Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 29

Friday, 17th August 2018
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Upcoming Events

23 & 24 Aug - Field Officers Conference
30 Aug - IR & Financial Controllers Network
4 Sept - Generation Gap Training
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2018 Field Officers Conference Coming Up Next Week!

This year’s Field Officers Conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held at the Rendezvous Melbourne on the 23 & 24 of August 2018.

Guest speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days include:

  • Department of Education Update
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Wellbeing
  • OHS Pre Placement Assessments
  • Mindfulness Workshop
  • Team Building activities


23 & 24 August 2018


Rendezvous Hotel Melborne
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


All delegates must organise their own accomodation. To book accomodation contact the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne.

For further information and to register please click here.

AEN Annual Awards – Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2018 AEN Annual Awards opened on the 1 August.

Each year AEN presents a number of awards to recognise the great work apprentices, trainees, GTOs and their staff do across the State.

Awards include:

  • ATO Best Victorian Apprentice and Trainee Award
  • Outstanding OH&S Initiative Award
  • GTO Service Excellence Award
  • OH&S STAR Award
  • GTO Inustry Service Awards
  • AEN Lifetime Achievement Awards
The awards will be presented at the AEN annual dinner on Thursday 22 November.

Tickets will be available shortly.

Nominations close 28 September.

To access all the nomination forms and further details please visit the AEN website.

Local Jobs First Now The Law

Last week the Victorian Government’s local jobs policies were enshrined in law with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill passing Parliament.

The Bill mandates minimum local content on major projects, including a 90 per cent minimum on construction projects – which will create more jobs for Victorians and supports local industry.

It comes in response to the Premier’s Job Summit in 2017 and enshrines the Labor Government’s flagship local jobs policies – the Victorian Industry Participation Policy and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee – in law.

The legislation also establishes the Local Jobs First Commissioner, who will advocate for businesses and workers, so they get a greater share of government projects. The Commissioner will also oversee compliance of local content and workforce commitments.

The Bill builds on the Government’s reforms to industry participation including reducing the Strategic Projects threshold from $100 million to $50 million.

The Government has also set local content requirements for 88 strategic projects – worth $55 billion - including level crossing removals and the Metro Tunnel.

In addition, there are new requirement on all government agencies to buy local uniforms and locally-manufactured personal protective equipment – such as high-vis vests, hard hats and safety goggles – where possible, instead of importing gear from overseas.

With such a large infrastructure program, the opportunities for local businesses and workers from government procurement have never been better.

For more information, visit Local Jobs First.

National Skills Week

1 million+ Australians Changed Employers in The Past 12 Months

More than 1 million Australians changed employers or the business they ran in the 12 months to February 2018, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week.

ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said that more than half of those who had changed employers or businesses were working in a different industry or occupation in February 2018.

“We can really see the dynamic nature of the labour market with the estimates from the Participation, Job Search and Mobility survey," Mr Hockman said. "Too often the monthly employment estimates from the Labour Force Survey are interpreted in a static way.”.

In addition to revealing aspects of churn in the labour market, the data is useful for understanding what difficulties people face when they are trying to find a job. Mr Hockman said this latest data indicated perceptions around difficulties in securing employment have changed since 2008.

"In February 2018 the share of unemployed who cited ‘too many applicants’ as being the main difficulty in finding work had more than doubled when compared to 2008," Mr Hockman said. “This suggests people feel there is a lot more competition for jobs than there used to be.”.

The top three reasons people who were unemployed cited in 2018 as being the main difficulty in finding work were:
  • too many applicants for available jobs;
  • insufficient work experience; and
  • health reasons.
Further details can be found in Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, February 2018 report available for free and can be downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Victorian Training Awards – Finalists Announced

The 39 finalists for the Victorian Training Awards have been announced. Finalists have been selected across 13 categories, which include awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers.

Now in their 64th year, the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training system, with apprentices, trainees, students, employers, teachers and training providers taking centre stage at a gala awards night on Friday 24 August at the Crown Palladium.

Congratulations to AEN members for being nominated as finalists in various award categories, Gforce Employment Solutions, Ai Group, AFL SportsReady, Holmesglen and Kangan. A summary of the finalists in the key award categories are listed below.

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development: Proudly supported by Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Capital S.M.A.R.T
  • Gforce Employment Solutions and Transport Accident Commission
  • Nazareth Care
Industry Collaboration Award : Proudly supported by the Victorian TAFE Association Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Box Hill Institute and Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee
  • Holmesglen Healthscope Industry Collaboration
  • Skilling the Bay - Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network, The Gordon and Geelong Services and Health Industry collaboration
Large Training Provider of the Year: Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Holmesglen Institute
  • Wodonga Institute of TAFE
School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training
  • Abbey Halton - Gforce Employment Solutions
  • Kimberly Stoyanoff
  • Sophie Babycz - Wallan Neighbourhood
Koorie Student of the Year : Proudly supported by Crown College
  • Elva Richards
  • Lewis Brown
  • Liam Flanagan
Trainee of the Year : Proudly supported by Jobs Victoria
  • Amanda Woodhams
  • Keiran Curry
  • Lucy Smeaton - AFL SportsReady
Apprentice of the Year : Proudly supported by the Apprenticeship Employment Network
  • Alyssa Heard
  • Breanna Szitarity - Master Plumbers' Association
  • Matthew Shipard - Ai Group
Congratulations to all the finalists especially the GTOs and their apprentices/trainees.

