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AE News Volume 15, Issue 19

Friday, 24th June 2022
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Upcoming Events

22 July - Apprentice Wellbeing Lifeskills Program
3 August - Inspirational Leadership through EI
10 August - Apprentice Wellbeing Lifeskills Program
24 August - QA Standards Network

GAN Annual Report

GAN’s Annual Report has just been released celebrating achievements and milestones from the past year – collective efforts of corporate members, partners, and networks.

Together with GAN’s leadership at the global level and activities that are being implemented in several countries around the world, GAN is committed to ensuring that work-based learning (WBL) empowers people and businesses to meet the rapidly evolving demands of today’s labour market.
GAN report
“At the top of GAN’s agenda remains our work on promoting digital skills; women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and integrating diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in WBL,” says Nazrene Mannie, GAN Global Executive Director.

“In this year’s Annual Report, I am pleased to present our collective achievements, on laying the foundations for increased, high-quality WBL programmes.”

Through this comprehensive report, learn about GAN Global’s latest achievements on advocating for and sharing best practices on quality WBL.

To access the full report, please visit GAN Annual Report.

Melbourne Jobs Fair

On Friday 17 June, AEN and a number of members held exhibition stands at the Melbourne Jobs Fair. Over 2000 jobseekers attended the event with a range of guest speakers and presentations from our network.

Thank you to all members that participated.
Jobs fair
Next Jobs Fair - Bendigo
Date: Tuesday 29 June 2022
Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Venue: All Seasons Resort Hotel, 171-183 McIvor Highway, Bendigo

For further details on upcoming jobs fairs, please visit Jobs Fair - DESE.

AEN Mid-Year Conference Wrap-Up

Plenary Room - Minister
On Tuesday 21 June, AEN held our first face-to-face conference in 2½ years with over 100 delegates. The conference theme was Diversity and Inclusion.

Conference topics included updates from Apprenticeships Victoria, Victorian Labour Hire Authority, Jobs Victoria, VRQA, AATIS, DET – Secondary School SBATs and Headstart. Presentations from the network on recent projects included Women in Trades, VARP and Big Build.

Special thank you to the seven female apprentices that shared their stories during the conference dinner and Ashoup Atar from Kowanj.

The conference presentations will be available next week via the members’ area on AEN website.

South East Careers Expo: 19 July 2022

The South East Careers and Try a Trade Expo is taking place on Tuesday 19 July from 9.00am - 2.45pm at KCC Park, 655 Westernport Highway, Skye, Victoria.

This event is targeted to Years 9-12 coming through in school groups throughout the day. This event will provide interactive activities and information about further education, training and employment opportunities. The public are also invited to attend.

For more information and to secure your exhibit, please contact Nadia Conn, 03 9794 6921, or scan the barcode in the South East Expo flyer.
South East careers expo

Changes to Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for Higher Education, Training and Skills

Following advice from the Acting Chief Health Officer, the Minister for Health announced on 18 July changes to COVIDSafe measures in Victoria that impact the higher education, skills and training sector.

From 11.59pm on Friday 24 June, Pandemic Orders requiring two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the higher education sector will be removed, with responsibility for vaccine requirements shifting to individual employers.

This means employers will be able to set their own workplace conditions, including on whether to continue requiring their staff to have two or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Further advice will be provided on this matter, including permissions around continuing to collect vaccination information from your workforce.

Vaccine requirements for students, trainees and apprentices and staff assessors
Students, trainees and apprentices who are attending workplaces onsite for practical placements, e.g. in health or aged care, should follow the vaccination requirements relating to their job or workplace. There will be some workplaces which will continue to require their workforce to be vaccinated to attend onsite work.

Student assessors in the above categories should check with their employers regarding vaccine requirements.

For further information on current restrictions, please visit Coronavirus Victoria.

VET Development Centre to Provide Free Professional Learning

VDC grants
The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) funds the VET Development Centre (VDC) to provide free professional learning to Victorian teachers and other staff.

The closing date to apply for the VDC's Workforce Development Grants is fast approaching.

