Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 6

Friday, 11th March 2022
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Upcoming Events

29 Mar - Safe & Respectful Workplaces (GTO Op/Snr Mgrs)
5 Apr - IR & FC Network
6 Apr - Safe & Respectful Workplaces (GTO Field Officers)
2 May - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)

Supporting Women in Solar

The Victorian Government is boosting the number of women in the solar industry with new training and support measures – ensuring women are part of Victoria’s transition to a clean, cheap and reliable energy future.
Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio this week announced subsidised apprenticeships, professional mentoring, and access to ongoing education to lift the number of women participating in the renewables industry thanks to the $11 million Growing our Clean Energy Workforce package.
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Women are significantly under-represented in solar, making up less than one per cent of electricians, plumbers, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, solar designers and installers, and licensed electrical inspectors.

The Victorian Government will subsidise 50 per cent of the cost of new apprenticeships to help women enter the industry and provide apprentices a tool allowance along with six-monthly incentive payments.

Group training organisations Ai Group Apprentice & Training Centre and Apprenticeships Group Australia will manage the apprenticeships.

For women working in related energy industries, free or low-cost training delivered by registered training organisations will be available to help transition to clean energy or to upskill in renewables.

The package also includes targeted support from industry group Tradeswomen Australia for women working in, entering or thinking of entering the solar industry through access to online workshops, conversational information sessions promoting a career in solar, and professional mentoring.

In addition to targeted supports to increase the participation of women, the Growing our Clean Energy Workforce package offer programs to upskill women and men already working in clean energy, as well as targeted safety and mental health first aid training.

For further information on training and support opportunities, visit Solar Victoria.

Addressing Automotive Shortages

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The Australian car park is growing, but dealerships and workshops are struggling to find the trained employees they need to sell, service, and support those vehicles. Skilled migration is one answer to this issue, but locally we also need to grow the pool of apprentices coming into the automotive industry.

Recognising the importance of this issue, the AAAA, AADA and MTAQ have come together to take action on the skills shortage. They have contracted ACA Research to conduct a survey with automotive apprentices across Australia into their experiences. Insights from this research will be used to identify and promote solutions that can ultimately ensure more apprentices enter the automotive trade.

If you have any apprentices, please ask them to to scan the QR code or visit the following link, ACA Research - Skills Survey to complete the survey. It will only take 15 minutes, and there is the chance of winning a number of prizes.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact the ACA project team at

Upcoming AEN Events

IR & FC Network
Tuesday 5 April
10.30am - 12.30pm
AEN Office, 83 Hobsons Road, Kensington, or
MS Teams
AEN Members: to RSVP, please login to Members' area and select Events & Media/Events Calendar.

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff at

Women in Trades - Upcoming Chisholm Course

The Women in Trades – Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training – Apprenticeships Victoria and aims to provide female participants with the opportunity to have a “hands-on” trial of a range of vocational trade occupations. Participants will experience first-hand what it really takes to be successful in a variety of industries.
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Chisholm Institute is running a program commencing on 26 April. It will run over 4 weeks covering 3 different trades: Building and Construction, Plumbing and Electrical.

Week One – Commencing on 26 April at 9.00am
Cranbourne Campus – New Holland Drive, Cranbourne VIC 3977
Building E – Safety (Construction Induction - CISS units)

Week Two, Three & Four
Dandenong Campus – 121 Stud Road, Dandneong VIC 3175
Building N – Building and Construction
Building L – Plumbing
Building V – Electrical

For program details, please visit Women in Trades - Chisholm Institute.

To register, please visit AEN - Women in Trades.

Upcoming AEN Professional Development

Safe Respectful Workplaces - GTO Workshops

The mission at Women Onsite is to support committed women of all ages and from all walks of life into apprenticeships or traineeships. Part of their role in creating change is to work with the teaching systems and employers to build capacity and ensure they are meeting their OH&S requirements to keep women safe, including from gendered violence.

In collaboration with Women Onsite, the AEN is coordinating two workshops for GTO members:
Target Audience
Date / Time
Cost (incl. GST)
GTO Operations / Senior Managers
Tuesday 29 March
10.00am - 2.00pm
Members: Free *
Non Members: $55
GTO Field Officers
Wednesday 6 April
10.00am - 2.00pm
Members: Free *
Non Members: $55
Venue: AEN training room, 83 Hobsons Road, Kensington 3031

* Members: Free with coupon code. Contact Anna Bejanoff at

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little older.
Date / Time

Self-paced interactive eLearning (7 hours) - completed before 29 April

Instructor-led delivered in-person workshop on Monday 2 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost (incl. GST)

Member: $242
Non Member: $292

Registrations close: 8 April 2022

For further information and to register, please visit AEN - Events Calendar.

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

NCVER Update

VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers
This research examined the factors that influence young people who left school before completing Year 12 to re-engage with education. It analysed data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY).

Many early school leavers are opting for vocational education and training (VET) to complete their education and learn the skills they need to get a job. About 75% of the survey respondents who left school before completing Year 12 re-engaged with some form of education. About 63% re-engaged with education through VET.

Parents are a strong influence in encouraging early school leavers to re-engage with education, especially through VET. Early school leavers with parents or guardians who had VET aspirations for them were more likely to take that step in their education and career pathway.

Latest VET data on equity groups
The latest report provides a summary of the participation, achievement and outcomes of students from various equity groups who undertook nationally recognised VET delivered by RTOs during 2020.

It shows how each equity group is faring in VET compared with their non-equity peers and is supported by comprehensive data tables.

The equity groups featured are: people with disability; Indigenous people; those from low socioeconomic areas; those from a non-English speaking background; those living in remote and very remote areas; and those not employed. These groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefitting from education in Australia.

To access the full report, please visit NCVER.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 875 participants have been supported with 784 currently in training.

    Currently, there are 25 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 10
    • Plumbing - 6
    • Carpentry - 5
    • Other trades - 4
    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.
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