AE News Volume 9, Issue 41

Sunday, 18th March 2018

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07 DECEMBER - OH&S Network


AEN Annual Awards

On Thursday evening this week we held our annual awards evening. Around 100 guests attended and the night showcased some fantastic examples of young apprentices and trainees across the state.

Congratulations to the following

Trainee of the Year

This year we had 4 finalists in the Trainee of the Year award

Ashley Hall - Gforce Employment Solutions

Amy Dowe – Gforce Employment Solutions

Daniel Lumby – ATEL

Aleisha McDonald - ATEL

The winner Ashley Hall - Gforce Employment Solutions

received a Certificate and a $500 cheque.

Ashely Hall – Gforce Employment Solutions

Certificate III Community Services Work

In 2015 Ashley completed a school based traineeship whilst attending secondary college.  She Commenced her placement with Diversitat in their Multicultural aged care facility whereby she showed the elderly compassion, gentleness & respect despite the language barrier.

During her traineeship, she completed the Kokoda Track as part of the Kokoda Youth Geelong.  On her return home Ashley raised money for one of the porters whose home was lost.

Ashley recently won a Rotary Award for Trainee of the Year due to her achievements.  Ashley is an Ambassador for the Community Services Industry, invited as a guest speaker at the Kokoda breakfast


Apprentice of the Year

Greg Hogan – Gforce Employment Services

Hannah Terry – Gforce Employment Services

Ethan Hardwick – CVGT Australia

Jayden Carpenter - ATEL

William Maynard – Programmed Skilled Workforce

Jack Lunney- Programmed Training Services

The winner – Greg Hogan G-Force employment services received a Certificate and a $500 cheque.

Greg Hogan – Gforce Employment Solutions
Certificate III in Upholstery

In 2013 Greg secured a position with Gforce and his host employer Banksia Lounges as an apprenticeship upholster.  Having such passion for furniture and a keen eye for detail, Greg quickly learnt and excelled in his chosen career.

In 2016 Greg was awarded the Victorian winner - Holmesglen’s 2nd year Upholsterer of the year.  During his 3rd year of his apprenticeship, Greg is leading the sewing team at banksia lounges and is teaching new and staff how to sew to a high standard.

Outside of Work he is involved in the cycling community, Greg trains and competes at an elite level racing in Australia and around the world. 

Greg is a  mentor to  junior cyclists in developing necessary bike handling skills, health and wellbeing tips and mind sets to assist them in their sporting endeavours and life skills.


GTO OH&S Excellence award



GTO service excellence award

Skillinvest – agricultural traineeship program in drought effected Western Victoria

On the evening we also present 34 industry service awards to staff that have achieved 10,15,20,25 and 30 years’ service to the group training industry.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards!

For further information please visit

Media Release - AEN Annual Awards Acknoledge Amazing Talent

Media Release - Skillinvest Skilled Employee Takes Home 2016 Group Training Service Excellence Award

Media Release - Geelong Upholster Awarded AEN Apprentice of the Year

Media Release - AEN Trainee of the Year Awarded to Geelong Ambassador



AEN Annual General Meeting

On Thursday we also held our AGM.

Thank you to all the members who attended yesterday’s AGM please find a link to annual report.


WPC Group wins National Training Award

New Age Automotive Skills Training Program Wins National Training Award.

NISSMAP, an innovative automotive skills partnership program was announced as the winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards “Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award” last night in Darwin.

The Nissan Mentored Mentorship Program (NISSMAP) is a partnership between WPC Group and Nissan Australia that places Automotive Technician Apprenticeships throughout Australia.

WPC Group General Manager, Andrew Sezonov said “we are delighted with the recognition and spotlight on advancing the cause of skill-based education through mentored apprenticeships.”

The NISSMAP program offers a competency-based accelerated apprenticeship qualification which can be completed in 2.8 years (most automotive apprenticeships are completed in four years),

and is delivered in state-of-the-art TAFE facilities across the country, in conjunction with the Nissan Learning Academy.

Before commencing training, the NISSMAP apprentices are matched with a dedicated one-on-one mentor from WPC Group. With deep industry experience and counselling skills, these mentors have made the difference between success and failure for both the apprentices and Nissan dealer network. The Australian Training Awards Judging panel based their decision on factors such as leadership in vocational education and collaboration with stakeholders.

For the press release please click here.

About WPC Group

WPC Group is one of Australia’s largest employers of apprentices and trainees, with over 600 apprentices and trainees currently working with more than 200 host employers. NISSMAP – the Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program is a world class mentored apprenticeship program.

Congratulations to the team at WPC group

For further information please click here.

For a full list of all the winner at the national training awards 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


Astute Payroll

As part of assisting you in making the transition from GTPaC, AEN have met with software providers who support GTOs.

Astute Payroll is used by a number of our members and we highly recommend that it is a part of your review.

Astute is a modern cloud based system that delivers a very high level of automation from onboarding, e-timesheets, leave management, Award and EBA interpretation, payroll, billing and reporting.

Key benefits of Astute Payroll:

• Cloud Based – eliminating hardware costs, accessible from any device, and ensuring your data is both secure and backed up

• Supports complex business with multiple entities within a single database, ensuring legal and taxation compliance

• Allows multiple users to work at the same time, including processing payroll

• Online onboarding - including Compliance Documents, Tax Declarations, Super, and banking details.

