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AE News Volume 11, Issue 34

Friday, 21st September 2018
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VRQA Update

Apprenticeship trade papers

Victorians who have successfully completed their apprenticeship over the last five years will have their trade formally recognised following the re-introduction of Trade Papers by the Victorian Government.

People who complete an apprenticeship work hard and deserve recognition of their trade – which is why industry, training providers and apprentices have been calling for the return of Trade Papers since 2014.

Trade Papers are a separate certificate awarded to those who successfully complete their formal training through an apprenticeship. They serve as a signal to employers and customers that this person has done the hard yards and is able to apply occupational skills on-the-job.

The trade papers will be implemented by VRQA and further information will be available shortly.

VRQA new regulatory field services provider

The new apprenticeship field services provider is the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS).
Starting this month, VAFS will be checking in with apprentices and trainees across Victoria to make sure they have what they need to complete their apprenticeships and traineeships.

Apprentices and trainees will be able to provide feedback on their work and training progress, via telephone interviews and online surveys. This complements workplace visits by VAFS authorised officers.

For further information please visit the VRQA website.

AEN Awards - Nominatons Close Soon

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 Industry 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.

Hurry! Nominations close 28 September.

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

Labour Market Update

Victorian Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.8%

Victoria’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.8 per cent — its lowest rate in seven years – with more than 10,000 full-time jobs created in the month of August alone.

Labour Force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week shows almost 73,000 new jobs have been created in the last twelve months – three quarters of them full time.

Victoria’s unemployment rate is below the Australian average of 5.3 percent.

Since 2014, more than 370,000 jobs have been created in Victoria – contributing to more than a third of the nation’s employment growth with the majority of these – 247,600 – are full-time roles, an increase of 12.5 percent.

New insights into local labour markets – New ABS report

New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week provides fresh insights into the jobs that are filled during each year. This information provides reliable annual data on filled jobs for more than 2,200 different regions across Australia.

ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said the new findings into Australia’s labour market, published in Jobs in Australia, had been made possible by combining a range of data sets.

“For example we know that Australians worked a total of more than 18.5 million jobs in 2015-16, an increase of 490,000 jobs since 2011-12,” Mr Hockman said.

New National Report Analyses Industry Skills Demand

The National Overview provides high-level analysis of industry skills needs, and the factors and trends affecting the demand for skills at a national and cross-industry level.

The overview draws on Industry Reference Committee (IRC) 2017 Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work and supports identification of training package review and development work including opportunities for reform.

It links the cross-industry analysis on skills needs with the activities and initiatives of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and its network of Industry Reference Committees.

To access the full report please visit the AISC website.

BGT to Move Head Office

Ballarat Group Training (BGT) has won the lease for the former Ballarat Secondary College site, which has sat dormant for almost two years.

BGT will be the lead tenant at the Barkly Street campus, under a five-year agreement struck with the Department of Education and Training.

The Barkly Street site has been vacant since Ballarat Secondary College’s class of 2016 completed VCE, after declining enrolments.

BGT chairman Mark Schultz said the not-for-profit would operate from the site by January, using it as a state-of-the-art training centre to help young people gain employment.

“This is a historic moment in the life of BGT as we fulfil our mission to ‘create success stories through skills and jobs’ by matching high quality, work-relevant training with local industry needs,” he said.

Education minister James Merlino said the site would allow the training provider to expand their important work, while preserving the historic school buildings.

“The Ballarat community told us they wanted the former Barkly Street campus to remain a space for the community and that’s exactly what we’ve achieved,” he said. “It means people across the region will have better access to the support they need to find employment.”

Congratulations to the team at BGT!

Koorie Education Celebrated At 2018 Wurreker Awards

Last Week Training providers, teachers, employers and employees who have made a significant contribution to Koorie training and employment were celebrated at the 2018 Wurreker Awards.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney congratulated nominees and winners at the annual awards, hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI), which recognise outstanding achievement in supporting Koorie learners in vocational education and training (VET) and Koorie employment.

