Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 36

Thursday, 26th September 2019
Hi Reader!

Upcoming Events

22 October - Personal Productivity Training Workshop
31 October - Regional Workshop Day 1
1 November - Regional Workshop Day 2
Click here for all upcoming events.

Nominations are Now Open for the 2019 Annual AEN & Global Apprenticeship Network - Australia Awards and Scholarship

AEN Awards Open
This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with more award categories to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Victorian Apprenticeship Employment Network.

Nominations are now open and applications can be submitted online via the AEN Awards page with the application closing date: Friday 1st November 2019.

2019 Award Individual Categories

ATOA Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Apprenticeship Support Australia
Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by VicSuper
Inspiration Award: Indigenous Student of the Year - Sponsored by Apprenticeship Support Australia
Inspiration Award: Overcoming Adversity - Sponsored by RMIT University
Inspiration Award: Women in Trades - Sponsored by Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (AATIS)
School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Australian Super
STAR (OH&S) Awards - Sponsored by Marsh Advantage Insurance

GTO Categories

GTO Service Excellence Awards - Sponsored by Bunnings Warehouse
GTO Industry Service Awards
Outstanding OHS Initiative - Sponsored by EML
AEN Fellowship
AEN Lifetime Achievement Award

Global Apprenticeship Network Awards (New Category)

GAN International Apprentice Scholarship - The GAN International Apprentice Scholarship is designed to provide Australian apprentices and trainees the opportunity to experience how apprenticeships and traineeships are delivered abroad; investigate alternative technologies and work methods; and consider the application of the learnings to their apprenticeship in a local context. The total value of the scholarship is $12,000.00.

National Youth Initiative Award - The National Youth Initiative Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in skills development which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.

To access all the awards nomination information, online application forms and past winners please visit AEN Awards.

Nominations close 6pm Friday 1st November 2019

Awards will be presented at the annual dinner on Friday 6 December - Victorian Parliament House Queens Hall 6pm- 10pm. Tickets will be available shortly.

Best of Luck!

Australian Government Announce a Series of Consultation Workshops

The Australian Government is hosting a series of workshops over the coming weeks to shape its views on the recommendations from the Steven Joyce VET review.

Workshops will be held on the role and purpose of:
  • The National Skills Commission, which will oversee the Australian Government’s investment in VET qualifications and promote a nationwide approach to skills forecasting.
  • The Skills Organisations, which will give industry more ownership across the national skills pipeline and help improve the national training system for both industry and students.
  • The National Careers Institute, established in July 2019, to provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to help Australians make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.
These workshops will examine how the Institute can most effectively achieve its purpose. Nous Group is coordinating the workshops on behalf of the Australian Government.

To register for the workshops please use the below links:
Adelaide - 3-4 October 2019
Melbourne 7-8 October 2019
Bendigo - 9 October 2019
Cairns - 21 October 2019
Orange - 25 October 2019
Canberra - 31 Oct - 1 November
Sydney - 11-12 November
Hobart - 13-14 November
Brisbane - 18-19 November
For further details please see the Skills Package co-design workshops flyer.

Grattan Institute Report - Risks and Rewards: When is Vocational Education a Good Alternative to Higher Education?

The Grattan Institute recently published a new report, Risks and rewards: when is vocational education a good alternative to higher education? which examined the circumstances in which VET studies are a good, or maybe even better, alternative than higher education.

The report found and where there are advantages in VET study, particularly those with lower ATAR scores.

Koorie Excellence Recognised In Education And Training

Last week the Victorian Government in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association recognised leaders in Koorie education and employment with the announcement of the winners at the 2019 Wurreker Awards.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney congratulated the nominees and winners of the annual awards in Northcote, which recognise the outstanding individuals, organisations and communities that support Koorie people to thrive in vocational education, training (VET) and employment.

Some of year’s winners include:
  • Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Koorie Youth Engagement Network
  • La Trobe Regional Hospital
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc. (VACCHO)
  • Koorie Youth Engagement Network
  • Rail Infrastructure Alliance
The awards are hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI). Koorie people participating in VET are supported by the Wurreker Strategy and Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026.

