AE News - Volume 9, Issue 13

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

19 APRIL - RTO / E-Learning Network

10 MAY - GTO Managers Network

18 MAY - Field Officers Network


Senator Scott Ryan Announces Funding for School-based and Pre-apprenticeship Project

On Friday morning this week the Hon. Scott Ryan, Federal Minister for Vocational Education and Skills announced funding for Victorian GTO’s to trial a new project.

The Multi-industry School-based and Pre-apprenticeship Project  will see up to an additional 2000 young people supported over the next 2 years to trial a range of industry career pathways so they can make a better informed choice of which vocation they wish to pursue.

This pilot project will provide a number of benefits including:

• Increased flexibility for secondary school students to make an informed choice on their apprenticeship pathway before commencing a national qualification/apprenticeship.

• Secondary schools will have additional local support for career advice and assistance for students looking to enter a vocational pathway.

• GTOs, RTOs and local secondary schools will be able to build stronger relationships

• Regional employers will be able to better select/ recruit suitable apprentices

• The pilot project will have established ongoing curriculum for four new career pathway entry points for youth/ schools leading into existing traditional apprenticeship qualifications.

The project will be established through metropolitan and regional group training organisations across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

Chair of the Apprenticeship Employment Network Mr Dean Luciani said “Potential host employers will be able to use the project to better recruit and match potential apprentices/trainees through a series of short term work experience placements. The project will be supported by the local group training network that can assist parents, students and host employers”.

Regional school communities will have greater viability with commencing this initial project as students with similar, not exact interests will be able to come together in the school/training environment and share their learnings between work placements.

The project will consist of 4 main streams.

• Engineering & Automotive

(Fitting, welding, manufacturing, aerospace, mechanic, auto electrical, panel beating, electronics)

• Business & Services

(Marketing, HR, Administration, retail, hospitality, IT, Transport & Warehousing)

• Building & Construction

(Plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying, wall &floor tiling, concreting, flooring, IT, land scaping, electrical, IT, air conditioning, electronics)

• Land & food

(Agriculture, Horticulture, Landscaping, Environmental sustainability)

We look forward to working with the department on this exciting project.

For further details on the project please visit:

AEN Media Release

AEN Project Brief

Senator Scott Ryan's Speech

Government Media Release


Senator Scott Ryan Congratulates MEGT Apprentices and Pre-apprentices

Earlier today the Hon. Senator Scott Ryan also presented a number of awards to MEGT apprentices and pre-apprentices at the MEGT Trade and Skills Training Centre in Ringwood.


Mitchell O'Brien


David Brear, James Dwyer, Salem Frangie, Bailey Freeman, Mitchell Garratt, Joel Merrett, Scott Piper, Aidan Toogoo, Luke Turley, Mathew Wakeley.


National Youth Week

This week is national youth week, where we all get a chance to promote and support youth in our local community, and assist with promoting their achievements

For further information please click here


Ministers Visit to Launch Skillinvest & Longerenong Agricultural Traineeships

Last week the Victorian Premier announced additional funding to support young farmers and students in drought affected north-west Victoria. The local community will now have more opportunities to access training on their journey to becoming the food and fibre leaders of tomorrow.

Twenty new full-time agricultural traineeships will be available at Longerenong College near Horsham, providing  school leavers with the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Agriculture.

Skillinvest in partnership with Longerenong College, welcomed the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford to the college this week to officially launch the new Agricultural Traineeship program, which is being funded as part of the government's $10 million Drought Support Fund.

The new traineeships will ensure more students have the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Agriculture, and we look forward to watching the next generation of Victoria’s farmers learn and grow at Longerenong College.
Funding of $574,500 from the $10 million Drought Support Fund will be provided to local training organisation Skillinvest to oversee the recruitment, administration and monitoring of the program, which includes on-farm placement with local farming businesses.

This education package will ensure the training of young farmers is not disrupted by the drought.
In addition to the skills funding at Longerenong College, the Labor Government has announced further fast tracked infrastructure projects in the Grampians and Wimmera area to create jobs and support locals through these tough times.  Local projects include;

Congratulations to the team at Skillinvest and Longerenong

Photo Courtesy of the Wimmera Mail Times - Great Western farmer Rob Kirkpatrick, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Certificate III Agriculture apprentice Connor Douglas, and Apprentice coordinator Claire Bibby, at Longerenong College.


