Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 7

Friday, 18th 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)

Workforce Australia: Transforming how the Australian Government Delivers Employment Services

Workforce Australia centres on helping Australians to find and keep a job, change jobs or create their own job, connecting employers with job seekers, and a refreshed network of providers to deliver tailored case management.
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The new employment service will launch on 1 July 2022. It will be called Workforce Australia and replaces jobactive. It will grow to become a single front door for all government employment and skills programs and initiatives.
Workforce Australia is also the new brand representing all employment and skills services.

Consolidating existing employment and skills brands under the Workforce Australia banner will help to identify all the services the Australia Government is providing to foster a productive and competitive workforce.

You may start seeing the Workforce Australia brand from this point forward as the Australian Government rolls out the brand for existing employment and skills programs in the next 18 months.

To find out more, please visit the Workforce Australia.

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.

New Laws to Improve Workplace Safety

New laws to strengthen WorkSafe's ability to prevent and respond to workplace safety concerns and improve outcomes for injured workers and their families are now in force.
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The Workplace Safety Legislation and Other Matters Amendment Act 2022 includes changes relating to the issuing of prohibition notices in workplaces and a broadened range of notifiable incidents.
WorkSafe inspectors can now issue a prohibition notice or give a direction relating to non-immediate yet serious health and safety risks and prohibit an activity until satisfied the risks have been remedied and the workplace made safe.

Employers should be aware that under this new threshold, it's likely that some activities for which an inspector may have issued an improvement notice in the past may now become subject to a prohibition notice.

The new laws also change the threshold for incident notifications, meaning employers are now required to notify WorkSafe of incidents that don't result in an injury but do expose a person to a serious health and safety risk.

The changes also allow for certain serious illnesses and large-scale infectious diseases to be prescribed as incidents for notification purposes, including activities with a cumulative risk, such as silica exposure, that can lead to lifelong illness.

The failure of, or damage to, certain items of plant will also become a notifiable incident when a person is exposed to an immediate or imminent serious risk. This may include machinery such as quadbikes and tractors.

For more specific information about how the new requirements will operate and impact duty holders, please visit Workplace Safety Legislation.

Super to Cover More Employees

From 1 July 2022, you will need to pay super to your employees who earn less than $450 per month, provided they meet other eligibility requirements.

This change expands super guarantee eligibility so that employees can receive super regardless of how much they earn.

As we move closer to 1 July 2022, check your payroll and accounting systems have been updated so you can correctly calculate your employees' super guarantee payments. Your digital service provider may be able to assist with further information on how and when they will implement software changes to reflect the new requirements.

For further details, please visit Australian Taxation Office.

Free Online Webinar - Succeeding at Dual VET: A Swiss Case Study

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The ILO series of Masterclasses brings together experts from different countries to share the most tested and effective practices and innovative approaches adopted in equipping people with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work.
In collaboration with the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) Switzerland, EP1 of the "The SKILLS Bridge" Masterclasses will discuss success factors of the dual VET system in Switzerland, including:
  • Attractiveness of dual VET / apprenticeships and enabling factors: from a systemic perspective – from a company perspective – from an individual perspective.
  • VET learning in different settings: the necessity of coordination and cooperation between learning locations – variations for the organisation of dual VET - the operational challenges and advantages for a company – the pedagogy of dual VET – new approaches to facilitate coordination.
  • Work-based learning as an essential means to acquire transversal competences: importance for companies - efficiency – role of transversal competences as a basis for LLL.
Date: 30 March 2022
Time: 10:00am in Amsterdam (8.00pm in Melbourne)

For further details and to register, please visit Webinar Registration.

NSW Skills Conference: 15 June 2022

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NSW Skills Conference is on Wednesday 15 June at Dockside Darling Harbour. This year, there are some great speakers lined up and we hope you can continue to support and attend.

AEN NSW & ACT would like to continue to offer Victorian GTOs a discount to attend the conference. They are currently offering all AEN Member GTOs registrations at AEN Member rates. Should you wish to access the discounted rate you must initially register as an “AEN MEMBER”, then when prompted during the process enter “AENMEMBEREB” as the discount code.

For details on the conference including the program, please visit Skills Conference.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 876 participants have been supported with 785 currently in training.

    Currently, there are 17 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 6
    • Plumbing - 3
    • Carpentry - 2
    • Other trades - 2
    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.

    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.
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