Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 42

Friday, 16th November 2018
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Upcoming Events

22 Nov - AGM & Awards Dinner
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AEN 2018 Annual Awards

This year AEN received a record number of entries for our annual awards.

The 2018 AEN Annual Award finalists are:

ATOA Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Australian Super
(winner receives $250 gift card)

  • Daniel Aarons - Gforce - Certificate III in Automotive
  • Thofan Boontham - SMGT - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Ethan Hardwick - CVGT - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Katrina Palmer - Gforce - 5th Year Electrical & Instrumentation
  • Nathan Ramsbotham - AGA - Certificate III in Carpentry
Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by VicSuper
(winner receives $250 gift card)
  • Abbey Halton - Gforce - Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Kyle Lancaster - Programmed - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • Craig McCauley - CVGT - Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Support
  • Lucy Smeaton - AFL Sports Ready - Certificate III in Business
  • Rosalie Summers - Westvic Staffing Solutions - Certificate III in Business
STAR (Stop Taking A Risk) Apprentice/Trainee OHS Award - Sponsored by EML
  • Joel Hancock-Bice - BGT - Engineering Fabrication Apprentice
  • Jayden Mollica - Programmed - Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice
  • Brody Murphy - Gforce - Certificate III in Horticulture
GTO Service Excellence Award - Sponsored by MARSH
  • AGA - AGA SEAT Program
  • Skillinvest - Jobs Victoria Indigenous Employment Program
  • Westvic Staffing Solutions - Glenormiston Agriculture Employment Program
  • Victorian Group Training - Speak Up
Thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to enter the awards.

The caliber of nominations was extremely high which made the judges decisions tough.

Congratulations to all finalists.

We look forward to hearing more at the awards dinner on Thursday 22 November at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown.

Registrations have closed.

AEN Annual General Meeting – 22 November

A reminder the AEN AGM is on next week:

DATE: 22 November 2018
TIME: 4.00pm
LOCATION: Pelicans Landing - 1 Syme Street Williamstown

Please visit the AEN website to access the 2017-18 Annual Report.

Skillsroad – 2018 Youth Census Report

SkillsRoad - Responses
SkillsRoad - 1524yo
In September 2018 ASA conducted the largest Youth Census in Australia with over 30,000 youth, aged 15-24 completing the survey.

The research was commissioned by Apprenticeship Support Australia in response to concerns regarding rising youth unemployment and a range of evident changes in today’s workforce.

This vitally important research conducted by leading Registered Psychologist Danielle Buckley in close collaboration with other industry experts, explores how our youth are faring and the impact their hopes and fears is having on them as they transition from education into the workforce.

The findings aim to raise awareness about the critical importance of young people in Australia having unbiased access to information about all the careers and study options available to them.

Additionally, the findings are intended to inform parents, teachers and current or future employers about challenges and concerns youth across Australia are facing and resulting wellbeing levels, as well as what this means for our workforce at a bigger scale.

For further information and to download a free copy of the report please visit Skillsroad.

Victorian GTO Funding – 2018/19 Fact Sheet

Late last week the Victorian Department of Education and Training released their updated GTO funding fact sheet for 2018/19.

As you may be aware, a continuation of funding for GTOs under the Victorian Group Training Program has been approved.

New funding agreements will need to be executed to action funding for this financial year. These will be in the form of a common funding agreement (similar to the format used for the agreements which have just lapsed).

The new agreement will require your GTO’s:
  • Legal name
  • ABN
  • Primary Contact for the purpose of the agreement
  • Phone number for the primary contact
  • E-mail
If these have changed since the previous agreements were executed in April 2016 please provide updated information.

National VET Training Awards – Sydney

Australian Training Awards 2018
The National Training Awards were held in Sydney on Thursday evening this week.

Summary of award winners include:

Busselton Senior High School WA - School pathways to VET
Siemens Victoria - Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award
Spencer Constructions QLD - Small employer of the year
North Constructions & Building NSW - Medium Employer of the Year
PACCAR Australia Victoria - Large Employer of the Year
Integrating Training and Biodiversity Conservation WA - Industry Collaboration Award
PEER SA - Small Training Provider of the Year
Box Hill Institute Victoria - International Training Provider of the Year
Wodonga Institute of Tafe Victoria - Large Training Provider of the Year

Catilan Noble (WA) - Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology - Vocational Student of the Year
Soleil White (WA) - Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Student of the Year
Kimberly Brewster (NT) - Certificate III Business - Australian Trainee of the Year
Caitlin Whittle (WA) - Certificate III Hospitality - Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year
Michael Edwards (NSW) - Certificate III Electro technology - Australian Apprentice of the Year

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

To see a full list of the finalists and winners please visit the Australian Training Awards.


Last Thursday AVETRA hosted their annual OctoberVET conference in Ballarat.

OctoberVET is the annual season of VET Research showcasing events to share information and ideas about VET.

