Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 28

Friday, 10th August 2018
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Upcoming Events

14 Aug - QA Standards Network
23 & 24 Aug - Field Officers Conference
30 Aug - IR & Financial Controllers Network
Click here for all upcoming events.

2018 Field Officers Conference

This year’s Field Officers Conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held at the Rendezvous Melbourne on the 23 & 24 of August 2018.

Guest speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days include:

  • Department of Education Update
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Wellbeing
  • OHS Pre Placement Assessments
  • Mindfulness Workshop
  • Team Building activities


23 & 24 August 2018


Rendezvous Hotel Melborne
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Registrations extended to Monday 13 August 2018!


All delegates must organise their own accomodation. To book accomodation contact the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne.

For further information and to register please click here.

AEN Annual Awards – Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2018 AEN Annual Awards opened on the 1 August.

Each year AEN presents a number of awards to recognise the great work apprentices, trainees, GTOs and their staff do across the State.

Awards include:

  • ATO Best Victorian Apprentice and Trainee Award
  • Outstanding OH&S Initiative Award
  • GTO Service Excellence Award
  • OH&S STAR Award
  • GTO Inustry Service Awards
  • AEN Lifetime Achievement Award
The awards will be presented at the AEN annual dinner on Thursday 22 November.

Tickets will be available shortly.

Nominations close 28 September.

To access all the nomination forms and further details please visit the AEN website.

Victorian Labour Hire – Regulatory Impact Statement – Public Consultation

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic Act) passed the Victorian Parliament on 20 June 2018. Certain administrative provisions of the Act commenced operation from 27 June 2018.

Licensing is not yet in force. Compliance obligations for labour hire providers and users, including those relating to licensing, are not expected to begin before early 2019. The commencement date for these obligations will be announced well in advance.

The commencement and operation of the Victorian labour hire licensing scheme will be supported by the introduction of Labour Hire Licensing Regulations.

The public consultation period for the exposure draft Regulations under the Act began on 7 August 2018 and will end on 5 September 2018.

The exposure draft Regulations are accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which has been prepared by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. The RIS examines the economic and social impacts, costs and benefits of the proposed Regulations.

Interested stakeholders are invited to provide detailed feedback to Industrial Relations Victoria on any and all aspects of the exposure draft regulations.

AEN members will holding a meeting on Wednesday 29 August to discuss in greater detail.

For more information about the public consultation process (including how to complete your submission, a template submission document and a list of questions document which summarises some key aspects of the exposure draft Regulations) or the Victorian labour hire licensing scheme more broadly, please click here.

Victorian Training Awards – Finalists Announced

The 39 finalists for the Victorian Training Awards have been announced. Finalists have been selected across 13 categories, which include awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers.

Now in their 64th year, the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training system, with apprentices, trainees, students, employers, teachers and training providers taking centre stage at a gala awards night on Friday 24 August at the Crown Palladium.

Congratulations to AEN members for being nominated as finalists in various award categories, Gforce Employment Solutions, Ai Group, AFL SportsReady, Holmesglen and Kangan. A summary of the finalists in the key award categories are listed below.

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development: Proudly supported by Metro Trains Melbourne

  • Capital S.M.A.R.T
  • Gforce Employment Solutions and Transport Accident Commission
  • Nazareth Care

Industry Collaboration Award : Proudly supported by the Victorian TAFE Association Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • Box Hill Institute and Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee
  • Holmesglen Healthscope Industry Collaboration
  • Skilling the Bay - Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network, The Gordon and Geelong Services and Health Industry collaboration

Large Training Provider of the Year: Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

  • Box Hill Institute
  • Holmesglen Institute
  • Wodonga Institute of TAFE

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

  • Abbey Halton - Gforce Employment Solutions
  • Kimberly Stoyanoff
  • Sophie Babycz - Wallan Neighbourhood

Koorie Student of the Year : Proudly supported by Crown College

  • Elva Richards
  • Lewis Brown
  • Liam Flanagan

Trainee of the Year : Proudly supported by Jobs Victoria

  • Amanda Woodhams
  • Keiran Curry
  • Lucy Smeaton - AFL SportsReady

Apprentice of the Year : Proudly supported by the Apprenticeship Employment Network

  • Alyssa Heard
  • Breanna Szitarity - Master Plumbers' Association
  • Matthew Shipard - Ai Group
Congratulations to all the finalists especially the GTOs and their apprentices/trainees.

