AE News Volume 10, Issue 15

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

04 MAY        -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo


Revised National Standards for Group Training Organisations

On Wednesday this week the Revised National Standards for Group Training Organisations (National Standards) and the Evidence Guide to support the National Standards for Group Training Organisations (Evidence Guide) were released after being recently endorsed by all States and Territories.

The endorsement was finalised by the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) via an out of session process.

The National Standards and Evidence Guide are now available on the Australian Government’s Australian Apprenticeships website.

For further information, please contact the Department of Education and Training via the Group Training mailbox at

Within Victoria – GTOs should continue to follow the work being done with VRQA, the National standards are very similar (without the inclusion of the Victorian Child safety standards to the Victorian version we have been working on over the past 12 months)

For further information please click here.  


Kangan Awards Night

On Thursday evening this week Kangan Institute held its annual apprentice and industry awards night at Docklands.

Apprentice of the Year: Automotive - Joshua Drenen

Apprentice of the Year: Bakery - Christopher Porter

Apprentice of the Year: Commercial Cookery - Samuel Wood

Apprentice of the Year: Landscape Construction - Joshua Greenhalgh Employed by The Apprenticeship Factory

Apprentice of the Year: Electrical - Mathew Williams

Apprentice of the Year: Construction - Carl Sartori

2016 Apprentice of Year - Carl Sartori

Congratulations to all the students graduating and to the award winners.


Queensland State Association – Apprentice Employment Network – Announce New Executive Director

Recently the Queensland Group Training Association – Apprentice Employment Network – announce its new Executive Officer Ed Given.

Ed is no stranger to the network in Queensland and comes with a wealth of experience.

We would like to welcome Ed into his new role and look forward to working with him.


Did You Know Changes are Happening to Australia's Super System?

Most of the changes start from 1 July 2017 so it's important to be prepared. You or your employees may be affected if:

• you make extra super contributions, including through salary sacrifice

• you have an income over or close to $250,000

• you or your spouse have an income less than $40,000

• you've taken a break from the workforce or you work part time

• you're approaching retirement.

For further information please click here.


A Range Of Measures Designed To Support Small Business

Recently you may have seen a new promotion campaign from the Commonwealth Government, who have developed a new website to provide support and resources for small business.

The website is designed to provide small businesses with all the information that may affect their circumstances, including the new tax concessions, government grant programmes, etc.

For further information please click here.


AEN Midyear Conference 29 & 30 June - Registrations Are Now Open

This year AEN is holding it's mid-year conference at the All Seasons in Bendigo on the 29 & 30 June. There are a number of speakers over the 1 ½ day event including

Minister for Training and Skills – Hon. Gayle Tierney

Updates From:

• Victorian Department of Higher Education and Skills

• Victorian Skills Commissioner Office

• Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Victorian GTO standards and audit process for 2017/18

• Victorian Major Projects

• Commonwealth Department of Education & Training

For conference details and to register please visit the AEN website.

Discounted early bird registrations close 19 May.


National Skills Week 28th August - 3rd September, 2017

National Skills Week 2017 is fast approaching - 28th August - 3rd September, 2017.

The week encourages, informs and inspires people of all ages to explore the benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. The week highlights the opportunities and successful outcomes trade and skill based careers can lead to.

National Skills Week has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Be part of it, get involved today as a supporter of National Skills Week. 

For further information please click here.


Penalty Rates Inquiry Commences

This week the Victorian Government announced that members of the Legislative Assembly will be looking into the impacts of penalty rate cuts by the Fair Work Commission.

The Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee will look into the social and economic cost of the Fair Work Commissions to changes to penalty rates.

The changes will begin to impact the wages of retail, hospitality, pharmacy and fast food workers from the middle of the year.

The select committee will be looking into the detrimental effects such changes will have on:

• Victoria’s lowest paid, award reliant workers

• Women

• Young workers

• Workers in regional Victoria

• Single parents

• The detrimental effects on the Victorian economy

• Other industries that are now potentially open to the same wage cuts.

It comes as 78 leading Australian economists signed an open letter to the Fair Work Commission earlier this month, commenting that cutting award wages will likely hurt the national economy.

For further information please click here.


ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program

ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) and donor partners are offering $100,000 in seed funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia have recently openned.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $10,000 to implement or pilot one of the seven innovative ABC Heywire project ideas developed at the 2017 Regional Youth Summit –

Need a Nanna Network (NANN) – keeping young people out of detention

Dear CRIS – a pen-pal program to connect rural and international students and address racism

Tech Hub in the Scrub – creating better access to technology in rural and remote Australia

Ag Boom – getting more youth into agriculture

One Drop – supporting people affected by substance abuse and creating resilient communities

LGBTQ&A – empowering young LGBTQI+ people and creating equality

Common Connections – encouraging mental wellbeing and building resilient communities

The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the 12 months from September 2017.

Applications close Monday 15 May 5pm.

For the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal website for guidelines and application forms, please click here.


Funding Grants For Women's Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s training and development sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership programs.

The courses are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to June 7, 2017.


Give Mum the Gift of Entertainment

It’s time to get your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership…and why not get one for Mum!

Purchase now to enjoy up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers that can be used from now until 1 June 2018.

Purchase your Entertainment Memberships from Apprenticeship Employment Network again to support their fundraising efforts for the Bullyzero Australia Foundation.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 15 job ads and 10 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