Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 2

Friday, 9th February 2018
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Upcoming Events

21 Feb - QA Standards
1 Mar - Apprenticeship Luncheon & GTO Managers meeting
7 Mar - RTO Network
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Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon - Registrations Close Soon

This year’s Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon is shaping up to be our best ever.

This year’s theme carries on from the recommendations made by the Victorian Skills Commissioner’s Office in late 2017.

Guest speakers include the Minister for Vocational Training and Skills Hon. Gayle Tierney and a panel of industry experts discussing:

  • Attracting people to apprenticeships
  • Improving engagement with industry
  • Improving completion rates

When & Where

Thursday 1 March 12-2pm
Victorian Parliament House - Queens Hall


AEN & VTA members $140
Non members $155

Registrations close on 16 February 2018.

Register online here!

Giving Victorians With A Disability ‘Every Opportunity’

This week the Victorian Government unveiled a comprehensive new plan to give Victorians with a disability the opportunity to contribute to our growing economy.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley launched Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-20 to mark the start of the National Open Employment Forum 2018.

The plan includes 21 actions to improve work, study and business opportunities for Victorians with a disability, and maximise the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Employers will be empowered to support people into jobs that reflect their skills, experience and goals – using best-practice employment models.

The participation plan is backed by a $2.6 million investment from the Victorian Government to address the discrimination, barriers and attitudes that prevent people with a disability from getting work.

It sets a target of six per cent employment of people with a disability across all Victorian Government departments by 2020 – with further targets to be set in the future.

Every opportunity focuses on improving education pathways, employment opportunities and support for business ownership and innovation. It’s also a key pillar of Victoria’s state disability plan.
People with a disability represent 20 per cent of Victoria’s population. The employment rate for people with a disability is 53 per cent – that’s compared to 82 per cent for people without a disability.

For further information please visit Every Opportunity or read the press release.

Tradies Warned to be Alert for Asbestos

Tradies will be warned to always check for asbestos before starting jobs, in an awareness campaign that started this week by Worksafe Victoria.

Inhaling asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining around the lungs.

The latest statistics from the Australian Mesothelioma Register reveal that an estimated 60 per cent of mesothelioma cases are due to asbestos exposure in the workplace.

There were at least 95 mesothelioma deaths in Victoria in 2016 and 145 new cases of the disease.
WorkSafe Acting Director of Health and Safety, Paul Fowler, said although many tradies knew asbestos posed a significant health risk, many did not know how to identify it.

“Workers have to know what they should be looking out for before they start work,” he said.
“Asbestos materials were commonly used in buildings before 1990 and are still contained in many structures today.

“Learning more about asbestos and how to identify it could be the difference between developing a severe illness or staying healthy.”

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos has also been linked to lung cancer and asbestosis, which causes scarring of lungs, shortness of breath and coughing.

Tradies involved in the building and construction industry are most at risk, particularly those involved in home renovations, maintenance, refurbishment or demolition of buildings built before 1990.

For further details go to Worksafe News.

Funding the Early Years a Good Investment

Recently the final report Lifting Our Game, was released – this was the final part of an independent review – Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools through Early Childhood Interventions. It was commissioned by state and territory governments, and will complement the Gonski Review into education.

The report shows that children who take part in quality early childhood education have better school results, are less likely to need additional support in school and are more likely to complete Year 12.

Attendance at two years of preschool from the age of three is also linked with better employment prospects, income and financial security, improved health outcomes and reduced crime. The benefits are even greater for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

The report highlights that investing in early childhood education will pay off in the long run — with a return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.

Expert views included:

While the report found early childhood education investment benefits all children, this was especially the case for disadvantaged or vulnerable children.

Lifting Our Game was conducted by Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan.
Ms Pascoe says quality early childhood education and care is best considered as an investment — not a cost.

'These benefits are greater — often substantially so — for programs targeted at vulnerable or disadvantaged children,' she says.

'Support for these children is vital – children who start school behind their peers stay behind.
'Quality early childhood education can help stop this from happening, and break the cycle of disadvantage.'

For further information please visit the Department of Education.

Apprenticeship Career Information and Job Fairs

AEN Job Fairs Mechanic Promo
In February this year we will be running a number of Free Career Information Session for those interested in undertaking or finding out more about apprenticeships.

Information sessions are available in the following locations:

Date Location
12 February 2018
3.00pm – 7.00pm
West Sunshine Community Centre
Multi purpose Room 1
25 Kermeen St, West Sunshine
27 February 2018
2.00pm – 7.00pm
Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2
Formal Meeting Room
225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong
We would appreciate if you could help promote these sessions by circulating within your networks.

Further information is available at our website.

Updated information on Skillsfirst Website

Reminder to everyone that information on SkillsFirst funding and the funded courses list is available on the Victorian Government's Department of Education's website.

The website includes information on a range of topics for potential students, employers and training providers.

  • 2018 funded courses list
  • Jobs and training needs reports
  • Training market reports
  • And information for potential apprentices and trainees
See SkillsFirst Funded Course List for further information.

Nominations Open For 2018 Victorian Training Awards

Now in their 64th year, the prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, and the businesses who train them.

The Awards are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and journey within the training and TAFE system, and meet industry experts and employers from across Victoria to help build your career.

The Awards are open to all Victorian students in vocational education and/or training, from a range of backgrounds and age groups. There are five student award categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, and School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Winners receive $5,000 prize money, and become Victorian ambassadors for the TAFE and training sector.

Nominations for the awards are now open - until midnight on 2 April 2018.

Be inspired by the stories of previous winners, and nominate now!

We encourage you to get involved and nominate for the 2018 awards. To give you all the information you need and help you with your nomination, we have developed:

  • The 2018 VTA Guide
  • Student factsheet
  • Information on preparing your nomination
  • FAQs
  • Conditions of Entry
These resources can also be downloaded from the VTA resources page.

For more information, contact the Victorian Training Awards at or call 1800 290 654.

NCVER Update

NCVER has recently released the following statistics on the Australian education and training sector:

Statistical report: Young people in education and training 2016
Infographic: Young people in education and training 2016
Media release: Majority of young Australians engaged in education and training

New figures released this week reveal an estimated 83.2% of the 1.5 million Australians aged 15 to 19 years were enrolled in some form of education or training as at August 2016, similar to the same time in 2015.

Across this age range, an estimated 57.1% were at school, 16.2% were enrolled in higher education, 4.4% were undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships that were not part of a ‘VET in Schools’ program, and 5.5% were enrolled in other VET programs.

This report brings together information collected by the ABS, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, and NCVER to provide data on the number of young people enrolled in school, VET and higher education across the country.

To learn more you can , download the report or view the infographic from NCVER

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