AE News - Volume 9, Issue 7

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

9 March - OHS Network

23 March - IR & Financial Controllers Network


Dear reader,

Welcome to the first edition of our new format weekly e-newsletter!

On Thursday this week we launched our new trading name – Apprenticeship Employment Network.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the GTAV/AEN members, board and staff for all your hard work in launching the new brand this week.

We will continue to bring you the latest news from the VET and employment sectors, as well as share the good news stories from the network.

Launch of Apprenticeship Employment Network

We believe the new name will provide a stronger connection with the wider community, as apprenticeship employment is what our members are great at.

Over the past 30 Years our members have supported over 150,000 young people into an apprenticeship or traineeship across Victoria in a wide range of industry sectors. 

 On Thursday Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills attended the annual Apprenticeship luncheon with leading organisations from Victorian group training organisations, TAFE institutes, government departments and employment agencies.

 Group Training Association of Victoria (GTAV) chair Mr Dean Luciani officially launched the new brand – Apprenticeship Employment Network. “During the past 30 years our members have employed and supported an estimated 150,000 young people into a wide range of apprenticeships”. “Today we launch a new name that we believe will provide a stronger connection with the community”

Minister for Skills and Training Hon. Steve Herbert, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson with Gary Workman and Dean Luciani

In February this year the Victorian Government announced it is committed to providing $9.3million in funding over the next 3 years to support Victorian group training organisations employ apprentices and trainees.

Currently our not-for-profit network employs over 7500 apprentices and trainees each year in all industry sectors with a heavy focus on traditional trade areas. We work with local communities and employers to match young people with meaningful work.

“Our members provide a safety net and flexibility for both the apprentice and host employer over the period of their training, and we congratulate the Victorian Government on their long term commitment to our industry” said Dean Luciani.

View the Media Release or visit the new website for further information.

New staff email addresses -  Current email contacts have also been notified directly. Emails to the old email address will be automatically forwarded to the new address for a short time.


Key contacts

Gary Workman, Executive Director - 

Nik Mavrommatis, Operations Manager -

Rozalia Cook, OHS and Project Officer -

New Social Media Details

Twitter: @appemploynet


Feel free to go online and share your good news stories and tell us what you think of the new name.


New Member Logos

As part of the launch of the new name this week, members are encouraged to use the new branding to assist in spreading the message.

For access to high quality images for your websites and print communications please email


Global Money Week - 14-20 March 2016

Money week is being held between 14-20 March this year and is a good reminder that the ASCI’s  Moneysmart tips website has a wide range of free resources for young people to utilise so they can gain a stronger understanding of their financial matters.

 To find out more information or to access the resources please visit the MoneySmart Website.


Regional Partnerships

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford this week urged community and business leaders to nominate for the Government’s new Regional Partnerships by submitting an expression of interest by Sunday 6 March.

The Regional Partnerships provide a platform for communities to have a greater say in issues affecting their local area.

The Government recognises that each region is different, and will ensure decisions and investments reflect the priorities of local families, workers and businesses to provide a real voice for regional  communities.

Regional Partnerships will be established in Barwon, Great South Coast, Central Highlands, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Mallee, Loddon Campaspe, Goulburn, Ovens Murray and Gippsland to drive local action around regional priorities and to direct them straight into the heart of the Labor Government.

The Partnerships will build on the work of existing regional leadership and advocacy groups, looking at the strategic priorities local communities have identified across economic, social and environmental issues.

We are looking for applications from people with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing their region, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate across community and industry groups.

Experience working within and across sectors, such as tourism, food and fibre, health and education, is highly desirable.

People interested in nominating should visit and search for Regional Partnerships under the vacancies tab.


NCVER Update: Apprentices and Trainees

Nationally, the number of apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 September 2015 was 295 300, a decrease of 13.7% from 30 September 2014. This latest release of quarterly data also shows a decline in commencements, and completions and withdrawals, compared with the September 2014 quarter. Data for states and territories is also available

Click here for the report.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 67  job ads and 21 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