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AE News Volume 11, Issue 1

Tuesday, 24th November 2020
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Welcome to 2018!

Welcome back to our first edition of our weekly e-newsletter for 2018. We hope you had a chance to have a break with family and friends and are ready to start the new year.

2018 looks to be another busy year with state and possibly federal elections, plenty of reviews and policy recommendations for VET.

AEN will be hosting a number of industry and member events throughout the year, with our annual apprenticeship luncheon on 1 March at Victoria’s Parliament House.

A reminder that we accept stories and events from the wider industry with the editorial deadline being COB Wednesday each week. To submit a story for possible inclusion please email

ISMAA - New Apprenticeship Mentoring Providers Announced

On Wednesday morning this week in the Gold Coast, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced the successful 24 ISMAA (apprenticeship mentoring) providers

Over 40,000 apprentices in industries undergoing structural change are set to benefit from intensive support in their first two years of training

“I’m very pleased to be announcing the 24 organisations which have been selected through a comprehensive tender process to deliver the new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program.

“The new program, funded by a $60 million investment from the Turnbull Government, will substantially build upon support provided through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and aims to significantly increase retention and completion rates for apprentices in industries undergoing structural change,” Minister Andrews said.

“An industry specialist mentoring service will be provided to Australian Apprentices in industries as diverse as automotive repair, manufacturing, mining, construction, tourism and health.

“Mentors will be highly skilled and possess detailed knowledge that will allow them to address particular career and skills development concerns related to their industry.”

Minister Andrews said the successful organisations will provide regular one-to-one mentoring services with their expert knowledge of the industry and support for apprentices in the crucial first two years of training.

“The new industry mentors will help both apprentices and businesses, especially those who need it most to stay on track to complete their apprenticeship,” Minister Andrews said.

“As well as assisting apprentices in industries going through structural change, around the country the mentoring program will also support people who’ve been retrenched, those who have experienced long term unemployment, those previously not engaged in employment or training, mature aged Australians, and people from regional areas.”

For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or read the full press release.

New GTO Logos Available

Quality Group Training Logo
In mid-January this year the Commonwealth Government updated the group training logo for use by registered GTOs . The new logo comes with a style guide for the specifications and use of the logo.

For Victorian GTOs to access high quality versions of the new logo please contact the VRQA directly.

Victorian Labour Hire Bill

On the 14 December 2017 the Victorian Government passed the Labour Hire Licensing Bill.

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 will protect labour hire workers from being underpaid and
Exploited by labour hire businesses and hosts.

The new scheme is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work election promise which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across Victoria.

To stop this exploitation, the Labor Government will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers across all sectors and will be run by an independent Labour Hire Licensing Authority.

Under the new scheme:
  • providers of labour hire services will be required to hold a licence, and hosts will be required to only use licensed providers
  • to obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards
  • licensed providers will be listed on a publicly accessible register
  • an inspectorate within the Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme
  • rogue operators that do not comply or attempt to flout the scheme will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties
The scheme is broadly similar to labour hire licensing schemes being developed in
South Australia and Queensland, and will provide continuing impetus for a national scheme.

The Government has provided funding of $8.5 million to establish the Authority and the scheme in 2018.

AEN will continue to work with the Government and the new commissioners office to ensure existing GTOs are well supported.

Read the Premiere's press release for further information.

Apprenticeship Career Information and Job Fairs

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

Information sessions are available in the following locations:

Date Location
6 February 2018
2.00pm – 7.00pm
Hume Global Learning Centres & Community Facilities
1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
12 February 2018
3.00pm – 7.00pm
West Sunshine Community Centre
Multi purpose Room 1
25 Kermeen St, West Sunshine
27 February 2018
2.00pm – 7.00pm
Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2
Formal Meeting Room
225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong
We would appreciate if you could help promote these sessions by circulating within your networks.

Further information is available at our website.

Helping Regional Businesses Grow And Create Jobs

The Victorian Government this week launched the Boost your Business program.

Applications for funding under the new Boost Your Business vouchers have now opened, which will help businesses, including those in regional Victoria, develop new products and improve business processes and systems.

It will also help them identify new export markets, undertake research and development and gain industry certification in different areas.

The vouchers are available in four different areas, including Advancing Victorian Manufacturing, which will support manufacturers to develop new products and grow export opportunities.

A dedicated Food Innovation stream will deliver on the Labor Government’s Food and Fibre Sector Strategy, targeting businesses in the food value chain, supporting the development of the Food Innovation Network.

The Social Enterprise Capability stream, an Australian first, will provide support for social enterprises to help build skills and capacity to increase their ability to employ and support disadvantaged jobseekers.

The Asia Gateway stream, part of the Victorian Government’s China Strategy – Partnerships for Prosperity, will support Victorian businesses to develop the knowledge, networks and skills to increase their business and export activity in Asian markets or with Asian clientele.

The first round of applications closes on Friday 2 March 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the Boost Your Business 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.

New Victorian Government Website

Recently the Victorian Government launched a new website promoting a range of job opportunities across the state.

The website promotes a range of job opportunities including:
  • Construction / Major Projects
  • Teaching / Education
  • Nursing / Aged Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Legal / Prison / Justice
  • Transport
For further information check out the website.

Customisable Job Pathways Charts Now Available to Order!

At no cost to you, the AATIS Job Pathway Charts are a great resource that support career conversations about Australian Apprenticeships.
AATIS will provide a customised PDF file with your organisation's logo and contact number, for the 11 most popular Job Pathway Charts. (listed below)

Key Notes:

For new orders, please read the requirements, complete the order form and send the organisational logo to

If you submitted an EOI form late last year, please send your organisational logo. You should have received an email from us requesting this.

For EOI orders that have submitted the organisational logos, we are currently creating them and will be sent to you shortly.
Industries available:
  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
  • Animal Care and Management
  • Business Services
  • Community Services
  • Construction Plumbing and Services
  • Electrotechnology
  • Health
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation
  • Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
Do you want to know more about how to use the Job Pathways Charts?
Read the article How do I explain Australian Apprenticeships career pathways?

NCVER Update

New - National VET Data Policy

A new National VET Data Policy, was agreed by all Skills Ministers on 24 November 2017, and is effective from 1 January 2018, with a transition period until 1 July 2018.The key changes for RTOs include:
  • changes to the standard enrolment forms
  • a VET data use and RTO declaration
  • a reduction of reporting exemptions for community service organisations and RTOs delivering short courses
  • changes to the scope of national security exemptions
Further information can be found on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s website.

Building skills for all in Australia: policy insights from the Survey of Adult Skills

This report is part of a series that aims to provide a strategic approach to skills policies from the OECD. There is a shift from formal education to a broader perspective that includes a range of hard and soft skills people need to acquire over their lifetime in order to succeed in the labour market. Workers, students, parents, employers, education providers and government agencies now need reliable information on how supply and demand for skills evolve

The full report is available here.

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