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AE News Volume 14, Issue 40

Friday, 15th October 2021
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Upcoming Events

20 Oct - Inspiration in Leadership
27 Oct - Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
10 Nov - OHS Network Meeting
25 Nov - AEN AGM

Victorian Skills Authority

On Tuesday 12 October, the Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney, announced the membership of the Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) Advisory Board.

About the VSA Advisory Board

The VSA Advisory Board will provide independent advice to the Minister and the VSA CEO on:
  • long-term strategic direction
  • maximising outcomes from the State’s investment in the training and skills sector
  • strategic input into reforms in response to industry and community needs
  • the relevance, quality and equity of the Victorian training system. This may include reviews or reports at the request of the Minister
  • Ensuring the Victorian Skills Plan takes into account current and future needs
  • delivery of the skills and training requirements to support government priority workforces
  • the VSA’s 4 workstreams:
    • data analysis and insights
    • statewide and local problem-solving
    • quality
    • skills development and innovation, including strategic advice to the VSA CEO on the VSA workplan
  • any other matters referred by the Minister.
The Advisory Board reflects the range of skills development needs across Victoria. Each member brings unique experience and expertise. This will help shape strategies for Victoria to adapt to the changing skilling needs of industry and the community.

Advisory Board of the Victorian Skills Authority
  • Lisa Line, skills and training expert (Chair)
  • Neville Atkinson, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association
  • Maria Peters, Adult, Community and Further Education Board
  • Rebecca Casson, Master Builders Victoria
  • Dr Susie Siew Yuen Ho, Monash University
  • Elaine Gillespie, Australian Education Union
  • Gavin Smith, Robert Bosch Australia
  • Lisa Fitzpatrick, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Bill Hamill, Rural Industries Skill Training Centre
  • Luke Hilakari, Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Emma King, Victorian Council for Social Service
  • Fiona MacDonald, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Des Powell, who has extensive TAFE, board and executive experience in the private and public sector
  • Ex-officio members Craig Robertson, VSA, and Lill Healy, Department of Education and Training.
Members of the Clean Economy Jobs and Skills Taskforce include:
  • Craig Robertson, Victorian Skills Authority (Chair)
  • Dr Anita Talberg, Clean Energy Council Amandine
  • Denis-Ryan, ClimateWorks Australia
  • Luke Menzel, Energy Efficiency Council
  • Andrew Petersen, Business Council of Sustainable Development Australia
  • Karen Cain, La Trobe Valley Authority
  • Pam Jonas, Victorian TAFE Association
  • Alex Newman, the Centre for U (Electrical Trades Union RTO)
  • Brendan Gould, Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association
  • Dr Colin Long, Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Dylan Wight, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
  • Glenn Menzies, Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union
  • Pawel Podolski, National Electrical and Communications Association
  • Dylan Broomfield, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Louise McGrath, Ai Group
  • Alesha Printz, Engineers Australia
For further details, please visit Victorian Skills Authority Advisory Board.

Victoria State Training Awards: Saturday 16 October

The Victorian Training Awards is going online from 7pm on Saturday 16 October as the 2021 Awards celebrate the sector’s ongoing commitment, resilience and innovation in a year of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual gala will be hosted in a studio with all finalists to tune in live for recognition and the announcement of each award winner.

Didn’t register for the virtual gala before it closed? Don’t worry! The 2021 Awards will also be live streamed on Facebook.

For a list of the finalists, please visit Victorian Training Awards - Finalists.

Best of luck to all the finalists this Saturday!

COVID-19 Update

Many of you would have seen the latest directions issued by the Chief Health Officer for workers, which are now available on DHHS.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Your Questions Answered

Jobs Victoria is running a free online event about the Victorian COVID-19 Immunisation program, where experts in the field can answer any of your vaccine questions.

Date: Thursday 21 October 2021
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Topics covered
  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Update on the Victorian COVID-19 Immunisation program
  • The difference between COVID-19 vaccines
  • Safety and possible side effects
  • Common concerns or misconceptions
  • Have your COVID-19 questions answered by our experts in a live Q&A.
To register for this event, please visit EventBrite.

AEN & GAN Awards Nominations: Closing 22 October

The 2021 AEN Industry Awards Nominations are still open.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:
Individual Awards
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Inspiration Award: Indigenous Student of the Year
  • Inspiration Award: Overcoming Adversity
  • Inspiration Award: Women in Trades
  • School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • STAR (Stop Taking a Risk) Award
  • Disability Achievement Award
AEN Awards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fellowship
GTO Awards
  • GTO Service Excellence Awards
  • GTO Industry Service Awards
  • Outstanding OHS Initiative
GAN Australia Awards
  • GAN International Apprentice Scholarship
  • GAN National Youth Initiative Award
If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them here.

