AE News - Volume 9, Issue 32

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network

17 OCTOBER     - IR & Financial Controllers Network

25 OCTOBER     - RTO e-Learning Network


Our annual Awards -  nominations have now opened

This week AEN opened our nominations for this year’s annual industry awards. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of our members, staff, apprentices and trainees within the Victorian GTO industry.

The awards will be presented as part of our annual dinner being held on Thursday 17 November at the Waterfront venue, Docklands. 

Awards include:

Australian Technical Officers Association Best Victorian Apprentice Award

Best Victorian Trainee Award

Outstanding GTO Service Excellence Award

Outstanding OH&S initiative Award

Industry service awards – 10,15,20,25 and 30 years of service

STAR awards (apprentice and trainee OH&S awards)

Application Process

Application Open                 Monday     5     September 2016
Application Close                 Friday       14   October      2016
Award Presented                 Thursday  17   November  2016

Submitting Applications

Please complete all parts of the nomination form, the applications  must be submitted to the AEN office by email or post to Level 3 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002 by COB Friday 14 October 2016

To access the nomination forms and to view past winners please visit


Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots announced

On Monday this week the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, announced Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) arethe two successful applicants for funding under Stream Two of the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots

The five industry-led pilot projects will explore opportunities to encourage broader industry adoption of models which support the delivery of entry level and qualified trades people into the labour market.

The pilots are designed to learn more about opportunities and barriers to increased industry usage, acceptance and validation of alternative apprenticeship training delivery arrangements.

The pilots will test and open up alternative training approaches on a broader scale providing greater skills development, choice and industry acceptance.

Pilots are being funded under two streams:

• Stream One – priority pilots identified by the Australian Government

• Stream Two – approach to market through an open grants process.

Both streams are now underway.

Stream One – Projects are being designed and delivered by the Master Builders Australia, National Electrical and Communications Association and North East Vocational College in Adelaide.

The Stream One pilots represent industry sectors vital to the national economy, including building and construction, electrical and communications, and will trial innovative training models for traditional trade apprenticeships.

Stream Two – Projects are being designed and will be delivered by the Australian Industry Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Stream Two pilots will deliver higher level qualification apprenticeships, at the diploma or associate degree level. Participants in the pilots will have the opportunity to complete an advanced qualification leading to careers in business and financial services, IT and new areas of advanced manufacturing.

For further information please click here


Worksafe Victoria – workplace safety month

It's that time of year again, the most important month in workplace health and safety is only weeks away! WorkSafe Health and Safety Week was so popular last year, worksafe Victoria has extended it to a month!

Please visit their website to check out the opportunity to be involved in a month-long list of new and diverse events that are scheduled across the State.

To register for an event please visit


Our new radio and social media campaign is about to start!

The association will be ramping up our communications and PR over the coming months starting mid-September. As part of this increased communications we encourage you to support the activities listed below.

Upcoming activities include;

Radio advertising (target audience – host employers)

16 radio stations across the state + 3AW in metro Melbourne will run the adverts over a 6 week period. AEN will also be hosting a number of radio interview spots which we will ask local members to participate in. 

2 adverts can be found on the homepage of our website

Social media campaign (target audience – youth) #appemploynet

AEN will run a Social media video competition through our website with links to facebook and twitter

An ongoing monthly competition for young people to post a short video on “what is the best thing about their apprenticeship/traineeship” monthly gift vouchers will be awarded to the best videos judged by our team.

Press/ media releases

AEN will be sending out  press releases on GTO good news stories, upcoming industry awards etc….

Possible stories from AEN include; 

Multi pre app project

South east auto workers

Local GTO events/ awards/ activities etc….

Please send through your local stories

National Worldskills competition and skills expo.

6-8 October Melbourne show grounds – AEN has a 6x3m expo stand and will also set up an outdoor obstacle course competition where students will be invited to run through our skills course where they will need to put on OH&S gear, stack some bricks, put some plumbing pipes together and carry a tray of drinks – all over 30meters with the fastest time winning! 

We are also looking for CEO's host employers and government officials/ ministers to take part in the fun event.

Filming a short video – “a day in the life of a group training field officer”

This short film (5 minutes max.) will highlight the benefits of group training and the supportive role a field officer plays.  We are looking for a volunteer!  The filming will be undertaken by Apprenticeships information services – the final film will be posted on their website – others can also use the film free of charge/ copyright etc…

If you are interested please contact

Listing of Job Vacancies on  

As we increase our marketing and get into the Multi industry and South Eat Auto worker projects it will be important for members to list their job vacancies on the need an apprentice website.

The association will be directing people to look at the current job vacancies available as well as contacting you directly.

If you need assistance in setup your job vacancies on the needanapprentice website please email

I encourage you, your staff and apprentices/trainees to participate in the above activities over the next 3-4 months to assist with increasing the awareness of our apprenticeships/ traineeships and ultimately your services.


