Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 20

Friday, 1st July 2022
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Upcoming Events

3 Aug - Inspirational Leadership through EI
10 Aug - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program
24 Aug - QA Standards Network
1 Sept - OHS Network
8 Sept - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program

Victorian Government New Cabinet

This week, the Victorian Government has announced the following new appointments to Cabinet:
  • Jacinta Allan - Deputy Premier
  • Lizzie Blandthorn - Minister for Planning
  • Colin Brooks - Minister for Child Protection and Family Services and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers
  • Steve Dimopoulos - Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events and Minister for Creative Industries
  • Sonya Kilkenny - Minister for Corrections, Minister for Youth Justice, Minister for Victim Support and Minister for Fishing and Boating
  • Harriet Shing - Minister for Water, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Equality.
For further details, please visit Statement on new Ministry.

Australian Government Announces New Apprenticeship Incentives

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In its first phase, from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will provide broad support to the economy through wage subsidies for eligible employers in priority occupations. Hiring incentives will be available for employers of apprentices undertaking a qualification in an occupation that does not qualify for the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List. Priority occupations are those listed on the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List.

From 1 July 2024, following a checkpoint to assess progress, support will be available for priority occupations only, through a mix of employer and apprentice payments, including a hiring incentive for employers; and training support payments for apprentices.

For more information on employer incentives in the new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS), refer to the AAIS factsheet and AAIS Frequently Asked Questions.

Following the introduction of the AAIS from 1 July 2022, employers claiming incentives for an apprentice or trainee who commenced before 1 July 2022 will continue to be supported under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Support for Women in Non-traditional Trades

Additional support is available for women who commence in eligible trade occupations on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List. Eligible occupations are occupations that have had historically low rates of female participation. Eligible Australian Apprentices will have increased access to comprehensive wraparound support through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. This includes personalised advice and information on career options and apprenticeships pathways, pastoral care, career and industry mentoring, access to professional networks and entrepreneurship training.

Regional Apprenticeships Boost

Support will be expanded for eligible employers and Australian Apprentices in regional and remote Australia to support greater apprenticeship completions. The Regional Apprenticeships Boost will provide a 5 per cent boost to employers of Australian Apprentices in priority occupations in regional and remote areas between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2024, on top of what they would receive under the new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System. In-Training Support will also be expanded, providing 29,000 additional places for regional and remote Australian Apprentices, with personalised assistance for those at risk of not completing their apprenticeship. Support provided may include pastoral care, career and industry mentoring, counselling and mediation, as well as referrals to specialist services.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy supports businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers to support a sustained economic recovery.

Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 June 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee. This covers a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.

After 12 months of this support, employers will be eligible to transition to the time-limited Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship. Under the CAC, eligible employers will receive a 10 per cent wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, up to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter per apprentice, and a 5 per cent wage subsidy in the third year of their apprenticeship, to a maximum of $750 per quarter per apprentice.

The BAC and CAC are available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.

The way BAC and CAC wage subsidies are claimed has changed. Find out how to claim your BAC or CAC using the Apprenticeships Data Management System (ADMS).

Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability

Additional support is being provided to Australian Apprentices with disability through the Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS).

DAAWS is payable to employers who employ apprentices who meet the eligibility criteria. DAAWS is also available to employers whose apprentice becomes disabled during their apprenticeship.

For further details, please visit Australian Apprenticeships.

GAN Conference – The Future of Apprenticeships

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We invite you to be a part of 'The Future of Apprenticeships Perspectives from Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia Striving for Excellence' 2022 GAN Melbourne Conference and the GAN Auckland Study Tour.

On behalf of the conference organising committee, we are pleased invite you to be a part of a leading event focused on reigniting apprenticeships in Australia and connecting like-minded international collaborators, government stakeholders, industry participants, group training organisations, unions and educational institutions to build economic prosperity by working together.

The conference promises to be an excellent opportunity to network and connect with industry stakeholders, participate in a range of workshops, study tours, facilitated debates and attend industry network events.

Registrations opening next week!

AEN Professional Development


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
Target Audience:
Field officers, managers, and team leaders
Wed 3 August 2022
9.00am - 1.00pm
Members: $80
Non Members: $120

Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program

Think differently about your Mental Health Action Plan. Empower apprentices 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 workshop (offered on four different dates) aims 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 (hosted on Moodle) that can be quickly and easily shared in formal toolbox talks and informal conversations to assist apprentices to stay well, while they are well, as part of an organisation’s broader and more traditional Health and Wellbeing strategy.
Target Audience:
Anyone with leadership responsibilities that influence the psychological safety of young and vulnerable people in their charge.
Four dates are available:
* 10 August
* 8 September
* 5 October
* 8 November
10.00am - 2.00pm
In-person at AEN Office
AEN Members only: Free

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (Accredited)

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authorised by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by MHFA instructors across Australia.
Target Audience:
Anyone working with adolescents/young people
A combination of eLearning (7 hours), and a workshop on:
Monday 10 October
10.00am - 4.00pm
In-person at AEN Office
Members: $242
Non-Members: $292

Indigenous Cultural Recruitment

Gain an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal culture, cultural practices and protocols and how they can be incorporated into existing recruitment methods. This workshop is interactive and informative allowing participants to actively contribute to their training experience in a safe environment. Participants will learn how to promote cultural safety, the importance of cultural inclusion throughout the recruitment process along with strategies to develop, retain and support Aboriginal apprentices/trainees.
Target Audience:
Anyone with recruitment responsibilities of Aboriginal apprentices/ trainees
Tuesday 18 October
9.30am - 12.00pm
Members: $80
Non-Members: $120
For more information about these professional development sessions and to register, please go to AEN Events Calendar and select the event. All prices include GST.

AEN Members: Please login to Member’s area prior to purchasing tickets to access the member rate.

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.

Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program

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Since the program commenced in May 2020, a total of 910 participants have been supported with 819 currently in training:
  • 83.8% Male
  • 15.9% Female
The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
Currently, there are 22 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Plumbing - 5
  • Electrical - 5
  • Carpentry - 4
  • 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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