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AE News Volume 15, Issue 12

Friday, 6th May 2022
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Upcoming Events

18 May - Emotional Intelligence Workshop
24 May - Islamic Cultural Awareness Training
2 June - OHS Network Meeting
21 June - Mid-Year Conference

Victorian State Budget

This week, the Victorian State Budget for 2022-23 was released. Key budget items have been allocated to:
  • Health
  • Education
  • Regional infrastructure / Commonwealth Games
  • Public transport / infrastructure
  • Reducing energy costs.

Budget Strategy and Outlook
The outlook for the Victorian economy is positive, with the economy forecast to grow by 3.25 per cent in 2022-23. This is set to follow expected growth of 5.50 per cent in 2021-22 amid the economy’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The outlook for the labour market is also strong. Employment is forecast to grow by 1.75 per cent in 2022-23, following expected growth of 3 per cent in 2021-22.

Unemployment is forecast to remain around its lowest level since current records began, averaging 4 per cent through 2022-23.

For further details, please visit Budget Strategy & Outlook, 2022-23 State Budget and Putting Patients First.

Victorian Education State Budget Summary
Key items from The Hon. Gayle Tierney Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education include:
  • $11.3 million to strengthen TAFE capability and systems through the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery.
  • almost $800,000 investment will also support an access audit across the TAFE network to identify improvements, to ensure people with disability can access training
  • expanding the Free TAFE list by investing $4.1 million to add the Diploma of Auslan and Advanced Diploma Interpreting (Auslan English);
  • the reintroduction of traditional languages into our classrooms and help to increase the number of Aboriginal language educators in Victoria, we are investing $2.8 million to create a new Certificate IV in Teaching an Australian First Nations Language. This course will complement existing courses in Teaching an Australian First Nations Language.
Continuation of the Apprenticeship Support Officers
$12 million to continue to support apprentices through the Apprenticeship Support Officers program.

TAFE for Support - $66.6m

Extended Head Start Program
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.

The six priority pathways within the core offering will be in health, community services and early childhood education, building and construction, digital and media technologies, hospitality, and engineering – meaning students will have access to training and skills for growing industries. Additional pathways will also be available in automotive, agriculture and environment, hair and beauty, creative industries, sport and recreation, and business.

New Combined VCE & VCAL Certificates from 2023
The 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.
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AEN will host our Mid-Year Conference again in 2022. This year’s theme has a focus on diversity and inclusion – with a particular focus on women in trades.

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)

Conference Program is now available!


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.

Minister Tierney Announces Continuation of Apprenticeship Support Officer Program

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On Wednesday 4th May, the Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Skills and Training announced the continuation of the Apprenticeship Support Officer Program as detailed in the State Budget.

The announcement showcased 17 GTO apprentices from a wide range of members and industry sectors.

Thank you to all the members, host employers and apprentices that supported the event.
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Women in Trades Project

The Women in Trades – Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training – Apprenticeships Victoria.

The objectives of the Women in Trades project are:
  • provide women with the opportunity to have a ‘hands-on’ trial in a range of vocational trades,
  • each female participant will engage in 3-4 different industries to experience firsthand what it takes to be successful in that industry,
  • anticipated that each female participant will then be able make a better-informed career choice, and
  • support host employers to engage with female participants through the program to find the most suitable fit for their business when looking to recruit an apprentice.
The project has now supported 8 programs since February 2022 with 81 participants commencing a program and several GTO’s running further programs throughout the second half of 2022.

With increasing demand for skilled workers, women are encouraged to pursue different trade careers which have traditionally been dominated by men.

We are inviting all women who are interested in a career change or are wanting to trial a career in trades to please register their interest at Women in Trades or contact Jo Dolby at

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.

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: 13 May 2022

Islamic Cultural Awareness Training (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.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 881 participants have been supported with 790 currently in training:
  • 84.4% Male
  • 15.3% Female
The top three occupations are Electrical (230), Plumbing (162), and Carpentry (127).
Currently, there are 8 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 3
  • Carpentry - 2
  • Plumbing - 1
  • 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

Employment outcomes improve for international VET students
In 2021, a higher proportion of international onshore VET qualification completers were employed after training in Australia compared to 2020.

NCVER's latest report shows that 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.

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.
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