Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 31

Friday, 23rd August 2019
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Upcoming Events

4 September - Managing Competency Based Training
10 September - GTO Managers Meeting
18 September - Financial Controllers / IR Network
Click here for all upcoming events.

National Skills Week – Starts Sunday

National Skills Week 2019
National Skills Week is a time to highlight the myriad of skills and qualifications that can be achieved through a vocational education pathway, and acknowledges the sector’s valuable contribution to Australian lives and businesses.

The VET sector in Australia is world class. The outcomes are evident when you see the talent showcased on the national stage at the Australian Training Awards, and at the regional, national and international WorldSkills competitions.

National Skills Week is a great time to reflect on the many success stories that have come from VET, and a great time to introduce vocational education to those who are looking to move ahead with the career of their choice.

For further information on key events being held over the next 10 days please visit the National Skills Week website.

Field Officers Conference Wrap-up

Our annual Field Officer's Conference was held on Thursday and Friday this week at Oaks on Market in Melbourne.

This year we heard from Carl Walsh from DET and Diana McGowan from the VRQA who gave us an update on GTO and implementing the Group Training Standards.

Ian Neville from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business presented the Australian Jobs 2019 report and key Victorian labour market trends.

Participants engaged in an open forum on Managing Difficult Situations with discussions around the day-to-day issues and challenges faced by field officers.

Aaron Shultz from Outback Mind gave our participants some fantastic ideas to help manage stress in anxiety in daily life. Aaron has authored a book titled "A Wink from a Guru: How I overcame anxiety and reclaimed my life" which he was signing on the day. Copies are available for purchase through the Outback Mind website

Angela Gaylard from Tradeswomen Australia facilitated a panel session comprised of successful and inspirational female tradeswomen who engaged participants with activities and conversation highlighting the stigma and challenges faced by women looking pursue a career in or are working in male dominated industries.
We also heard from Peta Skujins from AATiS who presented on the vast resources available through the Apprenticeship Pathways website.

We would like to thank all our presenters and participants and encourage all GTOs to participate in future events.

Copies of all the presentations on the day are available in the members area of our website.

2019 Victorian Training Awards

The Apprenticeship Employment Network and Global Apprenticeship Network are proud to be the Principal Partners of the Victorian Training Awards for the next three years.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale for the Victorian State Training Awards

Show your support to Vocational Education and Training in Victoria by attending the Victorian Training Awards on Friday 6 September 2019 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Discounted early bird tickets are available from now until 10 August 2019.

The Victorian Training Awards gala event is the state’s showcase for the ‘best of the best’ in the TAFE and training sector. With 45 exciting finalists across 16 categories - this special evening will recognise, reward and celebrate Victoria’s outstanding apprentices, trainees, students, employers, teachers and training providers.

We will see, through real life stories, how Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training sector is making a powerful and enduring difference to individuals and communities.

The night will feature spectacular stage designs, live entertainment, a celebrity MC plus a delicious three course sit down dinner. We encourage students, teachers, providers and businesses to support the sector by attending this exciting event.

Book your early bird ticket or table today.

For further information please visit the Victorian Training Awards.

Latest Job Vacancy Data Released - July 2019

The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) increased by 0.4% (or 600 job advertisements) in July 2019, following six consecutive months of decline. Despite the recent increase, the IVI is 5.5% (or 10,000 job advertisements) below the level recorded a year ago. However, it remains 11.2% (or 17,300 job advertisements) higher than the level recorded five years ago.

For further information please visit the Labour Hire Information Portal.

New Initiative to Help Skilled Women Across Regional Australia Get Back Into the Workforce.

The Career Revive pilot program, run by KPMG, will help up to 30 medium to large regional companies find better ways to attract and retain skilled women.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Michaelia Cash, said this week the Government was committed to helping more women become competitive in the labour market.
“Since we have been in Government there has not only been a record number of Australians in work, there has been a record number of women participating in the workforce,” Minister Cash said.

Women in regional areas can experience barriers that make it harder for them to return to work such as access to childcare, transport, training and development.

“Career Revive will offer expert advice to regional business on how to support and attract women back into the workforce by improving their business practices and policies.”

The Career Revive pilot will work with business to test what interventions help break down the barriers women face when returning to work.

