AE News - Volume 9, Issue 14

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

10 MAY - GTO Managers Network

18 MAY - Field Officers Network

  8 JUNE - OH&S Network


Registrations have now opened for our mid-year conference

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


Ai Group Report – Making Apprenticeships Work

Last week Ai Group released a new report focusing on how to improve apprenticeships – Making Apprenticeships Work

Their reports makes a number of recommendation’s including;


1. Implement employer incentives for those employers not currently engaged with Australian Apprenticeships to address the significant decline in commencements.

2. Introduce employer incentives for STEM--‐related Australian Apprenticeships to help address the shortage in this key area of the economy.

Support New Employers and Completions

3. Group Training is the largest employer of apprentices in Australia, however it is currently experiencing significant viability issues.There is a need to reinstate Joint Group Training Program funding to GTOs and focus this funding. On supporting first time employers of apprentices, especially small to medium enterprises,to improve completions of Australian Apprenticeships.

4. Utilise GTOs to deepen engagement between young people and workplaces through work experience and careers guidance programs.

Higher Level Qualifications

5. Investigate and trial a range of measures that link apprenticeships to higher-level qualifications in the VET and Higher Education sectors to attract a more diverse cohort to Australian Apprenticeships and extend the value of an employment‐based pathway to more industries.

Extend the Range of Occupations

6. Investigate the potential of introducing and trialing ‘higher apprenticeships’ models which provide this pathway to a wider range of industries and occupations including para-professional employment.

Competency Based Progression and Completion

7. Develop and implement a national communication strategy to develop mechanisms to facilitate Registered Training Organisations to promote the outcomes from the Engineering Excellence Report and to raise their capability to implement competency based progression and completion for their apprentices.

National Consistency

8. Establish a national industry‐led oversighting body to drive national Australian Apprenticeships policy, to achieve national consistency, to reduce unnecessary complexity and to ensure that programs and arrangements meet the current and emerging occupational needs of the economy.

Pathways to Apprenticeships

9. Clearly define and support pre-apprenticeship programs to more effectively engage young people and strengthen the pathway to Australian Apprenticeships.

10. Develop measures to support School‐based Apprenticeships as a key platform in the expansion of Australian Apprenticeships to young people.

To access the full report please click here


Victorian Government to survey VET participants

A record number of students and employers will be asked to rate their experiences in the largest ever survey of its kind seeking Victorians’ views on vocational education and training.

The survey of 222,000 Victorians who studied for a vocational training qualification in 2015 are being sent out this week, with feedback used to help strengthen the quality of the Victorian training system.

The student survey is being run in conjunction with a survey of more than 70,000 employers regarding their experiences with the VET system.

Together, these surveys represent the largest attempt to date to get Victorian’s views on vocational training, and is the largest of its kind in the country.

Students and employers are being asked to provide feedback on the quality of their training and the outcomes that followed so the Government can make sure Victorians are getting the training they need.

These surveys are a vital tool in the Victorian Government’s training reform agenda. Information on training quality and outcomes are used for contract compliance, to identify dodgy training providers and will ensure industry has a say in the performance of the system.

For further information please click here


Victorian Government review into school funding

To help deliver on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Victorian Government asked former Premier, the Hon Steve Bracks AC, to do a comprehensive review of school funding.

On 3 April 2016, the Victorian Government released the Government Schools Funding Review (the Bracks Review). The Review sets out 70 wide-ranging recommendations for reforming our school funding system.

The Review was required to consider:

• how government school funding is currently allocated and used

• Commonwealth contributions to government school funding in Victoria

• how the Student Resource Package is calculated, constructed and distributed

• how to make sure the system is clear and transparent for principals and school communities on school funding and how it is determined.

Over the coming months the Victorian Government will carefully work through the recommendations to ensure any changes are meaningful and implemented effectively.

To access the full report please click here


AGA Annual Graduation and Awards

On Thursday evening this week AGA held their annual graduation and awards dinner at the flemington racecourse.

Guest speaker, Keith "the blockinator"  from the channel 9 TV show the block, gave an inspirational speech on how he started his career as an apprentice and through hard work and determination that a number of opportunities have presented to him over his career, and that his initial apprenticeship provided him with a great start to his working life.

Congratulations to all the graduating apprentices and trainees on the night.

The key award winners included;


Automotive apprentice of the year -Troy Mc Cluskey

BusinessIT trainee of the Year- Sarah Hough

Best school based apprentice/ trainee- Rebecca Vaotuua

Best construction apprentice- Bryce Frattin

Best Health care, Education Trainee- Mark Gibbs

Bob Low memorial award- Jarryd Thomas

Carol Hammett student of the Year- Orexis Pangan

Best Safety Award - Patrick Nolan

Best Indigenous apprentice/trainee award- Sherene Stewart

Trainee of the Year- Sarah Hough

Apprentice of the year- Troy Mc Cluskey

Congratulations to the board, management and staff at AGA and intowork.

For further information please visit


Kangan Institute Apprentice & Industry Awards

On Thursday this evening Kangan Institute held their annual Apprentice & Industry Awards at the Automotive Centre of Excellence.

Kevin Sheedy, former Coach of the Essendon Football Club and current Celebrity Australian Apprenticeships Ambasssador, delivered an inspiring keynote acknowledging his humble beginnings as a plumbing apprentice and providing an example for all those considering an apprenticeship pathway that it can take you anywhere.

Congratulations to all the award winners of the night who included:

Ashlee Jayde Poole - Overall Apprentice of the Year

Rhys Attwood - Sir Henry Royce Foundation Award for Excellence

Daniel James Domine - Trainee of the Year

and many others.

For further information please visit the Kangan Institute Website


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

For the flyer please click here


Expressions of interest for the Victorian Disability Advisory Council

The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, the Hon. Martin Foley MP, is pleased to invite applications from Victorian residents who have a disability or are a carer of a person with a disability to become members of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council .

This is an exciting opportunity to advise the Minister on initiatives to increase the participation of people with a disability in the Victorian community.

The Council is established under the Disability Act 2006. Members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council for up to three years from 1 July 2016.

Applications are due by 4.00 pm on 7 May 2016 via the Get On Board website:

For more information or if you have any accessibility requirements in applying, please contact Miriam McDonough, Department of Health and Human Services, on (03) 9096 7809 or 1300 880 043 (free call), TTY (03) 13 3677 or

Information is available in Easy English and in large format through the Get On Board website or by contacting Miriam McDonough.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring government boards and committees reflect Victoria’s diversity.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 20 job ads and 22 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