AE News - Volume 9, Issue 17

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

18 MAY - Field Officers Network

  8 JUNE - OH&S Network

16-17 JUNE - AEN Mid Year Conference


New Online SWL portal

On Friday last week the Victorian government launched the new online Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) portal.

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).

For further information please visit


2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards

On Friday evening the 2016 Victorian Young achievers Awards were held at Docklands. Young entrepreneurs, scientists, activists, and volunteers are among the outstanding Victorians recognised at the awards.
Patron for the awards and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos presented the 2016 Young Achiever of the Year Award to Aimee Marks, a young entrepreneur and founder of TOM Organic, a range of feminine hygiene products using Australian Certified Organic cotton.

The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award was presented to the Unite Alliance Program in Dandenong for their work developing awareness campaigns and projects that tackle discrimination of same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people.

For further information please click here


Registrations for our mid-year conference

Registrations are open 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

• Jobs Victoria Employment Network 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 registrations close next Friday 20th May.

Full program details are available here


ATEP Graduation and Awards Ceremony

On Friday evening last week ATEP held their annual graduation and awards ceremony in Sandringham. Since 1987 ATEP have had over 3000 apprentices and trainees graduate through group training.
A summary of the key award winners on the night include;

Best Trainee Award – Joint Winners Daniel Benjamin and Genevieve Scholte
Best School Based Trainee – Reid Birchall
Best SBAT Community project – Trent Peel
Best SBAT community project – encouragement award – Jayden Breen
Best first Year Apprentice – Cody Fisher
Best second Year Apprentice – Paris Larman
Best third Year Apprentice – Justin Ray
Best fourth Year Apprentice – Rhys Ainsworth

Mal Foster Memorial Award – Best Overall Apprentice 2015 – Valentino (Cid) Villegas

Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and graduates.


2016 Tradies – “Rich List”

The “2016 Tradie Rich List”, complied by, has found plumbers in Western Australia make the most money out of any tradie in the country, with electricians in the same state coming in a close second. 

2016 Top 10.

• WA Plumbers make $87.67 per hour

• WA Electricians earn $87.33 per hour

• NSW Builders average $77.85 per hour

• NSW Plumbers bring in $77.42 per hour

• VIC Plumbers make $77.03 per hour

• QLD Electricians earn $75.23 per hour

• WA Builders make $71.52 per hour

• QLD Landscapers make $70.57 per hour

• VIC Electricians make $68.68 per hour

• QLD Plumbers make $68.58 per hour

For further information please click here


VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers – Annual Declaration of Compliance and Third Party Agreements

The 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers came into effect for all VRQA RTOs on 1 April 2016.

Annual Declaration of Compliance
This year’s annual declaration of compliance was due on 1 April 2016. Please make sure the annual declaration is signed by the RTO’s Principal Executive Officer and submitted to the VRQA.

Not submitting the declaration or not contacting the VRQA will be deemed as non-compliance with the ongoing registration requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). The VRQA will follow up individually with non-compliant RTOs.

For further information please click here


VRQA launch Child Safety Standards

On Thursday morning this week the VRQA held their annual stakeholder breakfast and launched the new Child Safety Standards that will be introduced on 1 August into secondary schools and 1 January 2017 for other training providers.

Registered schools and other child-related organisations have an important responsibility for keeping children safe. Most organisations already take steps to protect children from abuse.

Further information will be presented to members at our mid year conference in Ballarat.

The VRQA will be holding information sessions about the child safe standards throughout Melbourne and selected regional centres in May and June 2016.

For further information on the standards please visit


Queensland’s MRAEL Group joins IntoWork Australia

IntoWork Australia continues to create enhanced support for businesses and employment opportunities for all people by welcoming the MRAEL Group, the eleventh business to join this national recruitment, employment and training provider.

MRAEL is recognised as one of the largest and most experienced education, training and employment providers in Queensland. The addition of MRAEL to the ever growing IntoWork Australia Group, positions the company as the largest national employer of apprentices and trainees, ensuring a more robust, competitive and sustainable business model for the future.
MRAEL operates as a well-known and respected GTO, RTO and Senior Vocational College, as well as being an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide Australian Apprenticeships Support Services to employers and apprentices in Queensland.

IntoWork Australia, chaired by Hon Alan Brown, has been making a positive difference across Australia to the people and communities they work with, through integrated services and business expertise. Through its businesses, a wide range of services and specialist assistance around employment can be accessed.

With over 60 years combined experience, MRAEL and IntoWork Australia share the same vision – to be the leading provider of education, training and employment solutions. Both companies strive for excellence in workforce participation.

IntoWork Australia CEO, Poul Bottern is excited about welcoming MRAEL and strengthening IntoWork Australia’s goal of being national leaders in specialist recruitment, employment, training and business support services. He will be working closely with MRAEL Group CEO, Christine Zechowski to ensure a smooth transition for employees. They look forward to continuing to make a valuable contribution in communities within Queensland and more broadly.

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The Needanapprentice website currently has 13 job ads and 16 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