AE News - Volume 9, Issue 33

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 have now opened

Recently 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 Victoria 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

Applications Close                 Friday       14   October      2016
Awards 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 click here


2016 World Skills Australia National Competition 6-8 October

The National Competition will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 October 2016.

Apprentices, trainees and students will be showcasing their skills in over 50 categories, competing for the 'National Champion' title.

During the 3 day competition there will also be a number of information booths.

AEN will be hosting a booth showcasing information from our members, we will also be running a skills obstacle course challenge, where students and other people willing to give it a go can test their skills by working their way through the course. The fastest and most creative will be rewarded with plenty of prizes on offer.

To attend the event, and to cheer on the contenders, go to the World Skills Australia website and book your free tickets.

Please contact if you would like to participate or need further information on the AEN activities at the event


Young workers vulnerable to workplace injuries

Young workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and employers should prioritise safety discussions and training to reduce their risk of injury.

That’s the message recently from WorkSafe Victoria which has released new statistics revealing 49 young people aged 15-24 were injured every week in 2015/16.

The statistics, which were from April 2015 to March 2016, also revealed:

• Young workers in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality suffered the most injuries

• Poor manual handling was the cause of most injuries

• Hand, finger and back injuries were the most common type of injury.

The new statistics have been released to support a major social media campaign which features simulated CCTV footage of young workers in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality about to make potentially catastrophic workplace safety decisions. 

Injury claims by young workers (15-24 years)

From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

• 2554 injury claims made by young workers

• 1873 injury claims made in Melbourne (73%)

• 670 injury claims made in regional Victoria (26%)

• Construction sector had the highest number of claims at 534

• Retail had the second highest number of claims at 416

• Manufacturing had the third highest number of claims at 361

• Poor manual handling caused the most injuries 779 (30.5%) followed by being hit by a moving object 743 (29%)

To access the full story 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


National Youth Week Grants for 2017

Earlier this week the Premier announced that Victorian Organisations can apply for grants of up to $2000 to support their National Youth Week activities.

The grants can be used for young people to hold events and undertake projects, such as art shows, music concerts, cultural days, sporting events or forums, which showcase their achievements and their involvement in their communities.

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 years, allowing them to express their creativity and have their say about issues important to them.

Established in 2000, National Youth Week is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments.

In 2017, National Youth Week will run from 31 March to 9 April.

Grant applications are open until Friday, 11 November 2016. Visit to apply, or for more details.


Empowering YOUth Initiatives – Round 2 Grants Funding is coming!

The Australian Government has invested $55 million over four years in Empowering YOUth Initiatives (EYI) as part of the Youth Employment Strategy announced in the 2015-16 Budget. EYI seeks new and different approaches to engage vulnerable young people and equip them with the skills they need to gain employment.

EYI Round 1 funded 19 organisations to support young people aged 15-24 at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Round 2 Grant process for EYI will be open shortly and the Department is inviting applications from not-for-profit, non-government organisations. This will also include employment service providers who are not-for-profit organisations.

If you have a new or different idea to help vulnerable young people to gain the skills they need to find work, you are encouraged to apply. Your proposal could receive a grant of up to $5 million.

Stay tuned for more updates. For more information visit Employment Services Procurement Information website (


The Needanapprentice website currently has 40 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