Good luck to all on the night.

To purchase tickets click here.

For further information on all the finalists please visit VTA 2018 Awards. To access the Minister press release please click here.

Upcoming AEN Professional Development Workshops

AEN is hosting a number of Professional Development workshops for GTO Members.

Workshops Include:

  • Generation Gap Workshop - 4 September 2018
  • RTO Workshop - 25 September 2018
  • Emotional Intelligence - 2 October 2018
  • IR & Financial Controllers Workshop - 16 October 2018
  • Cross-Cultural Responisiveness Training - 23 October 2018


AEN Offices
Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

For further information and to register please click here.

Minister Tierney Meets Auto Apprentice Scholarship Winner

Minister Tierney with Bianka Chiodo
Last week we highlighted a story where Bianka Chiodo was one of three automotive apprentices across QLD, NSW and Victoria to win an international scholarship to the US through the Skilling Australia Foundation which is funded by the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation & WPC Group.

Earlier this week Bianka met with Victorian Training & Skills Minister, Gayle Tierney for a morning tea and chat about apprenticeships.

The Minister was unable to attend the Melbourne event, where the Scholarship was awarded at Mercedes Benz Melbourne, but invited Bianka for a chat about apprenticeships and to congratulate her on the scholarship.

Congratulations to Bianka, Mercedes Benz Melbourne and the Skilling Australia Foundation for implementing a great program.

For further information and a full article on the scholarship please visit GO Auto News.

The LH Martin Institute - Vocational Education for the 21st Century: A Series of Policy Discussion Papers

The LH Martin Institute recently released a series of policy discussion papers to contribute to the debate of possible VET reform and invigorate the tertiary education sector. The series covers a range of topical issues, from policy settings, governance, funding, competency based training, social inequality and training markets, with a view of looking forward, providing independent advice based on thorough analysis of why we find ourselves where we currently are.

Individual Papers are listed below:

Revisioning the system: A critical analysis and the way forward
By Dr Ruth Schubert, Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Professor Lynn Meek (2018)

Viewed from the margins: navigating disadvantage and VET
By George Myconos, Eric Dommers, Kira Clarke (2018)

Marketisation of VET: The New South Wales response 1990s–2017
By Robin Shreeve and Joanna Palser (2018)

How Economics Explains Failure of the Publicly Funded Privately Delivered Training Market
By Phillip Toner (2018)

The Problematic Role of CBT in Australian VET By Steven Hodge (2018)

VET Policy: Processes, Stakeholders and Issues
By Hugh Guthrie, Emeritus Professor Berwyn Clayton (2018)

VET FEE-HELP: What Went Wrong?
By Francesca Saccaro & Robyn Wright (2018)

Vocational Education for the Twenty-First Century By Anne Jones (2018)

Changes in Funding in Australian Vocational Education and their Effects By Gerald Burke (2018)

For further information please click here.

Release of New Video Series - In Community, by Community, for Community: Preparing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students for Life Beyond School

Recently the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews launched a new video series showcasing innovative education and training programs being run nation-wide helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students successfully transition from school to work and study. The video series show some best practice examples of schools, employers and community working collaboratively to transform lives and provide businesses with the skilled workforce they need for future growth.

“It is a great example of local schools, local training organisations and businesses, and local communities working together to make the most of opportunities for local students."

“I am thrilled to see programs delivered in community by community for community making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and delivering real training for real careers” said Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews.

To access the Ministers press release click here. The video series can be viewed here.

Supporting Young Victorians To Have Their Say

Young Victorians are being encouraged to step up and have their voices heard on issues that matter to them as part of next year’s Victorian Youth Congress.

Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos this week opened applications for the 21-member congress, which will meet regularly to research, discuss and propose solutions to a range of priority issues they identify.

Applications are open to those aged 12 to 24, with the aim to establish a congress that reflects the diversity of Victoria’s youth.

