Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 47

Friday, 21st December 2018
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AEN Office Closure Over Christmas Period

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Updated Information on all Commonwealth Apprenticeship Wage Subsidies

Australian Apprenticeships
Yesterday afternoon the Australian government released the guidelines for the Australian Apprenticeships incentives program.

The guidelines cover all incentives available to eligible employers (incl. GTOs)
The guidelines cover

  • Employer incentives at commencement
  • Declared drought areas
  • Mature aged workers
  • School based apprenticeships
  • Recommencement incentives
  • Completion incentives
  • GTO certificate II completion incentive
  • Support of adult apprentices
  • Living away from home allowance
  • Disability apprentice wage support
  • Section G also covers the recently announced Australian apprentice wage subsidy – where a portion of the 1630 places will be for GTOs.

The guidelines also have specific clauses relating to GTOs

The aim of the Program is to increase the relevant national skills base in Australia by providing additional payments where Australian Apprentices are working towards an Occupational Outcome identified on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL).

For further information and to access the guidelines please visit Australian Apprenticeships.

Have Your Say About The Gig Economy In Victoria

Victorians will be able to have their say on their experiences with “gig economy” businesses like ride sharing services, as part of the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into the on-demand workforce.

Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas and Chair of the Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce Natalie James called for Victorians to share their experience of working, operating a business or consuming goods or services in the on-demand workforce.

The On-Demand Workforce Inquiry, which commenced in October 2018, is seeking to improve understanding of the on-demand workforce in Victoria.

Digital platforms that connect workers to consumers and businesses are providing Victorians with greater choice and flexibility, but there is currently very little information available about the size of the industry or conditions of the workforce.

A key focus of the Inquiry is to explore the arrangements covering workers in the on-demand workforce, looking at the legal status of people working with or for online companies or platforms in Victoria.

This will include reviewing the application and effective enforcement of workplace laws – including workers’ compensation, superannuation and health and safety laws for these workers.

The Inquiry will also gather information about the impact on businesses operating outside of the on-demand economy, addressing concerns about the lack of a level playing field for businesses.
All Victorians who have participated in the on-demand workforce – such as workers, consumers or businesses – are encouraged to have their say and submit evidence, examples or case studies to the Inquiry.

A background paper, which provides an overview of relevant material and suggested questions and issues for participants to consider, is available to help people frame their submissions.

Submissions are open until 6 February 2019 and the Inquiry is expected to deliver a final report to the Government in late-2019.

To find out more information, check out the background paper and have your say on the impact of the gig economy in Victoria, visit Victorian Government - Demand Inquiry.

NCVER Update

The Young people in education and training 2017 Report brings together information collected by NCVER, the ABS and the Department of Education and Training to provide data on students enrolled in school, VET and higher education.

National VET budget info at your fingertips

Commonwealth, state and territory budgets are usually made up of multiple documents. Anyone who has tried to find specific information in them will know how time consuming it can be.

The new Budgets section in the VET Knowledge Bank contains (for each jurisdiction):
  • highlights from the 2018-19 budget categorised under: Apprenticeships and traineeships, Employment, Industry and Training providers and programs
  • links to current budget documents containing skills and training information
  • links to past budgets.

Around 9 in 10 VET students satisfied with training

The results of Australia’s largest VET student survey are in, and satisfaction with training and job prospects remains high.

Data from over 200,000 VET students shows 86.8% of graduates and 90.4% of subject completers are satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

It also shows that 48.4% of graduates who weren’t employed before training were employed after, up 1.3 percentage points from 2017, and that the median annual income for VET graduates employed in their first full-time job after training is $45 000.

The story is also good for VET graduates who were employed before training, with 18.6% being employed at a higher skill level after training, up 1.5 percentage points from 2017.

Jump for Bully Zero Fundraising

BullyZero - Skydiving
Just a quick update to let everyone know that a new date has been locked in.

Gary will now be jumping on Saturday 26 January between 10.00am and noon - St Kilda Marina.

Photos will be sent through (as proof) once the jump has been completed.

Thanks again for your support in this very worthwhile cause
To view the fundraising page and to donate please visit My Cause - Gary Workman.

Federal Government Announces VET Funding Programs

The Federal Government continues to invest in Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Apprenticeship sectors to support the skills needs of Australian job seekers, employers and industry.

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said earlier this week the MYEFO statement along with the independent Expert Review of the VET system, underlines the Government’s strong commitment to the delivery of quality skills and training.

Minister Cash said the Government’s measures include:
  • · $5.4 million to support the work of WorldSkills Australia
  • · $3.9 million to the Tasmanian Government’s North-West Tasmania Job Ready Generation Package
  • · $750,000 to support the establishment of the Advanced Welding Training Centre in Caboolture (QLD)
"WorldSkills Australia is a respected organisation that works to provide opportunities for many thousands of Australians each year to benchmark their skills through regional, national and international competitions to ‘have a go’ at a range of trade and skill based careers through their Try’aSkill activities," Minister Cash said.

"Our funding commitment, approximately $1.2 million each year, will provide WorldSkills Australia with a sustainable funding base so they can focus on their great work to promote and build a skills culture in Australia, and help showcase excellence in Australian VET.

"Similarly, our commitment of $3.9 million to a joint project with the Tasmania Government will help generate more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities throughout north-western Tasmanian communities.

"This will support a range of new initiatives, including a job-match program to deliver training for around 160 school-based apprentices, the delivery of five mobile welding simulators for Burnie, the establishment of a new Apprenticeships Scholarships Pilot for priority industry sectors which will provide up to 200 scholarships, and an agriculture skills initiative for up around 150 workers in the sector.

"And a further $750,000 will help Weld Australia establish an Advanced Welding Training Centre in Caboolture, Queensland.

"This funding will enable Weld Australia to purchase ten state-of-the-art Augmented Reality Welding Simulators and deliver world-class training for new and existing workers – skills which will be vital in securing jobs in rolling stock, defence and infrastructure projects."

Minister Cash said projects like these provide real outcomes and strong pathways to jobs in areas of skills needs – which is particularly important in regional Australian communities.

"That’s why we’re also investing approximately $60 million to trial a wage subsidy incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to take on more apprentices," Minister Cash said.

"While a further $27.7 million will expand eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive and to encourage more employers to engage more adult apprentices aged 21-24 years."
Minister Cash said the MYEFO statement today also confirmed that the Australian Government would continue to manage tuition assurance arrangements throughout 2019, to ensure students are protected in the event of training provider closures.

Consultations for the Expert Review of the VET system are underway.

The Government welcomes the enthusiasm and participation thus far and encourages all interested groups and individuals to make a submission before the 25 January 2019 closure date.

The Review report will be delivered to Government in March 2019, prior to the 2019 Federal Budget.

Latest National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis.

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible to attract the following employer incentives and personal benefits:
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments
  • Trade Support Loans
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive
The trades included on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) are listed on the National Skills Needs List factsheet.

To access the NSNL please visit Australian Apprenticeships.

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