Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 11

Friday, 29th April 2022
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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 and location, please visit AEN website/Events Calendar.

More Solar Training with Free TAFE Short Courses

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The Victorian Government is expanding training for solar workers as part of Free TAFE, helping support the booming solar sector.

After a two-year pilot, the course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry will be added as a Free TAFE Short Course from 1 July 2022. To support Victoria’s growing demand for solar installation, the course has been expanded to be offered at 12 TAFEs – including seven in regional Victoria.
The two-day training – now mandatory for all on-site workers in Solar Victoria’s programs – gives electricians, plumbers, solar PV and battery installers and their apprentices the skills they need to install photovoltaic and solar water systems.

Free TAFE Short Courses do not affect a student’s entitlement to subsequently access a full Free TAFE course if they decide to upskill or change their careers down the track.

From the beginning of 2022, seven more full qualifications were added to Free TAFE – taking the total number on the list to more than 60, with new qualifications in high-demand sectors like veterinary nursing, leisure and health, outdoor leadership, training and assessment, workplace health and safety, IT and supply chain operations.

The Free TAFE course list is reviewed annually to deliver training for industry areas with a demand for skills and employment.

For the full list of Free TAFE courses, please visit Free TAFE.

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
Free: Admission and Exhibitor Stands

To register your attendance, please visit EventBrite.

To register as an exhibitor, please visit Melbourne Jobs Fair.

A Great School Pathway for Every Victorian Student

The Victorian Government’s new senior secondary school certificates will combine the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from next year.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $277.5 million in the biggest reform to the senior secondary system since the VCE’s inception, recognising the increased demand for careers in trades and services.

From 2023, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school.

An investment of $120.2 million will help schools implement the new certificates and provide every student access to a core offering of 12 different Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways.

The reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies.

This investment will also see teachers get the professional development they need to implement the curriculum, making sure schools can hit the ground running as they transition to the new certificate.

In addition, every non-government school will be encouraged and supported to provide these new certificates. There is already strong interest from across the independent and Catholic sectors, and most non-government schools have started preparing to transition to the new pathways.

To build on the school-based vocational and academic education in the new applied learning stream, a further $69.4 million will expand the Head Start program to every government school in the state – giving all students the opportunity to do an apprenticeship or traineeship in an in-demand sector while completing their schooling.

Head Start gives students career planning support, a tailored pathway into the industry of their choice and a fair training wage – all while they’re earning their senior secondary certificate – in key industries like building, construction, community services and health, business, primary industries and technology.

The Budget will invest $87.9 million to strengthen the teaching workforce for these new pathways – with funded study to attract 400 extra VET trainers, professional development for up to 1,900 teachers and increased funding for jobs, skills and pathways coordinators in schools.

The Vocational Major will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL, preparing students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, non-ATAR university pathways or straight into the workforce.

Vocational Major students will undertake specific studies – Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills – as well as 180 hours of VET, their choice of other traditional VCE studies and time in the workplace, which will give them credits towards their certificate.

The Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace Foundation VCAL, designed to help students transition either to the VCE, to entry level VET or employment – particularly focusing on vulnerable students at risk of leaving education or students with additional needs.

Winners Honoured at 2021 WorkSafe Awards

Workers, businesses and health and safety representatives who have gone the extra mile to keep Victorian workplaces safe were recognised for their outstanding commitment at the WorkSafe Awards last week. For a list of the winners, please visit
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ILO - Standard-Setting on Apprenticeships

Skills mismatch and the lack of employment opportunities for young people around the world remain serious challenges. In addition, due to fast changes in labour market needs, workers of all ages find themselves in need of retraining or upskilling.
A glance around the world shows that an increasing number of countries are focusing on the development or improvement of apprenticeship systems and programmes to address the above-mentioned challenges. In parallel with increased interest in apprenticeships, there has been an upsurge in other forms of work-based learning, whether as a formal component of educational programmes, as part of active labour market programmes designed to assist the unemployed, or as traineeships or internships.
It is clearly important that the promotion of apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning should be consistent with the pursuit of decent work, the core objective for the ILO.

The ILO has previously adopted instrument, the Vocational Training Recommendation (No. 117), 1962, prescribing standards for the regulation of apprenticeships. Following the juridical replacement of the instrument, apprenticeship has not been comprehensively addressed under any subsequent ILO instruments (whether by Conventions or Recommendations). Considering the regulatory gap on apprenticeships, the ILO Governing Body in its 334th Session in October-November 2018, requested the Office to place a standard-setting item related to apprenticeships on the agenda of the 110th and 111th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) for a double discussion in 2021 and 2022.

As part of this process, the Office has published a Law and Practice Report in 2019, which was distributed to the ILO’s tripartite constituents (governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations). The questionnaire appended to the Report requested the views of member States, in consultation with the most representative organizations of employers and workers, on the form, scope and content of any new instrument or instruments (which might be a Convention and/or Recommendation) concerning apprenticeships.

To access the Law and Practice Report and questionnaire, please visit International Labour Organisation.

New Resources to Support the New Child Safe Standards

New guides and tools have been published to support organisations with the new Child Safe Standards.
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Short guide to the Child Safe Standards
The Short Guide to the Child Safe Standards briefly outlines each of the Standards, identifying the expected outcomes, minimum requirements and compliance indicators that will assist organisations to comply with the Standards.

A guide for creating a Child Safe Organisation
The Commission has published a new edition of A Guide for Creating a Child Safe Organisation to support organisations with their transition to the new Standards.

This resource provides detailed information and guidance relating to each of the 11 new Standards. It contains a range of tools, links to useful resources and information about what the Commission will look for when assessing an organisation’s compliance with the new Standards.

Tools and templates
The Commission has also published these tools and templates:
  • Creating a Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy
  • Creating and updating your Code of Conduct
  • Risk assessment and management templates
  • A practical guide to choosing, supervising and developing suitable staff and volunteers
  • A sample learning or training action plan.
To access the new Child Safe Standards tools and templates, please visit Commission for Children and Young People.

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: $20
Non Members: $50
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.

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.

    NCVER Update

    International onshore VET qualification completer outcomes 2021

    The latest NCVER report shows that in 2021, a higher proportion of international onshore vocational education and training (VET) students who completed a qualification gained employment after training in Australia, compared to 2020.

    In mid-2021, 75.5% of international onshore VET qualification completers were employed after training, up 10.8 percentage points from the same period in 2020. A total of 72.8% were employed in Australia, which was 12.2 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

    Of those employed before their training, 36.5% got a better job after training (up 10.0 percentage points from 2020) and 14.5% were employed at a higher skill level (up 3.2 percentage points from 2020). Overall, 64.1% of international onshore VET qualification completers had an improved employment status after training, which was an increase of 10.5 percentage points from 2020.
    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.

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