AE News Volume 10, Issue 38

Sunday, 18th March 2018

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Worldskills wraps up in Abu Dhabi

Young people from 59 member countries and regions came to Abu Dhabi to compete in 51 skill competitions.

Australia had 18 apprentices

WorldSkills recognises the power of skills and the need to promote and encourage vocational training and education to the highest level. Skill competitions are a celebration of excellence and a unique opportunity to share knowledge. 

Australia finished in the top 10 and secured 4 medals (4 – top 3 finishes)

Gold medal to Gaby Ware - Hairdessing

Silver medal to Ryan Grieger - Carpentry

Silver medal to Bradley Ingham – Industrial Mechanic

Bronze medal to Trystan Summut - Bricklaying

For further information please click here.


AEN Radio Campaign Commences

This week AEN launched it's statewide Victorian radio campaign.  This year’s campaign will run over the next 8 weeks and has two different commercials – one aimed at youth thinking about their options for next year and the other aimed at a busy small business and given a young person their first career opportunity.

You can hear the ads on Fox FM, KIIS FM and 16 regional Victorian radio stations, we have also managed to secure a number of 3-4 minute interview type segments.

So next time you have the radio on – listen out for the ads.

For further information or to hear the radio adverts please click here.


2017 Skillinvest Regional Awards

Skillinvest held their Regional Awards at Longerong College on Friday evening 6 October.

The evening was a credit to organisers and showcased finalists achievements to a large audience of family, friends, hosts, business and community stakeholders.

The large number of nominations, independent judging, achievements and accolades of nominees, finalists and award winners demonstrates the value and respect held in the region for apprenticeship and trainee pathways.

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

To read more about the awards evening please click here.


2018 National Skills Week Dates Announced

August 27th – September 2nd, 2018

National Skills Week shines a spotlight on Australia's vocational education and training (VET) system. It seeks to improve the standing of vocational education industry while highlighting the talents, diversity, benefits and career pathways associated with VET. The week celebrates the achievements of practical learners, focusing on the benefits of skills and training.

The central thrust of National Skills Week is that it provides the motivation for all stakeholders, be they Career Advisors, Industry Associations, Registered Training Organisations (RTO) or Private Training Providers to do something that promotes VET and the successful outcomes it achieves for the individual, industry and importantly the Australian economy. 

National Skills Week seeks to mobilise, inform and inspire Australians of all ages to explore the skills needed for a prosperous Australian economy that will provide a fulfilling pathway for their future.

Since 2011, SkillsOne has driven National Skills Week, through its State and National launches, supported by the Australian Government. The week will continue to be a celebration of the diversity and opportunities for Australians of all ages in skilled and trade areas.

For more information please click here.


Viva Energy Partners with the Kangan Institute to Train the Next Generation of Australian Automotive and Heavy Duty Diesel Technicians

Last week Kangan ACE hosted the launch of their partnership with Viva Energy the exclusive licencee to the Shell brand in Australia.

The partnership will provide Viva Energy with access to Kangan Insitute’s industry leading facilities at the Automotive Centre of Excellence, including their world class heavy duty diesel facility to test and prove lubricant solutions that deliver savings to customers in the real world.

Viva Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Wyatt said he was delighted to partner with the Kangan Institute to help train the next generation of Australian automotive and heavy duty diesel technicians.

“The advances in lubricant technology will only continue, and as the life blood of machines, it is imperative that today’s students keep abreast of developments. We are confident that our partnership and support will add real value in the classroom and in workshops,” Mr Wyatt said.

For further information please click here.


Victorian Government Announced New Ministry Appointments

Premier Daniel Andrews announced this week Ben Carroll’s appointment to the Cabinet, to take on the portfolio of Industry and Employment, continuing the work by Wade Noonan.  Treasurer Tim Pallas will also take on the Resources portfolio, Philip Dalidakis will become the new Minister for Trade and Investment and Jenny Mikakos will add a new portfolio of Early Childhood Education to her existing portfolios of Families and Children, and Youth Affairs.

For more details please click here.


Funding For Women’s Leadership Development: Up To $8,000 Available

Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia 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 of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2017.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 15, 2017.


NCVER Update

Who are the persistently NEET young people?

The report examines the group of young people aged 15–24 that are not engaged in education, employment or training (NEET). In particular, it examines those who are NEET for six or more months consecutively, known here as persistently NEET. Using data from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth (LSAY), the report investigates the incidence of persistently NEET in this data, the socio-demographic characteristics associated with being persistently NEET, the activities of the group, and the outcomes at age 20­–24 of those who have a persistently NEET period at ages 15–19. The analysis found that non-completion of year 12, having children and coming from a lower socio-economic background are associated with being persistently NEET. It also found that having a persistently NEET period at ages 15–19 is associated with a greater likelihood of being persistently NEET at ages 20–24, and a lower likelihood of undertaking or completing a certificate III or higher level qualification by age 24. The Global Financial Crisis also appears to have had an impact on this group of young people

For further information and to access the report please click here.


Workplace Training: Employer and Employee Perspectives

The report highlights key findings from research which examined different aspects of employer-supported training.  It focuses largely on the technical report Employer-supported training in Australia: participation, demand and supply which considers drivers of participation in employer-supported training. It also touches on related work which examines employer perspectives of workforce training; and work which evaluates training funded through the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) program, which sought to train, reskill and upskill workers in areas of identified skills need.

The technical report explores in more detail drivers of engagement in training which is employer-supported, and their relationship to: supply — employers’ willingness to provide training; and demand — employees’ interest in training.


WorkSafe Victoria – October is Safety Awareness Month

WorkSafe Victoria have lined up more than 60 free seminars across Victoria where industry experts and high-profile keynote speakers will be discussing a broad range of workplace safety topics over the next month, so you're sure to find a topic of interest!

Please join WorkSafe Victoria, and other business and industry leaders from across the state, to discuss emerging issues and trends in the sector including:  

• Occupational violence and aggression

• Building positive mental health in the workplace

• Return to work processes

• Understanding and supporting young workers

• Explanation of the new OHS regulations

For further information and to register for the free events please click here.


New Authority to Oversee Fundraising Code

A new independent authority has been established to help raise the bar for fundraisers around best practice and ethical conduct.

The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced the establishment of a seven-member Code Authority to oversee its new fundraising code which was approved in June and is set to come into force from 1 January 2018.

The authority, made up of charity, donor and supplier representatives, will be responsible for compliance monitoring, complaints administration and making recommendations for improvements to self-regulation, reporting quarterly to the FIA board.

For further information please click here.


Youth Mentoring Week 23-29 October

Next Week is Youth Mentoring Week which is a celebration throughout Australia of youth mentoring and all its success, potential and opportunity. The week provides us all with a valuable opportunity to:

• Celebrate the positive impact on young people

• Recognise and celebrate the contribution of mentors

• Raise the profile and promote the benefits of mentoring

• Recruit more mentors

• Seek support for mentoring through mentor recruitment and partnerships within communities and including business.

You can also register your “mentoring event” at the AYMN website.

For further information please click here.


Bully Zero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October

Tickets are available to the Bully Zero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held this Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.

Please show your support for this great cause.

For further information please click here or download the Flyer.


Nominations Open For Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Outstanding young people from across the state can now be nominated in the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos this week called on the community to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in our community.

The awards recognise the achievements of Victoria’s young people over 10 sponsored categories, with one of the category winners being named the overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

Each category winner receives $2,000 and a trophy. The Victorian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 flight voucher and a state trophy.

Award nominations opened on Thursday, 14 September and close on 18 December 2017.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 150 job ads and 5 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