OctoberVET events are designed and driven by local Convenors supported by AVETRA. OctoberVET complements AVETRA’s annual conference, and as the name suggests, it runs through October (with a few events usually spilling into November as well).

For further information please visit Avetra - OctoberVet.

Jump for Bully Zero - Fundraising

BullyZero - Skydiving

As an organisation that receives no government funding, Bully Zero are reliant on the generosity of their supporters to raise vital awareness and funds.

These funds ensure that Bully Zero can deliver their educational programs across all parts of Australia, educating students, parents, teachers, apprentices / trainees, employers and the wider community on how to prevent bullying.

Help us throw Gary Workman out of a plane for a good cause!

Now many of you would also like to throw a Collingwood supporter out of a plane – so here is your chance to do both – support a great cause and see Gary jump out of a plane on 16 December.

As at 9am on Friday this week you have helped raise over $1300 so the jump is definitely on – and thank you to everyone that has supported the fundraising effort so far.

To view the fundraising page and to donate please visit My Cause - Gary Workman.

Thanks for your support in this fantastic cause – it is greatly appreciated.

Minister Celebrates 2000th MIP Student to Explore Local Apprenticeship Opportunities

2000th MIP Participants Cheering
On Friday last week the Hon. Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education visited Baimbridge Secondary College in Hamilton, Victoria to celebrate the 2000th participant milestone in the Multi-Industry pilot program.

Westvic Staffing Solutions has partnered with a number of local secondary schools over the past two years to support students to better understand local apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways in the south west region of Victoria.

The program is designed to allow students to experience multiple career pathways through training, work experience and industry presentations which assists them in making a more informed choice when leaving secondary school.

To date the program has assisted over 2160 youth across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania and has achieved a 40%+ success rate for youth entering into an apprenticeship upon completing the program.

Surprisingly almost 50% of participants changed their mind on their preferred career option from what they originally wanted to do.

The programs cover a wide range of industry themes including Building and Construction, Engineering and Automotive, Business and community services, and land, food and fibre.

“This program has engaged the community where, youth, schools and local employers have the chance to trial a range of career options to find the best fit. We congratulate the Commonwealth Government on their long term commitment to our industry, and to supporting youth into highly skilled careers” said Dean Luciani, AEN Chair and CEO of Westvic Staffing Solutions based in Warrnambool and Hamilton.

Gary Workman, Executive Director of AEN, also discussed the valuable work that group training organisations provide in their local communities.

“Australia is facing shortages of skilled workers in many areas and apprenticeships are a way of ensuring we have skilled workers for the future and that we do not leave a generation of young people permanently locked out of the workforce."

“We congratulate the Commonwealth government on their support of this program over the past 2 years. It strongly demonstrates the government’s commitment to apprenticeships and traineeships and will ensure our youth receive real skills and training, and valuable career opportunities, which will provide a strong foundation for our economy into the future”.

Please visit AEN - 2000th MIP Student for more information.

McHappy Day - Saturday 17 November 2018

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is calling on Aussies to dig deep and help put a smile on the face of seriously ill children and their families with the return of McHappy Day on Saturday 17th November.

As the largest fundraiser for RMHC Australia nationally, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their seriously ill child undergoes treatment.

Since it first started in 1991, McHappy Day has raised more than $42 million for RMHC and over $4 million in 2017.

  • Buying a Big Mac from the Macca’s near you – $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day will go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities, and for the first time Big Macs will be available all day following the launch of McDonald’s all day menu.
  • Looking the part and picking-up a pair of $5 McHappy Day socks or $2, $5, $10 or $50 Helping Hands.
  • Making a gold coin donation to McDonalds Bucket Brigades that will be out in full force on McHappy Day.
For further details please visit RMHC - McHappy Day.

Five Years of WGEA Data Shows Employer Action has Delivered Results

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) today released today which shows that over the last five years, employer action is improving workplace gender equality.

The Agency’s Director, Libby Lyons, launched the 2017-18 WGEA data at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday this week.

The WGEA data records a steady increase in the number of women in management roles and strong growth in employer action in areas such as overall gender equality policies and strategies, pay equity and flexible work.

The gender pay gap has declined every year and this year has seen the biggest single-year drop (down 1.1pp) in the average full-time total remuneration gender pay gap.

However, the data confirms that we still have a long way to go. There are pay gaps favouring men in every industry and occupation and women earn, on average, just 79% of men’s full-time total remuneration salaries.

The five-year data trends also show virtually no movement in gender segregation across Australian industries and little improvement in either access to paid parental leave or the representation of women at CEO level or on boards.

For further information please visit WGEA - Media Release.

NCVER Update

NCVER Annual Report
NCVER (National Centre for Vocational Education Research) Annual report was released earlier this week.

Please visit the NCVER wesbite for more information and to access the 2017-18 Annual Report.

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