Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 41

Friday, 22nd October 2021
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Upcoming Events

27 Oct - Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
10 Nov - OHS Network Meeting
25 Nov - AEN AGM

Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Training Awards were held online on Saturday 16 October.

AEN & GAN Australia were again the principal partners in an event that celebrates the very best within Victoria.

Victorian Training Awards 2021 winners:
  • Apprentice of the Year – Andrew Jan, Bendigo TAFE, Certificate III in Plumbing
  • Trainee of the Year – Samantha Brown, Federation University TAFE, Diploma of Nursing
  • Vocational Student of the Year – Samantha Daly, Swinburne University of Technology, Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • School-based Apprentice of the Year – Laura Davidson, SuniTAFE and Mildura Senior College, Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Koorie Student of the Year – Lucas Price, Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited, Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Teacher/Trainer of the Year – Julie Kramer, Bendigo TAFE
  • Small Employer of the Year – Swell Constructions, Mornington
  • Medium Employer of the Year – CPE Construction, Cobram
  • Large Employer of the Year – Metro Trains
  • Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development – Terra Firma Laboratories, Pakenham
  • Community Training Provider of the Year – Williamstown Community and Education Centre, Williamstown
  • Inclusive Training Provider of the Year – Box Hill Institute
  • Small Training Provider of the Year – Builders Academy Australia
  • Large Training Provider of the Year – William Angliss Institute
  • Industry Collaboration Award – CYP Design & Construction / Holmesglen Institute Collaboration
  • Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement – Catherine Scarth, CEO, AMES Australia.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, and best of luck to those going onto the Australian Training Awards in November.

For a full list of finalists and winners, please visit Victorian Training Awards.

Hume Business Employment Grants – Applications Open
5 November 2021

    The $1 million Hume Business Employment Grants Program will provide incentives to local businesses to offer secure employment for up to 100 eligible residents in Hume City. Offered as part of Council’s COVID-19 Recovery and Reactivation Plan, this program will provide a strong financial boost for local jobs and local businesses, with a key focus on employment outcomes of twelve months or more at completion of the program.

    Three grant streams are available:

    Stream 1 – Hume Trainees and Apprentice Incentive Program
    This stream supports businesses that have engaged an apprentice/trainee formally and are receiving Federal Government support, following which they may apply for an additional Hume City Council subsidy of $10,000. The grant will support the business to hire the employee for at least 12 months upon completion of the apprenticeship/traineeship.

    Stream 2 – Hume Internship, Cadetship and Industry Training Program
    This stream will be applicable to businesses with a future bulk recruitment need or succession planning requirement. This stream is available where there is an identified need for a minimum of 5 positions. A payment of $10,000 per employee is available, made up of incentives and training costs and delivered over a period of 12 months. Council will support the business with labour market facilitation and identification of local unemployed talent through the Hume Employment and Learning Community network and community service providers. The business must engage with Council. Training partners (chosen by employer) will also work with the business to tailor training to suit their requirements. The grant will offer incentives to businesses to take on Hume interns or cadets as well as pay for any tailored training such as licenses, certifications and pre-employment checks that are not covered by any government funding.

    Stream 3 – Disadvantaged Jobseeker Incentive Program
    This stream will provide for Council to match existing wage subsidies via a grant paid by jobactive and Disability Employment Services (DES) providers, by extending the employment period duration from 6 months to 12 months. Existing wage subsidies range from $1,650 to $10,000 depending on barriers and level of disadvantage that an unemployed jobseeker is faced with.

    This stream will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will assess jobseeker’s whose employment is at risk prior to 26 weeks through unforeseeable circumstances. Funding will also be available to assist in the creation of new jobs for people with a disability. Funding can be used to strengthen the employee’s individual capacity in the workplace and it will provide the opportunity for employers to further invest in the individual to:
    • upskill,
    • develop the individual employees, and
    • provide additional support such as a mentor.
    For further information including eligibility criteria, please visit Hume Business Employment Grants.

    National Training Awards – Finalists Announced

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    Following the various State training awards held over the past couple of weeks, this week the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert MP, announced the National Training Award finalists.

    Good luck to two AEN members:
    • WPC Group for being a finalist in the 'Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award' category for recognition of their work with Esso Australia, and
    • Builders Academy Australia for being a finalist in the 'Small Training Provider of the Year' category.
    The 2021 the Awards will be held in Perth on Thursday, 18 November 2021. Sixteen Awards categories will be presented at the Awards — eight categories are individual achievements and eight for businesses and registered training organisations.

    Eleven 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.

    To access a full list of all the finalists, please visit 2021 Australian Training Awards I Finalists.

    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.

    The final webinar is on Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 1:00 PM (AEDT) and runs for 45 minutes. To register, please visit Australian Super - Super Stapling.

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

    VCCI – Apprentice Mental Health Workshops

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    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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    There are a number of FREE online events being held by Worksafe Victoria during October.

    Below is a list of upcoming webinars that might be of interest.
    Monday 25 October
    9.00am to 9.45am
    Tuesday 26 October 9.00am to 9.45am
    Tuesday 26 October 10.30am to 11.15am
    Wednesday 27 October 9.00am to 9.45am
    Friday 29 October
    9.00am to 9.45am
    Friday 29 October
    10.30am to 11.15am
    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 40 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 18
    • Plumbing - 7
    • Carpentry - 6
    • Other trades - 9
    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 Commission for Children and Young People – New Website

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    The Commission has redesigned its website to make it easier to find the information you want.

    The new website will go live on the evening of Sunday 17 October 2021 and will require the website to be offline for a short time from 9pm.

    All the current information will continue to be available and will be joined by new content and features. A new dropdown menu will provide greater visibility of content.

    The Commission has also created a prominent Report a concern or allegation button for those wanting to make a notification under the Reportable Conduct Scheme, Child Safe Standards, or to access information on other child safety reporting. This button will take you straight to the relevant pages.

    The Commission is confident the new website will be easier to use.

    Please visit the new website at Commission for Children and Young People.

    NCVER Update

    Apprentices and Trainees 2021 – March quarter

    The most recent data on apprentice and trainee training activity show a strong increase in commencements in the March quarter 2021.

    Total commencements increased 35.4% to 66 635, with the total number of apprentices and trainees in-training, increasing by 20.7% as at the 31 March 2021.

    Across industry sectors, the largest absolute increases were seen in construction, accommodation, and health care and social assistance.

    The latest data tracks apprentice and trainee outcomes from when they started their training through to December 2020.

    Australia wide highlights include:

    In-training as at 31 March 2021
    There were 329 585 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2021, an increase of 20.7% from 31 March 2020. In the March quarter 2021, compared with the March quarter 2020:
    • commencements increased by 35.4%, to 66 635
    • completions decreased by 9.4%, to 20 010
    • cancellations and withdrawals increased by 5%, to 22 140
    Victorian summary
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    VET at schools: an appealing pathway to employment

    This research examines the merits of VET for secondary school students (VfSSS) in preparing students for work or further training from the perspectives of students, parents, industry stakeholders, and employers.

    Students undertake VfSSS for a variety of, and sometimes multiple, reasons, indicating the broad appeal of VET courses for those who decide to take them.

    The number of students studying VET as part of their senior secondary school certificate has ranged from about 230,000 to 260,000 over the past 10 years.

    While previous NCVER research showed improved full-time, ongoing employment outcomes for VfSSS participants after five years (at age 22 years), this study makes further comparisons between VfSSS and non-VfSSS participants who had and had not attained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to age 25.

    To access the full report, please visit VET for secondary school students: insights and outcomes.
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