Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 13

Friday, 13th 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
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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.

NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms.

We need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough.

The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with us to amplify our voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.

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 68 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

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

Date: 17 June 2022
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.

National Workforce Strategy

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The National Workforce Strategy provides a framework for Government to work with to ensure sector-specific workforce plans are data-driven, enable and equip Australians to take up available work, remove barriers to participation, activate industry to drive change, and use migration to complement the domestic workforce.

Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Closing Soon!

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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:
  • 83.8% Male
  • 15.9% Female
The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
Currently, there are 31 participants on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 4
  • Business & Retail - 6
  • Automotive - 1
  • Carpentry - 6
  • Plumbing - 6
  • Other trades - 8
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.

Workforce Australia

Workforce Australia will become the front door for government employment and skills services, 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.

The service will include a new digital platform where individuals and businesses can connect and manage their own employment needs, as well as a network of providers to deliver personalised support for those with more complex needs. Workforce Australia will put our clients at the heart of all that we do. We will offer services that are simple, supported, connected and respectful.

Workforce Australia will have 2 levels of service.

Workforce Australia Online
Workforce Australia Online will be available to all Australians, not just those in receipt of income support.
Job seekers on income support who are assessed as being able to self-manage their search for work and gain employment will be referred to Workforce Australia Online employment services where they will have access to:
  • core services such as resume tools, online learning, professional career guidance, a Jobs Board with skills matching, and links to training and other programs
  • financial support to get the tools and skills needed to find and keep a job
  • a dedicated contact centre to support and optimise their use of the online services.
There will also be safeguards in place to ensure job seekers are successfully self-managing. These include periodic reviews and support from the Digital Service Contact Centre to check a job seeker’s ability to self-manage online, and to assist with a transfer if they would benefit from more tailored services offered by a provider.

Providers services
Job seekers who need more assistance or choose to receive services offered by a provider will receive tailored case management delivered by Workforce Australia employment services providers. Employment services providers will:
  • work closely with employers to fill vacancies with the right staff while achieving sustainable employment for more job seekers on their caseload, and
  • develop strong local connections and deliver tailored and intensive case management through lower staff-to-caseload ratios.
Workforce Australia will have a new provider licensing system and performance framework, designed to drive quality services and deliver employment outcomes and reward high-performing providers.
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