AE News Volume 10, Issue 24

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

11 JULY       -   OHS Network

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards


NAIDOC Week 2-9 July 2017

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

For further information please click here

To find a list of events on this week please click here.


Minister Tierney Visits CVGT Host - Poyser Motor Group

On Thursday morning last week the Honourable Gayle Tierney, Minister of Vocational Education and Skills, and Minister for Corrections, presented a number of certificates to apprentices at local motor servicing company poyser motor group.

Poyser Motor Group is a family owned, multi-franchise dealership located in Central Victoria across two sites in High Street, Bendigo and Midland Hwy, Epsom.

They employ over 170 staff and pride themselves on being part of the local community for over 35 years.

Central Victoria Group Training (CVGT) have been based out of Bendigo since 1983. CVGT provide a range of employment support services to the local community. Currently CVGT support over 250 local apprentices and trainees across a wide range of industry sectors.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented by Minister Gayle Tierney to 15 apprentices for their commitment to studying in the automotive industry.

• William ‘Billy’ Sefton

• Emil Van Rensburg

• Harry Mildren

• Louis Holt           

• Nicholas Serafini        

• Matthew Horne

• Adam Turnbull      

• Nickolas Mayer

• Gabriel Allen

• Thomas Johns

• Darcy Singleton

• Mahmoud Othman 

• Eloise O’Flaherty 

• Andrew Shedden

• Joseph Stockdale

Executive Director of the Apprenticeship Employment Network Mr Gary Workman said “It’s great to see this partnership between CVGT and Poyser Motor group provide so many local apprenticeship job opportunities to the community over the past 20 years”. “We need more employers across the State to think about their future workforce needs and an apprenticeship is a great way to provide a young person with a start to a rewarding career”.


AEN Conference

As many of you would know, we held our midyear conference on Thursday and Friday last week in Bendigo.

A big thank you to our delegates and speakers over the two days

Honourable Gayle Tierney, Minister of Vocational Education and Skills, and Minister for Corrections

Victorian Department of Training and Education – Carl Walsh

Commonwealth Department of Education – Tracey Murphy

Victorian Skills Commission – Commissioner Neil Coulson and Cameron Baker

VRQA – Deputy CEO Chris Ingham

Worksight – Janet Nicolson

Nash Training – James Nash

Gavin Andrew – Codehouse

Peter Canavan – AEN Policy Update

Ian Marrett – Australian Apprenticeship Information Service

Australian Super – Peter Treseder MC

And a special thank you to our two dinner speakers – Steven Jeffery and Ethan Hardwick which were two great examples of apprentices and their careers.

Conference delegates will shortly receive an online survey, by completing the short survey you will have access to the speakers presentations


BGT Business Breakfast

On Wednesday last week BGT hosted a local business breakfast in Ballarat. Host by the newly appointed CEO Mandy MacDonald the event also marked the 30 year anniversary of BGT.

Congratulations to the team at BGT.

For further information please click here.


Funding Boost for ArtsReady

Last week the Turnbull Government provided a $200,000 boost for the ArtsReady program, which assists employers in the arts and culture sector to engage young Australians in internships.

The 12 month internships prepare participants to graduate as job ready for the arts and creative industries.

In its fourth year, this additional funding will assist ArtsReady to make the final transition to a fully self-funded program.

ArtsReady is delivered by AFL SportsReady and is modelled on their program that has successfully provided employment and education opportunities for thousands of young Australians for more than 20 years in the sports sector.

Offering a mix of school-based and full-time traineeships in the arts and related industries, ArtsReady has already delivered 310 traineeships and internships across the country.

The program builds skills development through accredited training that combines practical experience at work with vocational education. It also supports employers during the recruitment and employment process.

The approach has proven successful in helping young Australians get a start in a career in the arts and creative industries.

ArtsReady has a strong focus on increasing the participation of Indigenous Australians in the workforce. To date, 40 per cent of the internships have been completed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people.

For more information about the initiative please click here.

Media Release


Leadership Programs for Women

Leadership Victoria are proud to announce that they will be presenting the following programs in partnership with the Victorian Government;

• Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders Program  Applications close 3 July

• Women's Board Leadership Program  Applications close 21 July

These programs offer a fabulous opportunity to those who apply for their scholarships.

Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders Program The Joan Kirner program will enable up-and-coming female leaders to obtain the critical skills, networks and experiences required to advance their leadership careers.  Apply before 3 July.

Women's Board Leadership Program The Women’s Board Leadership Program will encourage more women to serve on community and government boards.  Apply before 21 July.

For further information please read the media releases from Fiona Richardson, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, for Joan Kirner or Board programs 

To Apply please click here.


Group Training Apprenticeships Featured in OECD Report

A joint OECD-ILO report has highlighted the experience of group training in Western Australia among a series of international case studies of apprentice development.The report, Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities: Making It Happen Locally, examines best practice in employer engagement in apprenticeship programs across nine countries.

It details the experience of ABN Group, a West Australian construction company that embedded a group training organisation into its operations.

It notes that the enterprise-embedded model is rare across OECD countries, and that it achieved a 70% apprentice completion rate and an 80% retention rate six months after graduation.

"This case is an example of how industry can challenge norms and regulations and question whether public policy is delivering as intended, or whether regulation is hampering or encouraging innovation and productivity," the report says.


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations Now Open

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held in Geelong on the 17 & 18 August.  

Guest Speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days  include:

• VRQA – Update on GTO Standards

• Department of Education Update

• Mental Health awareness

• Dealing with difficult behaviour

• Having difficult conversations

• Improving team work

• High performance teams

For further information and to register please click here.


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.


SpotJobs  Melbourne Career Expo July 21 - 23, 2017,  Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 16th year, the event will be held on Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

For further information please click here.


National Skills Week 2017 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.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 152 job ads and 4 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