The plan aims to improve learning and development opportunities for Koorie people accessing education and training, and to support Koorie Victorians to achieve their career aspirations.

For further information please visit the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated.

Australian Training Awards - Tickets are Now on Sale

Australian Training Awards 19
The Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Thursday 21 November 2019.

Book your ticket now at the Australian Training Awards website.

Now in its 25th year, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

For more information, visit the Australian Training Awards.

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ATO Update - Single Touch Payroll for Small Businesses Starts 30 September

Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting is here, make the move by 30 September 2019.

STP changes the way you report your employees' tax and super information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). You now need to report salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information each time you pay your employees.

If you already use STP-enabled payroll software start reporting now and you won't have to worry about missing the deadline.

If you're not ready you can do one of these three things before 30 September 2019:
  1. Go to and find a software solution that meets your needs. Once you have a solution you can start reporting.
  2. Talk to your tax or BAS agent about concessional reporting options available to you. These options will depend on your individual circumstances.
  3. Apply for more time if you won't be able to start reporting by the deadline.
With over 400,000 employers already reporting through STP, it’s important to engage with the ATO before 30 September, even if it’s to ask for more time.

For further information please visit the ATO article - It's time to move to Single Touch Payroll.

WorkSafe Victoria – Health and Safety Month Series of Information Sessions in October

October is National Health and Safety Month. As part of raising the awareness of OHS issues, WorkSafe Victoria is hosting a series of information sessions.

Seminars will be held across the state on a range of topics including;
  • keynote presentations on mental health & wellbeing
  • information on silicosis
  • conversations about sexual harassment and workplace equality
  • managing dangerous goods
  • preventing mental injury in the workplace
  • identifying stress and bullying in the workplace
  • the safety of young workers
  • drugs and alcohol in the workplace - how to implement testing
  • occupational violence and aggression in healthcare.
For further information and to register for a free information session near you, please visit WorkSafe Victoria.

Funding Grants Available to Women Who Work in the Training Sector

End of year funding grants are currently available to women who work in the training and development sector to support their participation in a professional development program.

The initiative is now in its fifteenth year, Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has been developing female leadership and supporting the presence of women in business and community leadership roles.

Up to $7,000 scholarships available
The fee support opportunity provides a scholarship of up to $7,000 for women to take part in one of three leadership courses.

The grants have been provisioned for use by women right across the country, with a specific focus on the training and development industry, but must be allocated by the end of 2019.

The programs are suitable for junior managers right through to executive level women.

How to register
At this stage, Expressions of Interest are being sourced until 22nd November by applying at Women and Leadership Australia.

AATIS Information Sessions

The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) are hosting interactive information sessions around the country.

During these sessions AATIS will showcase some of their key resources, including the AAPathways website, My Gain YouTube channel, co-branded resources, and more.

These information sessions are aimed at individuals and organisations that work with students and job hunters, such as career advisers, schools, training organisations, AASN providers, GTOs, and employment services providers.

Victorian sessions include:

Geelong - 15th October 2019
Melbourne - 21st October 2019

AATIS Webinar - Tuesday 26th November 2019
For those who can't attend the face to face sessions, AATIS will be hosting a free webinar for those who work with potential apprentices and trainees. This webinar will cover the same content as the information sessions, and attendees can ask questions and interact with AATIS staff through the webinar chat functions.

For further information please visit Australian Apprenticeships Pathways.

AEN Upcoming Events & PD Sessions

We have a busy end to the year planned with plenty of member network meetings and professional development sessions scheduled.

Check out the list of upcoming events below and go to our Events Calendar to RSVP.

Personal Productivity Training - Tuesday 22 October
Enhancing Workplace Relationships Workshop - Wednesday 6 November
OHS Network - Tuesday 12 November
AGM & Mini Conference - Wednesday 13 November
Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness Workshop - Tuesday 26 November
2019 Awards Dinner - Friday 6 December

We have also organised a two day regional workshop in Albury on Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November covering the following topics:

AEN Industry Update
IR Basic Workshop
Managing Difficult Situations Workshop
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Mental Health Workshop

Places for the Albury workshops are filling fast so register now to avoid missing out. Final numbers are needed by Friday 11 October.

These are free events for AEN members to attend.

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