AE News Volume 10, Issue 9

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

22 MARCH -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

09 APRIL    -   RTO & E-Learning Network

04 MAY       -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop


Warrnambool – Regional Apprenticeship and Employment Forum

On Wednesday this week Westvic hosted a regional forum with support from the Commonwealth Department of Education.

The forum was opened by the Hon. Karen Andrews – Assistant Minister for Vocational Training and Skills, and a number of speakers that discussed how the local region could improve youth employment outcomes and better support employers and the wider economy.

Congratulations to Dean Luciani and the team at Westvic on the event.

The Assistant Minister has also shared a progress update on the broader VET reform agenda, and reflected on the feedback obtained through widespread consultation and engagement with the sector since assuming responsibility for vocational education and skills in July 2016.

Assistant Minister Andrews has expressed her appreciation to those who have been involved in various events such as apprenticeship forums and workshops, industry roundtables, skills forums, and other meetings. These discussions have provided an incredible wealth of perspectives to inform consideration of reform priorities for the National VET system.

For further information please click here.


WPC Group and Kangan institutue host Hon. Karen Andrews

Also on Wednesday this week WPC group and Kangan TAFE hosted the assistant minister for Vocational training and skills, the Hon. Karen Andrews on a tour of the Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at docklands in Melbourne. The minister was welcomed by a group of automotive apprentices part of the WPC group NissMap program that also won the National Training awards in 2016.

Congratulations to Kangan institute and WPC group


National Day of Action Against Bullying

Today – Friday 17 March is national day of action against bullying and violence.

There are a wide range of free resources available and the association also hosts workshops delivered by Bullyzero Australia Foundation to support staff to better understand the effects of bullying and what can be done in the workplace to reduce it.

For further information please click here.

For the media release please click here.

Reminder that the Bullyzero Foundation is also supporting the Arnold classic this weekend with donations supporting the foundation.

For further information please click here.


Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP) Website.

Recently the federal government updated the labour market information portal website.

The site contents employment information that can be viewed by region, employment data, employment projections, and employer recruitment insights

January 2017 Labour Force Survey data are now available from the Employment Region and ABS Labour Force Region (SA4).

For further information please visit the LMIP website.

This week the government also released the February employment trends


• Employment increased 11,600 to 12,005,000.

• Unemployment increased 5,200 to 738,900.

• Unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.8% following a revised January 2017 estimate.

• Participation rate remained steady at 64.6%.

Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 1.2 million hours to 1,671.5 million hours.

For further information please click here.


Mental Health Awareness - ‘Are You OK’

AEN is hosting 2 Mental Health Workshops for GTO Members aimed specifically at Field Officers and other staff that have direct contact with apprentices and trainees.

Premium Health will conduct a 3-hour session raising awareness and highlighting the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Premium Health, an accredited national RTO, is an organisation, which provides engaging and innovative health and wellbeing training in the form of various First Aid and Mental Health Crisis (First Aid) training.

Topics include:

• Knowledge to recognise acute signs and symptoms of common mental health problems

• What to say – Are You OK?

• Engage and support a person during a crisis situation

• Where to direct the person to seek help

Participants will receive a Statement of Participation upon completion. Workshops are free for members.

Registration Details

Date and time:          Thursday 4 May 10.00am – 1.00pm (Registrations Open)

Location:                   AEN Office, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne

Cost:                          Free for AEN & VTA Members

Non-Member Cost:   $50 incl. gst.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please visit our website for further details.


Energy Assessment Grants

Boosting Productivity grants are now available to help small and medium sized businesses carry out an energy assessment, and identify and action energy improvements.

Grants are available to businesses with less than 200 full time employees, spending over $20,000 a year on energy bills.

The grant covers 50% of the cost of an energy assessment at two levels:

• A basic energy assessment which provides up to $2000 towards the cost of an assessment. This is recommended for businesses spending between $20,000 and $50,000 on energy per annum

• A detailed energy assessment which provides up to $6000 the assessment.  This is recommended for businesses spending more than $50,000 on energy per annum.

A $3000 implementation bonus is available to both grant types to carry out one or more assessment recommendation, which will result in a reduction in energy at the business site.

For further information please click here.


Call Out to All GTO History Buffs and Hoarders

AEN is preparing to develop a “Victorian history of Group Training” publication and have coaxed John Ackland out of retirement to assist with the project.

If you or someone you know can assist by providing some old photos, annual reports, significant events etc…. please contact the office so we can put you in touch with John.

We anticipate that the publication will be available at our annual end of year dinner on 22 November.


2017 International Fellowship Application Rounds

ISS Institute is proud to announce three rounds of Fellowships this year. All information, including Round One Application Forms, will be available on their website from Monday 20 March.

Round One – opens Monday 20 March and closes Friday 28 April. Offering five George Alexander Foundation International Fellowships, two Agribusiness International Fellowships, and one David Barro International Fellowship for Heavy Construction Materials.

Round Two – opens Monday 15 May and closes Friday 23 June. Offering ten Victorian Department of Education and Training Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG) International Fellowships and three Italian Australian Foundation International Fellowships.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 117 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