Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 46

Friday, 26th November 2021
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Upcoming Events

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16 Feb 2022 - AEN & GAN Awards Presentation Dinner

AEN Announces 2021 Award Finalists

This year, AEN received 84 nominations across 8 separate award categories (including a new category for 2021 – the Disability Achievement Award).

The judges would like to announce 39 finalists representing 11 GTOs with the award winners to be announced on 16 February 2022 at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne.
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Apprentice of the Year
  • Alex Szutta - AGA
  • Amy Butterworth - Gforce
  • Bryce Noble - Ai Group
  • Jordan Stone - Gforce
  • Mitchelle Whykes - WPC Group
  • Sam Parker - Westvic
Trainee of the Year
  • Daniel Baraket - WPC Group
  • Isobel Doukas - Westvic
  • Jenny Diep - WPC Group
  • Oliver Munro - Westvic
  • Rodney Sutherland - Gforce
  • Tess Lourey - Westvic
School-based Apprentice/Trainee
  • Jay Webb - BGT
  • Jayla Steans-Robbins - Gforce
  • Nathaniel Walker - BGT
  • Oliver Northam - VGTC
Indigenous Student of the Year
  • Erin Charles - Gforce
  • Jordon Walker - Gforce
  • Liam Carter - AFL SportsReady
  • Matthew Priest - Skillinvest
  • Rodney Sutherland - Gforce
OHS STAR (Stop Taking a Risk)
  • Demita Boyd - BGT
  • Nicholas Papakoloudas - Ai Group
Overcoming Adversity
  • Aung Kway Son - CVGT
  • Davey Sawtell - BGT
  • Madison Spong - Gforce
  • Majd Aleas - WPC Group
Women in Trades
  • Amy Butterworth - Gforce
  • Demita Boyd - BGT
  • Natasha Atkins - WPC Group
  • Olivia Martin - Gforce
  • Sarah McDonald - VGTC
  • Zara Andonovski - WPC Group
Disability Achievement
  • Amber Ritchie - VGTC
  • Caleb Smith - BGT
  • Jay Webb - BGT
  • Kaitlyn Kesson - Gforce
  • Massimo Zurzolo - WPC Group
  • Nathan Forssman - Westvic
Congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to recognising your achievements in person in the New Year.

Registration and ticketing information will be available soon.

Launch of New Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub

On Tuesday, Minister Gayle Tierney opened the New Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub, a one-stop-shop to connect locals to the 2000 jobs available on the huge project, creating a pipeline of skilled workers to help build the world-class healthcare project for Melbourne’s west.

Jobseekers are invited to drop in to explore exciting opportunities in areas like construction and trades, signage and graphics, landscaping and more.
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The Centre will also support employers and industry by connecting them with workers and provide opportunities to develop and expand.

The new $1.5 billion New Footscray Hospital Project is supported by the $33m Big Build Apprenticeships program. The program is providing 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years.
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The program aims to kickstart their careers on projects including the new North East Link and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub.

At least 10 per cent of the construction hours on these projects will be completed by apprentices and trainees, strengthening pathways from the classroom to the workforce. Additionally, 2.5 per cent of the workforce will be Aboriginal Victorians.

The Jobs Hub combines the Footscray Connectivity Centre and Victoria University’s Skills and Jobs Centre under one roof, led by Apprenticeships Victoria, which coordinates and oversees all aspects of the delivery of apprenticeships and is a key part of the Labor Government’s record investment in the training and skills sector.
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Once the New Footscray Hospital is built in 2025, it will replace the existing hospital on Gordon Street and provide more than 500 beds, delivering the quality healthcare Melbourne’s growing western suburbs deserve.

A big thank you to AGA, NECA, Master Plumbers and Next Gen Jobs for providing local apprentices for the opening.

For further information, please visit Minister Gayle Tierney - Media Release.

Victorian Tunnelling Centre – Holmesglen Institute

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Earlier this week, a group of members working with AEN and Apprenticeships Victoria on the Major Project Big Build program visited the Victorian Tunnelling Centre at Holmesglen Institute.

Thank you to the team at Holmesglen Institute for their hospitality and tour of the Centre.
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AEN 2020/21 AGM & Annual Report

Annual report
On Thursday afternoon this week, AEN held its Annual General Meeting online.

A big thank you to Craig Robertson, the new CEO of Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) for providing members with an update on the new Victorian VET structure and the priorities of the VSA for 2022.

To download a copy of the Annual Report, please visit Annual Report.

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses: January to June 2021

The latest NCVER report shows that in January to June 2021, 937 000 students were enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training.

The report provides a summary of data relating to domestic Government-funded VET activity delivered in Australia. It contains information on students, programs, subjects, and training providers.

Compared to the same period in 2020, considerable changes were observed in January to June 2021 in the number of students enrolled in:
  • Training package skill sets (up 68.1%)
  • Locally developed courses comprised of at least one nationally recognised subject (up 59.7%)
  • Locally developed skill sets comprised of at least one nationally recognised subject (down 46.3%)

The COVID-19 pandemic, and states and territories economic responses may have impacted training data, particularly from March 2020 onwards.

Issues in apprenticeships and traineeships – a research synthesis

Apprenticeships play a very important role in Australia’s system of skills development, having had a long history of successfully combining paid employment-based training in tandem with formal skills and knowledge development. There are, however, several issues in the system that have persisted over time.

In this report, we focus on five enduring issues in the apprenticeship system in Australia, those that have been discussed in research and literature over time. These are:
  • harmonisation and congestion
  • apprenticeship and traineeship completion rates
  • incentives to stimulate participation and completions
  • the interface between apprenticeships and the training provider, and
  • the relevance of the system to the apprenticeship environment.
The best of both worlds? Integrating VET and higher education

This report examines the characteristics of three models of highly integrated VET and higher education qualifications and how they might be implemented more broadly.

Case studies of each model highlighted some of the difficulties that hinder efforts. They revealed that the main barrier is the time and expertise needed to map VET and HE content, which is a costly process.

Other significant challenges include overcoming competitive pressures between the integrating institutions, convincing industry and employers to invest in and recognise integrated arrangements, as well as creating delivery arrangements which appeal to students.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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This program has now supported 847 participants since May 2020, and 351 apprentices and trainees have commenced with a new employer.
Currently, there are 34 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 12
  • Plumbing - 6
  • Carpentry - 5
  • Other trades - 11
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.

VCCI – Apprentice Mental Health Workshop

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 VCCI's last FREE interactive workshop where they will talk through the issues that matter most to both senior leaders and frontline managers.
  • Thursday 9 December, 9:00am - 12:30pm
For further details, please visit Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Partial Scholarships for Women in the Training and Development Sector

Partial scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000 per person are available for emerging, middle and senior women leaders to undertake leadership development programs commencing in 2022.

Women & Leadership Australia's programs offer tangible and transformative support for women leaders at all levels.

Applications close 15 December.
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