Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 37

Friday, 4th October 2019
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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.

2019 Annual AEN & GAN Australia Awards Nominations Close 1 November

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

GAN Australia Awards (New Category)

GAN Australia International Apprentice Scholarship - The GAN Australia 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!

New Commonwealth Government VET Stakeholder Committee

The Commonwealth Government has established a new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Stakeholder committee to help drive its significant agenda of reform.

The VET Stakeholder committee has hit the ground running and hosted their inaugural meeting in Canberra last week.

The group has been established to discuss the implementation of the government's skills package and broader VET reforms in the wake of the Joyce Review of VET.

Key issues that will be discussed include:
  • The National Skills Commission
  • Skills Organisations
  • The National Careers Institute and Ambassador
  • Reforms to ASQA
  • The National Skills Needs List and Skilled Migration List Review
There are a number of documents from the initial meeting that are now available.
For further details please visit the Ministers' Media Centre - Getting down to business – strengthening Australia’s vocational education and training sector.

MEGT, RMIT and Microsoft Launch Melbourne IT Traineeship Program

MEGT, RMIT & Microsoft Launch
On Wednesday morning this week MEGT, RMIT and Microsoft jointly launched their Melbourne IT Traineeship program.

The program aims to train 1,500 trainees nationally by 2020 and reach a target of 40% female and 10% indigenous participation.

Minister Martin Pakula, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade officially launched the program.

Congratulations to MEGT, RMIT and Microsoft on this innovative initiation to get our young people into paid traineeships in the tech sector.

For further information please see the media release Training the Next Generation of IT Talent in Victoria or visit MEGT - Microsoft Traineeship Program.

National Return to Work Strategy 2020-30

National Return to Work Strategy
This week Safe Work Australia released its National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030.

Workers are at the heart of the Strategy’s vision to minimise the impact of work-related injury and illness and enable workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work.

Supporting workers through their recovery and return to work is a priority for all jurisdictions and stakeholders involved in the process.

The Strategy paves the way for national collaboration to improve return to work outcomes over the next decade.

The Strategy was developed in partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, and endorsed by work health and safety ministers.

Consultation was also undertaken with academics, peak bodies, organisations and representatives from the insurance, legal and health sectors to help identify national policy issues and action areas to address them.

The Strategy is designed to be sufficiently broad so those involved in the return to work process can determine how they can best contribute to implementing the Strategy.

It is aimed at people who can influence work and workplaces, including:
  • policy makers
  • workers’ compensation authorities
  • employer, industry and union groups
  • insurers and claims management organisations
  • treating health practitioners
  • workplace rehabilitation providers, and
  • other worker advocates
For further information or to access the report please visit Safe Work Australia.

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:
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.


Mark Paterson AO will conclude his term as Chief Commissioner and CEO of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) on 6 October 2019.

Mr Paterson first joined ASQA as a Commissioner in May 2016, before leading the regulator as Chief Commissioner and CEO since 1 January 2017.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Honourable Michaelia Cash thanked Mr Paterson for his contribution in lifting the vocational education and training (VET) sector out of its embattled VET FEE-HELP era.

“I would like to thank Mark for the leadership he has provided to ASQA since January 2017, including managing the removal of a large number of poor quality training providers that arose as a result of past practices and the VET FEE-HELP debacle,” Minister Cash said.

ASQA’s Deputy Chief Commissioner, Ms Saxon Rice, has been named as the regulator’s interim Chief Commissioner from 7 October 2019. Ms Rice has been Deputy Chief Commissioner at the regulator since April 2018.

For further information please visit ASQA.

Sally Curtain Appointed CEO at Bendigo Kangan Institute

Sally Curtain, has been appointed as the new CEO of Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Chair, Peter Harmsworth said “The Board believes her extensive experience and expertise are important to continue to drive the change program put in place by the current CEO, Phill Murphy,” Mr Harmsworth said.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Phill Murphy who has done an outstanding role as Chief Executive Officer while we undertook the search for a permanent appointment to the CEO role.”

Sally will commence on October 21. For further information please visit Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Gordon TAFE Announce NEW CEO

Joe Ormeno has been named as the new chief executive of the Gordon TAFE.

Mr Ormeno has been acting in CEO role following the departure of former boss Lisa Line in June.

Ms Line left to take up a role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE) at Swinburne University of Technology.

Mr Ormeno has been with The Gordon for more than 10 years, having joined in early 2009 as the chief finance officer.

For further information please visit The Gordon.

Daylight Savings Starts on Sunday Morning

Don’t forget to adjust your clock 1 hour forward this weekend. Daylight savings Starts on Sunday 6 October at 2am.

For further information please visit Time and Date - Melbourne.

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.

GAN Australia News

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Head on over to GAN Australia and subscribe now.

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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