AE News Volume 10, Issue 28

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards



Strengthening VET will support our rapidly changing economy

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, has this week outlined the crucial role of VET as Australia’s economy undergoes rapid change and technology alters the nature of work.

“As the economy continues its structural adjustment due to the end of the mining boom, it is the VET sector that can provide the tools to upskill and reskill workers to capitalise on new employment opportunities,” Minister Andrews said.

“VET is a fundamental part of our economy. And it offers a vital pathway for Australians to pursue their career goals and passions.

“There are around 4 million students undertaking vocational training. The numbers of Indigenous students and those with a disability are also increasing.

“It’s crucial that those millions of students are getting value for money, a quality education, and that they’re learning skills our economy really needs now and into the future.”

Minister Andrews outlined her vision for the future of VET at an event hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday this week.

In her speech, Minister Andrews echoed recent comments by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the rapid pace of change taking place in Australia, driven by global trends.

“Australia’s future prosperity will be driven by harnessing our diverse economy - this includes looking to new sectors to support new sources of jobs, and to drive productivity to underpin continued economic growth,” Minister Andrews said.

“This is why we are making investments to ensure VET is poised to help advance Australia’s economic development.”

These measures include the new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund to boost apprentice numbers, a new apprentice mentoring program for industries undergoing structural change, and a stronger and more sustainable VET Student Loans scheme.

“All of these measures are geared towards lifting the quality and relevance of training, and to create more apprenticeship places,” Minister Andrews said.

“More than ever, our economy will need a workforce which is modern, skilled and adaptable.”

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International Trip to Award Winning Dealership for Award Winning Apprentice

As a follow up to a story we ran a few weeks ago – Ellern Savvidis has now completed her international scholarship trip to the US.
Ellearn Savvidis grew up around cars, motorbikes and boats. In schools holidays she would help her father with his business in the motorcycle transport industry. Not surprisingly this interest in the automotive industry led her to WPC Group who helped to find her an apprentice mechanic position at the prestige dealership Mercedes-Benz Melbourne Airport after she completed her VCE.
When describing her apprenticeship she says “I feel that there are lots of opportunities at Mercedes-Benz Melbourne Airport, I’m doing a job a love and getting paid to learn new things every day”.

Now 20 years old, Ellearn a third-year apprentice mechanic, is a leader in her field and a mentor to less experienced apprentices. As a female mechanic she is also a role model to other women who are passionate about the industry but may be afraid to pursue this path due to present but fast fading stigma’s of once male dominated industries. Once qualified, Ellearn will join the cohort of just over 600 female mechanics across Australia, far outweighed by close to 70,000 male counterparts.

Her success has been recognised by Skilling Australia Foundation who have awarded Ellearn an overseas visit of observation to Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz, the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the United States. The visit includes a cultural immersion into another country and three-days observation at the dealership along with all the memories that come with an experience like this.

She says of her award recognition and overseas experience “It’s wonderful I have found an apprenticeship in an industry I love and am passionate about. The chance to visit another country as part of my learning is just amazing.”

The long term gains from this experience for Ellearn and those around her will be hard to document as there will be many. It will no doubt inspire Ellearn to further excel in her trade and will have a flow on effect to her colleagues. It is hoped that other women in the industry and those about to embark on the industry look up to positive role models like Ellearn and realise they can really do it.

Congratulations to Elearn, WPC Group and the Skilling Australia Foundation

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Vale Mike Harrison

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the tragic death of Mike Harrison, former CEO of GTNT and a former Director of Group Training Australia.

Mike was a highly regarded figure in the group training sector over many years, and he made an significant contribution to training and skills development in the Northern Territory and beyond.

Mike, who was 62, died tragically in a fishing accident this week, as reported in the NT News.

Those that knew Mike will remember his great knowledge and insight of the training sector, as well as the passion and energy he brought to advancing the cause of group training.

On behalf of the group training sector and the apprenticeship employment network, we extend our deepest sympathy to Mike’s family, friends, and to the many who knew him and benefited from his great work.


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations 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.


'Heroes of traditional trades' photographic competition

A national photographic competition is being held to uncover the 'heroes of traditional trades’.

Entrants are required to photograph tradespeople or craftspeople involved in the conservation of a place of heritage significance.

The competition is organised by Australia ICOMOS, the peak cultural heritage conservation body, National Skills Week, SkillsOne Television, the National Trust of South Australia and the ISS Institute. It aims to celebrate trades and crafts that are often in danger of disappearing.

Photographs could feature a building trade, a landscape practice or a traditional activity associated with the social values of a place - anything from roofing to flooring, paddock fencing, dry stone walling, hedge-laying, or trades from traditional mining or the making of soft furnishings.

Short-listed entry from 2015 HOTT competition, ‘Dry Stone-Walling, Kristin Munday

Winning entry from 2015 HOTT competition, ‘Atlas Wrought Artworks’, Wendy McCaffley

Entries close August 8.

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Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday 21 October– tickets now available

Tickets are now available to the Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held on Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.

This is a great cause – so please show your support.

For further information please click here.

Or download the Flyer


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.

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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.


Upcoming Events

QA Standards Network Meeting – 23 August 2017

Financial Controllers IR Network – 6 September 2017

GTO Managers Network -12 September 2017

RTO Workshop Presented by James Nash – 19 September 2017

Workplace Bullying Presented by Bullyzero – 26 September 2017

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 109 job ads and 3 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