Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 11

Friday, 21st 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

AEN Mid-Year Conference 2023

Registrations Are Now Open

This year AEN is holding its Mid-Year Conference at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, Melbourne.

Over the one and half day conference, delegates will hear from special guest speakers and representatives of the Victorian Government.

This event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics and updates and will be followed by the conference dinner.

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June 2023

Hyatt Place, 1 English Street, Essendon Fields Melbourne

Day 1 Conference: 10.00am - 5.40pm
Conference Dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm
Day 2 Conference: 9am - 1.45pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual
Hear from speakers including:
  • Apprenticeships Victoria
  • VRQA
  • Victorian Labour Hire Authority
  • Jobs Victoria
  • Development Victoria – Regional Commonwealth Games
  • Apprenticeships Support Australia
  • Department of Education – HeadStart
  • DEWR – State Update
  • Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS)
For further information and to register, please visit the AEN Event Calendar.

Education Week 2023

Education Week is an annual celebration of education in Victoria.

This year Victoria will celebrate Education Week from Sunday 14 May to Saturday 20 May.

This year’s theme is ‘Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate’ which celebrates physical activity, hands-on-learning and student voice in education.
To join in the fun by checking out the free, curriculum aligned excursions, incursions, online events and classroom activities provided by some of Victoria’s leading cultural and education organisations.

Report: Apprenticeship Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT)

Apprenticeship is a centuries-old system which enables people to acquire skills for an occupation, however, questions are increasingly being raised about its relevance in the context of the future of work and lifelong learning.

For example, can it be used for reskilling and upskilling of adults and older workers? To address such issues, the ILO implemented a research project – Apprenticeship Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT) – which aimed to generate new ideas and policy options to modernise apprenticeship systems in the context of lifelong learning.

To read the full report please visit, International Labour Hire.

Foundation Skills For Your Future Program

The Foundation Skills for Your Future (FSFYF) Program is a free Australian Government training initiative helping employers by offering free training to assist their staff with reading, writing, maths, English language and digital skills.
For more information about the program visit FSFYF Program or contact the FSFYF Program Team.

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

Evaluating machine learning for projecting completion rates for VET programs

This technical report evaluates the effectiveness of using machine learning approaches to calculate projected completion rates for VET programs compared with the current Markov chains methodology used by NCVER.

The report includes:
  • An overview of the methodologies: Markov chains and two machine learning algorithms that were applied to predict completion rates for VET programs (XGBoost and CatBoost)
  • A comparison of the accuracy of the predictions generated by both methodologies
  • An evaluation of the relative strengths and limitations of both methodologies.
To access the full report please visit NCVER.

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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