Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 39

Friday, 18th October 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.

2019 Annual AEN & GAN Australia Awards Tickets Open 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.

Tickets can be purchased on the AEN Event calendar.

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
National Youth Initiative Award
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 - 10:30pm.

Tickets are available for purchase online.

Best of Luck!

IVETS Conference & GAN Indonesia

GAN Indonesia
Last week the AEN visited Indonesia to participate in the first ever Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference in Jakarta.

As part of the tour AEN / GAN Australia met with GAN Indonesia and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to discuss how and what is being achieved through VET by our closest neighbour.

The Australian (AusTrade), Western Australian, Northern Territory and Victorian governments were major sponsors of the event and it was a great opportunity to promote the benefits of group training.

The Indonesian government has an ambitious target to increase VET participation from around 700,000 to 2.7million over the next five years in five key sectors that are linked to their economy with the President Joko Widodo recently endorsing TVET as a priority.

The key areas of focus for national economic development are:
  • Tourism are Hospitality
  • Rail / Manufacturing
  • Maritime (ship building)
  • Science and ICT
  • Food Technology and Agriculture
For further information on the IVETs conference please visit IVETS 2019.
IVETS Conference 2019

Welcome to the National Careers Institute e-Hub

To strengthen the Australian careers development system, the National Careers Institute is co-designing its role, priorities and projects through a range of interactions - including the online Engagement Hub (e-Hub).

To share your views and experiences with the Institute, participate in the e-Hub's consultation pages.

To access this new website please visit National Careers Institute Engagement Hub.
National Careers Institute e-Hub

NCVER Report

NCVER - Completion Rates for GTOs and Direct Employers
Last week, the NCVER released a new report comparing GTO completion rates to the wider VET sector.

Analysis of the NCVER’s National Apprentice and Trainee Collection shows clear differences in the profile of group training organisation (GTO) apprentices compared with direct employer apprentices.

Employer size and apprentice demographics are key attributes of the likelihood of apprentices completing.
GTO apprentices and trainees are younger, more likely to be in the trades, more likely to be new rather than existing workers, and more likely to be indigenous.

Accounting for the different demographic profiles of GTO apprentices and trainees, and for employer size, reveals that GTO completion rates are substantially higher than for small and medium direct employers.

For non-trade apprentices and trainees, after these adjustments, GTO completion rates are also higher than for small, medium and large direct employers

“After accounting for the different demographic profiles of GTO apprentices and trainees and employer size, the study shows that GTO completion rates for all apprentices and trainees are substantially higher than for small and medium direct employers," the NCVER said

To access the full report please visit the NCVER.

GAN Australia Apprenticeship Vacancy Index (AVI) Update

GAN - Apprenitceship Vacancy Index
GAN Australia recently released its Apprenticeship Vacancy Index (AVI) that has been developed to showcase job vacancies and increase awareness around apprenticeships in Australia. The index will be updated on a monthly basis to show new apprenticeship/traineeship job vacancies at a glance and allow users to look at numbers nationally, by state or sector.
GAN - Apprenitceship Vacancy Index 2
It is hoped the index will create awareness around apprenticeships in Australia where we are experiencing high youth unemployment rates and we hope by raising the profile of these vacancies, we will not only help to lower youth unemployment but support our youth in finding fulfilling career paths.

In the first iteration of the index, GAN Australia said most of the recent apprenticeship vacancies over the past five months have been seen across building and construction, automotive, business and IT, hospitality and tourism, and electrical.

To view the AVI please visit GAN Australia.

ABS Releases September 2019 Labour Force Figures

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its monthly Labour Force Figures showing trend estimates for the month of September.

Australia's trend estimate of employment increased by 20,200 people in September 2019, with:
  • the number of unemployed people increasing by 1,600 people;
  • the unemployment rate remaining steady at 5.3%;
  • the underemployment rate remaining steady at 8.4%;
  • the underutilisation rate remaining steady at 13.7%;
  • the participation rate remaining steady at 66.2%; and
  • the employment to population ratio remaining steady at 62.7%.
The trend participation rate for 15-24 year olds (who are often referred to as the "youth" group in the labour market) remained steady at 68.1%. The unemployment rate for this group decreased by 0.1 pts to 11.7% from August 2019 to September 2019, and has increased by 0.5 pts since September 2018.

Unemployment rates for states and territories

New South Wales - 4.5%
Victoria - 4.8%
Queensland - 6.6%
South Australia - 6.5%
Western Australia - 5.7%
Tasmania - 6.4%
Northern Territory - 5.6%
Australian Capital Territory - 3.5%

The full report and data is available from the ABS website.

Navigator Program Expanded To Keep Kids In School

Minister for Education James Merlino this week announced that Wimmera South-West, Barwon and North Eastern Melbourne will benefit from the $43.8 million expansion of the Navigator program, which provides direct support to help young people aged 12 to 17 years old to re-engage with school and reach their potential.

The Navigator program will be introduced to these three new areas from Term 1, 2020.

It follows the successful earlier roll out the pilot program in 2016, which returned hundreds of students to schools in eight areas of the state: Mallee, Central Highlands, Goulburn, Ovens-Murray, Hume-Moreland, Bayside Peninsula, South Melbourne, Western Melbourne.

Since then, the Victorian Government has committed to continue to expand the program state-wide.

The three new areas are part of a phased expansion of the program, with Brimbank, Melton, Loddon-Campaspe and Inner Gippsland added this year and the remaining three areas of Victoria to benefit by 2021.

The Navigator program supports young people not attending school or struggling with attendance by connecting them with a case worker who can provide access to a range of support services and create a path back to education.

As of June this year, 1,628 students have either started attending or increased their attendance at school thanks to the program.

Expressions of interest to deliver the service in the three new areas are now open. For further information, visit the Department of Education and Training.
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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.

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
Code House User Group - Wednesday 13 November
AGM & Mini Conference - Wednesday 13 November
Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness Workshop - Tuesday 26 November
2019 Awards Dinner - Friday 6 December

These are free events for AEN members to attend.

Thanks to our Industry Partners


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