Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 41

Friday, 9th November 2018
Hi Reader!

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22 Nov - AGM & Awards Dinner
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AEN 2018 Annual Awards - Registrations close today

This year AEN received a record number of entries for our annual awards.

The 2018 AEN Annual Award finalists are:

ATOA Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Australian Super
(winner receives $250 gift card)

  • Daniel Aarons - Gforce - Certificate III in Automotive
  • Thofan Boontham - SMGT - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Ethan Hardwick - CVGT - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Katrina Palmer - Gforce - 5th Year Electrical & Instrumentation
  • Nathan Ramsbotham - AGA - Certificate III in Carpentry
Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by VicSuper
(winner receives $250 gift card)
  • Abbey Halton - Gforce - Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Kyle Lancaster - Programmed - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • Craig McCauley - CVGT - Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Support
  • Lucy Smeaton - AFL Sports Ready - Certificate III in Business
  • Rosalie Summers - Westvic Staffing Solutions - Certificate III in Business
STAR (Stop Taking A Risk) Apprentice/Trainee OHS Award - Sponsored by EML
  • Joel Hancock-Bice - BGT - Engineering Fabrication Apprentice
  • Jayden Mollica - Programmed - Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice
  • Brody Murphy - Gforce - Certificate III in Horticulture
GTO Service Excellence Award - Sponsored by MARSH
  • AGA - AGA SEAT Program
  • Skillinvest - Jobs Victoria Indigenous Employment Program
  • Westvic Staffing Solutions - Glenormiston Agriculture Employment Program
  • Victorian Group Training - Speak Up
Thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to enter the awards.

The caliber of nominations was extremely high which made the judges decisions tough.

Congratulations to all finalists.

We look forward to hearing more at the awards dinner on Thursday 22 November at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown.

Tickets are on sale through our new online registration process and will close today.

VRQA Update

The new apprenticeship field services provider is the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS).

The VAFS w​​ill be checking in with apprentices and trainees across Victoria to make sure they have what they need to complete their apprenticeships and traineeships.

Apprentices and trainees will be able to provide feedback on their work and training progress, via telephone interviews and online surveys. This complements workplace visits by VAFS authorised officers.

VAFS’s operational model provides broader coverage of training contracts in Victoria. They will operate on behalf of the VRQA and boost transparency and awareness of our regulation, which maintains the integrity of Victoria’s education and training system.

If you would like more information about VAFS, contact the Regulatory Field​ Services team:

VRQA Strategic Plan 2018-2020

The VRQA recently outlined its Strategic Plan for the next 2 years. It also affirms VRQA’s commitment to support the portfolio-wide efforts of the Department of Education and Training to help Victorians gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

The plan builds on the successes of previous strategic plan and sets refocused activities to support the delivery of their strategic goals.

The VRQA Board developed the new strategic plan for 2018–20.

To access the plan and further information please visit the VRQA website.

NCVER 2019 Conference – Save the Date 2019 Conference details announced

NCVER is delighted to be co-hosting the 28th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' with TAFE SA in Adelaide from 10-12 July 2019.

The theme for this year's conference is The student journey: skilling for life.

The world of work is changing, driven by the rapid evolution of technology in an increasingly global society.

Will it be enough for the future workers to earn a single qualification, or to learn only a few different skills? Where do employability skills fit into the mix?

While every student’s journey is different, more and more research and discussion points to how workers must become lifelong learners so they can grow and evolve with their jobs. VET plays a critical role in making this happen.

Call for abstracts
NCVER now invite abstracts for presentations and poster sessions that explore the conference theme and further our understanding of the issues it raises.

Presentations can highlight research that is either in-progress or complete.

NCVER strongly encourage both early career and established researchers, as well as employers, industry, providers and practitioners to present.

Submissions close Monday 18 February 2019.

Scholarships on offer
A range of scholarships valued at $1200 are available to assist presenters with attendance costs. The scholarships cover full conference registration as well as $700 to support travel, accommodation and other related sundries.

Find out more about how to apply for a scholarship now.

NCVER Update

New research data released this week from NCVER:

Operating revenues for Australia’s government VET system decreased by 8.3% in 2017 to $7496.9m when compared with 2016.

Revenue from the Australian Government also decreased in 2017 (down 22.2%), as did revenue from fee-for-service activities (down 13.7%).

Revenue from state and territory governments increased by 8.6%.

A new VET funding collection has been developed to replace the current VET finance collection and is being gradually phased in over three years, with full implementation in 2020.

It will provide insight into the flow of funding in the public VET sector and report on what is funded and how funding is distributed.

Australian Jobs Publication – Feedback Invited

Australian Jobs Feedback Invited
Australian Jobs, one of Australia’s foremost jobs publications, is collecting feedback to make the next edition better.

Each year, Australian Jobs is widely distributed across the country. A class set of 25 copies is provided to every secondary school, and circulated to employment service providers, industry associations, tertiary institutes and government agencies.

Providing an overview of labour market trends, the publication seeks to meets the needs of a wide range of people, including students exploring the world of work and considering future career paths, career advisers who require information about skills and training, job seekers, retrenched workers and people assisting others into employment.

This year, the Department of Jobs and Small Business is asking for feedback to measure how well the publication is meeting the needs of its readers. We also want to know what content is important to readers, how they like to receive this information and what else they would like to see covered in the 2019 edition.

Australian Jobs is always in demand and well received, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

We invite students, career advisers, parents, educators, employment service providers and anyone interested to take part in this short online survey.

If you have any enquiries about the Australian Jobs publication, please email

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