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AE News Volume 11, Issue 23

Friday, 6th July 2018
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Upcoming Events

17 July - OHS Network Meeting
14 Aug - QA Standards Network Meeting
23 & 24 Aug - Field Officers Conference
Click here for all upcoming events.

2018 Field Officer Conference – Early Bird Registrations Now Open

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held at the Rendezvous Melbourne on the 23 & 24 of August 2018.

Guest speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days include:

  • Department of Education Update
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Wellbeing
  • OHS Pre Placement Assessments
  • Mindful Workshop Program
  • Team Building activities


23 & 24 August 2018


Rendezvous Hotel Melborne
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Early bird registrations close Friday 27 July 2018!


All delegates must organise their own accomodation. To book accomodation contact the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne.

For further information and to register please click here.

NAIDOC Week 2018 (8-15 July) Because of her, we can!

Starting on Sunday - NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.
Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

To find out more about this year’s artwork and winning artist Cheryl Moggs or visit the Resources tab on the NAIDOC website to order your copy of the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster.

For further information please visit NAIDOC.

Expert Panel to Review Australia’s Education Qualifications Framework

Last week the Commonwealth Government announced the members of an expert panel to review Australia’s Qualifications Framework (AQF) to ensure it continues to meet the needs of students, education providers and employers.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said as part of the review the expert panel would examine other qualification frameworks across the world as well as changes in the nature of work and developments in education here in Australia.

“While the AQF is widely used across the spectrum of the education sector and well-regarded internationally, this review will ensure the Framework works as a tool used by employers and supports quality and transparency in our education system,” Minister Birmingham said.

“It’s vital we have a future framework that is adaptable and flexible to the demands of industry and that they can have confidence in the qualification outcomes of students. The review will also look at the changing qualification and course offerings of institutions, such as the rise of micro-credentials."

“I welcome Professor Peter Noonan from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute who will take on the role of Chair and the other Panel members who will ensure Australia will have a robust and adaptable future qualifications framework.”

Professor Noonan will be joined by Megan Lilly, Professor Sally Kift and Professor Elizabeth More AM. Two other panel members will be nominated by the COAG Education Council and the COAG Industry Skills Council.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the review would cover qualifications across the entire spectrum of the education sector.

“It’s critical prospective and current students have a clear understanding of the education and training qualifications available in Australia,” Assistant Minister Andrews said.

“We want students to have access to a wide variety of tools to help them make informed decisions about the best career path for their goals and ambitions. This framework will help Australians map out a possible career and development pathway, whether they are finishing school, searching for a job or even looking to switch careers.”

Public consultations will take place in the second half of this year as well as the release of a discussion paper. The final report is expected provided to the government by June 2019.

Further information can be found at the Australian Government Department of Education website.

Industry Skills Forum 2018

A series of Industry Skills Forums across the country to explore current and future skill needs will start in August this year. The forums will provide the opportunity to directly shape the skills and workforce priorities for your industry.

This is your chance to:
  • Discuss barriers and opportunities to develop and recruit skilled employees – now and for the future
  • Influence the development of world class qualifications
  • Learn about current strategies targeting workforce development
  • Reveal emerging skill needs for your industry
  • Engage with industry leaders
Future-skilling our people will be critical for industry and educators as the global environment evolves and emerging technologies impact job requirements. While new opportunities are driving the economy, there are challenges to ensure business can access a sustainable, flexible workforce with high-quality skills.

AIS undertakes stakeholder engagement, research and analysis on behalf of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC) we support. The industry skills forums are a central platform in our intelligence gathering activity and will allow us to identify industry skill needs, now and into the future.

Information and intelligence gathered from the forums will assist the IRCs to develop next year’s IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work.

The forums will be held in each State and Territory, kicking off in in early August. Details on when and where the events will take place will be communicated shortly.

To register your interest for this free event, please complete the Expression of Interest registration form.

Places at the forums will be limited.

World Youth Skills Day – 15 July

AEN are proud to recognise World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2018!

Use #SkillsChangeLives and #WYSD to raise awareness on the importance of youth developing skills.

We believe #SkillsChangeLives through the power of skills individuals, communities, and countries are propelled towards a more prosperous future.

About the World Youth Skills Day

The United Nations, at its General Assembly in November 2014, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day.

The UN designated day seeks to generate greater awareness of and discussion on the importance of technical, vocational education, and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies. It is hoped that it will contribute to reducing unemployment and underemployment among the youth across the globe. It will highlight youth skills development to draw attention to the critical need for marketable skills. WorldSkills will support this globally important topic via the broad spread of activities and initiatives in our six focus areas all aimed at raising the profile and recognition of skilled people, and showing how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success. Inspiring, educating, and developing youth is an integral part of this.

Join us in promoting World Youth Skills Day! Use the hashtags: #wysd #SkillsForAll so we can see all your activities and responses to the campaign.

For further information please visit the WorldSkills website.

Melbourne Career Expo - July 20 - 22 2018

The Melbourne Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 17th year, the event will be held on Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July, 2018, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Southbank (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.
With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

For more information on the event or to download a free ticket, please visit the Career Expo website or speak to Bill Lennox the expo's Business Development Manager directly on 03 9620 9920.

NCVER Update

This week NCVER released the following data and reports.

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2017

Summary: Contract completion rates for apprentices and trainees commencing in 2013, the latest year for which final rates are available, were:
  • 52.7% for all occupations, a decrease from 55.4% for those commencing in 2012.
  • 47.1% for trades occupations, a decrease from 48.5% for those commencing in 2012.
  • 57.1% for non-trades occupations, a decrease from 58.8% for those commencing in 2012.
Contract attrition rates within the first 12 months increased from 30.2% for contracts commencing in 2013 to 33.0% for contracts commencing in 2014.

Government-funded students and courses 2017

Summary: The number of students enrolled in government-funded training decreased by 5.9% to 1.2 million students in 2017 when compared with the previous year, according to a new report released today.

In terms of participation, 7.2% of Australians aged 15–64 years were enrolled in the government-funded VET system in 2017.

Demographically, 45.1% of government-funded VET students were aged between 15 and 24 years, 48.6% were female, and 80.9% studied part-time. The number of Indigenous students increased by 1.2% to 84 500 in 2017, while the number of students with a disability decreased by 4.2% to 109 200.

The Historical time series of government-funded vocational education and training has also been updated.

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