AE News - Volume 9, Issue 37

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

25 OCTOBER - RTO e-Learning Network

17 NOVEMBER - AEN End-of-Year Conference & AGM

23 NOVEMBER - Field Officers Network


The Apprenticeship Factory Annual Awards Night

On Thursday evening this week the apprenticeship factory based in Shepparton held its annual awards night.

There were over 370 guests in attendence, with some fantastic nominations for their awards winners on the night included:

Best Trainee Certificate III – Alicia Flegeltaub – Business Administration

Best Trainee – Education – Mustafa Rohani

Best Trainee Certificate IV – Reece Wardle – Information Technology Networking

Best 1st Year Apprentice - Will McAuliffe – Electrotechnology Electrician

Best 2nd Year Apprentice – Jack Elliott – Carpentry

Best 3rd Year Apprentice – Shaun Bennie – Carpentry

Best 4th Year Apprentice – Kain Loveday  – Electrotechnology Electrician

Best Trainee Overall– Reece Wardle – Information Technology Networking

The Barry Franklin Award - Best Apprentice – Kain Loveday  – Electrotechnology Electrician

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners


AEN Annual Awards Dinner – 17 – November Docklands Melbourne.

Just a reminder that our annual awards dinner is quickly approaching – with early bird registrations closing Friday 28 October

This year we have received a large number of award nominations which will really showcase some wonderful programs and individuals across the State.

On the evening we will be presenting a number of industry awards including:

• ATOA Apprentice of the Year

• Trainee of the Year

• GTO excellence awards

• OH&S excellence awards

• Industry service awards

Award category finalists will be announced next Friday 28 October.

For further information or to purchase tickets please click here.


Skillinvest Win Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Award

The 2016 Wurreker Awards were held last week, Thursday 13 October, at the Aboriginal Advancement League in Thornbury. General Manager Dale Gemmel (pictured left) and Operations Manager Paul Konig attended the awards on behalf of Skillinvest.

The awards are an initiative of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association inc (VAEAI) and aim to showcase the success of individuals and organisations who work to improve the Koorie experience in the vocational education and training sector.

Skillinvest is proud to announce that they were awarded a 2016 Wurreker Award in the Public Sector Employer category. This category recognises organisations that develop and deliver innovative employment and training targeted at Koorie individuals.

For further information please click here.


Workplace injuries in Victoria fall to record low

The number of workplace injuries in Victoria has fallen to a record low, according to data released by WorkSafe Victoria in its 2015/16 annual report.

Despite strong employment growth across the state, the rate of workplace injuries per million hours fell to 6.95 claims – an improvement of 5.2 per cent on the previous record of 7.34 claims per million hours that was achieved in 2014/15.

For further information please click here.

A reminder that along with our SafetyFirst website Worksafe Victoria also has a large range of free publications on WH&S issues and best practice prevention guidelines – to find out more information please click here.


From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence

As mentioned over the past couple of weeks from 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence.

The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training has further information and fact sheets available including:

• Eligible courses list

• Student information

• Training providers information

Please check back regularly as updates to the new program will become available over the coming weeks leading up to 1 January.

For further information please click here.


New website – National Student Wellbeing Hub

The Department of Education and Training has made some exciting developments in the area of student wellbeing with a brand new website, the Student Wellbeing Hub, which is underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework.

The new site reflects the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to being responsive to important issues affecting today’s schools as they strive to build and sustain positive, respectful and supportive teaching and learning communities.

The Hub brings together information, advice and best-practice approaches to deal predominantly with the important issue of bullying.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Latest research

The NCVER latest suite of research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) clarifies the definition of STEM competency, and explores ways to measure how vocational education and training (VET) is contributing to the development of STEM-related skills.

What is STEM? The need for unpacking its definitions and applications

The term STEM is used to simplistically bundle up all education and occupations in the scientific and technical domains. While this is convenient it can hide important distinctions about sub-disciplines, pedagogy, skills types and level of qualification. Our new publication What is STEM? The need for unpacking its definitions and applications suggests unpacking and identifying the major components of STEM to improve understanding and application.

Measuring STEM in VET

Measuring STEM in vocational education and training explores how STEM can be measured to gain a better indication of the VET sector’s place in delivering the STEM skills required in the twenty-first-century.

Using existing NCVER data, the number of enrolments in VET programs by field of education, intended occupation and relevant industry can be counted. These approaches are useful to compare with other education sectors, analyse employment and labour force data and assess industry skills needs, however they only cover STEM in a basic way. Better measurement is required to help identify supply and demand for education and training, assess outcomes and efficiency, direct funding and resources, and properly inform students’ choices.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 36 job ads and 10 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