Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 32

Friday, 30th August 2019
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National Skills Week

National Skills Week 2019
National skills week kicked off on Sunday 25 August at Box Hill Institute.

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 that were held this week please visit the National Skills Week website.
National Skills Week

45th WorldSkills Competition – Australia Shines

During the 45th WorldSkills competition held in Kazan this week - the Australian Skillaroos team of 15 competitors have come away with a silver, 3 bronze, a best of nation and a number of medal of excellences.

Patrick Brennan, Maxine Colligan, Clinton Larkings and Patrick Keating were successful in winning medals.

As a country, Australia placed 8th in the world overall, which is an incredible achievement.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

For the full details and all the results please visit WorldSkills Australia.

Expert Panel to Advise on the Future of Vocational Education and Training

As part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to revitalise vocational education and training (VET), this week an independent expert advisory panel has been established.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Expert Panel will provide independent strategic advice to the Government on key reforms flowing from the Joyce Review ‘Expert Review of Australia’s VET System’.

She will be joined by Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education Policy at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, and Dr Vanessa Guthrie, who will bring a crucial industry perspective, with her senior leadership and executive experience.

Together, the three Panel members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the task of advising the Government on the implementation of the skills package, and on our future reform trajectory.

For further details please visit Ministers' Media Centre.

New OECD Report – The Future of Work

WorldSkills and the OECD have joined forces to better understand the attitudes of young people when it comes to future technologies, their perceptions about how technological change will impact their work opportunities, and whether they feel if they are getting enough support from schools to prepare them for the future.

This survey aims to fill the gap surrounding international comparable data on perceptions on the future work.

Through the OECD campaign “I am the future of work” and WorldSkills Conference 2019 in Kazan, the findings are being promoted with stakeholders to feed the debate and positively influence policies on skills and education for a future that works.

The respondents to the survey (conducted by ONEPoll) are young people at the end of general education and VET programmes from 19 “G20” countries.

In addition, 1,488 samples were collected through WorldSkills Members who supported the research by sharing the survey with their networks: Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

The results from online quota-based panel polling were weighted to be representative of each country by age, gender, and whether the respondent had achieved a Bachelor’s degree or higher by the time of the poll.

Job confidence
50%– I will find the job I really want

Technology optimism
56%– technology would create job opportunities
63%– I’m excited about the job flexibility that would come with technological change

School-mediated activities
71% – I would welcome more help in getting a job while in school

For further information or to access the full report please visit WorldSkills.
Youth Voice of the Future of Work

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.

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.

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 ticket or table today.

For further information please visit the Victorian Training Awards.

Adult Learners Shine at 2019 Learn Local Awards

Learners, practitioners and training providers have been recognised for their incredible work transforming lives through community education at this year’s Learn Local Awards.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney announced the award winners at a gala dinner at the Mural Hall in Melbourne on Friday evening last week.

Presented by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Learn Local Awards celebrate the power of education in meeting the needs of educationally disengaged or disadvantaged Victorians.

For more information, including a complete list of winners, visit the Department of Education and Training - 2019 Winners.

Child Safety Standards

Commission for Children and Young People
Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children are required by law to implement Child Safe Standards to protect children from harm.

Organisations and businesses that employ children to provide goods or services, whether paid or unpaid, must also implement the standards.

Children are defined in the standards as anyone under 18 years old.

Standard 1: Governance and Leadership
Strong and clear governance arrangements allow leaders to ensure child safety is a focus within their organisation.

Standard 2: Clear Commitment to Child Safety
Demonstrate your commitment to child safety by documenting how your organisation will meet its duty of care and responsibilities.

Standard 3: Code of Conduct
Establish clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

Standard 4: Human Resource Practices
Develop and implement human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse occurring within your organisation.

Standard 5: Responding and Reporting
All staff and volunteers must understand their role in keeping children safe, including their reporting responsibilities.

Standard 6: Risk Management and Mitigation
To reduce the likelihood of harm organisations must think about and define the risks.

Standard 7: Empowering Children
Children have a right to be heard and have their concerns and ideas taken seriously.

Who has to comply?
Organisations and businesses that are required to comply with the standards include those that:
  • provide any services specifically for children
  • provide any facilities specifically for use by children who are under the entity’s supervision, or
  • engage a child as a contractor, employee or volunteer to assist the entity in providing services, facilities or goods.
Category 1 organisations
  • are regulated and/or funded by government departments
  • provide and supervise services for children
  • provide and supervise facilities specifically for children.
Existing regulators and government funding bodies will be the primary contact on Child Safe Standards issues for these organisations. These include:
  • registered schools (government and non-government)
  • approved education and care services (e.g. kindergartens, after hours care services)
  • children’s services (e.g. occasional care providers)
  • an organisation that provides Early Childhood Intervention Services
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres
  • organisations registered or accredited to provide senior secondary education and training
  • registered overseas student exchange organisations
  • approved education and training organisations providing courses to students from overseas
  • out-of-home care services
  • child protection services
  • family violence or sexual assault services
  • housing services and homeless services
  • youth services
  • support services for parents and families
  • public and denominational hospitals, public health services, private hospitals, multipurpose services, day procedure centres and registered community health services
  • drug or alcohol treatment services
  • designated mental health services and publicly funded mental health community support services
  • government departments and agencies providing services to children (including youth justice and corrective services)
  • local councils
  • disability services providers.
For further information please visit the Commission for Children and Young People.

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 are 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.

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses - January to March 2019
This publication provides a summary of data relating to estimated students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system for the first quarter of 2019.
  • 638,800 students enrolled in nationally recognised training
  • 33,000 students enrolled in non-nationally recognised training.
Government-funded program enrolments comprised:
  • 93.2% in nationally recognised programs
  • 3.6% in locally developed programs
  • 3.2% in non-nationally recognised programs
  • 91.1% of program enrolments were in qualifications
  • 82.9% of program enrolments were in training packages
  • 8.3% were in accredited qualifications
  • 48.7% of qualifications were at certificate III level
  • 19.1% of qualifications were at certificate IV level.
Total VET students and courses 2018
This report provides an estimate of the extent and nature of nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) delivered by Australian registered training organisations (RTOs).

VET qualification completion rates 2017
This report presents completion rates for nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications; namely training package qualifications and accredited qualifications, at certificate I or above.

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 3 September - Mildura

Wednesday 4 September - Swan Hill

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