Key Dates:
Nominations close: 22 October
Finalists Announced: 25 November
Awards Dinner presentation event: 16 February 2022

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

WorldSkills Australia National Championships

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The 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships Closing Ceremony is livestreaming directly from Perth on Wednesday 27 October.

Watch on Facebook or WSA Live as National medallists are announced for each skill, and the winners of the Evatt Shield (best performing region), VETiS Shield (best performing region in VETiS) and Best in Nation awards are presented.

Please contact David Payne at for additional information.

WorldSkills Conference: 25-29 October 2021

The WorldSkills Conference "Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future" is a hybrid event both online and live from Shanghai. It will review the impact of the pandemic on green skills development, on jobs and poverty, and on apprenticeships, as well as analyse data and trends at the global and regional level, bringing participants up to date with the learning and solutions that have emerged from this crisis.
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Registrations are open. For further details, please visit WorldSkills.

Superannuation Changes – Super Stapling, Free Webinars

Superannuation has an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Introduced as part of the recent 'Your Future, Your Super' federal government measures, super stapling applies from 1 November 2021 with employers required to play a key part.

What is super stapling?
The introduction of super stapling means people working in Australia will be attached to one super fund for life unless they choose otherwise. The measure aims to reduce the number of super accounts people may acquire throughout their working life.

The introduction of super stapling makes it even more important for employees to actively choose a super fund best suited to their circumstances and needs. Making informed choices about super reduces the potential to be ‘stapled’ to a fund that may not lead to the best retirement outcome.

What employers need to do from 1 November
To help employers understand more about the extra step as a result of this legislation, Australian Super are running live webinars to explain super stapling and the impacts for employers.

These webinars are designed specifically for employers, to provide information about super stapling and the steps required once it comes into effect. There will also be an opportunity for a short Q&A session at the conclusion of the webinar.

For webinar times, please visit Australian Super - Super Stapling.

For further information, please visit Australian Super - Employee Choice.

VCCI – Apprentice Mental Health Workshops

Mental Health apprentices
Apprentices are particularly vulnerable to experiencing poor mental health, as Australian data on the higher prevalence of mental illness in young people clearly demonstrates.

Supporting apprentices who may be struggling as well as managing mental health risks in the workplace are positive things you can focus on to ensure good outcomes for both your apprentices and your business.

If you employ apprentices and want to improve mental health in your workplace, join one of VCCI's FREE interactive workshops where they will talk through the issues that matter most to both senior leaders and frontline managers. Two dates are available:
  • 9 November 1:00pm - 4:30pm
  • 9 December 9:00am - 12:30pm
For further details, please visit Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

October is Health and Safety Month!

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The Importance of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) to Businesses

HSRs can make a real difference in achieving better health and safety outcomes in workplaces. In addition to understanding the legislative and regulatory responsibilities in regards to consulting with staff, businesses can also find out the economic benefits of engaging effectively with their HSRs.
  • When: Friday 29 October 2021
  • Where: The webinar link will be provided via email 1 week prior to the event.
  • Time: 12.00 pm - 12.45 am
To register for the HSR webinar, please visit Eventbrite.

To find out further information on the full list of webinars in October and to register, please visit Events - WorkSafe.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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This program has now supported over 840 participants since May 2020, and 345 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.
Currently, there are 42 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 20
  • Plumbing - 7
  • Carpentry - 7
  • Other trades - 8
For Individuals
Apprentices and trainees who have lost employment are encouraged to register.

Once on the register, 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, whilst also directing you to the most appropriate advice and assistance while you remain out of employment.
If you have an apprenticeship or traineeship 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.

The Mackenzie Institute’s – Paper on The Efficacy of Pre-Apprenticeships

The Mackenzie Institute’s latest paper, by Tom Karmel, explores whether pre-apprenticeships and other forms of pre-vocational education are worth the effort.

To access the full paper, please visit The-Efficacy-of-Pre-Apprenticeships.

NCVER Update

Research report: VET for secondary school students: insights and outcomes

This week, NCVER released VET for secondary school students (VfSSS): insights and outcomes which reports on findings that students undertake VET at school for a range of reasons but mostly to gain a qualification and find full-time employment after school.

This research examines the merits of VfSSS in preparing students for work or further training from the different perspectives of students, parents, industry, and employers.

Case studies of schools that have been identified as providing successful VET programs for transitioning secondary school students from school to work and further education and training find that one size cannot fit all. Schools, as well as education and training systems, must decide on the approaches that will best suit their school communities and geographic and industry profiles.
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