Applications close 5pm on Thursday 30 June 2022.

As part of the new Workforce Development initiative targeting organisational capability, the VDC has developed the Workforce Development Grant opportunity for operational innovation and workforce capability projects to selected providers that have a Skills First contract.

The VDC Workforce Development Grants aims to provide financial support to Skills First Providers to build workforce capability and development within the VET Sectors to support training providers in maintaining quality practices.

Grant info
Five (5) project grants of $25,000 will be available to successful applicants.

VDC will accept applications only from training organisations that have a Skills First contract and eligible providers are invited to submit a workforce development funding proposal for the project.

Further information on the grants, please visit VET Development Centre.

AEN Professional Development


Apprentice Wellbeing Lifeskills Coaching Program

Think differently about your Mental Health Action Plan. Empower individuals with the skills they need to live a full and contributing life by assisting them to increase their ability to manage stress and anxiety, staving off depression and suicidal thoughts.

The workshops aim to create awareness of the six most important human factor topics that have the biggest impact on an individual’s state of mind, while at the same time providing on-demand access to cohesive visual microlearning and digital resources that can be quickly and easily shared in formal toolbox talks and informal conversations to assist people to stay well, while they are well, as part of an organisation’s broader and more traditional Health and Wellbeing strategy.

Dates: 22 July, 10 August, 8 September and 19 October
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Delivery: In person
Venue: AEN Training Room, 83 Hobsons Road, Kensington
Cost: FREE

This program is for AEN Members only.

To register, please RSVP by logging into the Member’s area and select ‘Events & Media/Events Calendar’.

If you do not have a member login, please Register.

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Our mindset has an enormous effect on how resourceful we are, and our ability to recognise and master our emotions is a crucial factor in building positive relationships with ourselves and others. Unlocking the power of mental and emotional intelligence gives us the ability to turn stumbling blocks into steppingstones and setbacks into comebacks.

This interactive workshop is designed to explore and harness the power of our mind and heart. Participants will walk away with effective tools and strategies to take ownership of their own thoughts and emotions, understand and positively influence others to succeed, and to be at their best in an ever-changing world

Date: Wednesday 3 August
Time: 9.00am – 1pm
Delivery: Zoom

  • Members: $88
  • Non-Members: $121
AEN Members: Please login to Member’s area prior to purchasing tickets to access the member rate. All prices include GST.

Enquiries: Anna Bejanoff, or 03 9639 3955.

NAIDOC Week: 3 - 10 July

NAIDOC Week's 2022 theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up!

Events will be held around Australia during NAIDOC week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated by people from all walks of life, Indigenous and non‑Indigenous. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

For further information, please visit NAIDOC.

Change of Website: National Skills Commission Data and Content

The Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP) website will be decommissioned and all data and content will be moved to National Skills Commission and Labour Market Insights.
employment insights for Australia

Entries Now Open for 2022 Victorian WorkSafe Awards

worksafe awards
Individuals and businesses striving to improve workplace health and safety have the chance to be recognised for their efforts as nominations open for the annual WorkSafe Awards.

The awards honour Victorians who have made a significant contribution to the health and safety of a workplace, and injured workers who have overcome a range of obstacles on their return-to-work journey.

Those who have a positive story to share have until 15 July 2022 to get their submissions in.

Nominations are open to all Victorian-based employers and workers, and entrants can nominate themselves or another person.

Winners will be announced at a dinner in Melbourne in February 2023.

The categories for this year's awards are:
  • Health and Safety Representative of the Year
  • Commitment to Workplace Health and Safety on a Farm
  • Workplace Health and Safety Solution of the Year
  • Commitment to Prevention of Mental Injury in the Workplace
  • OHS Leadership/Achievement
  • Leading Return to Work Practice
  • Worker Return to Work Achievement Award.

For further details and how to submit your entry, please visit WorkSafe Awards.

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 24 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Plumbing - 6
  • Electrical - 5
  • Carpentry - 5
  • Business - 3
  • Other - 5
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.
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