AE News Volume 10, Issue 39

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


The Apprenticeship Factory – Annual Awards Dinner

On Thursday evening this week the Apprenticeship Factory held its annual awards evening in Shepparton.

1st Year Apprentice Award Winners:

• Alex Ring - Cert III Engineering (Mechanical)

• Warren Sedgman - Cert III Electrotechnology Electrician

2nd Year Apprentice Award Winner:

• Hugh Anderson - Cert III Engineering (Mechanical)

3rd Year Apprentice Award Winner:

• Benjamin Lardner - Cert III Engineering (Mechanical)

4th Year Apprentice Award Winner:

• Nicholas Strongman - Cert III Electrotechnology Electrician

Certificate III Trainee Award Winner:

• Jesse Gardner-Russell - Cert III Information Digital Media & Technology

Certificate III Trainee (Education) Award Winner:

• Olivia Damianopoulos - Cerrt III Education Support

Certificate IV Trainee Award Winner:

• Michael Russo - Cert IV Information Technology Networking

Apprentice of Year: Nicholas Strongman

Trainee of the Year: Jesse Gardner-Russell

Congratulations to all the finalists and the team at the apprenticeship factory.


AEN Radio Campaign Commences

Last 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 giving 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 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.


Save the date: WGEA’s 2016-17 data out 17 November

The 2016-17 WGEA reporting data is being released on 17 November. The fourth year of data will provide a comprehensive snapshot of Australia’s workplace gender equality performance and showcase areas that have improved over the past four years, and areas that still require attention.

Key findings and trends will be available from the Data Explorer, including:

• gender pay gaps by industry, occupation and manager category

• representation of women in leadership

• access to paid parental leave and flexible work

• employer action to promote gender equality.

WGEA will be presenting the latest gender equality data on a national roadshow of events, starting in mid November.

The launch event will not only showcase the Agency’s 2016-17 dataset, but will also explore career pathways for primary caregivers, flexible working arrangements in the modern workplace, and incentives to boost women’s representation in leadership roles.

Women in Leadership series: a roadmap to change
Victorian Presentation
22 November 2017
12 – 2pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, East Tower, Level 35, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Book now

For further information please click here.


New Website to Support Young Parents

This week the Federal government launched a new website designed specifically to support young mothers.

The new MumSpace website offers free access to evidence-based mental health support tools, apps, helplines and resources.

These include two online programs that help new parents build practical skills and learn more about caring for their babies and themselves.

For women who need a little extra help with their emotional wellbeing, the free MindMum mobile app helps new mothers to track their mood, calm themselves with guided relaxation and plan enjoyable activities, learning strategies to improve their relationships and build confidence in parenting.

The website also includes the MumMoodBooster online tool, a self-directed cognitive behavioural therapy treatment program for women with, or at risk of, perinatal depression.

Suitable for pregnant women and new mums, MumMoodBooster includes six interactive online treatment sessions complemented by text message advice and encouragement.

For further information or to visit the site please, click here.

For the ministers press release please click here.


Independent Review of Victorian WorkSafe Premiums

In a recent review of the Victorian Worksafe premiums the report found that WorkSafe's current premium system is fair, performing well and is financially sustainable.

WorkSafe agrees in principle with the majority of the review recommendations, particularly around simplification, transparency and enhancing the means in which the broader Scheme objectives for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Return to Work (RTW) are supported within the premium model.

WorkSafe will consider the recommendations as part of their Strategy 2030 which is focussed on delivering greater social and economic value to the Victorian community through the regulation of workplace health and safety and delivery of the workers' compensation scheme.

To find out further information or to access the full report please click here.


Worksafe Victoria - Melbourne Health and Safety Month Conference 1 November

Take a glimpse into the future of health and safety and workers' compensation in Victoria. Chief Executive Clare Amies will share Strategy 2030, which highlights the challenges we face and how WorkSafe will transform into a prevention-led, customer-focused, digitally-enabled service organisation.

The event is being held at the Victorian Exhibition Centre – South Wharf and is free to attend.

To find out more about the event or to register please click here.


ABS – 2016 Census Data Released

This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the data from the 2016 census.

Census Program Manager Bindi Kindermann said that the latest release of 2016 Census data details a range of insights into the profile of Australia’s labour force and showed how working patterns had changed.

“According to the Census, 56 per cent of women in Australia were employed in 2016, compared with 65 per cent of men,” Ms Kindermann said. “Compare this to 1966 and we see that the proportion of men employed was 83 per cent while for women it was 34 per cent.”

The Census recorded that in the week leading up to Census night, Australia’s working population worked on average 34.6 hours per week, down from 35.1 in 2011. The average number of paid hours worked in the week leading up to Census night was 30 hours for females and 39 hours for males.

Ms Kindermann said today’s latest round of 2016 Census data provides further information that will help Australians understand who we are as a nation and help governments, councils, businesses and other organisations around the country plan for the future.

“Today latest Census release gives us invaluable insight into the nation, relating to internal migration, education and method of travel to work.

“Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.”

Data from the 2016 Census is now available on the ABS website.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

Choosing VET: investigating the VET aspirations of school students.

This study investigates the ways in which school students and their parents, carers and teachers talk about VET.

In their words: student choice in training markets - Victorian examples.

This research offers insight into the options available to individuals as they navigate the VET market.

Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choice.

This summary brings together the findings from two research projects looking at the aspirations, intentions and choice of students considering vocational education and training.

Australian VET statistics report: 2017 Employers’ use and views of the VET system
Infographic: 2017 Employers’ use and views of the VET system
Media release: Majority of employers who use VET consider training meets skills needs
A survey of over 8 000 Australian employers to gauge their use of and satisfaction with the VET system has shown that 54.4% of them used the system in the past two years.

The Survey of employer’s use and views of the VET system has also revealed that employers have remained largely satisfied with VET training, with:

• 82.2% satisfied with nationally recognised training that is not part of an apprenticeship or traineeship

• 75.4% satisfied that vocational qualifications provide employees with the skills they need to do their jobs.

To access the report or view the infographic please visit the ncver website


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 recently 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 152 job ads and 2 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