• Online employee self-service - automating access to pay advices, leave balances, bank account changes, and company information

• Online timesheets – eliminating manual data entry. Highly flexible and able to support multiple jobs, TAFE, leave, travel, allowances and RDOs. Capabilities to automatically import third party timesheets, as well as “adjustment timesheets” that automatically correct errors in payroll and invoicing

• Online Leave – supported through both Leave Requests and Timesheets and handling annual leave, RDOs and cash outs

• Pay Interpreter – automating  interpretation of Awards and EBAs and eliminating manual calculations

• Advanced Rate card management – with effective dates and automated corrections flowing through to both payroll and invoicing

• Payroll – allowing fast and efficient multi-processing of all types of pays, including Apprentices, Perms, Labour Hire and Contractors

• Invoicing – supporting flexible processes that can be customised to meet your customer’s requirements, configurable invoice templates, and automated attachment of timesheets

• Powerful reporting giving you visibility over your workforce and customers, including headcount, FTE conversions, costs, income, and profitability.

• Highly secure and providing extensive audit trails and fraud management.

• Integration with Job Ready, setting up new employees in Astute, and allowing your Field Officers to view Pay Advices and Leave Balances in JR

• Integrations with a large number of Finance Systems, including Tencia.

Astute Payroll works closely with a range of GTOs, including MIGAS, NECA, MyGateway, and MEGT, and is committed to continuing to develop the system to meet the industries ongoing requirements.

We highly recommend that you arrange a time to review the Astute Payroll platform for your business.

Astute Payroll Solution Overview 

Astute Payroll can be contacted on: or 02 9779 9891


Final Skills Service Organisations announced

Late last week the federal Government announced the final Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) that will work with industry in developing training packages.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon. Karen Andrews MP said Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) would establish a SSO to service the manufacturing sector, bringing the total number of SSOs announced this year to six. Through the same process, Price Waterhouse Coopers Skills for Australia, an existing SSO, has been awarded additional work and will be responsible for the automotive and mining and drilling sectors.

“Early this year, the Government put in place arrangements to ensure the vocational education and training system responded to the needs of industry,” Mrs Andrews said. “This final announcement is integral to the Government’s reforms.”

SSOs work with their Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to identify the skills needed by employers and develop occupational skills standards or training packages.

There are almost 70 IRCs in Australia representing all industries in the national training system. They are central to the training system, and their membership is currently up for review.

“IBSA and PwC Skills for Australia have been chosen on the merits of their bids in an open expression of interest process and were distinguished by their respective track records of transparency, flexibility and capability in working with a range of industry sectors.

“IBSA is well placed to work with the manufacturing sector, while PwC have deep understanding of the automotive, mining and drilling sectors and are adept at engaging a wide range of stakeholders.

“That said, the calibre of applications for this final phase of the process was very high and I want to thank all those organisations who invested time and energy in the process. I would also like to thank AutoSkills Australia, SkillsDMC and Manufacturing Skills Australia for their service over the past year.

“I look forward to working with all affected stakeholders towards making these reforms an unequivocal success and ensuring a smooth transition,” Minister Andrews said.

Skills Service Organisations are funded by the Australian Government as independent, professional bodies to undertake work commissioned by the Australian Industry Skills Committee.

For further information please click here.


Australia's gender equality scorecard

This week, the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency launched its third year of reporting data with the release of Australia’s latest gender equality scorecard. The 2015-16 dataset covers over 12,000 employers and four million employees in Australia.

The new data shows some encouraging signs – a continued downward trajectory of the gender pay gap, increased women’s representation in leadership and that more employers are taking action to address gender inequality.

But progress is modest at best. The data shows that women are still undervalued in the workplace. The average full-time female employee took home $26,853 less than the average male employee in 2015-16, with the salary difference rising to $93,884 at the top level of management.

Women are also under-represented in leadership roles: holding just 16.3 per cent of CEO and 37.4 per cent of all manager roles.

Among the key findings included in the scorecard today (with percentage point movement since 2013-14):

• Gender pay gap (full-time total remuneration): 23.1% (down 1.6 pp) 

• Largest industry gender pay gap: Financial and Insurance Services: 33.5% (down 2.6 pp) 

• Key Management Personnel who are women: 28.5% (up 2.4 pp)

• Employers with policies to support gender equality: 70.7% (up 4.5 pp) 

• Employers who have conducted a gender pay gap analysis: 27.0% (up 3.0 pp)

• Appointments of women to manager roles: 42.6% (new data point)

Download Australia’s gender equality scorecard for a snapshot of the results

Visit the WGEA Data Explorer for a more in depth exploration of the data


2015-16 national data roadshows 

The Agency is also holding a data roadshow in collaboration with CEDA to present national and state-based insights from the latest gender equality scorecard.

Director Libby Lyons will discuss emerging trends in employer action, the gender pay gap, and the changing landscape of the workforce. A number of business leaders will also provide insights on converting the data into lasting change.

Please visit to find out when a CEDA data launch is coming to a city near you (Melbourne 24 November)


At the end of a working day, we start our other jobs - our jobs at home.

You may morph into a Teen Advisor, a Head Chef, or the Chief of Household Operations. It's these jobs that have no payslip, corporate bonuses or even set hours attached - but no doubt are just as much, if not more rewarding.

Celebrate your job at home by ordering a free, custom badge with your name and job title. Or order one for your friends, family and colleagues!

Make a Badge

Each person who orders or receives a badge will be in the running to win one of five $1,000 Coles Group and Myer gift cards* - a bonus just in time for the holiday season!

Plus, share your badge on Facebook or Instagram tagging #jobsathomeday2016 for your chance to win one of five $500 Coles Group and Myer gift cards.*

As we head into the busy holiday season, WorkSafe's Jobs at Home Day campaign is a timely reminder that the most important reason for staying safe at work isn't at work at all; it's so we can be there for our loved ones at home, and fulfil such important jobs at home.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 102 job ads and 11 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