Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 10

Friday, 14th April 2023
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Upcoming Events

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

National Construction Code 2022

The National Construction Code 2022 is set to be adopted in Victoria on 1 May 2023.

As Victoria’s building and plumbing regulator, the VBA has a role in educating practitioners and providing regulatory guidance that is clear and authoritative, to safeguard Victoria’s future.

To improve the safety and sustainability of buildings throughout Victoria, we are committed to keeping practitioners informed about changes to the National Construction Code (NCC), ahead of its adoption by states and territories on 1 May 2023.

The VBA has been working closely with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and industry to share information and updates as we transition.

This is the most significant amendment to the NCC since its inception in 1996 and will have a major impact on industry.

Some of these major changes include improved energy efficiency standards for residential buildings, including new requirements for building, sealing and insulation and enhanced accessibility requirements for new buildings, with a focus on improving access and safety for people with disabilities.

As a reminder, Victoria will adopt NCC2022 from 1 May 2023, but has agreed to transitional arrangements for the adoption dates of the following specific requirements:
  • 1 October 2023 – New liveable housing requirements commence.
  • 1 October 2023 – New energy efficiency and condensation mitigation requirements commence.
  • 1 September 2025 – New lead-free plumbing product requirements commence.
A register of editorial corrections made by the ABCB to NCC 2022 is also available.

The editorial corrections do not change the effect of the provisions.

ABCB NCC 2022 Educational Resources

You can access the NCC in full through the ABCB website, as well as useful handbooks and guidance materials and a series of articles that give an overview of some of the key changes and new requirements that may impact your work when NCC 2022 is adopted.

You can also watch recordings of the recent ABCB NCC 2022 Webinar Series to learn about key changes and new provisions in NCC 2022 Volume One and Volume Two for energy efficiency, condensation management and livable housing design.

VBA NCC 2022 Roadshows

To communicate the detail of NCC 2022, the VBA hosted in-person seminars and webinars in September and October 2022.

You can view the NCC Building and NCC Plumbing webinars on demand.

For more information about NCC 2022, visit Victorian Building Authority.

Workplace Gender Equity – Free Resources

The Australian Government funded project – Women in STEM have developed evidence-based tools to support transformative action for equity in STEM workplaces.

Workplace Gender Equity an implementation guide supports workplaces on their gender equity journey by breaking implementation down into a simple, four-step process.

The guide provides practical advice on how to develop and successfully implement evidence-based gender equity programs.

Organisations can use the guide to design gender equity initiatives that work, avoid common pitfalls, and implement lasting change to shift the dial on gender equity in STEM.

The guide is a valuable addition to our existing suite of free, evidence-based evaluation tools developed to support the design of effective programs and interventions that promote gender equity.

The National Evaluation Guide for STEM Equity Programs and the STEM Equity Evaluation Portal, support organisations to evaluate their initiatives and better understand what works.

For further information and to access the free resources please visit Workplace Gender Equality.

AEN NSW & ACT Skills Conference

Registrations Close this week

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 Close 12 May 2023

Be recognised for your hard work in 2023!

There are just five weeks to go until nominations for the 2023 Victorian Training Awards close, at midnight on Friday 12 May.

There will be no extensions beyond this date.

As a key stakeholder of Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, you are aware of the history of these prestigious 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.

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

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

Nominate now

To progress your nomination, register on the nominations portal and read the nominations guide visit the Victorian Skills Authority to learn about the different categories and nomination criteria.

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.

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

Last chance to enter 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.

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.

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.

Australian Training Awards Nominations Are Now Open

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector.

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.

Nominations close 31 May 2023.

For further details please visit Australian Training 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.

NCVER Update

Apprentices and trainees in-training up 14%
Apprentices and trainees in-training increased to 402,245 (up 14%) in the September quarter 2022 compared with the same period in 2021, according to the latest national data.

Figures also show there were 24,655 apprentice and trainee completions in the September quarter of 2022, representing a 33.4% increase from the same quarter in 2021.

Most of the increase in completions was driven by trade occupations, which saw a rise to 13,130 or 46.6% from the September quarter of 2021. In non-trade occupations, completions 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.

Strong employment outcomes continue for apprentices and trainees
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, similar to 2021.

Of those who completed in non-trade occupations, 89.3% were employed after training, up 1.7 percentage points from 2021.

New for the 2022 report are outcomes of apprentices and trainees who did not complete their apprenticeship or traineeship, with 84.2% of trade non-completers and 84.3% of non-trade non-completers employed after training.

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.

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day
Monday 12 June - King's Birthday

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 963 participants have been supported to date.
  • 84% Male
  • 16% 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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