Through the Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, the Victorian Government is working in partnership with VAEAI to improve learning and development outcomes for Koorie learners.

Koorie learners participating in VET are also supported through the Wurreker strategy, which aims to improve education and training delivery in the VET sector to achieve quality education, training and employment outcomes for Koorie learners.

For further information please visit the VAEAI website.

October 8-10 World VET Congress

World Federation of Colleges & Polytecnics
From 8-10 October, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) will be exploring new challenges in vocational and professional education and training caused by advances in technologies and automation. The theme of the Congress is ‘Preparing for the Skills Future, Now’ and will be looking into how these challenges are impacting work, society and people.

Hosted by Australian TAFEs, the Congress brings together community colleges and polytechnics from around the world, as well as experts in professional and vocational education and training. With a focus on action-based solutions to these challenges, the Congress will make a difference to the outcomes of millions of vocational and professional students around the world.

On the Monday 8 October AEN will also be hosting a specific apprenticeship site tour with Holmesglen Institute aimed specifically at international delegates as part of the world congress conference.

To find out more or register for the event, visit the WFCP website.
Australian Super Ageing Workforce Seminar
How prepared is your business for an ageing workforce?

Today, baby boomers outnumber other generations in the workforce, with many rising through the ranks and holding senior positions in business.

In light of this, investing in retention and transition strategies for these employees makes sense, given the skills, knowledge and experience they bring to the table.

To help your business navigate the challenges and opportunities of an ageing workforce, join us on 15 October at the Sofitel Melbourne at 11.00am, for a free 90 minute seminar where leading workplace experts discuss:
  • the business impacts of the new Long Service Leave legislation that starts 1 November 2018
  • best practice strategies for businesses across recruitment, retention, and retirement, to support competitive advantage and help mitigate risk
  • protecting against loss of knowledge and intellectual property
  • the new retirement – life before and after
  • the importance of employee mental health and wellbeing

    When: Monday 15 October
    Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
    Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

    Light lunch will be served.
Who should attend

This seminar is of particular relevance to HR, OH&S personnel and those responsible for employee health and wellbeing.
Marsh-Workplace Risk Ready

We are pleased to invite you to the 2018 Workforce Strategies Forum

Presented as part of the Marsh Academy of Risk series, and proudly supported by EML, the Workforce Strategies Forum is now in its 11th year. This year's program explores a range of issues that are likely to impact your workplace now and in the years ahead.

Our industry experts and business leaders will offer insights on the following topics:
  • Sleep and its impact on a productive, safe, healthy workplace
  • Behavioural insight – why workers take risks
  • The Care Factor: creating a caring and safe workplace culture
  • The future of people risk: a claims management view
  • Implementing safety systems in a changing organisation
  • What will the workforce of the future look like?
  • Claims management case study: Improving performance through early intervention
  • Legal obligations for managing employees with mental health issues
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in one of three interactive workshops:
  • Practical and proactive strategies for assisting workers with psychological injury claims
  • Using your data effectively to improve your safety and injury management performance
  • Integrated people risk – structuring people risk programs for positive outcomes
The event will conclude with informal networking drinks and canapés with colleagues and peers.

We hope you can join us for the 11th Annual Workforce Strategies Forum.

Please register by Tuesday 16 October using the links below:


Tuesday 23 October 2018
Time: 8:15am - 5:00pm
Venue: Dockside, Darling Harbour

View full agenda here


Thursday 25 October 2018
Time: 8:15am - 5:00pm
Venue: Marsh Offices, Melbourne

View full agenda here

National Training Awards

national training awards
Real Skills for Real Careers Logo
We’d like to congratulate all the state finalists and winners from around Australia who have shown amazing commitment and innovation in their state’s VET sector.

The winners from each state will now have the opportunity to contest the Australian Training Awards, which will be held in Sydney on 15 November.

Find out the state winners and finalists below:

Thanks to our Industry Partners

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