The following 10 businesses have been selected to participate in the 2019 intake of the Career Revive pilot initiative:
  • ALS Industrial Pty Ltd
  • Australian Paper
  • Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd
  • DON – a division of George Weston Foods
  • KEECH Castings Australia Pty Ltd
  • Kingston Estate Wines Pty Ltd
  • Regional Australia Bank Ltd
  • Sandvik Mining and Construction Australia
  • Total Fire Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • University of Wollongong
Career Revive is a $1.5 million initiative as part of the Commonwealth Government's 2018 Women’s Economic Security Statement.

For more information visit Career Revive.

CVGT Annual Awards Evening

On Wednesday evening this week, CVGT held its annual awards evening in Bendigo.

Award winners included:

John Balsillie Memorial Award (Apprentice of the Year) – Jotham Higgs
Matthew Baldock memorial award – Ben Moyle
CVGT Trainee of the Year – Morgan Dunn
CVGT indigenous award – Isaac Handy

The evening also provided a chance acknowledge the 22+ years of service john lynch has provided with CVGT with his retirement at the end of August.

Congratulations to the award winners, John Lynch and the team at CVGT.

Victorian Government to Release List of Trades Prioritised for Registration and Licensing in October

The Victorian Government is moving to register and license trades who perform building work. In October, the Government will release a list of building trades prioritised for registration and licensing, following consideration of feedback received during the first public consultation on the Trades Registration framework. Other areas of building work will be considered in later stages.

New regulations will specify what building work can be carried out by a registered trade contractor or subcontractor, or licensed employee. The regulations will also specify who will need to be registered and licensed, and the requirements for registration and licensing.

The regulations aim to deliver:
  • greater individual accountability for non-compliant building work
  • confidence that tradespersons have adequate qualifications, skills and experience
  • incentives to improve individual skills and training in the building industry (including completion of apprenticeships); and
  • a reduction in the incidence of non-compliant building work.

For more information, visit the Engage Victoria website or email the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning at

Updates to Job Outlook Website

You can now explore more than 1200 career profiles to learn about job tasks, employment prospects, weekly earnings, and the training, skills and knowledge usually needed to work in a career.

Careers that were previously grouped together now have their own profile pages. Before the update, for example, there was a career profile for Environmental Scientists as a group, but individual career profiles are now available so you can explore career information for Conservation Officers, Environmental Consultants, Environmental Research Scientists and Park Rangers!

Expanding the number of career profiles makes it easier to find the right career for you, through the Career Quiz and the new Skills Match tool, or to find the steps needed to pursue a certain career.

It is also now easier to find out what you need to do to work in your dream job! The entry pathways content has been improved and now provides comprehensive information on:
  • the type of training or experience employers usually want workers to have
  • qualifications workers need or typically have
  • registration and licencing requirements
  • links to useful job specific resources, and study and training options.
Join the 1.8 million people who, over the last year, have explored Job Outlook to inspire their career choice.

ACNC releases External Conduct Standards Guidance

The External Conduct Standards are the focus of new guidance from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The Standards govern how a registered charity must manage its activities and resources outside Australia. They came into force in late July.

They require charities to take reasonable steps to ensure appropriate standards of behaviour, governance and oversight when undertaking activities or providing funding overseas.

The four Standards cover:
  • the way a charity manages its activities overseas, and how it is required to control the finances and other resources it uses overseas. (Standard 1)
  • the need for a charity to obtain and keep sufficient records for its overseas activities (Standard 2)
  • the processes and procedures a charity must have to combat fraud and corruption in its overseas operations (Standard 3)
  • the requirement for a charity to protect the vulnerable people it works with when conducting its overseas operations (Standard 4).
For further information please see the ACNC Guidance.

Portable Long Service Leave – Information Sessions

Portable Long Service Authority
The Portable Long Service Leave Authority is there to assist employers.

You can also call the Authority on 1800 517 158 or e-mail with any questions or requests for assistance.

The Portable Long Service website is regularly updated with new information and events.

The authority has also scheduled a number of free information sessions across the state - Please click on the event links below to register.

Register to attend a regional Pop Up Authority event in regional Victoria

Tuesday 27 August - Hamilton

Wednesday 28 August - Portland

Tuesday 3 September - Mildura

Wednesday 4 September - Swan Hill

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