Upcoming Information Sessions

Australian Apprenticeship Information Services will be holding information sessions in Geelong, Frankston and Melbourne during early October 2016.

Webinars will also be available for those unable to attend. The sessions are free and of value to anyone involved in apprenticeships or traineeships career discussions, promotion or marketing of this sector.

The information sessions will cover:

As well as:

•   Industry career Information

•   Self Help job hunting tips

•   Practice Aptitude Quizzes and

•   General resources.

Sessions will be available as follows: 

•   Geelong, 11.30 am Wednesday, 5 October 2016  

•   Frankston - 3.30 pm Monday, 10 October 2016 

•   Melbourne - 9.30 am Tuesday, 11 October 2016

For more details or to book in for a session, please visit or call 1800 338 022.


Announcement of a search for a New Chief Commissioner for VET

Earlier this week the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced the Government will conduct an international search for a new Chief Commissioner for the vocational education and training regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Minister Andrews said the new appointment would flag a significant step in reforming the sector and rebuilding confidence.

“Vocational education and training has not always measured up to community expectations.

“While there are outstanding registered training providers working hard to successfully skill Australians for real jobs, others have clearly let down students, industry and the sector’s overall reputation.”

Minister Andrews said the role of the ASQA Chief Commissioner was to help restore full confidence in all vocational education and training delivered by Australian registered training organisations (RTOs).

She said the new Chief Commissioner would work with the Government on a progressive program of reforms.

The new Chief Commissioner will replace Mr Christopher Robinson whose term expires on 31 December this year. 

“I congratulate Mr Robinson, who has led ASQA through its first five years of operation.

For further information please click here


NCVER Update

Apprentices and trainees: latest figures

The past two weeks has seen the release of a number of reports on apprentices and trainees:

• Apprentices and trainees 2016 – March quarter

• Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2015

• Apprentices and trainees 2015: Annual

Quarterly figures show apprentice and trainee numbers decline

The number of apprentices and trainees starting training in the March 2016 quarter decreased by 3.7% to 56 100 compared with the same period last year.

In contrast to an overall decrease in apprentice and trainee commencements, there has been a 4.6% growth in commencements in non-trade occupations. This is mainly due to increases in sales assistants and salespersons, carers and aides workers.

The overall decrease can be attributed to a decline in the number of commencements in trade occupations, down 10.8% to 27 900 for the March 2016 quarter when compared with the March 2015 quarter.

Completion rates steady

Individual completion rates, which take into account apprentices and trainees moving between employers while undertaking their training, have remained largely steady at 56.3% for trade occupations and 58.3% for non-trade occupations. Across occupations, individual completion rates range from 69.0% for hospitality, retail and service managers to 40.6% for food trades workers.

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2015 tracks the outcomes of apprentices and trainees who started their training in 2011, recognising the time it takes to complete an apprenticeship/traineeship.

Government-funded VET program completion rates improving

Completion rates are improving for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) programs with the national estimated completion rate for programs started in 2014 now at 38.0%, up from 34.5% for programs started in 2013.

The field of education a student chooses also plays a role, with estimated completion rates for programs started in 2014 the highest in:

• society and culture (49.5%)

• management and commerce (47.2%)

• natural and physical sciences (44.9%)

The likelihood of completing a government-funded VET program 2010-14 uses statistical techniques to estimate completion rates for government-funded VET programs.

For further information please visit


Skills Fund For Regional Victoria

This week the Labor Government unveiled its $34 million Regional Skills Fund to support targeted, place-based skills and workforce development across regional Victoria.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert launched the fund in Morwell with key industry, TAFE and university leaders.

It helps industry partner with higher education and training providers to deliver projects that drive industry growth, support workforce development, create career pathways and facilitate greater education in regional Victoria.

The Labor Government is encouraging regional businesses and industry to work in partnership with the higher education and training sector to develop grant applications, which may be submitted at any time.

Local Learning and Employment Neworks, local government and not-for-profit organisations can also partner in projects.

The program ensures Victoria’s regions retain and attract the skilled workers they need to grow local economies, support jobs, and remain competitive. It has been designed to respond to the changing workforce challenges and skills demands of regional and rural Victoria.

The Government’s new Regional Partnerships will work with local businesses, TAFEs, universities and community organisations to ensure skills and workforce development project proposals align with the needs of local industry.

The partnerships work to support collaboration between regional businesses and the higher education and training sector to create a legacy of a sustainable, industry-led training to address the future skills and workforce needs of rural and regional Victoria.

The Regional Skills Fund is a joint initiative between Regional Development Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, administered through the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Applications for the Regional Skills Fund are now open.

The program guidelines are available here.

For further information please visit


The Needanapprentice website currently has 36 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