AE News - Volume 9, Issue 31

Monday, 27th May 2019

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Victorian State Training Awards

On Friday evening last week the Victorian Department of Education held its annual training awards at Crown Palladium.

The event showcased many great individuals, organisations and projects. Congratulations to our members that were finalists and winners on the evening.  

Award Winners

Victorian School based apprentice of the year

James Schifferle
Certificate III in Information, Digital Media & Technology
Swan Hill College

Victorian Trainee of the year 

David Cooper
Certificate III in Tourism
Crown College

Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award Year

Steven Jeffery
Certificate III in Carpentry
Swinburne University of Technology

Victorian Koorie Student of the Year  Award

Jacob Cooke-Harrison
Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
Murray Mallee Training Company

Victorian Vocational Student of the Year Awardl Student of the Year

Jennifer Peart
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
The Gordon Institute of TAFE

Victorian VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award /Trainer of the Year

Marc Nichol
Events and Tourism Teacher

Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award ET in Schools Excellence Award

Bendigo Senior Secondary College

Victorian VET Client Service Support Excellence Award

The Bubble Student Advisory Team – Federation Training

Victorian Industry Collaboration Award
Metricon Homes
RMIT, Master Builders Association & Metricon

Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year Award
Master Builders Association of Victoria

Large Training Provider of the Year Award
Box Hill Institute Group

Victorian Larger Employer of the Year
Metro Trains

Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development
Metro Trains Melbourne

The annual awards – now in their 62nd year – saw the inaugural presentation of the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award, which recognises lifetime achievement in the promotion of educational excellence in vocational education and training in Victoria.

Bruce Mackenzie was named as the first ever winner of the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Members of the public had the chance to vote in the Community Choice Award, now in its second year, choosing apprentice Danielle Kazi-Shedden, who trained at Chisholm Institute, as this year’s winner.

For further information please visit


SkillsFirst – Information sessions

On Friday last week Minister Steve Herbert announced Skills First. The Government will ensure industry has a clearer voice in which courses are funded, students will get real training that leads to real jobs and public money will be well spent.

Through a new Industry Engagement Framework, industry will have a greater voice in determining which training courses receive Government funding, with a new funded course list being developed to align with industry training needs.

The new funded course list will comprise courses with strong job outcomes, including apprenticeships and high-value traineeships and courses linked to government priorities that are of greatest value to the Victorian economy.

Information sessions

Following the announcement of the Victorian Government’s Skills First reforms, the Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for a 2017 VET Funding Contracts will open on 1 September 2016 for a month.

Information sessions running from 1-8 September are open now for registration via the Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS).

Jobs and Training Needs Reports summarise skills and training needs, by Victorian region. They combine each region’s labour market analysis with existing government funded training activity to provide insights on the level of future training needs, for specific occupations. The reports also flag courses of specific regional or niche occupation need.

These reports should be considered in conjunction with the funded course list  for 2017. They will assist training providers to better align their proposed delivery in 2017 under the new Skills First training and TAFE system with the stated objectives of Victorian Government funded training.

For further information please visit

funded course list


CEDA – VET Skills for Growth report

This week CEDA released a research report, which examines the role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in meeting the skills required for Australia's growth

In the report, VET: securing skills for growth, CEDA will seek to examine the following questions:

• What is the role of VET within the broader education strategy of Australia?

• What role does VET play in securing Australia's future skills?

• What outcomes do we want from the VET system?

In examining those questions, CEDA seeks to assess the current outcomes of the sector and propose ways the VET system could be improved in order to meet the skills Australia will require for growth.

To access this report please visit


Victorian Young Achiever Awards – nominations now open

The Victorian Young Achiever Awards are open to young people aged up to 29 years. The awards recognise the achievement of young people across categories ranging from leadership, volunteering and arts and fashion.

One of the category winners will be declared the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

Nominations opened on Tuesday 30 August and close on 1 December, 2016.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, visit:


AusAppPathways cards and flyers available to order!

The cards promote the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website and the AusAppPathways mobile app. They are handy to use in information kits or as handouts in schools, and at job and careers expos.

The A4 AusAppPathways Flyer highlights the benefits of the new AusAppPathways app for people undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships career research and is available to organisations working with students and jobseekers.

The flyer can be downloaded here, or printed copies can be ordered through the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service.

The small cards and flyers are available to order, at no cost.

To order these free materials, please email your organisation name, delivery address and the quantity required to the AAT Information Service at, or call 1800 338 022.


Next generation of apprentices and trainees flock to Deer Park

In celebration of National Skills Week this week, AGA is showing its commitment to the vocational industry and contribution to student engagement and completion rates, by holding its annual ‘Try a Trade’ Open Day at the Deer Park state-of-the-art purpose built trade training facility. The event is designed for senior school students interested in exploring an apprenticeship or traineeship career pathway with interactive workshops running throughout the day along with industry experts and trainers speaking at information sessions and facility tours. 

300 students from 16 schools will be there on the day, involved in hands-on activities and trying out the different trades in the Apprenticeship Careers Trailer

AGA CEO, Mark Knox is looking forward to another successful Open Day and new generation of young people coming through its Deer Park site.

“Often young people are unsure what they want to do after school. Our Open Days give them an opportunity to try different apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways by getting involved in engaging workshops. It’s a great day where students can meet other students from different schools who have a similar interest in pursuing a vocational pathway.”

“We are committed to getting more students into an apprenticeship or traineeship and strive to provide support throughout their course to ensure they stay motivated to complete their training and find the right career.”

“This year, all attending students have a chance to wina fully subsidised pre-apprenticeship course with AGA. A fantastic opportunity that we are fortunate enough to be able to provide to an outstanding student.”

Event Details

AGA Trade Training Centre

Monday 5th September

301 Foleys Rd, Deer Park

 For more information, please visit

AGA is one of the largest organisations offering apprenticeship and traineeship support services in Victoria. With more than 30 years experience in training people and placing them into employment,  AGA is dedicated to creating pathways to training and employment for people looking to find the right career.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 33 job ads and 8 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