Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 24

Friday, 13th July 2018
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Upcoming Events

17 July - OHS Network Meeting
14 Aug - QA Standards Network Meeting
23 & 24 Aug - Field Officers Conference
Click here for all upcoming events.

2018 Field Officer Conference – Early Bird Registrations Now Open

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

Early bird registrations close Friday 27 July 2018!


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

For further information and to register please click here.

NAIDOC Week 2018 (8-15 July) Because of her, we can!

Naidoc 2018 round pic
Concluding this Sunday - NAIDOC Week 2018 has celebrated the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.
Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, song lines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

For further information please visit NAIDOC.

2018 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony Sydney

Every year the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is held in a nominated national focus city as a focal point of the National NAIDOC Week.

The 2018 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony focus city is Sydney.

The 2018 Awards Ceremony will be held on Gadigal land on Friday 13 July at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

This gathering will coincide with 80th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning which was held in Sydney back in 1938.

The black-tie ceremony is the most significant and anticipated event on the National Indigenous calendar and is the longest running and only truly national Indigenous Awards of its kind. We will have all the details on the winners in next week’s edition.

Federal Department of Education Website Updates

The Federal Department of Education recently updated their website to make it easier to find the information you need.

There is a section dedicated to apprenticeships where you can find information on topics such as
  • how to decide whether an apprenticeship is right for you
  • how to start an apprenticeship
  • how to get a loan from the government to help with your costs while training
  • when you or your employer can cancel your apprenticeship, and what you must do
  • how to get a copy of your trade papers
  • when to update details on your training contract and how to do it.
  • Employers of apprentices and Find out how to employ an apprentice, including how to find one and get an incentive to take them on.
Federal Dept Website updates
To check out the website please visit the Department of Education.

ACNC Update

2017 Annual Information Statement now Overdue for Thousands of Charities

Thousands of charities have failed to submit their 2017 Annual Information Statement by the due date set by ACNC.

Submitting the Annual Information Statement is a requirement of maintaining registration with the ACNC, and charities that fail to report risk financial penalties and ultimately, the loss of charity status.

The ACNC have are a range of free resources, including a step-by-step guide and checklist, available on the ACNC website for further information please visit the ACNC website.

Melbourne Career Expo - July 20 - 22 2018

The Melbourne Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 17th year, the event will be held on Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July, 2018, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Southbank (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.
With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

For more information on the event or to download a free ticket, please visit the Career Expo website or speak to Bill Lennox the expo's Business Development Manager directly on 03 9620 9920.

NCVER Update

Internet Job Postings: Preliminary Skills Analysis Reports

Last week NCVER has licensed access to Australian internet job postings data collected by Burning Glass Technologies. This data is sourced from job ads posted on various websites and provides information on the number and types of jobs available, as well as the required and desirable skills requested by employers.

This data complements NCVER’s existing data collections and surveys by providing information about demand in the Australian labour market, including the skills requested by employers.

NCVER has designed this suite of products to demonstrate the utility of these data and the possibilities they offer for further research and analysis. We welcome your feedback on the best ways to use this new data source to inform and influence the Australian VET sector.

These products focus on the skills requested in the internet job postings and how they relate to the skills being provided in training. We also provide examples of the kinds of analyses and insights that can be gained from the data.

The four products are:
  • Internet job postings: preliminary skills analysis – technical paper, which outlines how these data are collected and analysed, how they compare with other sources of data, and considerations for the use and interpretation of the data.

    It is important to read this document to understand this new and different data source.
  • Internet job postings: employability skills – infographic, which focuses on the general skills and attributes being requested across occupations and industries and has case studies on Hospitality workers and the Child care services sector
  • Internet job postings: trending and emerging skills – infographic, which focuses on the skills being requested more often across occupations and industries and has case studies on the ICT and telecommunications sector and Electricians
  • Internet job postings: personal care and support skills – infographic, which focuses on the skills being requested for jobs involving personal care and support.
To access further information please visit NCVER.

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2017

Last week NCVER released its Contract completion and attrition rates report which is derived by tracking the outcomes of contracts of training over time. However, due to the duration of training, this method requires some years to pass to enable an accurate report on outcomes for the majority of contracts. In this instance, we can report completion and attrition rates for contracts commenced in 2012 for trade occupations and in 2013 for non-trade occupations.

For apprentices and trainees commencing later than 2012 or 2013, we need to estimate completion and attrition rates, given that significant proportions are still undertaking their training. This is achieved by applying a ‘life tables’ methodology to up-to-date cross-tabulations of commencements, completions and cancellations/withdrawals.

Further details on this methodology may be found at Estimating apprentice and trainee completion and attrition rates using a ‘life tables’ approach.

During an apprenticeship or traineeship there may be many reasons for changes in contracts, such as a change in employer, with breaks in the training. Therefore, in addition to reporting on contract outcomes, it is also useful to look at the completion rates of individuals.

Highlights include:

Contract completion rates for apprentices and trainees commencing in 2013, the latest year for which final rates are available, were:

‒ 52.7% for all occupations, a decrease from 55.4% for those commencing in 2012.
‒ 47.1% for trades occupations, a decrease from 48.5% for those commencing in 2012.
‒ 57.1% for non-trades occupations, a decrease from 58.8% for those commencing in 2012.

Contract attrition rates within the first 12 months increased from 30.2% for contracts commencing in 2013 to 33.0% for contracts commencing in 2014.

To access the full report please visit NCVER.

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