Annual Report 2016
Welcome to the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (Group Training Association of Victoria).
It is with a sense of pride and satisfaction that I reflect on the 2015-2016 year, and note significant traction across a number of initiatives. Arguably the product of a strong and united industry in Victoria, the Association currently enjoys significant support and credibility from both state and federal governments.
The Victorian state government has been both public and consistent in its support for our industry, and more importantly, prepared to invest $9.3 million in GTO specific funding over a three-year period. The Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills, has proven himself to be an informed and decisive Minister, willing to engage directly with providers and apprentices at every opportunity. In doing so, we as an industry enjoy a viable, well informed and valued seat at the consultation table.
The Victorian membership through active participation has enabled the Association to facilitate this engagement in every corner of the state over the past twelve months. I wish to acknowledge the significant investment and support provided by members when hosting these critical events.
From a federal government view point, I am pleased to report that the Association was successful in securing $6.8 million for a Multi-Industry school based Pre-apprenticeship Support (MIP) pilot, designed to better inform career choice and improve retention. The Association’s ability to attract federal funding for what we consider a critical role for group training, is again a significant achievement, and one that presents opportunity for the future.
At the 2015 annual dinner in November the Association awarded a number of service and excellence awards in recognition of outstanding individual and organisational achievements. Whilst congratulating all award recipients, I would like to acknowledge the CEO of Murray Mallee Training and Sunraysia Murray Training, Geoff Carson, who was awarded the GTAV Fellowship (life membership) award. Being awarded the Group Training Fellowship is the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the
Association on an individual for their contribution to Vocational Education and Training, and the advancement of group training in Victoria. Congratulations Geoff.
Once again I would like to thank the dedicated staff for their outstanding contributions throughout the year, and to congratulate Gary Workman on his continued hard work and vision for the Association.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Board of the Association for their dedication and for the opportunity to Chair the Board. I believe the overall experience and diversity of the current Board means the Association is well placed to meet the quality governance expectations of its key stakeholders, and we can confidently look forward to the opportunities of the future.