AE News Volume 9, Issue 39

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

17 NOVEMBER - AEN End-of-Year Conference & AGM

23 NOVEMBER - Field Officers Network

07 DECEMBER - OH&S Network


AEN Annual Awards

This year we received a record number of entries from GTOs.  There were a large number of fantastic stories and individual achievements

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Trainee of the Year

Daniel Lumby - ATEL

Aleisha McDonald - ATEL

Amy Dowe - G-Force

Ashley Hall - G-Force

Jack Lunney - Programmed


Apprentice of the year

Jayden Carpenter - ATEL

Ethan Hardwick - CVGT

Hannah Terry - G-Force

Greg Hogan - G-Force

William Maynard - Programmed

The awards will be presented on Thursday 17 November – it’s not too late to book a ticket to the event – for further details please click here.


AEN Video competition

A reminder to check out our online video Competition – apprentices and trainees can win up to $500 if they post a short 30 second video about the best things of being an apprentice.

For further details please click here


Victorian Youth Forums To Turn Ideas Into Actions

Young people around Victoria can help shape future government decisions by taking part in 12 youth forums in regional and metro locations.

Hosted by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, the forums give young people the chance to discuss ideas and develop skills in working with decision makers.

They will culminate in a Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, opening National Youth Week celebrations. The Youth Summit will bring together young people from across Victoria to share ideas on issues that matter most to them.

Attendees will be encouraged to nominate for the Victorian Youth Congress, which will advise government and act on priority areas from the summit.

The first youth forum was held in Swan Hill in September, with excellent feedback from young people, community services representatives and local government.

Youth forums will be held at locations around the state, including:

• Morwell

• Geelong

• Dandenong

• Maribyrnong

• Bairnsdale

• Ballarat

• Bendigo

• Dunkeld

• Wangaratta

• Shepparton

• Port Fairy.

The forums will support the Government’s new Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria and better connect young people and government.

The policy was developed after a wide ranging consultation of more than 2000 young people, youth organisations, parents, carers and sector professionals.

For more information please click here.


AICD launches NFP Director Tools to support good governance

The AICD is committed to supporting NFPs meet their future challenges. To further this aim, a new set of practical resources has been developed to help NFP directors fulfil their duties and excel in their roles

For further information please click here.


Register NOW to host an event for International Day of People with Disability

Registration is open for communities, schools, clubs and individuals to host an event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the day is a celebration and recognition of the achievements and contributions of people with disability. The day is also about raising awareness of the issues experienced by people with disability and the importance of making our communities more inclusive.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate the outstanding contributions people with disability make to this country,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Think about how you and your community can come together to recognise people with disability, their families and carers on or around 3 December.

“It can be as simple as starting a conversation and raising awareness about disability issues in your community, or you can organise a local event to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

“However you choose to mark the day, it is important we all work together to remove the barriers experienced by the four million Australians with disability, so they can have the same access and opportunities to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.”

Visit the IDPwD website for tools to help plan and promote your event, including event ideas, an event checklist and promotional material.

For further information please click here.

For the international day of people with disability website please click here.


Career Interest Explorer

Start the Career Interest Explorer

This resource will help you identify your career interests. This is an important part of your career planning as the information can help narrow down career pathway ideas.

Career interests are different to abilities or skills. They are activities you enjoy doing or are interested in, which can then show where you could develop your skills and abilities.

The Career Interest Explorer is based on seven basic work types. You respond to some statements to see the strength of your interest across these seven work types. This should take about five to ten minutes.

After that you can search for occupational or industry based career information related to each work type.

• Watch a short video about the Career Interest Explorer

It is useful to find out your interests today, but your answers may change once you have discovered more information.

The more you discover about a work type that interests you, the more likely it is that you will be able to make a clear and informed decision about your future career options.

The menu items on the left also allow you to use work types to search directly for occupations and industry based career information.

You can also find information and links to career development resources in the 'Career Interest Resources' menu. Here you'll also find descriptions of each work type in the 'What are Work Types?' item.

For further details please click here.


McHappy Day on Saturday 12th November

A reminder that McHappy Day is on Saturday 12th November. McHappy Day is one of Australia's most important charity events. It raises funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), which run a range of programs that help seriously ill children and their families.

This year McHappy Day celebrates 25 years in Australia.

Their goal is to raise a record breaking $3.8 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which equates to providing around 28,000 nights’ accommodation for Australian families at one of the 16 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia.

This McHappy Day, $2 from every Big Mac sold helps families with seriously ill children stay close so they can share a Big Hug, a kiss or a bedtime story.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 37 job ads and 9 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