Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 14, Issue 47

Friday, 3rd December 2021
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Upcoming Events

16 Feb 2022 - AEN & GAN Awards Presentation Dinner

2021 AEN Awards 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
  • Mitchell 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 - VGTC
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.

Labour Hire Authority’s Annual Report

The Labour Hire Authority’s (LHA) recently released Annual Report shows a crackdown on dodgy operators, strict reviews of licence applications and a significant take up of the labour hire licensing scheme to:
  • improve the transparency and integrity of the labour hire industry
  • prevent the exploitation of labour hire workers by their providers and hosts.
The report shows that LHA assessed and reviewed 2,435 labour hire licences and applications. Of these, the LHA granted 2,030 labour hire licences, bringing the total number of licenced labour hire providers in Victoria to 5,139 as at 30 June 2021.
LHA report
The LHA also refused nine applications and cancelled 95 licences. Many refusals and cancelations followed investigations related to issues including workplace and other laws.

To access the full report, please visit Labour Hire Authority.

Employer Engagement in the Youth Labour Market

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A recent UK Report “Employer Engagement in the Youth Labour Market” has been released by Youth Futures Foundation.

This is a summary of research into employer engagement in the youth labour market i.e. recruiting young people, participating in apprenticeships and traineeships, and providing work experience and work inspiration activities. The research comprises analysis of the Employer Skills Survey and qualitative research with over 90 employers across size, sector and region.

To access the full report, please visit Youth Futures Foundation.

AEN Office: Christmas/New Year Closure

The AEN office will be closed from Friday 24 December and reopen on Monday 10 January 2022.

Upcoming Victorian Public Holidays
  • Saturday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December - Additional public holiday for Boxing Day
  • Friday 1 January 2022 – New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January 2022 – Australia Day

NCVER Update

From industry expert to educator: new research report and FREE webinar

There is consensus that the Australian VET sector faces several workforce issues including the ageing of VET practitioners, the high level of casualisation, the need to maintain industry currency and how to increase the capacity of trainers.

The availability, knowledge and experience of industry experts provide great potential for adding value to the VET workforce and addressing critical shortages to ensure the sector has the capacity to meet workforce development needs, particularly post-pandemic.

The research explores strategies to attract industry experts to become, and remain, VET practitioners.

A FREE webinar will be held on 8 December 2021, 2:00 PM ACDT where findings from the research will be discussed. On the panel are:
  • Dr Darryl Dymock and Dr Mark Tyler from Griffith University
  • Mr Ian Curry from the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
  • Ms Michelle Circelli from NCVER
Register here for the webinar.

To access the report, please visit NCVER.

Government funding of VET increases in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The latest NCVER report shows that Government funding appropriations for VET increased by over 20% to $7.7b in 2020 compared to the previous year, as Governments responded to widespread disruptions to the labour market caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Governments’ investment in assistance for employers increased by 142.9% in 2020, compared with the previous year, to just under $1.5 billion, largely driven by the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees initiative introduced in 2020.

Funds distributed totalled $7.5b, an increase of 17.5% compared with 2019.

Government funding of VET 2020 provides an insight into the flow of funding in the public VET sector, what is funded, and how it is distributed.

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 28 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 10
  • Plumbing - 6
  • Carpentry - 4
  • 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.

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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Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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