Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 1

Friday, 28th January 2022
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

16 Feb - AEN & GAN Awards Presentation Dinner
3 Mar - Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone has had a chance for a break with family and friends over the Christmas/New Year period.

2022 is shaping to be another big year, with both Victorian State and Federal elections taking place, along with a number of projects and the ongoing COVID recovery and local challenges, GTOs are all busy!

We look forward to providing you with a weekly update on all thing’s apprenticeships and VET related through this e-newsletter. Feel free to send through any news you would also like to promote.

We look forward to working with you again in 2022.

Gary Workman
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

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The 2021 GAN & AEN Awards Presentation Dinner celebrates the dedication and achievements of apprentices and trainees, Group Training Organisations (GTOs) and businesses committed to the development of apprentices and trainees.

The event will operate under COVIDSafe settings, i.e. guests must be fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption, masks worn indoors at all times except when seated at tables. More information regarding COVIDSafe arrangements will be made available closer to the date of the event.

Thirty-nine finalists representing 11 Group Training Organisations, with the award winners, will be announced on:

Date: Wednesday 16 February 2022
Time: 6.00 – 10.00pm
Venue: The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Dress Code: After 5

For more details and how to register, please go to: AEN Events Calendar

Registrations close: 4 February 2022

Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon

The Annual AEN Apprenticeship Luncheon is scheduled to take place on:

Date: Thursday 3 March 2022
Time: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Dress Code: Business

More details to follow.

COVID Update

There has been a raft of changes on COVID over the Christmas/New Year period. To renew your knowledge and for the latest information, please visit Coronavirus Victoria.

Women in Trades Programs Rolling out in 2022

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The Women in Trades – Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project is supported by Apprenticeships Victoria and aims to provide women aged from 15 to 65 with the opportunity to participate in a ‘hands on’ trial in a range of trade occupations over 6-12 weeks with the aim of supporting 120 women into apprenticeships.

This is a great opportunity for all women to experience a different range of trades which may help with deciding what career path they would like to take.

Previous research confirmed that approximately 50% of participants made a more definitive decision based on their experience in similar programs.

Several Group Training Organisations (GTO), supported by TAFEs across Victoria, will be running programs covering several trades between 1 February 2022 until 30 June 2022.

Apprenticeship Group Australia (AGA)
AGA will be running programs in Building and Construction, Plumbing and Electrotechnology and will be running the programs from both their Melbourne Metro and South Gippsland sites.

The programs will run over 10 weeks and participants are expected to attend 3 training days per week. Programs will run on:
  • 7 February 2022 - Deer Park
  • 7 February 2022 - Gippsland
  • 4 April 2022 - Deer Park
  • 4 April 2022 - Gippsland
For all enquiries relating to these programs, please contact Marie Rovito at

CVGT Australia
CVGT Australia will be running programs in Carpentry/Cabinet Making, Automotive, Electrical and Plumbing in association with Bendigo TAFE.

The program will run over 6 weeks and participants are expected to attend 2 – 2 ½ training days per week. Programs will run on:
  • 14 February 2022 - Bendigo TAFE
For all enquiries relating to these programs, please contact Allison Gook at

Kestrel Recruitment
Kestrel Recruitment will be running programs in Carpentry/Cabinet Making, Electrical, Plumbing and Painting in association with Wodonga TAFE.

The program will run full time (4 days a week) for 8 weeks and participants are expected to attend form 9:00am – 3:00pm. Program will run on:
  • 7 February 20222 - Wodonga TAFE
For all enquiries relating to this program, please contact Scott Dunlop at

Westvic Staffing Solutions
Westvic Staffing Solutions will be running a program in Building and Construction in association with both South West TAFE and Federation University.

The program will run part time for 6-8 weeks and participants are expected to train 3-4 days a week. Programs will run on:
  • March 2022 - Warrnambool
  • March 2022 - Ballarat
For all enquiries relating to this program, please contact Tegan Malady at

For further details, please visit Women in Trades – Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 868 participants have been supported with 777 currently in training.

    Currently, there are 30 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 8
    • Plumbing - 8
    • Carpentry - 6
    • 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.
    The following is a gender breakdown of total participants in the program:
    • Males: 722 participants (84.6%)
    • Females: 129 participants (15.4%)
    and year levels:
    • 1st year Apprentice: 46%
    • 2nd year Apprentice: 24.9%
    • 3rd year Apprentice: 18.52%
    • 4th year Apprentice: 9.9%
    The current Big Build Expression of Interest list currently has 129 participants, with 94 of those ready for work.
    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.

    New Local Jobs First Commissioner Appointed

    Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner will champion local businesses and workers getting roles in the state’s big infrastructure, manufacturing and services projects.

    Moana Weir started as Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner today and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has been a senior officer at companies including SEEK, REA Group, and an executive at Bupa. An experienced lawyer, she is currently Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

    The Local Jobs First Commissioner advocates on behalf of Victorian small and medium-sized enterprises and promotes the employment of Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on government construction projects. The role also oversees compliance with local content commitments that maximise opportunities for local industry.

    Ms Weir replaces the inaugural commissioner Don Matthews, who retired in 2021.

    The Victorian Government is the largest procurer of goods, services and construction works in the state and helps to develop local industries, create jobs and boost economic activity. Under its Local Jobs First policy, the Victorian Government has set local content requirements for 227 strategic projects since December 2014.

    Victoria’s Local Jobs First Act 2003 is Australia’s oldest legislation on mandatory local content, requiring all Government departments and agencies to apply local content for contracts valued at $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne. It also requires job opportunities to be created for Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets on projects worth over $20 million.

    For more information about the role of the Commissioner, please visit Local Jobs First.

    How Will You Celebrate NAIDOC?

    Communities and organisations are invited to apply for a 2022 NAIDOC Local Grant to support the costs of #NAIDOCWeek

    For more information, please visit Australian Government Grants.

    Applications close 22 February at 9pm AEDT.

    VRQA Update

    Engaging more employers in nationally recognised training to develop their workforce
    The national vocational education and training (VET) system is best placed to support employers to meet skills shortages brought about by lower migration and up-turns in economic prosperity involving ongoing technological change. However, data from the Survey of Employers’ Use and Views of the VET System show that, prior to the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, employers’ engagement with the VET system had trended downward over the last 14 years up until 2019. This research examined the factors in the current VET environment that influence whether an employer chooses to engage with the national VET system, in particular, with nationally recognised training.

    To access this report, please visit NCVER - Engaging more employers.

    Apprentices and trainees data 2021 – June quarter
    Latest national data show apprentice and trainee commencements grew nationally to 47 785 (or by 114.0%) in the June quarter 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.
    The increase was reported across nearly all industry sectors, with the largest absolute increases occurring in construction (up 5275 or 96.0%), administrative and support services (up 4300 or 294.0%) and accommodation (up 2995 or 110.4%).

    Overall, in-training figures showed an increase of 73 665 (or 27.5%). Completions also increased, up 21.2% to 17 795 in the June quarter 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.

    To access the data report, please visit NCVER - June quarter 2021.

    VET Student outcomes 2021
    This report provides a summary of the outcomes and satisfaction of students who completed nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia during 2020 using data collected between June and August 2021. The figures are derived from the National Student Outcomes Survey, which is an annual survey of students who completed their vocational education and training (VET) in Australia during the previous calendar year.

    To access this report, please visit NCVER - VET Student Outcomes.
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    Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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