Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 15, Issue 23

Friday, 22nd July 2022
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Upcoming Events

3 Aug - Inspirational Leadership
10 Aug - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program
21-24 Aug - GAN Conference
6 Sept - African Cultural Awareness & Recruitment
8 Sept - Apprentice Wellbeing & Lifeskills Coaching Program

GAN Conference – Early Bird Closing Soon

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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 registrations closing 29 July 2022.

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.

Master Plumbers Apprenticeship Awards

Last Friday, the Master Plumbers held their Annual Apprenticeship Awards.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners.

Sir Rohan Delcombe - 1st Year Apprentice of the Year
Clint Maloney

Peter Pratt - 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year
Jack Forbes

Don Pritchard - 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year
Michaela Healy & Anthony O'Shea

Alfred Atherton - 4th Year Apprentice of the Year
Nathan Brien
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The evening also acknowledged the Women in Plumbing program being delivered by Master Plumbers.

For more information, please visit Master Plumbers.

2022 WorldSkills Regional Competitions

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Expressions of Interest NOW OPEN

The WorldSkills Australia regional competitions are the beginning of a new competition cycle, this time culminating in the WorldSkills International Competition in Lyon 2024.

But more than that, a regional competition is the beginning of a lifechanging experience for Australia’s most gifted, most dedicated trades and skills talent. Regional success opens up myriad pathways not available to most – national and international recognition, invaluable mentorship, travel and scholarship opportunities and an unparalleled level of skilling up in their chosen field.

When you compete in a regional competition, you’re starting a journey that leads to you being the very best in your field.

Professional Learning Series - via ZOOM

Wednesday 3 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm How to run a Regional Competition
Tuesday 16 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm Assessment, Judging and Marking

For further details, please visit WorldSkills Australia.

Orygen Youth Health Focus Groups

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) has engaged dandolopartners and Orygen to develop and adapt mental health resources for registered training organisations (RTOs) to support student mental health and wellbeing in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The work will lead to the delivery of two key outputs:
  • Resources to build RTO capability to provide prevention support for students with mental ill-health and suicidal ideation
  • Advice and resources to improve the promotion of mental health in the VET sector.
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Orygen are looking for participants for focus groups who:
  • Are current or past VET students (don’t need to have completed their VET qualification)
  • Located anywhere in Australia
  • Have a lived experience of mental ill-health

For more information, or to submit your interest in participating, Sarah McEwen.

Upcoming 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’.


Cultural Awareness & Recruitment - African Communities

Participants will gain an understanding of African beliefs, values, work/family values and how to work with African communities. Gain insight into the importance of cultural inclusion throughout the recruitment process along with strategies to develop, retain and support African apprentices/trainees.
Target Audience:
Anyone with recruitment responsibilities of African apprentices/trainees.
Tuesday 6 September
9.30am - 12.30pm
In person at AEN Office
Members: $50
Non-Members: $90

Introduction to Industrial Relations

This workshop will provide an understanding of the industrial relations environment that Group Training Organisations work within. The workshop aims to assist staff who are new to group training, and those wanting to refresh their IR knowledge who are required to have an understanding of IR obligations and practices in their day-to-day work.
Target Audience:
Payroll officers, field officers and anyone wanting to refresh their IR knowledge
Wednesday 14 September
10.00am - 12.30pm
In person at AEN Office

Friday 16 September
10.00am - 12.30pm
AEN Members only: Free

Upcoming PD in October

10 October - Youth Mental Health First Aid (Accredited)
18 October - Indigenous Cultural Recruitment
26 October - Supporting Apprentices with Disability

For more information about these PD 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 or to RSVP for a free event.

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 22 candidates on our active caseload:
  • Electrical - 6
  • Plumbing - 5
  • Carpentry - 4
  • Business - 3
  • Other - 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.

NCVER Update

The latest NCVER report shows that in 2021 there were 251,200 students undertaking VET in Schools, an increase of 4.2% compared to 2020.

A total of 20,500 students (8.2%) were in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, with the majority (230,700 or 91.8%) undertaking other VET in Schools programs.

Certificate II programs continued to be the most popular qualification level, with 52.5% of students undertaking programs at this level. However, this has decreased slightly from 2020 (54.4%).

To learn more, download VET in Schools 2021 on the NCVER Portal.
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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