 30th April 2023.

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.

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

For full details and to submit an application 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.

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.

Australian Training Awards

Nominations are now open

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.

Nominations close 31 May 2023.

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.

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

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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