Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 9

Friday, 8th April 2022
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

2 May - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)
18 May - Emotional Intelligence Workshop
24 May - Cultural Awareness Training - Intro to Islam
2 June - OHS Network Meeting
21 June - Mid-Year Conference
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Registrations are now open!

After missing in 2021, AEN will host our Mid-Year Conference again in 2022. Over one-day, delegates will hear from representatives of the Victorian Government and other special guests. This year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics and updates with a conference dinner following in the evening.

Tuesday 21 June 2022
Novotel Geelong, 10-14 Eastern Beach Road
10.00am – 5.00pm (Conference)
6.30pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)

Topics and updates from a range of speakers including:
  • Minister for Training & Education (invited)
  • Local Jobs First Commissioner (invited)
  • Apprenticeships Victoria - Big Build and Women-in-Trades
  • Jobs Victoria
  • VRQA and GTO Standards
  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • IR Awards
  • Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service
  • AEN programs
  • And more!!
Conference flyer - a final program will be available soon!


Ticket Type
Member *
Conference only
Conference & Dinner
All prices include GST

* Members (8 or more): 10% discount will automatically be applied to your order at checkout.

To register and for information on accommodation bookings and location, please visit AEN website/Events Calendar.

DESE Employment Services Announced

The Australian Government is transforming the way employment services are being delivered, with the introduction of the new employment service, Workforce Australia from 1 July 2022.

As part of Workforce Australia, on 8 September 2021 the Department of Education, Skills and Employment released the Request for Proposal for the New Employment Services Model 2022 (RFP) seeking responses from organisations interested in delivering one or more of the following services:
  • Workforce Australia Services (previously referred to as Enhanced Services – Generalist and Specialist
  • Employability Skills Training (EST)
  • Career Transition Assistance (CTA).
Workforce Australia will deliver a simple, efficient, trusted and connected service, where job-ready job seekers can self-manage through Workforce Australia Online Services (previously referred to as Digital Services) and those with greater need are supported through Provider-led tailored and intensive services.

The lists of successful organisations for each service are available at the links below:

The DESE National Workforce Strategy 2022–27

The National Workforce Strategy provides a framework to inform and shape the development of workforce policy and sector-specific workforce strategies across Commonwealth agencies.

The Strategy has five principles to guide a more coordinated and consistent approach to addressing workforce issues:
  1. Use data to create transparency of the current and future workforce
  2. Equip Australians with in-demand skills and focus employment services on outcomes
  3. Remove barriers and disincentives to work
  4. Activate industry to design and drive change
  5. Target migration to fill skills and labour gaps.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment's Workforce Taskforce will work with government agencies to ensure their sector-specific strategies are built on a strong evidence base and are coordinated across agencies, in line with broader Government priorities and actions.

Australian Apprenticeships Priority List

The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List targets funding under the new Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System and replaces the former National Skills Needs List, the Priority Occupations List and the Additional Identified Skills Shortage list.

The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List will now be the definitive list and will be updated annually.

Nominations Now Open for the Victorian Training Awards

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Outstanding individuals and organisations in the TAFE and training sector can now be nominated for the Victorian Training Awards 2022.

The prestigious event is now in its 68th year and recognises the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers.

There are six award categories for individuals, three for employers and four for training organisations as well as the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Industry Collaboration Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Winners will receive $5000 prize money and winners in some categories will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide in November.

Applications close at midnight on Saturday, 28 May 2022 and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Melbourne in September.

Register by using the Awards Force portal or visit Victorian Training Awards for more information.

The event is supported by principal partner Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Australia). For a complete list of sponsors, please visit Sponsors - Victorian Training Awards.

National Careers Week: 16 - 22 May

National Careers Week is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and aims to celebrate careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners and to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.
Career development is a process of managing learning, work and leisure to progress through life. It includes gaining and using the skills and knowledge needed to plan and make informed decisions about education, training, and work.
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Ultimately, career development is about much more than jobs – it is about how to live your life.

The objectives of National Careers Week are to:
  • Develop community awareness of the concept, benefit, and value of career development.
  • Raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes, and broaden horizons about careers.
  • Highlight the need for ongoing reskilling and upskilling to support careers throughout life.
  • Identify the changing nature of work and its impact on all Australians.
  • Showcase industries and the career opportunities available in them.
  • Provide opportunities to partner with key stakeholders.
Check out the ideas and resources to assist you in planning and running your own National Careers Week events!

For further information, please visit National Careers Week.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 880 participants have been supported with 789 currently in training.

    Currently, there are 9 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 3
    • Carpentry - 3
    • Plumbing - 3
    • 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

    Emotional Intelligence Workshop

    Target Audience
    Managers, supervisors, team leaders and anyone with supervisory responsibilities.
    Wednesday 18 May
    9.00am - 4.30pm
    Cost (incl. GST)
    Members: $209
    Non Members: $297
    Venue: AEN training room, 83 Hobsons Road, Kensington

    Registrations close: 6 May 2022

    Cultural Awareness Training - Intro to Islam (online)

    Tuesday 24 May
    10.00am - 12.00pm
    Cost (incl. GST)
    Members: $22
    Non Members: $44
    Registrations close: 19 May 2022

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

    Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

    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.

    NCVER Update

    Apprentice and trainee commencements continue to grow

    The latest NCVER data show apprentice and trainee commencements grew nationally to 48 750 (or by 84.1%) in the September quarter 2021 compared with the same quarter
    in 2020.

    Over the last four quarters, there has been a notable annual growth in commencements following four quarters of decline. Commencements in non-trade occupations drove most of the increase in September quarter 2021, rising by 13 435 (91.6%). Those in trade occupations increased by 8800 (74.5%).
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    In Victoria, 78 420 apprentices/trainees were in training during the Quarter – this is an increase of 33.5% when compared to the same period in 2020.
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    To access the full report, please visit Apprentices and Trainees 2021: September Quarter.

    Exploratory analysis of VET market segments
    Australia’s VET sector is large and complex, with widely diverse students, products, providers and services. This research examined how VET students cluster and segment by applying two clustering algorithms (k-means and agglomerative) to the 2019 total VET activity data. The following segments were identified:
    • targeted English programs/students;
    • overseas students (studying in Australia);
    • younger students (includes VET in school programs);
    • migrants;
    • social inclusion programs/students;
    • jurisdictional priorities;
    • program enrolments not elsewhere identified (NEI); and
    • subject only enrolments NEI.
    Do you want to be kept up to date with everything that’s happening with GAN Australia and the wider VET sector?

    Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

    Thanks to our Industry Partners

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