Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 10

Friday, 22nd April 2022
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

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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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
  • Labour Hire Authority
  • Australian Apprenticeship Incentives
  • 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.

New Horticulture Traineeship Program

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On Thursday 14 April, the Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas launched the new horticulture pilot program at Plunkett Orchards in Mooroopna, Goulburn Valley. The pilot program will link workers with expert training and on-the-job experience to build their skills and open new career pathways.

The pilot program will cover 3 regions within Victoria - Mildura, Goulburn Valley and Gippsland. GTOs are now invited to submit a pilot proposal that will increase the number of people entering a horticulture traineeship in a sustainable way - either for a single and/or multiple regions by no later than Sunday 22 May 2022.

Pilot Program Goals
  • Attracting students to undertake Production Horticulture training through the pilot.
  • Recognising the candidate students’ existing relevant skill or past training record that can be credited toward course enrolment
  • Supporting students to complete a certificate II, III or IV in Production Horticulture or other related apprenticeship and traineeship option through the pilot.
  • Improving the capacity of host employers to support students as workers so that students feel supported and interested in continuing in horticulture roles.
  • Through an evaluation, highlight the benefits of the approach and areas of improvement.
For further information and the pilot proposal template, please contact Helene Hederics at

AEN Professional Development in May

Emotional Intelligence Workshop (in person)

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

Learning outcomes: During this full day program you will increase your knowledge of the following:
  • How to interpret emotional patterns so you may enhance your workplace impact
  • The rationale for emotions: emotions are information therefore incorporating them into decision-making and problem-solving can improve your work performance
  • Emotional patterns and the effect of your emotions to your behaviour
  • Other people’s emotions and developing empathy
  • Managing your emotions so you can work more effectively with others
  • Developing the skills to manage conflict, apathy, resistance and refusals
  • Learning to engage, influence and motivate people and increasing your personal power and impact in the workplace.
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
Learning outcomes
  • The fundamentals of Islam, demographics and debunking stereotypes (followed by a group brainstorming exercise).
  • The cultural and religious needs of Muslims, including service barriers in the workplace and creating a more inclusive workplace.
Registrations close: 19 May 2022

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

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

Regional Victoria Hosting 2026 Commonwealth Games

Victoria has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games. It is estimated the Commonwealth Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony.

Victoria 2026 will be held across multiple regions, creating a new multi-city model for the Commonwealth Games. Four regional hubs will be established in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, each with their own athletes’ village and sport program. The regional hubs will host athletes, officials and fans following an Opening Ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Shepparton will also host sporting and cultural events as part of Victoria 2026. There will also be a strong para sport program, with six sports already locked in.

Victoria 2026 will also invest significantly in community infrastructure, including housing and world-class sports facilities. This will leave a legacy of affordable housing for the regions and modern sports infrastructure to encourage Victorians to get active and attract future major events.

A Victoria-wide program of live sites and activations will ensure visitors are welcomed in every corner of the state, with the Queen’s Baton Relay to traverse the regions in the weeks leading up to the Opening Ceremony.

For more information, and to express interest in being involved, visit Victoria 2026.

Melbourne Jobs Fair: 17 June 2022

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AEN is supporting the DESE Jobs Fair in Melbourne on Friday 17 June.

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf

Admission is free. To register your attendance, please visit EventBrite.

To register for an employer space, please visit Melbourne Jobs Fair.

Evaluation of the Skills Organisations Pilot Program

The Skills Organisations Pilot program is currently being evaluated to explore strengths and weaknesses of the model.

In establishing the Skills Organisations (SO) Pilot program, the Australian Government has supported an independent evaluation of the program. The evaluation is being undertaken by a consortia comprising Urbis Pty Ltd and ARTD Ltd and is being progressed through two separate but interrelated projects:
  • Project 1 - an assessment of the establishment phase of the SO pilot has been completed.

    Skills Organisation Pilots Evaluation Project 1 – Implementation Review Report.
  • Project 2 – an assessment of the early achievements of the SO pilots against the broader policy objectives of the program is currently underway.

    Project 2 is expected to be completed in April 2022.
Lessons learnt from the evaluation of the SO pilots are helping to inform broader improvements to the national VET system, including industry engagement reforms.

To find out more about industry engagement reforms, please visit the Skills Reform page.

Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy

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This week the Victorian government launched the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy. This is an important resource for Victorian councils which serves as a practical guide and will help embed the voices and priorities of Aboriginal communities at a local government level. It is centered on seven strategic pillars:
  • Culture, respect and trust
  • Awareness and engagement
  • Accountability and direction
  • Governance and participation
  • Economic participation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Resourcing and funding.
The Strategy recommends actions for Local Governments, the Victorian Government and Aboriginal communities that progress Aboriginal self-determination and reconciliation. It has been developed to support alignment of the Local Government sector with the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023, the Victorian Treaty process, the Victorian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan and the work of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission.

The Strategy includes a clear framework for shared decision-making processes and actions for Aboriginal Victorians working together with local government based on mutual control, shared power and decision-making, fairness, respect, and trust.

For further details, please visit Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy.

Nominations are 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.

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.

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 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.
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