AE News - Volume 9, Issue 8

Sunday, 18th March 2018

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Preparing Secondary Students for Work

Earlier this week the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, launched the Preparing Secondary Students for Work website and online assessment tool.

The new website and online assessment tool is available to help principals, teachers and trainers provide high quality, industry relevant courses for students studying vocational education training courses at secondary school.

Schools have always prepared students for work, but bringing schools and employers together through quality vocational learning and VET programs can help school graduates meet the higher demands of the workplace and a globally competitive environment.

The Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework helps to do this by outlining a vision for ‘all students to have access to quality vocational learning and VET that is integrated into secondary schooling and is valued by students, parents, teachers and employers’.

The framework ensures students are able to gain an understanding of the world of work. It also recognises that VET delivered to secondary students is the same as all other VET.

For further information please visit


Victorian Government announce drought relief package to support communities

This week the Labor Government announced a $10 million Drought Support Fund.

Over the last three months, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change Lisa Neville conducted an extensive consultation process across our hardest hit areas.

Strong feedback indicated support for infrastructure improvements to maintain recreational waters and local sporting clubs, via this package almost $3 million will deliver Community Sport and Recreational Grants to meet this need.

Through the government’s extensive consultation, measures that focus on community health and wellbeing and preparedness to deal with the impacts of long term drought were identified as priorities. There was also considerable support for measures that have broad community benefits, such as community precincts and  investing in agricultural traineeships for school leavers.

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting:

Drought Employment Program ($3.15 million) – employing farmers, farm workers and individuals affected by drought to undertake environmental projects.

Drought Extension Program
($655,000) – accelerating delivery of additional farm information and advisory services to support farmers during drought and dry seasons.

Stock Containment Areas Program
($620,500) – providing eligible farmers with grants of up to $2,000 and technical support to implement stock containment areas.

Community Events
($120,000) – providing local councils with continued support to implement important community events that bring people together and promote drought impacted regions.

New initiatives will be established to build community and business resilience for the longer term:

Dedicated Small Business services provided by the Rural Financial Counselling Service
New Agriculture Traineeships for school leavers – supporting training for school leavers in drought affected communities. – Congratulations to SkillInvest.

Farm Risk Management Grants program – providing eligible farm businesses with grants up to $10,000 to better manage risks and manage farm performance in changing climatic conditions.

Recreational Water and Sport Grants – providing assistance for sport and recreational infrastructure projects.

Funding for Foodbank – to support new refrigeration for the organisation to store food donations.

View the media release here.


VOCEDplus Pod Network launched

The VOCEDplus Pod Network is here and it provides instant access to research and a multitude of resources in themed pages called Pods. The first 10 Pods focus on:

• Apprenticeships and traineeships

• Employment

• Foundation skills

• Industry

• Pathways

• Providers

• Quality

• Skills and knowledge

• Standards

• Youth transitions.

If you'd like to learn more about the Pods and how to get the most out of them, join our free, interactive webinar Introducing the VOCEDplus Pod Network on Thursday 7 April from 12-1pm ACST.

More information and to register


MAS Experience Apprenticeship Careers Trailers

L-R Apprenticeship Ambassador, Paul Tran and MAS National General Manager, John Glass

The MAS Experience Apprenticeship Careers Trailers hit the road earlier this week, making their way to the Outer Northern Trade Training Centre (ONTTC) at Peter Lalor Secondary College. It was the first time these trailers were seen by the public and was an insightful visit for students that got to experience different career pathways hands on. Apprenticeship Ambassador, Paul Tran attended, inspiring students to choose a career pathway they enjoyed and was a great example of what they can achieve.