AEN Mid-year Conference – Registrations Now Open

Registrations have now opened for our mid-year conference

This year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics including updates from:

• The back to work fund


• Department of Education

• Victorian Skills commissioner

• Government projects from the Department of Economic Development

The conference will also have workshops on:

• RTO Assessment validation

• Tender Strategy and management

• GTPaC and EGTPaC

• New GTO standards and Statistical reporting (online)

Date: 16 & 17 June

Venue: Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat

Early Bird registration close 20th May

Full program details are available here


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Purchase your Entertainment™ Membership from Apprenticeship Employment Network again to support the fundraising efforts of the bullyzero foundation.

The great news is that you can use the Membership as soon as you have purchased it and will be valid right up until 1 June 2017


Guide: categorising roles using standardised occupational categories of managers and non-managers by organisation size for Group Training

Reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the 2015-16 reporting period commenced on 1 April and will close on 31 May. This year is the third full year of reporting under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

Following recent consultation with group training organisations on last year’s reporting process, the WGEA has developed an industry guide to help employers in the Group Training industry classify employees in manager and non-manager roles against our standardised occupational categories.

This guide will encourage employers to provide data in a way that is consistent across the industry, allowing us to better benchmark how the industry is performing. Last year, reports covering 34 organisations and 11,854 employees in the Group Training industry were received.

To make reporting easier, this year, for the first time, employers will have the option to pre-populate sections of the reporting questionnaire with information submitted in last year’s report. For further information on changes to reporting this year, visit the Report section of our website.

We also encourage you to visit the WGEA Data Explorer to find out more about how the Education and Training industry is performing.

To access the guide for GTO’s please click here


Free Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Sessions Across Victoria

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service websites are valued resources in the Australian Apprenticeships field. They provide practical and easy to use resources and information about Australian Apprenticeships.

These free, one hour information sessions will be of benefit to people in a broad range of job roles including careers advisers and staff involved in the promotion and administration of apprenticeships and traineeships in organisations such as Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, Employment Services providers and schools.

The key points covered in the information session will include:
• An overview of the main features of the and websites;
• A demonstration of:
- The search options to find a wide range of Sample Training Programs linked to Training Package qualifications;
- The new AusAppPathways – free mobile app that helps jobseekers and students to explore apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options that interest them (download it here, and the Career Interest Explorer;
- The Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder;
- Self Help job hunting tips and job sites;
- Handy flowcharts on the steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee;
- Career Resources including Practice Aptitude Quizzes;
- Australian Apprenticeships – My Gain videos about different apprenticeship and traineeship careers and how people found their jobs; and
- Resources for career advisers.

Session details:

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
10.00 am to 11.00 am
Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000

Thursday, 28 April 2016
10.00 am to 11.00 am
Conference Room, Quest Frankston on the Bay, 435 Nepean Highway, Frankston

Friday, 29 April 2016
11.00 am to 12.00 noon
Building H, Room H1.02, The Gordon - East Geelong Campus, Boundary Road.

Monday, 16th May 2016
9:30 am to 10:30 am
Traralgon Business Centre, Level 1, 55 Grey Street, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Monday, 16th May 2016
2:30 pm to 3:30pm
Seminar Room, Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham, VIC, 3810

For more details and to register visit or call 1800 338 022


2016 Victorian Training Awards – Nominations Open

The Apprenticeship Employment Network is proud to be a sponsor of the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development at the 2016 Victorian Training Awards.  This event recognises entrants for their outstanding achievements and provides for an increased profile and networking opportunities.

Nominations for the 2016 Victorian Training Awards opened at 9am on Monday 21 March 2016 and will close at 5pm on Friday 6 May 2016.

There is a $10,000 fellowship prize for winners of the individual categories as well as the opportunity to represent Victoria in the 2016 Australian Training Awards.

Winners of selected organisational categories will also receive prize money of $10,000 each to support their training programs.

Entries can be made in any of the following categories and we encourage members to nominate for the awards.

Individual categories

• Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award

• Victorian Vocational Student of the Year Award

• Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award

• Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award

• Victorian Trainee of the Year Award

• Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

Organisational categories

• Victorian Large Employer of the Year Award

• Victorian Medium Employer of the Year Award

• Victorian Small Employer of the Year Award

• Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year Award

• Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year Award

• Victorian Community Training Provider of the Year

• Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development

• Victorian Industry Collaboration Award

• Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award

• Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award

Further information

For further information please click here


The Needanapprentice website currently has 28 job ads and 24 resumes online.

If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to register your details on the website to gain access to the apprentice listings and post your vacancies.

Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

If you need any assistance with registering, posting a vacancy or would like further information please contact the AEN office on 9639 3955 or email