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AE News Volume 12, Issue 17

Friday, 17th May 2019
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Victorian Training Market Report for 2017

The Victorian Training Market Report for 2017 was released recently and has been prepared for key stakeholders in the Victorian training system.

The first section of the report draws on data compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Using NCVER data aligns the report to nationally published data. The report shows trends between Victoria and other jurisdictions.

The remainder of the report represents data submitted to the department by TAFEs and other government-contracted training providers.

This compares performance for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar years to provide a picture of changes and trends over time.

To access the full report please visit Victorian Training Market Reports.

Federal Opposition Announce – GTO Women in Trades Program

On Wednesday this week Labor announced if elected it will invest $12 million to help more women do an apprenticeship and build a career as a tradie.

Women should have safe and inclusive opportunities to become fully qualified and well-paid tradespeople. Many trades are still male dominated, but that doesn’t need to continue to be the norm.

Women wanting to gain a trade in male dominated occupations face major barriers to finding quality trade apprenticeships.

As little as 2 percent of workers in well paid traditional trades including electrical, building, automotive and engineering are women.

In 2019, we need to do better. A recent study of women in the automotive trades found that only half believed that men and women were treated equally at work.

One in four women reported direct sexual harassment and over 40 percent had been subjected to offensive language or behaviour at work because of their gender.

To level the playing field, we need to change our approach. Under Labor’s program, group training organisations will recruit women who want to undertake a trade and link them with employers that are committed to making their work places more diverse and inclusive.

Experienced group training organisations will provide direct assistance to employers and apprentices to help break down the barriers faced by women.

For further details please visit Labors Plan to Support Women in Trades.

AEN Mid-Year Conference 6 & 7 June RACV Goldfields Creswick Last Chance to Register - Registrations Close 22 May

Registrations are open for our mid-year conference being held on 6 & 7 June at RACV Goldfields Creswick near Ballarat.

The 1.5 day conference is jam packed with up to date speakers including;
  • Department of Education
  • VRQA
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Victorian Labour Hire Commission
  • Commonwealth Apprenticeship Employer Incentives
  • Women in Trades Australia
For further details and to register to please visit the AEN Calendar.

Registration closes on COB 22 May.

Holmesglen – New Civil Construction & Tunnelling Training Centre

Congratulations to Holmesglen for officially opening their New Civil construction & Tunnelling centre at Chadstone earlier this week.

The Australian-first tunnelling training centre will train thousands of local workers as part of the Victorian Government’s planned Suburban Rail Loop Westgate Tunnel and Metro Tunnel projects.

The centre is one of only 3 tunnelling centres in the world and will be able to deliver the training and skills required to support the major infrastructure projects planned for the State over the next 10 years.

The new facility will include a replica tunnel with a full-height entrance, three multi-purpose engineering workrooms and training facilities including tunnel shaft and concrete lining spray simulators, as well as virtual reality experiences.

For further information please visit Holmesglen Tunnelling Centre.

Jobs Australia 2019 Report

This week the Department of Jobs and Small Business released their annual Jobs forecast report – Australian Jobs 2019.

Australian Jobs is an easy to follow guide to the Australian labour market.

It includes information about industries and occupations as well as states, territories and regions.

The publication highlights trends in the Australian labour market and provides guidance about job search and the skills employers value.
To access the full report please visit Australian Jobs 2019.

There is also an interactive website that provides all the statistics and details – to access the information please visit the Department of Jobs and Small Businesses.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency Reporting

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) reporting finishes in three weeks. The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 requires non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report to the WGEA between 1 April and 31 May each year for the preceding 12-month period (1 April – 31 March each year).

Here are three things you should consider doing now:

Reporting checklist
  • Start preparing your information now. Early preparation and submission will mean faster access and response times to the portal
  • Ensure you have a current AUSkey to log into the portal. If you are not sure, go to the WGEA website and click on the ‘Portal Login’ at the top right-hand corner of the screen
  • If there is a problem with your AUSKey scroll down the page to the ‘Further AUSkey issues’ section of the AUSkey page on the WGEA website for answers to common issues
  • Download the Workplace profile worksheets and the Indicative format of the workplace profile and reporting questionnaire from the WGEA website.
For ease, WGEA encourages employers to use the ‘unit level template’ when preparing their workplace profile, as the online system will automatically aggregate the data.

WGEA has refreshed its reporting resources and will be conducting a Q&A webinar series throughout May to assist organisations through this process.

Interaction Not Interruption: How Young People Engage with Brands and Advertising Online

Year 13 last week released a new report into a recent survey of young people: Young people are watching less TV, listening to less radio, aren't reading newspapers or magazines and want brands to be more creative and innovative in the ways they reach them online.

In this report, Year13 reveals how young people are interacting with brands online, how they most enjoy being advertised to and what steps brands can take to create more effective youth marketing strategies.

To access the free report please visit Year13.

Engaging Employers and Developing Skills at the Local Level in Australia

Recently the OECD release a report on Engaging Employers and Developing Skills at the Local Level in Australia.

Local vocational education and training programmes serve as a valuable educational pathway to improve the transition from school to work.

Within the VET system, quality apprenticeship programmes can provide employers with a skilled workforce that is more agile in a rapidly evolving global economy while also supporting new employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups.

This report focuses on how to better engage employers in apprenticeships and other work-based skills development programmes aligned with growing sectors of the local economy.

A key part of this report was the implementation of an employer-based survey, which gathered information from over 300 Australian employers about their skills needs and barriers to apprenticeship participation.

The report also provides information on four case studies, including Sydney Metro and STEMship in New South Wales, Collective Education in Tasmania, and the Dream, Believe, Achieve programme in Queensland.

The case studies demonstrate how local organisations are building stronger business-education partnerships.

To access the report please visit OECD.

New Chief Executive For Regional Development Victoria

The Victorian Government last week announced the appointment of Beth Jones as the new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria.

Regional Development Victoria is the state’s lead agency for rural and regional economic development, building stronger communities by supporting business investment, local jobs and infrastructure that local people need.

As the first female CEO of Regional Development Victoria, Ms Jones brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, most recently as Executive Director Biosecurity and Agriculture Services at Agriculture Victoria where she led the delivery of key initiatives to grow and protect Victoria's agricultural sector.

With 20 years’ experience in the public sector, Ms Jones has expertise in program delivery, regulatory reform, industry and community engagement, policy development and emergency management.

Ms Jones’ skills and experience have positioned her perfectly to lead the key organisation that delivers for rural and regional Victoria.

In addition to her role as CEO, Ms Jones has been appointed Deputy Secretary for the Rural and Regional Victoria group within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. She will commence in both roles on 13 June and will be based in Ballarat.

Ms Jones’ appointment will ensure the Government continues to deliver for rural and regional Victorians, to build more vibrant and connected communities that make country Victoria an even better place to live and work.

For further information please visit the full media release.

65th Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Close Today

65th Victorian Training Awards
Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers can now nominate for the 65th Victorian Training Awards.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney, has opened nominations for the awards this week, which recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector.

“The Victorian Training Awards don’t just celebrate success—they inspire it.”

“This is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual or organisation in the VET sector that deserves extra recognition.”

There are 16 categories including six for individuals, four for employers, four for training organisations as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne in September, with winners receiving $5000 in prize money.

Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

For further information please visit Victorian Training Awards.

To nominate for the 2019 Victorian Training Awards visit the Award Nominations & Registration page.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 17 May.

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