Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 27

Friday, 26th July 2019
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Upcoming Events

13 August - QA Standards Network
22-23 August - Field Officer Conference
4 September - Managing Competency Based Training
Click here for all upcoming events.

National Labour Force – Employment Trends Released for June

This week the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release it's National Labour Force Employment Trends for the June.

  • Employment increased 26,300 to 12,875,700 persons. Full-time employment increased 15,000 to 8,816,200 persons and part-time employment increased 11,300 to 4,059,600 persons.
  • Unemployment increased 4,700 to 701,700 persons.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.2%.
For further information please visit the Australia Bureau of Statistics website.

Field Officers Conference – Early Bird Tickets Close Next Week!

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 next week on Wednesday 31 July.

Register for the conference at the AEN website.

AFL SportsReady 25th Year Anniversary Celebrations

Thursday, 25th July this week AFL SportsReady celebrated their 25th anniversary.

Over the past 25 years AFL SportsReady have assisted over 16,000 trainees including 2500+ Indigenous youth.

Congratulations to everyone at AFL SportsReady.

For further information please visit AFL SportsReady's website.

WorkSafe Victoria - Workwell

This week marked the first year anniversary of the WorkSafe Victoria - WorkWell website and resources toolkit.

The Toolkit is an online resource helping employers take the first step towards building positive mental health and preventing mental health issues in the workplace.

The Toolkit brings together practical resources such as; case studies, policy examples, videos, tip sheets and templates covering work-related factors that impact workplace mental health.

Join 3,500+ Toolkit users to access step-by-step actions to create positive mental health and prevent mental injury in the workplace for your employees.

For further information please visit WorkWell Toolkit.

Melbourne Career Expo – 26-28 July

The Melbourne Careers Expo will be on at the Melbourne Exhibition centre this Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 4pm.

AEN will be sharing an information stand with the Australian Apprenticeship Information Service.

For a free ticket to the event please visit the Melbourne Career Expo website, which can be used over the weekend of the event. Feel free to distribute to any family and friends.

Victorian Labour Hire Authority Update

Recently the Victorian Labour Hire Authority provided an update on the registration and application process.

There have been a number of changes with regard to information on host employers.

To help applicants gather the information needed to complete a licence application the Authority has put together a helpful application guide checklist.

Please use the guide to ensure that everything is provided in the application so the assessment of your application runs smoothly.

Hosts can still use labour hire providers during the transition period.

From 30 October 2019, hosts must only use licensed labour hire providers or providers that have applied for a licence and it has not been refused.

Hosts can find out whether their current or planned provider has applied for a licence by checking the “Received Labour Hire Application public register” on website.

Upcoming information sessions

The Authority will continue to provide information sessions about the labour hire licensing scheme across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

The following are scheduled in July and August:

26 July 2019 at 10.30am – Yarra Valley (FULL)
29 July 2019 at 1pm – Mildura
9 August 2019 at 1:30pm - Melbourne CBD
12 August 2019 at 1.30pm - Yarra Valley
30 August 2019 at 10:30am - Melbourne CBD

For further information please visit Labour Hire Authority.

Upcoming AEN Events

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

QA Standards Network - Tuesday 13 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.

Workplace Assured

Workplace Assured Logo
Workplace Assured is the State Chambers national, proactive and 24/7 employment relations legal solution and insurance for employers. #WorkplaceAssuredWednesday are their weekly employment relations short video clips posted on LinkedIn and Facebook each Wednesday to help Australian businesses.

Here are some of their recent videos: How many warnings before terminating?, Terminating outside of work, Extending probationary period, Calculating leave for part-timers, 1 July increase, Superannuation on Annual leave loading, and Single Touch Payroll.

For more information, please see the Workplace Assured Flyer.

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.

NCVER Update

Do course durations matter to training quality and outcomes?
While statistical analysis cannot confirm a connection between course duration and subject pass rates, it has been identified as a key facilitating factor in consultation with providers, regulators and industry peak bodies.

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2018
Download this report for the latest and projected contract and individual completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees.

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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