This should include Aboriginal young people, LGBTI young people, those living with disability, as well as young people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Members will also be selected to represent both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
This year’s Victorian Youth Congress – the first to be established – focused on mental health and wellbeing as a key issue and presented a summary of its findings to Ms Mikakos in July.

Their final recommendations are currently being developed for further consideration by the Labor Government.

Applications close on Monday, 3 September, 2018. For more information or to apply please visit the 2019 Victorian Youth Congress.

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Congress, Melbourne October 8-10

World Federation of Colleges & Polytecnics
Do you want to be part of the world’s leading conference on technical, vocational and further education?

Do you want see how the rest of the world is responding to the sweep of technology and automation? Or, how we make sure no one is left behind? Or, test how Australia’s technical, further education and vocational training stands up internationally? And be part of the movement to take Australia’s system to its next stage of development?

The 2018 World Congress Program will do that. We are thrilled to launch the program for the Congress. Over 140 speakers from 20 nationalities will contribute to a global conversation on the future of skilling and technical and vocational education.

Keynote Speakers include:
  • Canadian Skills and Change Expert, Professor Stephen Murgatroyd, presenting on The Future Isn't a Straight Line to the Past - Challenge and Change and the Future of Learning.
  • Experts from the OECD in Paris to present the latest OECD research on skills needs and implications for education policies.
  • President of Chatham University, Dr David Finegold, exploring the shifting landscape for skills and its connection to economic development.
  • Curriculum Expert Dr Charles Fadel presenting on Education for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • An examination of equity in TVET from South African Skills Expert Professor Stephanie Allais.
  • The contribution of TVET to the Sustainable Development Goals, presented by UNESCO UNEVOC head Dr Shyamal Majumder.
The congress is hosted by the Government of Victoria in the Education State and supported by the Australian Government and friends of TAFEs across Australia.

The contemporary issues for skills development in the US, Canada, UK and China will be explored, with a strong focus on the role of industry.

Breakout themes will be presented by Ms Jan Owen AM, Ms Jody Hamilton, Professor Stephen Parker AO and Dr Sean Gallagher. Sessions will also explore the role of technology in TVET teaching and learning, the evolution of apprenticeships both in Australia and globally. Training for first nations’ peoples, developments in workplace-based learning and simulations also feature in the breakout themes. Concurrent session include:
  • Applied Research and Innovation: A Step Closer to the Future, including perspectives from Canada, the Basque, Australia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands
  • Once Left Behind, Now Well Ahead, an examination of TVET pathways for disengaged students from Australia and New Zealand.
  • What's all the fuss? Industry 4.0: Implications for Skilling and Skills Education, perspectives from both Canada and Australia.
  • Global Connections, featuring partnership case studies from China, USA, Brazil and Australia.
  • Technology Driven Change for Skills, featuring contemporary perspectives from Regional Managing Directors of CISCO and Optus.
  • Doing it Differently: Higher Education in TVET Settings, which will explore the role of professional and technical education providers in offering higher education in applied settings.
Over 400 delegates from Australia, China, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Pakistan, Spain, Fiji, US, UK and many others have already signed up.

Don’t miss out on being part of this important event – register now.

ACNC Webinar: Holding an Annual General Meeting

The ACNC's next webinar will provide advice for charities looking to hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM). Thousands of registered charities will be required to hold their AGM soon, and many of these meetings will be attended by new board members.

Sign up now for the webinar, held on Tuesday 21 August at midday AEST.

NCVER Update

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET
This analysis looks at the relationship between emerging technologies and required skills, and offers key findings for the VET sector to consider in planning training packages for the future.
VET has an important role to play in equipping Australia’s workforce with the skills it will need to address the impact of disruptive technologies, according to a new report released today.

This new research shows that while demand for specialist digital skills is expected to rise, it is generic and non-technical skills like team-work, problem solving, creativity and continuous learning that will be integral to the successful implementation of disruptive technologies in the workplace.

It also identifies barriers that prevent the VET sector from better developing the skills required for addressing and implementing disruptive technologies, including a lack of integration between the VET and higher education sectors, resourcing constraints, and the limitations of training packages to allow for training in an environment of rapid change.

Government-funded students and courses - January to March 2018
This report provides a snapshot of government-funded VET delivered by TAFE institutes, other government providers (such as universities), community education providers and other registered providers.

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