Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 24

Friday, 5th July 2019
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

16 July - OHS Network Meeting
25 July - Brain Training Workshop
7 August - Generation Gap Workshop
22-23 August - Field Officer Conference
Click here for all upcoming events.

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program Update

Earlier this week the Australian Government published the guidelines for the three new Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Programs available from the 1st of July 2019.

Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment
The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages.

For an apprentice and their employer to be eligible for the AISS payment, the apprentice must be new to the employer, commencing a Certificate III or IV level qualification on or after 1 July 2019 leading to one of ten occupations.

Existing workers and their employers are not eligible for the AISS payment.

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive aims to encourage up-skilling adult workers through Australian Apprenticeships.

You may be eligible to attract SAAA payments where your Australian Apprentice is:
  • undertaking a full-time or part-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List at the date of commencement or recommencement; and
  • in receipt of an ‘actual wage’ paid by the employer at the date of commencement or recommencement which is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage (as defined and set by the Fair Work Commissioner).
To qualify as an ‘adult’, the Australian Apprentice must be:
  • aged 21 years or older, if the apprentice commenced on or after 1 July 2019;
  • aged 25 years or older, if the apprentice commenced prior to 1 July 2019.
Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy
The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial was made available on the 1st of January 2019 to support apprenticeships in skills needs occupations in rural and regional areas.

Phase 2 of the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial is available to employers who sign-up and commence an Australian Apprentice from 1 July 2019 and until 1630 sign-ups have occurred.

The apprentice must be undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace.

To determine your eligibility for any of these programs please contact your local AASN provider.

Further information is available from the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Celebrating 35 Years of WPC Group

On Thursday evening this week, WPC Group celebrated its 35th Anniversary and Awards Night.

The event showcased the achievements of their apprentices, trainees as well as a large number of employers who played such a key role in fostering apprentice development.

Congratulations to WPC Group on achieving such a great milestone and congratulations to all the apprentices, trainees and employers who were acknowledged on the night. Your ongoing commitment to apprentice development is pivotal in shaping the lives of so many young people.

Field Officers Conference – Registrations Open

Online registrations for our upcoming field officers conference are open.

This year’s conference is being held on 22 & 23 August at the Oaks in Melbourne.

The event will showcase a range of speakers and interactive workshops that will assist field officers in their complex day-to-day activities.

Presentations will include:
  • Carl Walsh - GTO Update
  • Department of Employment - Job Market Update
  • GTO Forum on Managing Difficult Situations & Day to Day Challenges
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshop
  • Women in Trades Workshop
  • AEN & SafetyFirst Update
Early bird registrations close on 31 July.

Register for the conference at the AEN website.

World Youth Skills Day 2019

Monday 15 July is World Youth Skills Day, a global celebration designed to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.

World Youth Skills Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of skills development in improving young people’s transitions to decent work, and of skilled youth's crucial role in addressing today’s most challenging global issues.

Visit UNESCO-UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day to find out more.

Melbourne Career Expo – 26-28 July

The Melbourne Career Expo is the most comprehensive and exciting Careers event in Victoria. Running for 18 years it is also one of the longest, most successful expos in Melbourne.

This is a great opportunity to get face to face with more than 17,000 students, graduates, job seekers and those in the job change market. Showcasing over 130 exhibitors ranging from Universities, TAFE’s, Registered Training Organisations, Apprenticeship Employers, Government Departments and large employers, this is an event not to be missed.

Career Development Association of Victoria will be offering Free Resume Checking, Career Counselling and free career Workshops.

Career Expo pride themselves on running an interactive event where visitors not only receive information about future study, training or employment options, but also get to see some of these exciting vocations in real practice.

The exhibitors will showcase a range of their information through free stage performances, interactive stand demonstrations, free seminars and hands on skill areas, so you can reinforce your organisation's brand through a visual or informative exhibit.

The expo has large vehicles, machinery and simulators on display, interactive trade skills, hospitality tastings, makeup and hair demonstrations, visual and performing arts performances and fitness demonstrations, so attendees enjoy their time at the event and get to visualise their chosen profession. This is what makes the Melbourne Career Expo stand out from the rest.

For a Free E-Ticket or exhibiting opportunities please visit Melbourne Career Expo or contact Bill Lennox on 03 9620 9920 or via

Cancer Council Fundraising

Victorian Group Training are supporting their General Manger Lochlan Veale to raise funds for the Cancer Council's Do it For Cancer program. Lochlan will be shaving his head - after letting his hair grow out - in March 2020.

To help with this great cause please donate at Lochlan's fundraiser page - his goal is to raise $2000.

Upcoming AEN Events

Over the coming months we have arranged a number of professional development workshops designed to assist GTOs.

Brain Training – Thursday 25 July
Closing the Generation Gap – Wednesday 7 August
Managing Competency Based Training – Wednesday 4th September
Health and Wellness at Work – Tuesday 24th September

These workshops are free for members to attend. To find out further details and to register please visit our event calendar.

National Group Training Conference – 31 July – 2 August Gold Coast

The National Apprentice Employment Network’s national conference, “Beyond 2020”, will be held in the Gold Coast from 31 July to 2 Aug at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.

The conference is focussed on practical themes to support Group Training Organisations across Australia, and to also engage industry stakeholders who are invested in improving employment opportunities and outcomes for future apprentices and trainees.

The “Beyond 2020” theme responds to shifts in federal government policies, a stronger political spotlight on employment through apprenticeships and traineeships, and the VET system under review.

Members of AEN in Victoria can access the benefits of NAEN members’ registration, including a reduced registration rate and an invitation to register for our members only luncheon.

The members only luncheon will be held on July 31 from 1pm at Kurrawa Surf Club. Members will have join in facilitated engagement with Stephen Koukoulas, Economist (keynote speaker Aug 1), and a Branch Head from the Department of Employment, Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

AEN Executive Officers will also provide a “State of the States” update and members will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A.

More information on the conference is available on the National Apprentice Employment Network website.

Bunnings Apprentice Trade PowerPass

Don't miss a world of opportunities! As a Bunnings PowerPass Apprentice member, you can benefit from a huge range of exclusive deals.

  • ABN free applications for trade-related apprentices
  • Access to PowerPass prices and offers on a wide range of trade products
  • Invitations to exclusive trade events
  • Offers tailored to apprentice’s needs
  • Bunnings Trade merchandise
How do you Sign up for a Bunnings Powerpass Apprentice Membership?
  • Apply for Powerpass on the website
  • Fill in the details and submit
What to do, once you've signed up
The first thing to know is that there is no plastic card issued for a Bunning’s Power Pass member. Your membership is always with you, as the ID card lives on your phone.
  1. After you've filled in the application and it’s been processed you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email address, so it’s imperative that we get your email address right.
  2. After we have verified your email address, you will receive a new email with your CARD NUMBER and a link to download the Bunnings PowerPass App for your phone.
4. Load the App, enter your card number and you’re good to go.

For further information and details please visit Bunnings Trade Powerpass.

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