AE News - Volume 9, Issue 32

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network

17 OCTOBER     - IR & Financial Controllers Network

25 OCTOBER     - RTO e-Learning Network


Our annual Awards -  nominations are now open

Last week AEN opened our nominations for this year’s annual industry awards. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of our members, staff, apprentices and trainees within the Victorian GTO industry.

The awards will be presented as part of our annual dinner being held on Thursday 17 November at the Waterfront venue, Docklands. 

Awards include:

Australian Technical Officers Association Best Victorian Apprentice Award

Best Victorian Trainee Award

Outstanding GTO Service Excellence Award

Outstanding OH&S initiative Award

Industry service awards – 10,15,20,25 and 30 years of service

STAR awards (apprentice and trainee OH&S awards)

Application Process

Application Close                 Friday       14   October      2016
Award Presented                 Thursday  17   November  2016

Submitting Applications

Please complete all parts of the nomination form, the applications  must be submitted to the AEN office by email to or post to Level 3 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002 by COB Friday 14 October 2016

To access the nomination forms and to view past winners please visit

Tickets are also available to attend our annual dinner – for further information please visit here


VRQA  - GTO regulation

VRQA recently updated their website to add information on the Victorian Group Training Organisations co-regulated model with the VRQA and the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN).

The VRQA makes decisions on new applications for registration as a GTO and on renewal, cancellation and suspension of registrations.

GTOs are required to self-assess their compliance annually through a self assessment survey administered by the AEN. The VRQA may audit GTOs after considering the survey results.

The revised national GTO standards apply to Victorian GTOs.

For more information:

• read the VRQA GTO regulation policy (docx - 127.27kb)

• contact Chris Ingham, executive manager, Apprenticeships and Traineeships at

• The self-assessment portal

To access the application process, please contact Gary Workman at the Apprenticeship Employment Network, or visit

For further information please visit


VicSTEM is your one-stop shop for all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related.

VicSTEM brings together a range of STEM resources, activities and programs, helping early years childhood educators, teachers, learners and families to access the information and services they need quickly and easily.

VicSTEM also helps to connect schools and educators with organisations that can provide specialist support relating to STEM learning, including industry, TAFEs and universities. VicSTEM will be updated as new initiatives and programs are rolled out.

For further information please visit


Worksafe Victoria – workplace safety month

It's that time of year again, the most important month in workplace health and safety is only weeks away! WorkSafe Health and Safety Week was so popular last year, worksafe Victoria has extended it to a month!

Please visit their website to check out the opportunity to be involved in a month-long list of new and diverse events that are scheduled across the State.

To register for an event please visit


Victorian Jobs and Training Needs Reports

A reminder that the Victorian Government through the department of Education recently released the Jobs and Training Needs Reports which summarise skills and training needs, by Victorian region. They combine each region’s labour market analysis with existing government funded training activity to provide insights on the level of future training needs, for specific occupations. The reports also flag courses of specific regional or niche occupation need.

These reports should be considered in conjunction with the funded course list  for 2017. They will assist training providers to better align their proposed delivery in 2017 under the new Skills First training and TAFE system with the stated objectives of Victorian Government funded training.

Regional Jobs and Training Needs Reports

• Barwon South West Jobs and Training Needs Report

• Gippsland Jobs and Training Needs Report

• Grampians Jobs and Training Needs Report

• Hume Jobs and Training Needs Report

• Loddon Mallee Jobs and Training Needs Report

• Metropolitan Jobs and Training Needs Report

For more information and resources on Skills First, visit: Skills First Resources 


2016 Workforce Strategy Forums

The 2016 Workforce Strategies client Forums will be held on Tuesday 25 October (Melbourne – Marsh Offices) and Thursday 27 October (Sydney – Dockside, Darling Harbour).

Presented as part of the Marsh Academy of Risk series, and proudly supported by CGU, the theme this year is Workplace Risk Ready - Understanding the Changing Workplace and Managing its Risks.

The program for both Melbourne and Sydney has been designed to provide Marsh clients with insight into a range of issues that may impact their workplace now and in the years ahead.

The Forum will address key issues including:

• Fitness for work and productivity

• Effective workplace design for healthier and sustainable workplaces

• Psychological injury - identification, prevention and management

• Best practice workplace health and safety programs

• Managing mental illness - support tools for managers

• Effective on-site physiotherapy services

• New strategies in managing injury and illness of employees

• Changes to legislation in relation to workplace health and safety

• Workers compensation changes to the various national and state based schemes

The Forum will also include three engaging and interactive workshops:

• Best Practice Safety Auditing

• The Impact of Compensation on Recovery

• beyondblue Heads Up Initiative

Please contact Jodi Sharman at  if you would to have the formal invitation sent to you from the team running these programs.


NCVER Update


NCVER invites RTOs to learn more about the forthcoming VET Provider Collection AVETMIS Standard, Release 8.0 with a free webinar on Wednesday 21 September, 11am-12pm ACST.

This free webinar will provide an overview of the changes, including changes to file structures and fields, and also will cover the steps you need to undertake to be ready to collect and produce data in Release 8.0 format from 2018. Release 8.0 will come into effect for activity from 1 January 2018. A flyer and an AVETMISS 8.0 for VET Providers: What’s Changing from Release 7.0 document are available.

If you require further information about the webinar, please visit

Total VET activity (TVA) data

Total VET activity (TVA) data provides, an estimate of the extent and nature of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2015 by Australian training providers. This picture of training activity is known as ‘total VET activity’, to reflect that the information is collected from all types of providers and not only those in receipt of Commonwealth or state funding. Information is provided on the number of training providers, students, enrolments in programs, enrolments in subjects, hours of delivery and program completions.

The data covers the training delivered by 4277 Australian providers, including registered training organisations (RTOs) and non-registered training organisations (such as community education providers and schools). For further information please visit


'Try a Trade' Open Day

AGA showed its commitment to the vocational industry and contribution to student engagement and completion rates, by holding its recent annual ‘Try a Trade’ Open Day at the Deer Park state-of-the-art purpose built trade training facility. The event is designed for senior school students interested in exploring an apprenticeship or traineeship career pathway with interactive workshops running throughout the day along with industry experts and trainers speaking at information sessions and facility tours. AGA staff look forward to another large crowd of engaged students next year.

300 students attended on the day from the following 15 schools. 

Copperfield College
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
Lakeview Secondary College
Jackson School
Point Cook Senior
Secondary College
Melton Special School
Heathdale Secondary College
Braybrook College
Kurunjang Secondary College
Springside P-9 College
Manor Lakes
CALM link up
Catholic Regional College Melton
Laverton P-12 College

AGA is one of the largest organisations offering apprenticeship and traineeship support services in Victoria. With more than 30 years experience in training people and placing them into employment,  AGA is dedicated to creating pathways to training and employment for people looking to find the right career. For more information, please visit


The Needanapprentice website currently has 42 job ads and 6 resumes online.

If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to register your details on the website to gain access to the apprentice listings and post your vacancies.

Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

If you need any assistance with registering, posting a vacancy or would like further information please contact the AEN office on 9639 3955 or email