Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 15

Friday, 27th May 2022
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Upcoming Events

2 June - OHS Network Meeting
21 June - Mid-Year Conference

Federal Election

While the exact makeup of the Labor government and ministerial portfolios will be confirmed over the coming weeks, we have provided a summary of the key points the Labor government outlined during the election campaign regarding VET and apprenticeships.

The establishment of Jobs and Skills Australia, “a national partnership to drive VET education and strengthen workforce planning by working together with employers, unions and the training and education sector.”

TAFE will be a priority with the creation of 465,000 Fee Free TAFE places.

The Fee Free TAFE will support skills needs, including child care, aged care, disability care, nursing and community services and align to the Future Made in Australia Skills Plan which has a focus on skills shortages in areas such as manufacturing and construction.

TAFE campuses will benefit from the $50 million TAFE Technology Fund.

Labor will work with state and territory governments, industry and unions on upskilling through accredited microcredentials.

TAFE will be guaranteed at least 70% of Commonwealth VET funding.

Labor has also committed to creating 10,000 apprenticeships in renewables and emerging industry under the $100 million New Energy Apprenticeships program.

Australian Skills Guarantee (similar to the Victorian government MPSG) which will see 10% of apprentices on major projects and a commitment to build/manufacture more things in Australia.

An employment summit, will be one of the first opportunities to bring together employer groups and unions to look at ways to improve wages, boost productivity and improve skills development.

For a full list of policies and priorities or for further details on the election, please visit Australian Labor Party.

AEN Mid-Year Conference: Registrations Closing Soon!

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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)

For a copy of the program, please visit Mid-Year Conference Program.


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

    * Members: Discount will be applied at checkout.

    To register and for information on accommodation and location/car parking, please visit AEN Event Calendar.

    Registrations close on 10 June.

    Resources to Support People Living with a Disability to Better Understand Apprenticeships

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    Recently, the Melbourne Apprenticeship Disability Network (MADN), in partnership with the Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service (AATIS), released a series of five blogs to support those living with disability to understand Australian Apprenticeships. MADN and AATiS are hoping this resource can support students, families and educators to consider the opportunities that an apprenticeship pathway offers to students with disability.

    The five blogs each have a different theme:
    1. Getting the most out of an apprenticeship or traineeship
    2. The benefits of doing an Australian Apprenticeship
    3. The way that parents, carers and allies can support careers transitions
    4. Support for Australian Apprentices with disability
    5. Choosing the right employer

    Melbourne Jobs Fair: 17 June

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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.

    Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Closing Soon!

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    Outstanding individuals and organisations in the TAFE and training sector can 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.

    Nominations have been extended for this year's Victorian Training Awards until midnight on Friday 17 June. 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 907 participants have been supported with 816 currently in training:
    • 83.8% Male
    • 15.9% Female
    The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
    Currently, there are 30 participants on our active caseload:
    • Electrical - 6
    • Business & Retail - 6
    • Automotive - 1
    • Carpentry - 6
    • Plumbing - 9
    • Other trades - 4
    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.

    ASQA: Draft Model for RTO Self-Assurance

    In early 2022, ASQA developed a draft model for self-assurance, through a co-design process with the sector. This article details the process involved to create this model during Stage 2 of this process. You can read more about what ASQA heard from the sector as part of the co-design process to create the draft model

    Defining self-assurance
    Self-assurance is when training providers have their own systems and practices to systematically monitor, evaluate and continually improve their training outcomes and performance against the Standards and obligations as a registered training organisation (RTO).

    Throughout the co-design process, ASQA shared the following definition of self-assurance with providers and stakeholders;
    • Self-assurance refers to how providers manage their operations to ensure a focus on quality, continuous improvement and ongoing compliance with the Standards.
    • It means providers have systems in place to critically examine their performance against the Standards and training outcomes, on an ongoing basis, to identify ways to continuously improve.
    Throughout the co-design process, there was broad agreement with this definition of self-assurance.

    Principles for a model for self-assurance
    Throughout the co-design process, ASQA has progressively refined a set of principles for the self-assurance model with providers and stakeholders. These principles reflect a shared understanding of what a model should and should not be.

    Throughout Phase 2 of the co-design process, ASQA heard strong agreement with and support for these principles to continue to guide the development of the self-assurance model through the next phase of co-design. These considerations are contributing to Phase 3 of the co-design process, currently underway.

    Principles for the model:
    • flexible to be appropriate for all providers regardless of size, type, operating context and self-assurance maturity
    • aligned with RTO standards and supporting other requirements including State/Territory where possible
    • focused on continuous improvement rather than merely compliance
    • simple and easy to understand for providers
    • encouraging and supporting providers to fully integrate self-assurance into their business (‘organic’ to operations)
    • reinforced and validated by other regulatory activities including ASQA’s performance assessments and risk analysis
    • valuable to providers and linked to a reduction in regulatory burden
    • backed by effective support, guidance and education by ASQA.
    For further information, please visit Australian Skills Quality Authority.
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    Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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