Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 29

Friday, 9th August 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.

Field Officers Conference

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:
  • Department of Education - 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
Tickets will close next week on Friday 16th of August.

Register for the conference at the AEN website.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Service – Contract Announcement

Earlier this week the Australian Apprenticeship Support Service providers were given further instructions on the future contract period.

The existing providers will now stay in place until 1 February 2020.

For a full list of the new (1 July 2019) apprenticeship incentives and guidelines, please visit The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business's page on Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

For further information please visit Australian Apprenticeships.

2019 Victorian Training Awards – Finalists Announced

This week Minister Gayle Tierney announced the 2019 training award finalists.

The Apprenticeship Employment Network and Global Apprenticeship Network are the Principal Partners of the Victorian Training Awards and we congratulate all the finalists listed below.

Apprentice of the Year
  • Daniel Fortune
  • Amber Gabelich
  • Jake Carter
Trainee of the Year
  • Daniela Feldman
  • Maddison Lyall
  • Nebewiya Ibrahim
Vocational Student of the Year
  • Rachel Hilder
  • Jacob Champion
  • Jordan Gradon
School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • Heidi Liesel Rasmussen
  • Connor Carter
  • Paige Mountford
Koorie Student of the Year
  • Nicole Perkins
  • Renee Wandin
  • Tanya McDonald
Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Roeland Trietsch - Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Brenda Fithall – Federation University Australia
  • Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders – GOTAFE
Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Swinburne University of Technology
Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development
  • Seymour Health
  • ANCA Apprenticeship Program
  • Mambourin Enterprises
Large Employer of the Year
  • Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
  • Select Harvests Almond Tailored Pathways Model
  • Victoria Power Networks Pty Ltd
Industry Collaboration Award
  • Beon Energy Solution
  • Homesglen / Royal Children's Hospital Collaboration
  • Regional Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE)
Community Training Provider of the Year
  • Cire Services
  • Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
  • Port Phillip Community Group
Small Training Provider of the Year
  • genU Training (Karingal St Laurence Ltd)
  • Ringwood Training
  • NECA Education & Careers Ltd
Inclusive Training Provider of the Year
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Victoria University Polytechnic

Tickets are on sale for the Victorian State Training Awards

Early Bird tickets on sale

Show your support to Vocational Education and Training in Victoria by attending the Victorian Training Awards on Friday 6 September 2019 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Discounted early bird tickets are available from now until 10 August 2019.

The Victorian Training Awards gala event is the state’s showcase for the ‘best of the best’ in the TAFE and training sector. With 45 exciting finalists across 16 categories - this special evening will recognise, reward and celebrate Victoria’s outstanding apprentices, trainees, students, employers, teachers and training providers.

We will see, through real life stories, how Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training sector is making a powerful and enduring difference to individuals and communities.

The night will feature spectacular stage designs, live entertainment, a celebrity MC plus a delicious three course sit down dinner. We encourage students, teachers, providers and businesses to support the sector by attending this exciting event.

Book your early bird ticket or table today.

AEN are proud to be the Principal Partner of the awards for the next 3 years.

For further information please visit Victorian Training Awards website.

Be a Safety Champion – WorkSafe Australia Launch Safety Month

The theme for this October’s National Safe Work Month is 'Be a Safety Champion'.

This year’s theme demonstrates that anyone, both employers and workers from any occupation or industry can be a champion for work health and safety.

Everyone can support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives.

We can all strive to Be a Safety Champion at work this October.

Use the free campaign kit and resources.

The website has a range of campaign materials to help you take part in this year’s National Safe Work Month. Show how you are a safety champion at your workplace and promote and foster a positive work health and safety culture.

For further information and to access a range of free resources please visit Safe Work Australia's Campaign Kit.
Be a Safe Champion

Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) - Round One for 2019-20 is Now Open

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) is a targeted, Skills First funding stream. WTIF creates opportunities for the joint exploration of new ideas and solutions to enhance workplace productivity.

Eligible organisations can apply for either Seed or Grant Funding under WTIF – follow the link below for more details.

How to Apply?
  1. Lodge an Expression of Interest (EoI) through Include in your email, primary contact, organisation details, phone number, address and a four-line statement of your WTIF funding idea.
  2. Your EoI email should be headed Expression of Interest.
  3. A Principal Regional Advisor (PRA) from the Department will contact you within five business days to discuss your proposed application and confirm eligibility and suitability for the fund.
  4. Following this you will receive an email and link to the relevant online application form.
Information sessions, a webinar, new templates and information packs are available to support your application. Please visit Workforce Training Innovation Fund.

Round One for 2019-20 is now open and closes at 5pm, Friday, 20 September 2019.

For any further clarification please contact the WTIF Programs Team via

Funding Boost for Free TAFE as Enrolments Surge

The Victorian Government has unveiled a major funding package to support the huge growth in enrolments in its landmark Free TAFE initiative.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney this week announced an additional $11.7 million to accommodate the strong student demand for the Free TAFE program.

Support services to assist students facing disadvantage will be extended through a $6 million boost, including new course materials to help students improve their time management, study skills and literacy, making them more employable.

An additional $5 million will help ensure TAFEs keep up with demand so eligible students can enrol in their preferred Free TAFE course.

A $500,000 initiative will offer teaching scholarships to professionals with industry experience to address staffing vacancies in priority areas.

A new $200,000 program will trial ways TAFEs can work with the not-for-profit early childhood sector to support work placements for students enrolled in The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education, which start in 2020.

More than 25,000 students have commenced training in Free TAFE courses in the six months to the end of June, a 92 per cent increase in commencements in these courses compared to the same period in 2018.

Female students account for 57 per cent of all Free TAFE students, up nine per cent compared with the same courses last year.

The data also shows that female participation has doubled in traditionally male-dominated courses such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Building Surveying and Cyber Security.

Meanwhile, students over the age of 30 account for 47 per cent of Free TAFE students and more than a quarter of Free TAFE commencements are in regional Victoria.

For further information please see the article - Funding Boost For Free TAFE As Enrolments Surge.

Portable Long Service Leave – Information Sessions

Portable Long Service Authority
The Portable Long Service Leave Authority is there to assist employers.

You can also call the Authority on 1800 517 158 or e-mail with any questions or requests for assistance.

The Portable Long Service website is regularly updated with new information and events.

The authority has also scheduled a number of free information sessions across the state - Please click on the event links below to register.

Register to attend a regional Pop Up Authority event in regional Victoria

Monday 12 August - Geelong

Tuesday 13 August - Ballarat

Wednesday 14 August - Colac

Thursday 15 August - Warrnambool

Monday 19 August - Shepparton

Tuesday 20 August - Broadford

Wednesday 21 August - Wangaratta

Thursday 22 August - Wodonga

Tuesday 27 August - Hamilton

Wednesday 28 August - Portland

Tuesday 3 September - Mildura

Wednesday 4 September - Swan Hill

Upcoming AEN Events

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

QA Standards Network - Tuesday 13 August
Managing Competency Based Training – Wednesday 4 September
GTO Managers Meeting - Tuesday 10 September
Financial Controllers & IR Network - Wednesday 18 September
Health and Wellness at Work – Tuesday 24 September
Critical Thinking – Wednesday 2 October
Personal Productivity Training – Tuesday 22 October
Enhancing Workplace Relationships – Wednesday 6 November
OH&S Network - Tuesday 12 November
AEN Mini Conference - Thursday 14 November
Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness – Tuesday 26 November

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.

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.

Thanks to our Industry Partners


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