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AE News Volume 15, Issue 17

Friday, 10th June 2022
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Upcoming Events

21 June - AEN Mid-Year Conference
24 August - QA Standards Network

New Building Industry Consultative Council Chairperson

The Victorian Government has appointed Rebecca Casson, Chief Executive Officer of Master Builders Victoria, as Chair of the Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC). Ms Casson is the first woman to be appointed to lead the BICC.

Made up of employees, industry associations, unions and government, the BICC was established in 2001 as a high-level advisory council to the Minister for Industrial Relations. BICC advises the Minister on economic and industrial relations issues affecting the building and construction industry.

BICC also engages with government agencies about the skill requirements and training needs of the building and construction industry and worked with the Government to develop the Building Equality Policy launched in December last year.

Ms Casson brings to her appointment diverse experience and a nuanced understanding of the issues that businesses in the building and construction industry face.

As head of Master Builders Victoria, she is respected across the industry and played an important leadership role in the sector’s positive and collaborative response to COVID-19.

For more information about the BICC, please visit Building Industry Consultative Council.

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 Friday 10 June.

    WorldSkills Australia

    Every two years, more than 500 Regional Competitions are held in 35 regions across Australia.
    Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees, and students, who have the chance to win gold, silver, and bronze medals and go on to compete at a national level.

    The WorldSkills Australia program is a series of work-simulated projects based on industry-standard frameworks which are designed and administered by teachers, trainers, assessors, and industry experts.

    Students who perform well within this year’s Regional Competition may be eligible to advance to the National Championships being held in Melbourne 2023 where they compete alongside their peers from other regions, states, and territories.

    Competitors are the stars of the Regional Competitions; however, training providers are critical to the success of the WorldSkills program.

    To learn more about the upcoming WorldSkills 2022 Regional Competitions, please join Apprenticeships Victoria, Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia, Apprenticeship Employment Network, and WorldSkills Australia to the Private RTO Forum on:

    Date: Wednesday 22 June 2022
    Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm
    Delivery: Zoom

    Register here.


    WPC Group 40th Year Anniversary

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    On Thursday 2 June, WPC Group held its 40-year anniversary at Eureka 89.

    Established in 1982 as the Western Regional Group Training, over the years they changed their name to Workplace Connect and then WPC Group. WPC group now operates across Australia and internationally and have had Fred Maddern (an AEN lifetime achievement award recipient) as Chair for the entire time.

    Over the past 40 years, WPC Group have built a significant range of achievements including:
    • 13,891 apprenticeship completions
    • worked with over 3778 host employers
    • provided apprenticeships in 178 different qualifications
    • paid out almost $57million in apprenticeship wages
    • had a 40-year average 85% completion rates (through COVID, achieved 97%).
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    Congratulations to the Board and team at WPC Group.

    Federal Shadow Ministry Announced

    On Sunday 5 June, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton announced his shadow ministry:
    • Sussan Ley, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, has also been named Shadow Minister for Industry, Skills and Training
    • Alan Tudge is Shadow Minister for Education
    • Michaelia Cash is Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
    • Andrew Gee is Shadow Minister for Regional Education.
    For further details, please visit Shadow Ministry list.

    Upcoming Victorian DESE Job Fairs

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    There are a number of DESE Job Fairs coming up in June. These events are free to attend and also free to register and host an exhibition booth if you have current job vacancies you are trying to fill.
    • Melbourne – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Friday 17 June
    • Werribee – Encore Events Centre, Tuesday 21 June
    • Bendigo – All Seasons Resort Hotel, Wednesday 29 June
    To find out further details and to register, please visit DESE Jobs Fairs.

    Victorian Training Awards: Nominations Closing 17 June

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    The closing date for nominations is now midnight Friday 17 June, giving you 1 week left to nominate or finalise your nomination for the 2022 Victorian Training Awards.

    Don't miss out on the chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their hard work and efforts in the VET sector. You can even nominate yourself for an award.

    This is a great opportunity to share your contribution to the VET sector, and to meet other like-minded industry leaders and peers. All winners receive $5,000 in prize money and a trophy.

    Winners in categories aligned with the Australian Training Awards can attract national recognition by representing Victoria at the national awards in November 2022, and finalists and winners also have the chance to become part of the Victorian Training Awards Ambassador Program, which provides further media, speaking, and networking opportunities.

    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).

    ATO Tax Time Resources for Apprentices/Trainees

    Apprentices and trainees, not sure where to start when it comes to tax time? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can help.

    The ATO has a range of resources and tips to help you lodge your tax return, including a handy guide for apprentices to help you work out what you can and can’t claim. You can also access this information in other languages, here.

    Download the ATO app for a fast and easy way to keep track of receipts and invoices and, once you’ve lodged, you can keep track the progress of your return. Just remember most tax returns lodged online take about two weeks to be processed.

    If you’re lodging online this year, the ATO suggests the best time to lodge is from late July. By then, all your information from employers, banks and health funds will be automatically included in your tax return. So, all you need to do is check the information and add anything that’s missing.

    For more information, visit ATO Apprentice l Trainee Deductions.

    Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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    Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 908 participants have been supported with 817 currently in training:
    • 83.8% Male
    • 15.9% Female
    The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
    Currently, there are 25 candidates on our active caseload:
    • Plumbing - 7
    • Electrical - 6
    • Carpentry - 6
    • Business - 3
    • Other - 3
    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.
    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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