Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 11

Friday, 13th April 2018
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Upcoming Events

9 May - Alcohol and Drug Awareness W/shop
30 May - Cultural Awareness W/shop
28 & 29 Jun - Mid-Year Conference
Click here for all upcoming events.

AEN Mid-year Conference 28 & 29 June – Registrations Open

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.

Kicking Off Victoria’s First Ever Youth Week

People of all ages are encouraged to take part in the first ever Victorian Youth Week, which kicked off on Thursday this week.

A celebration of our youth, Victorian Youth Week is aimed at uniting young people in their common interests, with more than 100 events and activities scheduled to run throughout the week.

Activities are mainly targeted at people aged 12 to 25, and aim to create a strong community feel and provide exposure for young people to exhibit their skills and ideas to their community.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos kicked off the festivities on Thursday with a special launch event at Parliament House, which was attended by almost 200 young people and singer/musician Kaitt.

For more information about Victorian Youth Week, including an interactive map and schedule of events, visit the Youth Central website or join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #VicYouthWeek.

MIP Update

This week a commonwealth department representative visited two Multi Industry Pre-Apprenticeship groups at Chisholm Institute - Frankston campus. The two groups, one Business and IT theme and the other a Building and Construction theme, are being run by a local GTO ATEP.

The participants highlighted the great work experience and employment opportunities that MIP is providing.
Thanks again to ATEP and Chisholm for supporting the event.

A reminder to all GTOs that it’s not too late to run a MIP program in 2018. Expressions of interest are still open.

To read the MIP project summary or to access further information please visit the AEN website.

Brotherhood of St Laurence – Sambell Oration Dinner

On Wednesday evening this week the Brotherhood of St Laurence held their annual Sambell Oration dinner in Melbourne.

This year’s theme - Education and skills open the door to a good life in Australia. But a sizeable gap persists in school participation and attainment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. What strategies will spread opportunity and improve outcomes?

In a compelling address, Chris Sarra argued that low expectations and deficit thinking have for too long framed Indigenous education. Drawing on personal and professional experience, he outlines a philosophy to deliver a stronger, smarter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and his approach might help unlock the potential of other Australian children.

For further information please visit the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.

Worksafe Victoria – Updated Codes of Practice

Recently Worksafe Victoria updated 5 codes of practice which are now freely available to download from the WSV website

Updated code of practice include:
  • Confined Spaces
  • Hazardous Manual Handling
  • Noise
  • Plant
  • Facilities in Construction
To access the codes of practice please visit the Worksafe website.

NCVER Update

New report released this week: What factors explain the likelihood of completing a VET qualification?
Data visualisation: What factors explain the likelihood of completing a VET qualification?

Field of education, labour force status and course qualification level are the three main factors predicting whether a VET student is likely to complete a qualification, according to new research from NCVER.

The characteristics of those most likely to complete and the main drivers for completion are now available in an interactive and easy to access data tool.

“Analytics of some 2.4 million course enrolment records from 2011 and 2012 provide evidence of those factors influencing the likelihood of completing a VET qualification," said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

"The outcomes point to good practice interventions that would increase the likelihood of course completions.”

How is our VET sector governed and regulated?

The responsibility for governing and regulating Australia's VET sector is shared between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments.

If you'd like to learn more, the Governance page on the new VET Knowledge Bank covers topics such as:
  • the current Ministers responsible for skills and training
  • who regulates the VET sector
  • the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and state/territory training authorities
  • a timeline of Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers and the Commonwealth departments responsible for skills and training from 1992 to the present.
More content will be added to the page in the coming months, including a timeline of COAG Ministerial Councils and Committees and VET legislation.

Comparing high-use training package qualifications
This innovative new tool – a hybrid of a research report and data slicer – allows users to explore data on the top 20 VET training package qualifications with the aid of insightful research commentary.

2018 Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Close Today

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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