Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 4

Friday, 23rd February 2018
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7 Mar - RTO Network
21 Mar - Field Officers Network
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Big Build Victoria – New Major Projects Website

Recently the Victorian Government launched the Victoria’s Big Build website, which is aimed at providing all the information on the various major construction projects across the State.

The site includes all the relevant information about the construction, builders, timeframes and jobs available.

For further information visit Victoria's Big Build.

2018 Leaders in Workplace Gender Equality Announced

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) announced the list of 2017-18 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders.

A record 120 organisations have received the citation this year, which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the steady growth in the list indicated that the business benefits and competitive advantage gained by improving gender equality in Australian workplaces were becoming ever more widely recognised.

Trends among this year’s recipients include:
  • entrenching organisation-wide flexible work
  • programs to support women into leadership
  • tailored parental leave policies to support use by both women and men
  • initiatives to attract women into male-dominated roles
  • supporting men’s caring responsibilities
  • robust analysis and correction of gender pay gaps
For further information please visit the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

NFP Innovation Index Survey Launches

Charities have been urged to embrace innovation as “the key to unlocking the most complex social issues”, with the launch this week of a nationwide innovation index survey for the not-for-profit sector.

The GiveEasy Innovation Index 2018 survey, has been developed by GiveEasy in partnership with Westpac, eWAY and the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW Business School.

Now in its fourth year, the index provides a year-on-year assessment to track and measure the innovation progress of the NFP sector.

“Like a number of other sectors, the NFP sector has been disrupted, whether it’s in fundraising or service delivery. So the sector is looking for alternative ways to complement what they’re doing at the moment,” said Jeremy Tobias, the CEO of GiveEasy.

“No matter if you’re small, medium or large, I think every NFP understands that innovation is important. Really this index is about starting the conversation or continuing the conversation, depending on where you are in your innovation journey.”

Last year’s GiveEasy Innovation Index reported a 9 per cent increase in innovation performance by Australian NFPs over the previous 12 months.

To participate in the survey or find out more information see the NFP Innovation Index.

Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT 2018 Skills Conference

The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT invites you to join them for their 2018 Skills Conference - VET for the future.

The conference is to be held on Thursday 14th June at Dockside Darling Harbour. Last year the event was a sell-out so get in fast to avoid disappointment.

Jason Sultana, my counterpart from AEN (NSW/ACT), has kindly offered to provide our members a discounted AEN NSW ACT member rate during the early bird period until April.

For more information about the Skills Conference visit

If members wish to purchase tickets they will need to directly contact Jason Sultana - Executive Officer, Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT - on 02 9746 9333 or

Apprenticeship Career Information and Job Fairs

AEN Job Fairs Mechanic Promo
During February this year we have been running a number of Free Career Information Session for those interested in undertaking or finding out more about apprenticeships.

To date we have run sessions in Broadmeadows and Sunshine and have just one more to go.


Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2
Formal Meeting Room
225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong


27 February 2018 - 2.00pm – 7.00pm

We would appreciate if you could help promote this session by circulating within your networks.

Further information is available at our website.

Nominations Open For 2018 Victorian Training Awards

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 2 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.

Department of Jobs and Small Business

The Commonwealth Department of Employment has changed its name to the Department of Jobs and Small Business because of the Administrative Arrangements Order amendments introduced in late December 2017.

The Department has recently updated its website.

The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

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