Good luck to all on the night.

To purchase tickets click here.

For further information on all the finalists please visit VTA 2018 Awards. To access the Minister press release please click here.

Federation Training Announce New CEO

This week Grant Radford was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Federation Training.

Mr Radford was the interim Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Jonathon Davis in February.

The former head of Chisholm Institute, Federation Training’s board Chair Des Powell said he has “outstanding credentials”.

“Grant also brings significant corporate and government experience in leadership roles within the further education sector and we look forward to him leading Federation Training well into the future,” he said.

“Grant’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer will provide strong and professional leadership to Federation Training as we embark on an exciting period of campus redevelopments and revitalising the community’s trust in Gippsland’s local TAFE as the provider of quality vocational quality in our region.”

For further information please visit the Federation Training website.

NCVER Update

NCVER this week released the following data reports:

Statistical report: Total VET program completion rates: 2016
Media release: First release of total VET completion rates

Summary: First Release of Total VET Completion Rates

New data estimates that 47% of all VET programs started in 2016 at certificate I or above will be completed.

The report VET program completion rates 2016 uses the most recent NCVER data to estimate completion rates for total VET programs commencing in 2015 and 2016, and for government-funded VET programs commencing between 2012 and 2016.

By training provider type, programs delivered in schools (54%), enterprise providers (52%) and universities (49%) have the highest national estimated projected program completion rates.

For government-funded VET programs commenced in 2016, the national projected program completion rate is 49%.

Statistical report: Australian VET statistics: VET in Schools 2017
Media release: School students still choosing VET

Summary: The number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) programs as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education has remained steady at 242 100 in 2017.

The report VET in Schools 2017 also shows that Certificate II programs continue to be the most popular qualification level, with 55.7% of VET in Schools students undertaking programs at this level in 2017.

The number of school-based apprentices and trainees increased in 2017, up 16.1% to 20 000 when compared with 2016.

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Congress, Melbourne October 8-10

World Federation of Colleges & Polytecnics
Do you want to be part of the world’s leading conference on technical, vocational and further education?

Do you want see how the rest of the world is responding to the sweep of technology and automation? Or, how we make sure no one is left behind? Or, test how Australia’s technical, further education and vocational training stands up internationally? And be part of the movement to take Australia’s system to its next stage of development?

The 2018 World Congress Program will do that. We are thrilled to launch the program for the Congress. Over 140 speakers from 20 nationalities will contribute to a global conversation on the future of skilling and technical and vocational education.

Keynote Speakers include:
  • Canadian Skills and Change Expert, Professor Stephen Murgatroyd, presenting on The Future Isn't a Straight Line to the Past - Challenge and Change and the Future of Learning.
  • Experts from the OECD in Paris to present the latest OECD research on skills needs and implications for education policies.
  • President of Chatham University, Dr David Finegold, exploring the shifting landscape for skills and its connection to economic development.
  • Curriculum Expert Dr Charles Fadel presenting on Education for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • An examination of equity in TVET from South African Skills Expert Professor Stephanie Allais.
  • The contribution of TVET to the Sustainable Development Goals, presented by UNESCO UNEVOC head Dr Shyamal Majumder.
The congress is hosted by the Government of Victoria in the Education State and supported by the Australian Government and friends of TAFEs across Australia.

The contemporary issues for skills development in the US, Canada, UK and China will be explored, with a strong focus on the role of industry.

Breakout themes will be presented by Ms Jan Owen AM, Ms Jody Hamilton, Professor Stephen Parker AO and Dr Sean Gallagher. Sessions will also explore the role of technology in TVET teaching and learning, the evolution of apprenticeships both in Australia and globally. Training for first nations’ peoples, developments in workplace-based learning and simulations also feature in the breakout themes. Concurrent session include:
  • Applied Research and Innovation: A Step Closer to the Future, including perspectives from Canada, the Basque, Australia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands
  • Once Left Behind, Now Well Ahead, an examination of TVET pathways for disengaged students from Australia and New Zealand.
  • What's all the fuss? Industry 4.0: Implications for Skilling and Skills Education, perspectives from both Canada and Australia.
  • Global Connections, featuring partnership case studies from China, USA, Brazil and Australia.
  • Technology Driven Change for Skills, featuring contemporary perspectives from Regional Managing Directors of CISCO and Optus.
  • Doing it Differently: Higher Education in TVET Settings, which will explore the role of professional and technical education providers in offering higher education in applied settings.
Over 400 delegates from Australia, China, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Pakistan, Spain, Fiji, US, UK and many others have already signed up.

Don’t miss out on being part of this important event – register now.

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