AE News Volume 10, Issue 3

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

08 FEBRUARY  - Financial Controllers & IR

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon


Apprenticeship Luncheon – Registrations are Filling Fast

Thursday 2 March 2017, 12:00PM -2:00PM

RACV Club Melbourne – 501 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Guest Speakers

Hon. Gayle Tierney – Minister for Training and Skills

Keynote – Eliane Miles – Future Proofing Careers – McCrindle


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Holmesglen - Summer Skills Series

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International Women's Day Lunch at Angliss Restaurant

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Minister Andrews shows her support with local engineering apprentices

On Wednesday afternoon this week Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, Karen Andrews acknowledged Work & Training’s dedication to Tasmania’s apprentices and trainees at Glasgow Engineering in Launceston.

Minister Andrews began her working life as a mechanical engineer and has a close connection to Work & Training’s apprentices undertaking their training at Glasgow Engineering.

With 30 years working in industry and industrial relations, Minster Andrews has a deep understanding of the importance of trade skills. With a view that there needs to be more appreciation and value placed on trades, Work & Training is pleased that Minister Andrews visited their engineering apprentices at Glasgow Engineering.

Work & Training General Manager, Leanne Wallace says the Minister’s visit will encourage more people to take up a career in engineering and see the importance of trades in Tasmania.

“Glasgow Engineering is rich with history in Launceston, operating for 125 years and a longstanding employer of apprentices looking to start an engineering career. We currently have three apprentices placed with Glasgow, with more than 30 being trained here over an extended period. We look forward to organising more job and training opportunities for our apprentices and trainees with Glasgow in the future,” said Ms Wallace.

“We have a strong relationship with many Tasmanian businesses and work closely with them and industry to ensure the training they provide is of high quality,” continued Ms Wallace.

John Hutton, Managing Director at Glasgow Engineering is proud that they are contributing to strengthening Tasmania’s workforce and economy by training individuals so they are ready to hit the ground running.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships are the backbone of Tasmania’s growing workforce. Our hands-on training at Glasgow Engineering provides our apprentices with relevant and current industry skills. We really encourage those looking for a unique and practical start to the workforce, to consider an apprenticeship or traineeship,” said Mr Hutton.

Congratulations to the team at Work and Training.

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For the media release please click here.


Workforce Training Innovation Fund

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund was officially launched by The Hon. Gayle Tierney MP, Minister for Training and Skills, on 19 January 2017.

The fund is one of the targeted funding streams under Skills First that improves the quality, stability and adaptability of the Victorian tr​​aining and TAFE System.

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund provides grant funding for industry and training provider partnerships to develop and deliver innovative strategies for improving training outcomes and the relevance of training to industry

An initial $40 million to assist industry and employers to address the rapidly evolving workplace development needs for industry productivity and economic growth, giving industry a real say in the training being delivered.

A key focus of funds strengthening partnerships between industry and training and the TAFE system to better respond to the skills needs for existing, new and emerging industries and the Victorian Government's priority sectors.

Innovative thinking and approaches will allow industry and training providers to challenge existing practices in skills development, training methods and product design. The fund will give opportunities for the joint exploration and application of new ideas and solutions that will address barriers to workplace productivity.

The guidelines have been released with a range of support materials about the fund.

For a copy of the Guidelines, Key Terms and Definitions, summary Factsheet, Frequently Asked Questions, the Seed Funding Application and the Grant Funding Proposal forms see: Skills First Resour​ces

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NCVER Update


Latest research

The boundaries and connections between the VET and higher education sectors: 'confused, contested and collaborative' provides a brief commentary on the trends and potential trajectories of vocational education and training (VET) compared with higher education in Australia.

Exploring the multiple issues that lie at what might be described as the 'boundaries and connections' between the two sectors, finds many examples of confusion, contest and collaboration. Combined, this imposes an unquantifiable national cost burden.

From a student perspective however, the ability to pick and mix the best from university and VET, be it skilling, academic study or work experience, can only be beneficial to the needs of employers and to future job prospects for students.

AVETMISS news for RTOs

If you’re a registered training organisation in the process of submitting your data direct to NCVER, we provide the following update:

• From 1 January 2017 onwards, the Outcome Identifier National code “90”- not yet available will no longer be a valid code, and will result in an error in the AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS). This means you cannot pass validation using the outcome id “90” and will need to replace all records that contain this with the “70 - continuing enrolment” outcome code.

• To fix the error you must amend your data at the source (in your student management system or data entry tool) and then export and validate your data again.

• For detailed information on all the available outcome identifiers please refer to pages 121 - 125 of the AVETMISS data element definitions: edition 2.2.

We also have some tips available which will help you produce error free data


The Needanapprentice website currently has 248 job ads and 7 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