AE News Volume 10, Issue 20

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OH&S Network

23 AUGUST -   QA Standards


Victorian Training Award Nominations Closing June 16!

There are just over 2 weeks left to get your nominations in for the Victorian Training Awards. The Awards generates pride and confidence in the training system and puts Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight so why not nominate today.

This year we have a nomination writer on hand that can assist you in finalising your nomination to an award winning standard. This service is of no cost to you as we want to ensure you have every opportunity to participate.

To find out more please contact the Victorian Training Awards Project team who can put you in touch with this service at or phone 03 9907 6635.

Nominations close on 16 June at Midnight.

To nominate please click here.


Rural and Regional Scholarship Program Guidelines Open

As part of the May Budget, the federal government announced $24 million for 1,200 Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships.

The scholarships will support regional and remote people to undertake STEM qualifications in higher education and VET.

The Department of Education and Training has drafted program guidelines and is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the proposed program design.

Responses should be made by 5 pm (AEST) on Friday 16 June 2017 at

The scholarships are for Certificate IV to PhD courses and will be offered through two rounds of 600 scholarships, for the 2018 and 2019 academic years respectively.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need and merit. Each scholarship may be valued at up to $18,000 (for a four year full-time course), with pro-rata amounts for shorter courses.


AEN Mid-year Conference 29 & 30 June

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.


Celebrating Victoria’s Young Achievers

Last week Young Victorians were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards gala presentation dinner.

Awards Patron and Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos joined guests in celebrating the young finalists’ leadership skills and achievements in a range of fields including volunteering, social activism, scientific research, art and fashion.

Ms Mikakos presented the overall 2017 Young Achiever of the Year Award to youth activist Laura Pintur, who is a co-founder of the ‘What’s Normal’ program. The program educates young people about issues relating to pornography and its impact on the community.

The winners of the 2017 Young Achiever Awards are:

• Victorian Young Achiever of the Year  Award - Laura Pintur, Mount Eliza

• The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award - Y-House Foundation Junior Committee, Elsternwick

• Bartercard Online Achievement Award - Morgan Ranieri, Brunswick East

• Victoria University Research Impact Award - Dr Sumeet Walia, Melbourne

• The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award - Lisa Cheney, Fitzroy North

• CFA Young Volunteer Excellence Award - Alphonse Mulashe, Norlane

• WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award - Mark McDonald, Melbourne

• Bart ‘N’ Print Health and Wellbeing Award - Jessie-Anne Kenworthy, Geelong

• First National Real Estate Leadership Award - Nick Pearce, Box Hill

This award recognises young people who have worked together to provide a service, program or project for young people that has resulted in positive, youth-led changes in a local community.

For further information please click here.


AFL Sportsready Breakfast – launch of The Ready Foundation

On Wednesday morning this week, AFL Sportsready held a breakfast at Etihad Stadium to launch "It’s the Ready Foundation"!

The Ready Foundation was established by AFL SportsReady and aims to assist in relieving poverty, suffering, distress or misfortune experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and other disadvantaged youth.

How To Support

With your support, AFL Sportsready are able to help or benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and disadvantaged young people from across the country by:

• Funding employment or traineeship opportunities

• Helping to eliminate the barriers to work or further education by providing funding for work or interview clothing, tools, protective equipment, public transport tickets and mobile phone credit; vocational education and training fees

• Helping to reduce the costs associated with education, such as university/student administration fees, computers and stationery.

• Delivering programs to assist young people to gain skills and self-confidence in life as well as create successful career pathways through education, employment and traineeships.

Congratulations to the team at AFL Sportsready

For further information please click here.

To Donate please click here.


Apprenticeship Employment Network has Limited Memberships Left

We are raising as much as we can to help Bully Zero Foundation. You can help us by buying either an Entertainment Book or a Digital Membership. Whichever you choose, you'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!

The Entertainment book brings us value for money with the added bonus of raising funds for a great cause, use it once and you’re hooked!

For further information please click here.


Is It time to Increase your Protection Against Cybercrime? Free Information Sessions

Don’t wait until your business is disrupted. Develop your plan now and increase your protection against ransomware, hacking and other forms of computer crime.

Protection Strategy Steps:

• Educate your team – free seminars and Q&A Tuesday 30th May 2017 and Thursday 8th June 2017.

• Expert advice on whether your current level of protection is adequate – Call – Free.

• Read the checklist – We provide systematic protection against your business risk - Net2 managed IT services.

Develop your recovery plan. Are your backups working correctly?

For further information please click here.


NVCER Update

Minimum qualification for VET practitioners no longer adequate

The key Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE) is "ineffective and inadequate" in coping with the modern demands of VET practitioners, according to a new study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

"There are concerns that this qualification in isolation does not adequately prepare VET practitioners for the variety of teaching and assessment scenarios they will encounter," it says.

The paper, 'Continuing professional development for a diverse VET practitioner workforce' by Mark Tyler and Darryl Dymock of Griffith University, raises the issue of whether there needs to be a nationwide agency for continuing professional development.

"More readily accessible and recognised continuing professional development could complement the minimum qualification by providing additional training as practitioners’ responsibilities change," it says.

It also addresses the issue of a professional ‘institute’ for VET practitioners, but says there is no straightforward answer to what jurisdiction such an organisation would have, who would be eligible to join, and the source of the funding.


Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September

Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors

Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

For further information please click here.


Safer Work Through Community Partnerships

You're invited to attend the 2017 WorkSafe Victoria Breakfast Series.

If you're a local business owner, employer, manager, supervisor, or health and safety representative, this breakfast event provides a timely opportunity to bring you up to date with important changes to industry policy and OHS regulations and requirements.

Harnessing the power of community partnerships, you will also have the opportunity to connect with other local businesses as we work together to shape safer workplaces.

What will be covered:

• New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017

• Eight proposed new Compliance Codes

• WorkSafe's new Strategy 2030

• Details about the upcoming Health and Safety Month

Employees and staff are welcome to attend. Spaces will fill quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 7 June 2017

7:00am to 9:00am


View details and register

Thursday 8 June 2017

7:00am to 9:00am


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Wednesday 14 June 2017

7:00am to 9:00am


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Tuesday 20 June 2017

7:00am to 9:00am


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Wednesday 21 June 2017

7:00am to 9:00am


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For further details and to register please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 90 job ads and 8 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