The MAS Experience hopes the Apprenticeship Careers Trailers will encourage students to take up vocational training to be qualified as an apprentice or trainee and get them on the right pathway to employment. This unique program will be delivered under the MAS National consortium that includes AGA Apprenticeships Plus (VIC), Business & Employment (TAS) and Career Employment Group (SA). MAS National is an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

The Apprenticeship Careers Trailer will be rolled out across Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian schools, helping young Australians choose the right career path for them. The trailers offer students an opportunity to try a range of tasks in employment areas such as plumbing, electrical, health or aged care, and carpentry work, as well as receiving information about traineeships in the human services, administration and other fields.

The Apprenticeships Careers Trailer forms part of the MAS Experience suite of Gateway Services. The MAS Experience is an innovative response to improving commencement rates and strengthening retention rates of apprentices and trainees through the effective placement and support of individuals, matching the right employer to the right apprenticeship or traineeship.

Visit the MAS Experience Facebook to view more photos of the trailers taken at Peter Lalor Secondary College or visit for further information.


Nicholas Wyman on Today Extra

Late last week Nicholas Wyman CEO of Skilling Australia Foundation and WPC Group was on Channel 9’s Today Extra program promoting his recently release book Job U and the benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships

To view the segment please visit


ACNC Update


ACNC here to stay

On Friday 3 March, 2016, the Minister for Social Services, Hon Christian Porter MP and the Assistant Treasurer Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, announced the Government’s decision to retain the ACNC. ACNC welcome the announcement and the certainty that it brings for the charity sector. You can read the full joint statement on the decision to retain the ACNC from Ministers Porter and O’Dwyer online.

Read the full statement

New resource for small charities

For small unincorporated organisations we now have a set of template model rules. This resource will allow people involved in small unincorporated organisations to develop their own governing document – an essential part of a registered charity. 

Download the template model rules

New website for not-for-profits

Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law have recently launched a new online information hub for Australian not-for-profits. The Hub contains a collection of free resources, which answer charities’ legal questions and help them with their daily management. The award winning resource has been available for Victoria and NSW for eighteen months and has now been expanded to include information for not-for-profits in all Australian states and territories.

Access the new online Information Hub


ASQA Update

A fifth Training Provider Briefing Session has been scheduled for Melbourne on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 9.00am. There are also limited places available in the session on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 9.00am.

If you can’t join ASQA at any of the scheduled sessions in Melbourne, there is also a live webcast you can register for on Monday 23 May 2016 from 1:00pm—2:30pm (AEST).

Read the original news item published by ASQA on 3 March 2016.

New ASQA Fact sheets - ‎‎‎‎‎March 2016

ASQA has released the following new fact sheets in the past week:

• Fact sheet—Getting a course accredited - March 2016;

• Fact sheet—Renewing an accredited course - March 2016; and

• Fact sheet—When to consider course accreditation - March 2016.


The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service

Melbourne - Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Frankston - Thursday,  28 April 2016

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service websites are valued resources in the Australian Apprenticeships field. They provide practical and easy to use resources and information about Australian Apprenticeships.

These free, one hour information sessions will be of benefit to people in a broad range of job roles including careers advisers and staff involved in the promotion and administration of apprenticeships and traineeships in organisations such as Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, Employment Services providers and schools.

The key points covered in the information session will include:

• An overview of the main features of the and websites;

• A demonstration of:

- The search options to find a wide range of Sample Training Programs linked to Training Package qualifications;
- The new AusAppPathways – free mobile app that helps jobseekers and students to explore apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options that interest them, and the Career Interest Explorer;
- The Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder;
- Self Help job hunting tips and job sites;
- Handy flowcharts on the steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee;
- Career Resources including Practice Aptitude Quizzes;
- Australian Apprenticeships – My Gain videos about different apprenticeship and traineeship careers and how people found their jobs; and
- Resources for career advisers.

Session details:

When: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Time: 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Where: Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2016
Time: 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Where: Conference Room, Quest Frankston on the Bay, 435 Nepean Highway, Frankston
Cost: Free

Times and dates for Traralgon, Pakenham and Geelong will be advised within coming weeks.

For more details and to register visit or call 1800 338 022.


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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