Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 20

Friday, 7th June 2019
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Upcoming Events

18 June - Cross-Cultural Responsiveness Training
16 July - OHS Network Meeting
25 July - Brain Training
Click here for all upcoming events.

Conference Wrap Up

Our mid year conference has just wrapped up in Creswick earlier today.

With over 60 delegates and speakers we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended.

  • Victorian Skills Commissioner – Mr Neil Coulson
  • Victorian Labour Hire Commissioner – Mr Steve Dargavel
  • VRQA
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Vecci
  • RMIT
  • Women in Trades Australia
  • James Nash – RTO compliance
Further information and conference presentations will be available shortly on our website.

Victorian Skills Commissioner Awards 5 GTO Apprentices With Their Official Trade Papers

As part of the presentation made by the Victorian Skills Commissioner Mr Neil Coulson – VSC office made a special presentation to 5 group training apprentices that recently completed their training and were eligible for their official trade papers.

Angas Butterworth - Certificate III Carpentry - Westvic Staffing Solutions
Liam Loubey - Certificate III Carpentry - Westvic Staffing Solutions
Nikolas Onderwater - Certificate III Carpentry - Westvic Staffing Solutions
Joel Hancock-Bice - Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) - BGT
Nathan Kilbourne - Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) - BGT

Congratulations to the 5 apprentices and a reminder that this is a free service conducted by VRQA.

A trade paper is a certificate that commemorates the completion of an apprenticeship.​

You can​ apply for a free trade paper if you completed both:
  • a recognised apprenticeship in Victoria, which you started after 1 January 1995
  • the apprenticeship's relevant qualification with a TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation.
When you apply, you'll need to provide your qualification title and code. Your TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation can provide you with this information.

To apply for a trade paper, register an account and submit an application in the trade paper portal, which is provided by VETASSESS.

For further information please visit VRQA Trade Papers.

Labour Announce Their Shadow Ministry

Earlier this week the federal labour opposition government announced that Tanya Plibersek was reappointed as Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

Other key appointments included:

Graham Perrett as Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Training
Ged Kearney as Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills.
Brendan O’Connor as Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business.

AEN congratulates the announcements and looks forward to working with the shadow ministers over the coming years.

For further information please visit Current Shadow Ministry List.

MEGT Announce the Appointment of Bridie Gildea as New CEO

After 27 years with the company, MEGT’s current CEO and Executive Director, David Windridge will commence long service leave effective Monday 3 June 2019. He will continue in his role as CEO while on leave, with Bridie taking on the role of CEO (Acting) during this period.

Bridie will then officially transition to the role of MEGT CEO following David’s retirement on 3 January 2020.

AEN congratulate Bridie on her new appointment and we look forward to working with her and the team at MEGT.

Fairwork Commission – Annual Wage Review

Last week the Fair Work Commission handed down its annual wage review decision. The minimum wage and award wages will be adjusted by 3%.

The increase will be effective from the start of the first pay period to commence on or after 1 July 2019.

World Youth Skills Day- 15 July

Portrait of a young truck driver, Bangladesh. With limited access to education and training, many Bangladeshi youth suffered from unemployment. Launched by UNDP Bangladesh and its partners in 2016, the YES project aimed to increase Youth Employment through Skills in the country. World Bank/Scott Wallace.

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions.

In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.

That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy.

To raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development, the United Nations General Assembly decided to designate 15 July as World Youth Skills Day.

For further information please visit UN - World Youth Skills Day.

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

The National Apprentice Employment Network’s national conference, “Beyond 2020”. This will be held on 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 National Apprentice Employment Network.

Bunnings Apprentice Trade PowerPass

As presented at our conference, 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.

NCVER Update

The latest NCVER national apprentice and trainee data show there were 33 760 trade and non-trade commencements in the December 2018 quarter, down 4.2% compared with the same quarter in 2017.

Trade commencements decreased by 9.2% in the December 2018 quarter, with the main decreases seen in construction trades workers (down 18.2%) and other technicians and trades workers (down 17.4%).

Overall there were 259 385 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2018, a decrease of 1.0% from 31 December 2017.

To learn more, view the infographic on the NCVER Portal.

Upcoming AEN Events

18 - Cross-Cultural Responsiveness Training

16 July - OHS Network Meeting
25 July - Brain Training
Field Officers Conference 2018

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