Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 3

Friday, 16th February 2018
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Upcoming Events

21 Feb - QA Standards
1 Mar - Apprenticeship Luncheon & GTO Managers meeting
7 Mar - RTO Network
Click here for all upcoming events.

Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon - Registrations Close Today

This year’s Annual Apprenticeship Luncheon is shaping up to be our best ever.

This year’s theme carries on from the recommendations made by the Victorian Skills Commissioner’s Office in late 2017.

Guest speakers include the Minister for Vocational Training and Skills Hon. Gayle Tierney and a panel of industry experts discussing:

  • Attracting people to apprenticeships
  • Improving engagement with industry
  • Improving completion rates

When & Where

Thursday 1 March 12-2pm
Victorian Parliament House - Queens Hall


AEN & VTA members $140
Non members $155

Registrations close TODAY - 16 February 2018!

Register online here!

Gearing Up For The First Ever Victorian Youth Week

Young people will be celebrated and recognised with more than 100 activities across the state during the inaugural Victorian Youth Week in April.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos this week announced the successful grant recipients for Victorian Youth Week 2018, which will run from 13 to 22 April.

The successful Victorian Youth Week recipients will organise activities that engage young people and provide them with opportunities to express their ideas and be heard in their community, such as art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and forums.

The Victorian Government is providing more than $200,000 to local community organisations, schools and councils to run activities for young people in metropolitan and regional areas during Victorian Youth Week 2018.

It includes over 50 activities in metropolitan Melbourne and nearly 60 grants in regional Victoria.
Some activities include:
  • Giving Everyone a Fair Go - Wheelchair Basketball – which invites young people to facilitate a wheelchair basketball workshop with Year 5 and 6 students
  • Horsham Skate Park Jam – which is an opportunity for riders and skaters to showcase their skills and abilities
Activities are aimed at those aged 12 to 25 and will be held in safe environments that are alcohol, drug and smoke free.

The Victorian Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria sets out a plan to increase engagement with young people and embeds the voice of young people in building an even better Victoria.

For more information about 2018 Victorian Youth Week, visit the Youth Central website.

Closing the Gap Report

The Closing the Gap Strategy was unveiled by the Rudd government in 2008, which was looking to achieve equality in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people by 2030.

The recent release of the progress report has revealed the government is still not on track to address gaps in life expectancy, literacy and numeracy, school attendance and employment.

Despite this, 2018 is the first year in which at least three targets have been on track since 2011.
The targets on track are halving the gap in child mortality, enrolling 95 per cent of all four-year-olds in school and halving the gap in year 12 attainment.

“With four of the existing Closing the Gap targets expiring in 2018, the Australian government is working with the states and territories and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to refresh the Closing the Gap agenda,” the report said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Parliament on Monday that the latest report was “the most promising result since 2011”.

He said a refreshed Closing the Gap policy would focus more on communities rather than setting broad national-level targets.

Download the report here.

Melbourne OH&S Expo - 23-24 May 2018


An exciting addition to the safety industry event landscape, the Workplace Health & Safety Show is the official exhibition of #SAFETYSCAPE. This all-encompassing safety event will also include numerous conferences produced by the Safety Institute of Australia and associated partners.
The Workplace Health & Safety Show is a must attend event for all safety professionals from a range of industries including manufacturing, building/construction, mining, councils/local government, hospitals, transport and more.

Workplace Health & Safety Show 2018

10am - 5pm Wed 23 May 2018
10am - 4pm Thur 24 May 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne

For further information please visit Workplace Health & Safety Show.

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.

NCVER Update

Government-funded students and courses: January-September 2017

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia's government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system (defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training).

The data in this publication cover the period of 1 January to 30 September 2017. For comparative purposes, it also examines this data against previously submitted data for the 1 January to 30 September 2015 and 2016 periods, and also for the 1 January to 30 June 2017 period.

NCVER uses statistical methods to estimate apprentice and trainee data such as the number of commencements and completions each quarter.

To access the full report click here.

To access the dashboard visit the following:
Apprentices and trainees estimates review dashboard
A guide to the ‘Apprentices and trainees estimates review dashboard’

To participate in the webinar visit Apprentices and trainees: how well do we estimate our data?

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