Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 21

Friday, 14th 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.

Field Officers Conference – Registrations Open Soon

This years 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.

Registrations will be open soon on the AEN website.

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

Upcoming AEN Events

Over the next 4 months we have arranged a number of professional development workshops designed to assist GTOs.

Cross-Cultural Responsiveness – Tuesday 18 June
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.

Victorian Labour Hire Scheme Registrations

Labour hire providers have six months to obtain a licence or else face significant penalties.

The Victorian Government is implementing the scheme to bring a new level of integrity and scrutiny to the labour hire industry and keep workers safe and free from exploitation.

The independent Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work – a key election promise – uncovered widespread abuse, underpayment and exploitation in the sector, which includes commercial cleaners, fruit pickers and meat workers.

The Authority has held more than 30 information sessions since March to help providers understand their obligations.

The sessions have involved industries such as security, cleaning, meat processing, fruit and vegetable harvesting and processing, vocational training, finance, consulting and IT, healthcare, manufacturing, accommodation, construction and transport.

A further public information campaign to inform both contractors and the host businesses who use labour hire workers will begin this week.

To obtain a licence, contractors including GTOs will be required to pass a “fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws and minimum accommodation standards. They will also need to report annually on their activities.

Host employers that use unlicensed providers face maximum fines of more than $500,000.
Also please note the registrations are annual and will need to be renewed at the date of initial registration approval.

To operate legally in Victoria from 30 October 2019, labour hire providers must have applied for, or have a labour hire licence.

For more information and to apply for a licence today visit the Labour Hire Authority.

New Podcast Highlights the Differences Between the Swiss and Australian VET/Apprenticeship Systems

The Global Apprenticeship Network has just released a new podcast featuring Dean Luciani and Gary Workman which was produced earlier in the year during our Swiss Study Tour.

The podcast highlights the differences we saw between the Swiss and Australian VET / apprenticeship systems.

You can listen to the full podcast here on Soundcloud (Podcast 3).

New Business Growth Fund To Create Jobs

Last week the Victorian Government announced it will establish a $250 million Victorian Business Growth Fund for small and medium enterprises to help them access capital and create jobs to grow the Victorian economy.

Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a $50 million contribution towards the Fund, which will be developed with leading industry superannuation groups First State Super and VicSuper.

The Fund will be the largest of its kind in Australia, seeking to create thousands of jobs by investing in established Victorian businesses with compelling potential for growth and jobs creation.

A high-quality, independent fund manager will be appointed through a competitive process.
Many Victorian small and medium enterprises find it difficult to access affordable capital, limiting their ability to expand their business.

The Reserve Bank and the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have repeatedly noted that the economy is being held back by a lack of access to finance.

The Fund will complement the Government’s programs which already support businesses, such as the Victorian Jobs and Investment Fund and payroll tax cuts announced in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

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.

Article on the Benefits of Apprenticeships vs University

On Thursday this week The Daily Telegraph ran a piece on the benefits between apprenticeship pathways and university, and challenging the ways parents and youth think about their career pathways.

As our members know - Successful careers can start from many different pathways.

To access the full article please visit The Daily Telegraph.

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.

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