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AE News Volume 11, Issue 10

Friday, 6th April 2018
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AEN Mid-year Conference 28 & 29 June – Registrations Have Now Opened

This year's AEN Mid-year Conference will be held on the 28 & 29 June at the Dingley International.

Speakers will include:

Victorian Government – Department of Education – Higher Education and Skills
Victorian Skills Commissioners Office
Victorian Major Projects
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority

Hear updates on a wide range of topics including:

Industrial Relations
One Touch Payroll
RTO Compliance
Cyber Security
Labour Hire
Board Governance
GTO Standards
GTO Funding


28 & 29 June 2018


Dingley International Hotel
334 Boundary Rd, Dingley Village VIC 3172

Early bird registrations close Friday 25 May 2018

For further information and to register please see our Events Calendar.

IBSA - Industry Skills Forecasts 2018

Industry Skills Forecasts are an important part of helping IRCs to identify industry skilling imperatives and determine future training needs for their sectors.

As work progresses on the 2018 Industry Skills Forecasts by Innovation and Business Skills Australia - IBSA will provide information on the key trends and outcomes from surveys.

To date IBSA have completed 6 industry skills forecasts including:

Aerospace Skills Forecast 2018
Furnishing Skills Forecast 2018
Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Forecast 2018
Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Skills Forecasts 2018
Sustainability Skills Forecast 2018
Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Skills Forecast 2018

For further information please visit the IBSA website.

Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College

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The Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI), a joint venture between Kellogg Brown & Root and Huntington Ingalls Industries, has been selected to establish and manage Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College.

The college, to be headquartered in Adelaide, will work with shipbuilders to understand their workforce requirements throughout the different stages of project construction and sustainment, while leveraging a national network of education and training providers to deliver the specific skills required.

Making the announcement this week, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said “The NSI team has a proven track record of developing shipbuilders and will bring to Australia their collective experience in naval shipbuilding skilling and education,”.

“The Naval Shipbuilding College will collaborate with key education and industry providers to ensure Australia can increase the size and skill level of the naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce we need.”

“More than 25,000 personnel will be needed directly or indirectly for the Government’s $90 billion commitment to a continuous shipbuilding program. The naval shipbuilding workforce in Australia is likely to grow to around 5,200 workers by the mid 2020s, across a range of diverse job roles.”

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the industry-driven college will ensure the country’s future workforce can meet the needs of the naval shipbuilding industry for years to come.

“The College will work with a range of high-quality education and training providers to build their capacity and ensure our future workforce can meet the specialised requirements of the naval shipbuilding industry,” Minister Birmingham added.

“In order to deliver the right skills at the right time the College will need to build strong partnerships, particularly with education and training providers, but also with selected ship designers and builders, and the wider defence industry community.”

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the College has established or will soon establish relationships with training or education providers in every state and territory to ensure it has a nation-wide reach.

“The College will work with a range of high-quality education and training providers across Australia through a ‘hub and spoke’ model,”.

“A person could be enrolled at the Naval Shipbuilding College headquartered in Adelaide, but be completing the course at a registered training organisation or higher education provider in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, or regional centres such as Launceston.”

For further information check out Naval Shipbuilding College set to get underway and Naval Shipbuilding College to help counter nationwide skills shortage

GTOs – The Best Kept Secret

Year13 recently ran a story on group training: GTOs – the best kept secret.

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) have long been shrouded in mystery, but if you’re an aspiring apprentice or trainee, then you’re going to want to remember those enigmatic initials. GTOs are the hidden gem of the apprenticeship and traineeship world, and even though what they do has remained largely unknown, they are actually the largest employers of apprentices and trainees in Australia. As you might expect, we at Year13 are big fans.

But what actually is a GTO?
In a nutshell, Group Training Organisations are companies that help recruit and manage apprentices and trainees for host employers and businesses. To put it simply, GTOs find apprentices an employer under which they can complete their apprenticeship, as well as providing mentoring, ongoing support and study options for their training.

Read the full article at Year13.

AICD Release Report Card on Nations Growth and Prosperity

This week the AICD released a report card on the Nation's growth and prosperityGovernance of the Nation.

The report covers a broad spectrum of policy objectives:
  • National governance: modernise systems of government to support longer-term policy decisions
  • Fiscal sustainability: address Australia’s unsustainable fiscal and return the Commonwealth Budget to surplus, with bold policy on both spending and tax reform
  • Innovation and entrepreneurialism: foster innovation-led growth supported by regulatory reform to support appropriate corporate risk-taking is also needed
  • Human capital: adapt workplace regulations, education and participation to new demands
  • Partnerships with the not-for-profit sector: alleviate the challenges faced by an uncertain funding landscape
  • National infrastructure: improve infrastructure as it is critical to lifting productivity and economic growth.
In assessing progress against their recommendations the AICD has considered a range of factors, supported by analysis from our Chief Economist, Stephen Walters GAICD. AICD applied a governance lens to our performance as a nation and a rationale for each grading is spelt out in the report.

For further information or to download the report please click here.

The Not-for-Profit Salary Report

This week Pro Bono Australia launched the 2018 Salary Survey. With six years’ worth of data, the report maps out trends and detailed insights like never before while providing up to date remuneration levels.

It is the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind for benchmarking salaries for the not-for-profit sector.

To find out more and to purchase the report please visit Pro Bono Australia.

NCVER Update

Research report: Future job openings for new entrants by industry and occupation

Summary: New research shows that while employment continues to shift towards higher skilled jobs such as professionals and managers, many other job openings in the Australian labour market are due to the need to replace departing employees.

Some of these jobs traditionally have low entry requirements and a high turnover, such as checkout operators and fast food workers. However, some of this attrition is also due to older workers retiring or moving on to different careers, potentially creating a shortage of experienced workers able to supervise and train younger employees which may have future training implications for the VET sector to consider.

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and August, the Symposiums are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers for 2018 include Gail Kelly, Professor Gillian Triggs, Nova Peris OAM OLY, Jessica Rowe AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Katrina Webb OAM, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and many, many more.

The principal themes that will be tackled at this year’s events include:
  • Resilience within the workplace
  • Enabling women to lead
  • The power of networking
  • Being bold, being brave, being new
  • Leading through change
  • Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.
An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY18 at the time of booking (available until each Symposium sells out). For more information and to book visit the Australian Women's Leadership Symposium website.

2018 Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Close Soon

Now in their 64th year, the prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, and the businesses who train them.

The Awards are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and journey within the training and TAFE system, and meet industry experts and employers from across Victoria to help build your career.

The Awards are open to all Victorian students in vocational education and/or training, from a range of backgrounds and age groups. There are five student award categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, and School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Winners receive $5,000 prize money, and become Victorian ambassadors for the TAFE and training sector.

Nominations for the awards are now open - until midnight on Friday 13 April 2018.

Be inspired by the stories of previous winners, and nominate now!

We encourage you to get involved and nominate for the 2018 awards. To give you all the information you need and help you with your nomination, we have developed:

  • The 2018 VTA Guide
  • Student factsheet
  • Information on preparing your nomination
  • FAQs
  • Conditions of Entry
These resources can also be downloaded from the VTA resources page.

For more information, contact the Victorian Training Awards at or call 1800 290 654.

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