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AE News Volume 12, Issue 12

Friday, 12th April 2019
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Upcoming Events

8 May - Mental Health in the Workplace
21 May - Conflict Resolution
29 May - Developing Creativity
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WorldSkills Global Challenge April 10-14

On Wednesday evening this week in Melbourne, WorldSkills Australia launched the Global Skills Challenge that will see 16 countries compete in 24 different trade skills over four days with 180+ competitors.

The competition has been arranged so each country can use it as a “warm-up” towards the WorldSkills competition being held in August in Russia.

Competitions are being held at RMIT, Holmesglen and Kangan Institute over the four days with competitions finishing on Sunday.
Congratulations and best of luck to the Australian and the other 15 teams competing this week.

For further information please visit the WordSkills website.

National Youth Week: 5 - 14 April

National Youth Week is an annual, week long celebration of young people aged 12–25 throughout Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

It gives young people a chance to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives.

It's also lots of fun and celebrates the positive contributions young people make to their communities.

More than 100 youth-focused activities and projects hare happening throughout Victorian Youth Week 2019. The interactive map shows what events are happening around Victoria.

To find out more information on specific Victorian Events please visit the Youth Central website.

The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2018

Building Tomorrow's Global Citizens
The report released this week was commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation.

The analysis is also based on in-depth interviews conducted with 17 global experts on education.

The index was developed to assess the effectiveness of education systems in preparing students for the demands of work and life in a rapidly changing landscape.

It focuses on the 15-24 age band in 50 economies around the world.
Among the 50 economies the index now covers, Finland emerges in 2018 as the leader in providing future-skills education, followed closely by Switzerland.

Both systems are strong in all three index categories, but they particularly excel in their policy environment—in, for example, the formulation of future-skills strategy and attention to curriculum and assessment frameworks.

These and other small, wealthy economies in Europe and Asia dominate the upper tier of the index.

Overall Australia ranked outside the top 10 with a range of indicators including, Policy environment, Teaching environment and Socio Economic conditions.
To access the full report please visit the Educating for the Future, Economist page.

Ai Group Skills, Education and Training Policy Paper

This week Ai Group released its Skills, Education and Training Policy paper.

Education and training play critical roles in the economy and in the broader community. If Australians are to have access to challenging, high-paid jobs in high-productivity industries and to have greater social and economic opportunities, our education and training outcomes need to lift and be more closely aligned with the rapidly changing opportunities in the labour market.

The policy paper also promotes the benefits that group training offers businesses and individuals.

For further information please download the Ai Group Skills, Education and Training publication.

New Chair Elected to the Board of the National Apprentice Employment Network

The Board of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) is delighted to advise that David Nagy, General Manager, Recruitment and Training at Maxima, has been elected as Chair of the national peak body.

David has been on the Board of NAEN since early 2018 and has served on the Board of AEN (South Australia) since 2014 and been its Chair since 2015.

David takes over as NAEN Chair from John Liddicoat who stood down from the role last month, as well as from his position as General Manager of Novaskill to take up a new position outside the group training sector.

David said he was excited to be taking on the role of Chair at a time of positive change in the world of group training and across the broader VET sector.

“There is enormous potential opening up for group training as the workforce undergoes rapid technological change and the place of apprenticeships and traineeships takes on a renewed importance,” he said.

“I am honoured to be stepping into the role of Chair and enormously grateful for the work of my predecessor, John Liddicoat, who has left an indelible mark on group training and the national network in so many ways”.

Originally employed at Maxima in 2013 as Marketing Coordinator, David has spent more than 15 years in the group training sector. He studied at the University of Adelaide and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).

The Board of NAEN also extends its thanks to NAEN Deputy Chair Sharon Smith who served as Acting Chair ahead of this week’s election.

Astute Payroll has Appointed and Administrator

We have been made aware that Astute Payroll has appointed administrators for their business. A number of GTOs across Australia are current users of Astute Payroll however may not be aware of this development.

Further information on the announcement is available through ASIC and Shortlist's online story.

Whilst no further information is currently available, GTOs should ensure they take regular backups of their data in the event that the system is suddenly shut down. It may be also useful to make yourself known to the Administrator regarding your data.

Holmesglen Annual Graduation and Awards

Over the last two weeks Holmesglen have held their annual awards festival and graduation ceremonies with more than 600 students, which culminated in their awards evening last Friday night.

Here is a summary of the key award winners:

Outstanding VCAL – Athan Samaras – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)
Outstanding Apprentice – Casey Shannon – Certificate III Wall and Floor Tiling
Outstanding certificate Student – Susan Anadam – Certificate IV Education Support
Outstanding Diploma Student – Panyadarie Wijerathna – Advanced Diploma Building Design
Outstanding International Student – Darwin Fernandez Sulbaran – Diploma of Nursing
Outstanding Higher Education Student – Ella Strong – Bachelor of Fashion Design
Individual Achievement Awards – Tia Horrobin – Certificate I Work Education

Congratulations to all the graduates and award winners.

For further information please visit the Holmesglen Awards page.

National OHS Safety Month – October 2019

The theme for this October’s National Safe Work Month is “A moment is all it takes.”

While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm.

This year, commit to taking a safety moment every day in your workplace.

This could be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.

Share your safety moment using #mysafetymoment.

Over the coming months, Safe Work Australia will publish a range of resources, campaign materials and ideas to help you take a safety moment in your workplace during National Safe Work Month.

For further information and to access the free campaign kit please visit Safe Work Australia.

NCVER Update

New snapshot of young Aussies at school & work

New data released this week by NCVER reveals a gender gap still exists when it comes to choosing year 11 and 12 subjects, with more boys choosing maths and more girls opting for humanities.

The infographic Generation Z: Life at 17 uses LSAY data to provide a snapshot of 17-year-old Australians’ study, work, and living arrangements in 2017, as they acquire the skills and experience they need to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

The data also reveals that around 60% of young Australians have a job while at school. Many school students are part of the new gig economy, with 8% undertaking ‘gig work’ like online tasks, babysitting and cleaning.

Budget highlights available on the VET Knowledge Bank

Did you know you can find training and skills information announced in Commonwealth, state and territory budgets via VOCEDplus?

Highlights of last week's budget have now been added to the Commonwealth budget section on the VET Knowledge Bank.

The budgets resource aims to make it easier to locate strategic announcements and funding allocations in budget papers on topics including:
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Employment
  • Industry
  • Training providers and programs.
Brief summaries of budget content are provided, along with direct links to relevant sections in budget papers.

Nominations Open For 65th Victorian Training Awards

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 3 May.

Upcoming AEN Events

8 - Mental Health in the Workplace
21 - Conflict Resolution
29 - Developing Creativity

6 & 7 - Mid-Year Conference (Registrations will open shortly)

Field Officers Conference 2018

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