Volume 9, Issue 28

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network

25 OCTOBER     - RTO / E-learning Network


Annual Field Officers Conference wrap-up. 

On Thursday and Friday last week over 35 field officers from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia met in Melbourne for our annual field officers conference. 

The event was a great opportunity for field officers to hear from leading experts and to share best practices during workshops on a range of topics such as 


•                 Dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues

•                 Team building

•                 Understanding personal behavior’s and personality  types 

•                 Updates on WHS, GTO standards and government programs.  


Thank you to all the guest speakers and GTOs that were able to send field officers to the event. All presentations will be available shortly at aen.org.au


Victorian Skills commission Update – Industry Engagement Framework

On Wednesday morning last week the Hon. Steve Herbert and Victorian Skills Commission Neil Coulson officially opened the new offices of the Victorian Skills Commission and to launch the new Industry Engagement Framework.

The VSC will support industry engagement by establishing 10 new Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs), covering industries from construction to health.

The IAGs will consist of industry, employers and union representatives who will advise the Skills Commissioner on matters including skill demand pressures in their respective sectors.

The Labor Government is working to reform the training system to place industry, employers and students first –ensuring students gain the skills they need for real jobs, which will boost productivity and the economy.

The new Framework follows broad consultation by the Skills Commissioner and will include regular and ongoing engagement with industry and is designed to be flexible and able to respond to changing training priorities and emerging issues.

The new Framework will also include Regional Taskforces which will gather information and provide advice about the unique skills needs of regional Victoria.

 For further information please visit 




New Victorian School Building Authority 

Victorian families will be more involved in the building and upgrading of local schools and early childhood centres than ever before, with the launch of the new Victorian School Building Authority on Monday this week.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today launched the Authority and turned the first sod to start construction on a new vertical school at South Melbourne, which is to open in 2018.

South Melbourne Primary School is the first vertical government school in Victoria, with five storeys, open space on each level and competition grade netball courts on the roof top.

It is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state.

The school building boom will create 4,000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.

The Victorian School Building Authority will deliver a record number of school building projects faster and with more community involvement.

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Testing new systems of training and apprenticeships

On Monday last week the new Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The Hon. Karen Andrews announced that Five industry-led projects will receive up to $9.2 million to help entry level and qualified trades people get into the labour market.  

Karen Andrews, said vocational education and training (VET) was critical to ensuring Australia had the skilled workforce it needed for economic growth, competitiveness and productivity.

“The government is committed to a high quality VET system that ensures students are trained in skills for real jobs. That means placing employers at the centre of the training system, and making the training system responsive to industry needs.

“Through these new pilot projects, we will test training models which provide alternative skills development options for both industry and those undertaking the training.”

“The Turnbull Government wants to support industry efforts to explore new arrangements, and examine and test potential regulatory or administrative barriers to innovative industry-led apprenticeship training practices.” 

Minister Andrews said three initial priority pilot projects were being funded with activities planned for Adelaide, Sydney, Bunbury, Hobart, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and several other areas.

“Master Builders Australia, the National Electrical and Communications Association, and North East Vocational College will each run pilot projects in industry areas including building and construction, electrical and communications,” she said.

Applications recently closed for a competitive funding round for two further pilot projects, to be announced later this year. All pilots will conclude in 2018 and will be evaluated to assess their potential for adoption more broadly by industry.

“The Government is committed to involving industry in the design of apprenticeships and other skills training,” Minister Andrews said. 

“As part of that commitment, I am releasing a report which makes 22 recommendations for the reform of Australia’s apprenticeships system.  

“The report was developed by a high-level Advisory Group comprising industry, government and VET sector representatives and covers areas including pre-apprenticeships, incentive arrangements, alternative models of delivery and broader system improvements. 

“The report will provide the basis for my discussions with state and territory skills ministers and sector stakeholders on potential future reform options.

“It is vital that Australia’s apprenticeships system continues to deliver highly skilled and qualified workers into businesses and industry, to meet the evolving needs of the national economy,” Minister Andrews said. 

Minister Andrews said the Australian Government already had taken action in a number of areas examined by the Advisory Group.    

“In addition to testing alternative apprenticeship delivery models, we have also funded a $6.82 million pilot of multi-industry pre-apprenticeship models that are giving young people in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania hands-on industry experience and a pathway into an apprenticeship or traineeship,” she said.

More information about the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots and the Apprenticeship Reform Advisory Group report can be found at: www.education.gov.au and www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

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Stereotypes about women’s work, men’s work threaten innovation

Australia’s economy will be poorly equipped for future challenges if stereotypes about the kinds of work women and men 'should' do persist, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

A new WGEA fact sheet – Gender segregation in Australia’s workforce – shows that the proportion of women has increased over the past two decades in Australia’s two female-dominated industries (Health Care and Social Assistance and Education and Training), while there has been a decrease in women’s representation in the most male-dominated industry, Construction and little improvement in Mining. 

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said employers have an important role to play in challenging stereotypes and barriers to participation.

"Research has consistently shown that diversity is good for business. Smart business leaders know this, and compete to attract and retain the best and brightest candidates, by creating inclusive workplace cultures and by offering things such as flexible working arrangements," she said.

"Job-seekers should also think broadly about their futures and explore opportunities in non-traditional fields."

The fact sheet was released as part of a new WGEA educational campaign –women’s work│men’s work: great careers are for everyone – a series of profiles of women and men working in non-traditional fields to inspire the next generation of employees about careers they might embrace.

• Download Gender segregation in Australia’s workforce

• Read women’s work | men’s work profiles or download the resources


Victorian Honour Roll of Women – nominations now open

The search for 20 remarkable Victorian women kicked off this week, with nominations opening for the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. 

Minister for Women Fiona Richardson has called on Victorians to give an outstanding woman they know the recognition they deserve. 

“If you know an exceptional Victorian woman, then we want to know about her, too," the Minister stated.
“It is the hard work of women in our community that has helped shape Victoria into the great state that it is today. We need to honour that. This prestigious award has celebrated the great achievements of 582 women over 15 years. I can’t wait to honour 20 more.” 

Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll celebrates 20 exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their local community, the nation or the world. 

If you know an extraordinary woman who deserves recognition for her contribution, leadership and achievements, please nominate her for the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Nominations close Friday, 7 October, 2016.

For further information please visit 



NCVER Latest research reports


What is the return on investment for VET?

Understanding the costs and benefits of VET provides a basis for decision-making regarding investment in training. Our latest research looks at return on investment (ROI) for government, business and individuals, and provides an evaluation framework for measurement.

For students, higher-level VET qualifications, such as Advanced Diplomas and Diplomas, consistently demonstrate a good return on investment. Whilst lower-level qualifications (Certificates I and II) result in low financial returns, these qualifications may result in other benefits, such as leading to further study or improved self-esteem and well-being.

For more information and to access the report 

Social support for apprentices contributes to wellbeing

What does social support for young construction apprentices look like in Australia today? While there are formal mentor-like arrangements in place, these are only a small part of the story. Of greater significance to apprentices is the informal support provided by their more experienced peers. The organisations studied had apprenticeship completion rates around 90%, well above the industry average. It finds the essential ingredient to vocational development is a quality approach, which both large and small organisations can foster by:

• Recognising that skills takes time to develop and require active nurturing on the job

• Placing high value on sharing skills and team work

• Encouraging apprentices to tap into wider support networks.

For more information and to access the report 


The Needanapprentice website currently has 31 job ads and 9 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 info@aen.org.au