AE News Volume 9, Issue 42

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

07 DECEMBER - OH&S Network

08 FEBRUARY  - Financial Controllers & IR

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards


2017 AEN Events / Key dates

Our 2017 calendar of events is now available online.

Key events include:

Apprenticeship luncheon – Thursday 2 March 2017 (further details will be available shortly)

Mid Year conference (Bendigo) 29 – 30 June 2017

Field Officers Conference 10-11 August 2017

Please click here for further details


COAG – Industry skills Council Update

Commonwealth, state, and territory Skills Ministers met in Darwin last week to discuss the way forward for vocational education and training (VET). The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, chaired the meeting of skills ministers, (COAG) Industry Skills Council. “We held productive and worthwhile discussions and developed a set of clear actions to be taken,” Minister Andrews said. “Commonwealth senior officials have been tasked to discuss with state counterparts key priorities in skills reform and report back to me”.

For further information please click here.


National training awards and VET Alumni

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews last week announced the establishment of Australia’s first Vocational Education and Training (VET) Alumni Program.

Speaking at the 2016 Australian Training Awards (ATA) in Darwin, Minister Andrews said the new program would bring together the best of Australia’s VET students, training providers, teachers and employers to promote the vital VET sector.

“The VET Alumni is about those who are passionate about vocational education and training and promoting the options and benefits that it provides,” Minister Andrews said.

“Alumni members will have the opportunity to contribute to policy discussions, mentoring activities and to share personal stories and achievements through vocational education.”

Minister Andrews said the strong field of finalists at the ATA awards showed what can be achieved with vocational education and training.

“My congratulations in particular to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Douglas Wright AM for his enormous contribution to VET and to National Achievement Award winner Denise Stevens for her dedication and innovation within the sector,” Minister Andrews said.

“Tonight I am delighted to announce we are opening opportunities for all those who represent excellence in VET through the establishment of our alumni program.

“It will start with tonight’s finalists but that is just the beginning. Invitations will also be extended to previous award winners and beyond over the coming weeks.”

A full list of winners is attached and more information is available here.  Photographs of winners can be provided on request.


AEN Video Competition

A reminder to check out our online video Competition – apprentices and trainees can win up to $500 if they post a short 30 second video about the best things of being an apprentice.

For further details please click here


Preparing  Secondary Students for Work website

Recently the federal government launched the Career education self-assessment tool for schools as part of the Preparing Secondary Students for Work website (part of the myskills website)

Supporting vocational learning and vocational education and training (VET) in secondary school is critical to ensuring students are equipped with the skills that meet the needs of our future workforce.

Schools have always prepared students for work, but bringing schools and employers together through quality vocational learning and VET programs can help school graduates meet the higher demands of the workplace and a globally competitive environment.

The Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework helps to do this by outlining a vision for ‘all students to have access to quality vocational learning and VET that is integrated into secondary schooling and is valued by students, parents, teachers and employers’.

The framework ensures students are able to gain an understanding of the world of work. It also recognises that VET delivered to secondary students is the same as all other VET. 

The website has a wide range of free resources and information

For further information please here.


NCVER Update

Uptake and Utility of VET Qualifications

Training packages and accredited courses are the core training products of the nationally accredited vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia. This report considers the use of these training packages and the qualifications contained within them. It also examines the pattern of enrolments in qualifications to determine how extensively the qualifications in the training package system are being used and whether enrolments are evenly spread amongst qualifications or concentrated in particular qualifications and training packages.

Finally the report explores the number of qualifications that could be rationalised or consolidated, including identifying low and zero enrolment qualifications and models those which cover related occupational areas.

For further information click here.


Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service

Did you know that the Pre-apprenticeships Course Finder (PCF) is one of the most popular pages on the website - – with an average of around 4,300 direct hits a month.

There are over 140 pre-apps currently active thanks to the work of the many providers who input their course details.

To satisfy demand many more pre-apprenticeship courses are needed to be promoted here as this is one of the key ‘go to’ places for young people looking for pre-apps.

To find out more about uploading your courses (for free) contact Andrew Robson at the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service on 1800 338 022 or


National VET teaching conference in December

The 2016 National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education will be held in Sydney from 8–9 December.

The conference is organised by the Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group, in partnership with the School of Education, University of Technology Sydney and Sydney TAFE.

The group’s second annual conference is themed ‘Research, Policy and Teaching Practice: building connections'. Learn more on the conference webpage.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 194 job ads and 11 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