Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 16, Issue 12

Friday, 28th April 2023
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Upcoming Events

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

AEN Mid-Year Conference 2023 Registrations 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: 6.30pm - 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.

Future Directions Paper for Australian Apprenticeship Support Services

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the proposed Australian Apprenticeship Support Services model elements outlined in the Future Directions Paper.

In late 2022, The Australian Government consulted on the Australian Apprenticeship Services and Support Discussion Paper to seek stakeholder views on how the apprenticeship system could be improved to build diversity in trade and non-trade apprenticeships and to drive-up completions.

The purpose of this Future Directions for Australian Apprenticeship Support Services Consultation Paper is to:
  • Provide an update on what we have heard from stakeholders in response to the key themes raised during discussion paper consultations.
  • Outline the Australian Government’s proposed future directions for apprenticeship services and non-financial supports, informed by stakeholder responses.
The key proposals of the consultation paper are significant reforms to the current apprenticeship system in order to improve the support and funding available to apprentices and their employers.

The paper proposes the creation of a single national provider of apprenticeship support services, a new funding model based on a set amount of funding per Apprentice, and a range of other reforms aimed at improving access to information, recognition of prior learning, and the overall effectiveness of the apprenticeship system.

The government hopes that these reforms will increase participation in Apprenticeships and improve the skills and productivity of the Australian workforce.

Read more and download the paper here.

Submit your feedback to the discussion paper responses will support the final design of the Australian Government’s apprenticeship supports service delivery model.

Regional Employment Opportunities For Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games

Earlier this week the Victorian Government has opened a Registration of Interest process inviting Employment Suppliers and Group Training Organisations (GTOs) to assist contractors in finding people to help build the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games villages and venues.

Victoria 2026 will be hosted across four regional hubs including Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland, creating opportunities for concreters, bricklayers, electricians, carpenters, steel workers, plasterers, roof plumbers, plumbers, painters and landscapers.

Employment Suppliers and GTOs will need to be based in Regional Areas and have great networks within their local communities, with the ability to reach into a broad range of organisations.

Builders will need to employ workers from a diverse range of backgrounds to meet Government policy requirements which support a more gender inclusive construction industry, while providing opportunities for Victorians with disabilities, disadvantaged Victorians, and Victorian Aboriginal people.

GTOs will coordinate with training institutions to train and prepare future workers for the requirements of the Victoria 2026 projects and will be responsible for contracting the trainees and apprentices to the builders for these projects.

The GTO must be willing to commit to the employment of trainees and apprentices for the entire duration of their qualification, and it is anticipated that many trainees will find permanent employment during their traineeship.

Once the list of Employment Suppliers has been established, people within the regions will then be able to register with Apprenticeships Victoria and the listed Employment Suppliers if they wish to be considered for roles on Victoria 2026 projects.

Builders who have been contracted to deliver the Victoria 2026 venues and villages will have the option to use this list to connect with future workers to help deliver on social policy outcomes but will also be able to draw upon their existing talent pools and networks at their own discretion.

It is estimated the Commonwealth Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 7,500 jobs before, during and after the Games.

Quote attributable to Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan “We’re making it easier to train and hire regional workers – creating long lasting economic benefits for regional communities and making sure locals are part of building Games infrastructure.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Games Legacy Harriet Shing “As we showcase the best of rural and regional Victoria, we will also be creating inclusive employment opportunities, driving economic growth and delivering record housing and community infrastructure.”

It’s great to see Government working with our members to maximise opportunities for local people to join the construction industry and build skills and capacity in our regions.

There will be online information sessions along with regional information sessions in May 2023, As soon as these dates and locations are confirmed we will update members.

For Further details, please visit Buying For Victoria.

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.

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.

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

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

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 11 July 2023
Time: 9.30am - 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

Research report: VET delivery in regional, rural and remote Australia: barriers and facilitators

The latest research from NCVER examined how the VET sector could better meet the needs of regional, rural and remote Australia. It explored how various stakeholders in the VET system understand local skills needs, and the barriers faced by RTOs when delivering training in regional, rural and remote locations.

These include:
  • Provider-based challenges related to trainer shortages and thin markets.
  • Location-based barriers due to large distances, extreme weather and lack of housing, infrastructure and services.
  • Student-based challenges such as literacy and numeracy issues, digital literacy limitations and cultural differences.
The findings also indicate that tailored and flexible approaches are necessary, given the vast diversity and unique characteristics of regional communities and industries.

To achieve greater flexibility, policymakers and training package developers need to understand how to deliver training in a local context.

To learn more and to access the report please visit, NCVER.

International onshore VET qualification completer outcomes 2022

The latest NCVER report shows 83.0% of international onshore VET qualification completers were employed after their training in 2022, an increase of 7.5 percentage points from 2021.

Of these, 83.6% received at least one job-related benefit, up 3.8 percentage points from 2021.

Before beginning their training in Australia, 76.1% of international VET qualification completers held a job.

Of these, 18.9% were employed at a higher skill level and 41.3% were employed in a better job after training, up 4.4 and 4.8 percentage points respectively from 2021.

To learn more and to access the report please visit, NCVER.

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays

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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Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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