Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 12, Issue 5

Friday, 22nd February 2019
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Upcoming Events

4 Mar - GTO Forum
4 Mar - Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon
4 Mar - GTO Managers Meeting
6 Mar - Goal Setting (PD Session)
Click here for all upcoming events.

AEN Apprenticeship Luncheon - Registrations Extended

AEN 2019 Luncheon Banner
This year’s theme is - Better engagement with industry to improve youth employment

At this event, guests will hear from the Victorian Government on the Victorian VET system and industry leaders as they discuss their views on how Apprenticeships and Traineeships are being utilised globally as a solution to youth unemployment as well as meeting future employer workforce needs.
  • Showcasing the Victorian Apprenticeship system
  • Highlighting how large employers can utilise the apprenticeship system for workforce planning and future needs
  • Improving engagement with Industry and the wider community

Event Details

Monday 4 March 2019

12.00pm - 2.00pm

Sheraton Hotel
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne


12.00pm Welcome & Registration
12.30pm Entree
12.40pm Government Address
1.15pm Lunch
1.30pm Microsoft & MEGT
Launch of GAN Australia
The Adecco Group & Nestle
2.00pm Event Close
Online registrations have been extended and will now close Thursday 28 February 2019.

2019 AEN Event Dates

4th - GTO Forum 10am - 11.30am
4th - Apprenticeship Luncheon 12pm - 2pm
4th - GTO Managers Meeting 2pm - 4.30pm
6th - Goal Setting & Getting Things Done
19th - Managing Difficult Conversations

Tickets are selling fast.

Book now to secure your seat.

New RSVP Process

All registrations/RSVP are now completed via the AEN website.

Individuals may RSVP to an event or workshop by simply logging in and visiting the AEN Calendar.

If you do not have a login, you can register your account here using your organisation email address.

GTO Forum – Monday 4 March (10.00am - 11.30am)

The Victorian Government has committed to fund Group Training Organisations (GTOs) for a further three years. As part of this commitment the Department of Education and Training (DET) is undertaking a project to refine the strategic direction of group training in Victoria with the aim of alignment with government and industry objectives and to identify opportunities to strengthen the program to achieve better outcomes.

ACIL Allen Consulting has been engaged to undertake this project which will be completed by March 2019.

Stakeholder feedback will be an essential source of information for this project. ACIL Allen will be consulting with stakeholders through interviews and forums regarding their experience of group training in Victoria. These consultations will take place during February 2019.

The AEN and ACIL Allen will host this forum during the GTO Managers’ regular meeting and hope that this provides each GTO with the opportunity to discuss the role of GTOs, the type of work they do and to provide ideas about the strategic direction of group training in Victoria.

This discussion guide provides an outline of the areas of interest for the forum.

Group Training in Victoria
  • What do you believe are the strengths and weaknesses of the Victorian Group Training Program (VGTP) to group training?
  • In particular what do you believe is working well and where would you like to see improvements or changes?
  • What are the key areas in which VGTP funding is used by your organisation and what activities or functions would not occur if this funding was not available?
  • Can you outline some of the outcomes and results that are directly attributable to VGTP funding or where it has made a substantial impact?
  • With commencements largely driven by economic conditions, are the payments and policy settings under VGTP right to incentivise increasing commencements?
  • Do you believe existing policy settings and payments are right in terms of incentivising and supporting completions?
  • Are there alternative policy or funding levers that you believe would be effective in increasing completions?
  • A high proportion of withdrawals from an apprenticeship occur within the first year of an apprenticeship – is enough being done to support students in that first year and is there anything more than could be done under the VGTP?
The Apprenticeship/Traineeship Experience
  • How critical is the funding under the VGTP to efforts to support Indigenous, special needs and other target groups identified in the funding agreement?
  • What role do rotations play in providing a quality outcome for host employers and apprentices/trainees?
Policy Alignment
  • Do you believe current funding and policy settings are right in terms of targeting priority training and employment areas?
  • Is the current funding model under VGTP effective in allowing GTOs to respond to skill shortage areas?
  • Could more be done under the VGTP or in other areas to incentivise and reward quality outcomes?
To register for this forum please visit the AEN Calendar.

Nominations Open For 65th Victorian Training Awards

65th Victorian Training Awards
Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers can now nominate for the 65th Victorian Training Awards.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney, has opened nominations for the awards this week, which recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector.

“The Victorian Training Awards don’t just celebrate success—they inspire it.”

“This is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual or organisation in the VET sector that deserves extra recognition.”

There are 16 categories including six for individuals, four for employers, four for training organisations as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne in September, with winners receiving $5000 in prize money.

Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

For further information please visit Victorian Training Awards.

To nominate for the 2019 Victorian Training Awards visit the Award Nominations & Registration page.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 3 May.

Local Jobs First – Guidance Materials

The Local Jobs First policy must be applied by all Victorian government departments and agencies for any type of project with a value of:
  • $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or
  • $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide activities.
Local Jobs First may also be voluntarily applied by government departments or agencies to projects below the $1 million or $3 million thresholds.

The department has released guidelines specific to how Local Jobs First must be applied.

For further information please visit Local Jobs First.

Bendigo Kangan 2018 Apprentice Award

On Monday evening this week Bendigo Kangan TAFE held their Annual Apprentice Awards in Bendigo.

With over 60 awards presented on the night it was a great showcase of many young apprentices excelling in their chosen field.
Bendigo Kangan 2018 Apprentice Awards


2018 Apprentice of the Year


Patrick Keating

Apprentice of the Year - Category Winners
Bricklaying/Blocklaying: Leroy Walsh
Wall and Ceiling Lining: Haydn Fitzpatrick
Construction: Sean Geary
Painting and Decorating: Spiro Fililava
Engineering (Light fab): Lewis Houlden
Engineering (Heavy Fab): Brett Priestley
Engineering (Mechanical): Brandon Dennis
Electrical: Elliott Hawkins
Refrigeration: Callum Zanker
Machine Repair: Hamish Ryan
Plumbing: Patrick Keating
Parks and Gardens: Daniel Fortune
Commercial Cookery: Molly Thompson
Hairdressing: Paris Johnston
Automotive: Peter Hodson
Congratulations to all the apprentices and award winners.

ASQA Update

The first ASQA Update for 2019 has been released recently.

There are a number of important announcements from the National VET Regulator to assist RTOs during 2019 including:
For more information, please visit the original ASQA update.

Final Call: Up To $7,000 Available for Womens Leadership Development

Women currently working in the training and development sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of March and it is unsure when these grants will be available again.

Expression of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to the extended deadline of 22 March.

Thanks to our Industry Partners

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