Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 21

Friday, 8th July 2022
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Upcoming Events

3 Aug - Inspirational Leadership through EI
10 Aug - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program
21-24 Aug - GAN Conference
8 Sept - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program

GAN Conference – Registrations Now Open

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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' Conference.

Date: Sunday 21 - Wednesday 24 August 2022
Venue: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne
Early bird rate: $1,078

Early bird registration closes on 21 July.

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

To register for the event, please visit GAN Conference.
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Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System

The federal government has released the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS) Guidelines, and the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List - Factsheet which identifies the priority occupations for the AAIS.

New Workforce Australia Website and Services

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This week sees the official start of the new Workforce Australia website and services. The new site has plenty of information for jobseekers and service providers.

For further details, please visit Workforce Australia.

Important Super Changes Are Now in Effect

The super guarantee (SG) rate is now 10.5% and eligibility requirements have changed. You now need to pay super for all eligible employees, regardless of how much they earn.

Employees under 18 must still work more than 30 hours a week to be eligible.

For further details, please visit Australian Taxation Office.

New Child Safety Standards Now Apply

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There are new Child Safe Standards in Victoria, to better protect children from harm and abuse. The new Child Safe Standards are now in effect and the old Standards no longer apply.

Victoria’s Child Safe Standards are mandatory for most organisations, businesses or groups who work or volunteer with children.

Organisations who are required to comply with the Standards need to implement all aspects of the 11 Child Safe Standards. Each of the Standards is expressed as a statement of an expected outcome that organisations must achieve.

The new Standards also include minimum requirements, to provide more clarity for your organisation about what you need to do. For each Standard, there are a list of documents and actions that will show that your organisation is meeting these minimum requirements, called compliance indicators.

For further details, please visit Commission for Children and Young People.

2022 National Skills Week

The 2022 National Skills Week will take place 22-28 August with the theme, 'A Universe of Skills: Go Beyond Your Imagination.'
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Now in its 12th year, National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and raising awareness of the many careers available.

The challenge is to provide potential students, parents and carers with clear information on possible career pathways, training options and emerging new skills areas.

There are a range of events planned for the week. You can also register your event on the National Skills Week website.

For further information, please visit National Skills 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.

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 820 currently in training:
  • 83.8% Male
  • 15.9% Female
The top three occupations are Electrical (231), Plumbing (167), and Carpentry (130).
Currently, there are 23 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 6
  • Plumbing - 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.

NCVER Update

VET’s role in transforming the future is the theme for the 31st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ taking place this week.

This paper expounds the conference theme by examining how the sector is adapting, anticipating and activating change in response to future skill demands.
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.

Thanks to our Industry Partners

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