AE News Volume 9, Issue 43

Monday, 27th May 2019

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CVGT annual dinner

Last Thursday evening CVGT Australia hosted their annual dinner at  Bendigo’s historic Fortuna Villa, guests celebrated the achievements of the recipients of The Matthew Baldock Memorial Award, The John Balsillie Award, and the 2017 CVGT Australian Apprentice Scholarship.

The Matthew Baldock Memorial award recognises CVGT Australia plumbing and gas fitting apprentice Matthew Baldock who sadly passed away in 2000. In honour of Matthew, CVGT Australia gives special recognition to a plumbing apprentice who displays a high level of skill, initiative and commitment to their trade.

The winner of the 2016 Baldock award is Sam Murray, a third year apprentice plumber hosted by McCaigs Air Conditioning.

The annual John Balsillie Award commemorates excellence in engineering. Mr Balsillie, a former CVGT board member makes this award available to a CVGT Australia engineering apprentice who shows initiative has a demonstrated high level of skill and can complete tasks of a high quality.

The winner of the 2016 Balsillie Award is Travis Costello, a third year fabrication engineer hosted by WeWeld Steelworx in Tongala.

The CVGT Australian Apprenticeship Scholarship program has been running since 2008 and has provided a pathway to trade excellence in a range of occupations across Victoria.

This year, CVGT Australia has partnered with Poyser Trucks Bendigo to offer a scholarship to enhance the learning experience for a high achiever in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technology - Diesel Mechanic.

The winner of the 2017 CVGT Australian Apprentice Scholarship is Harry Mildren. Harry recently completed his VCE at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. During this time he completed VET studies in Automotive and Engineering.

The winners of the Matthew Baldock and John Balsillie awards received a $500 cheque from CVGT Australia, a prize, trophy and a certificate. The scholarship recipient received a $500 cheque, trophy and certificate as they begin a pathway to trade excellence.

On the night CVGT also awarded two life memberships to Board directors.

CVGT Australia CEO Paul Green said the two retiring directors, Elaine McNamara and Alex Malone had dedicated more than 55 years of service to the company.

“Elaine was a founding member while Alex came on board 22 years ago.

“Elaine has proven to be the back-bone of this company. She started the first Bendigo group apprenticeship scheme with the then four shires of Marong, Eaglehawk, Strathfieldsaye and Bendigo – this was the beginning of CVGT Australia. In more recent times, Elaine earned the respect of her peers over the years with her enthusiasm and willingness to accept and support the diversity of the different programs to build a stronger and more successful CVGT.

“Through first-hand experience, Alex knows the importance of getting people to learn a trade through apprenticeships or to be trained so they can have a future. This understanding has enabled Alex to always provide careful consideration of the business decisions the CVGT board have needed to make,” Mr Green said.

“On behalf of CVGT Australia management and staff, we extend our thanks and appreciation Elaine and Alex for their past significant contributions in helping us achieve our goals of ‘getting people jobs’,” Mr Green added.

Congratulations to everyone involved


Brotherhood of St Laurence Sambell Oration dinner

On Thursday evening this week the Brotherhood of St Laurence held its annual Sambell Oration dinner. This year’s theme -  Working for Lives of Common Dignity  with Keynote speaker Disability champion Rhonda Galbally

Rhonda Galbally, AO, led the campaign to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Now she is a member of the NDIS Board and Principal Member (Chair) of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council. In this role she chairs the Intellectual Disability Working Group and Innovation in Housing Working Group. A CEO and board member for 30 years in business, the public sector and philanthropy, she led the development of cutting edge organisations such as the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the social enterprise Our Community, and has contributed extensively to international public health and social development. In 2012 Dr Galbally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the National Disability Awards.

Congratulations to everyone involved at BSL

For further information please click here.


NEW VET loans scheme passes the Senate

The federal government's new vocational student loans program to replace the VET FEE-HELP scheme passed the Senate on Wednesday night.

The package passed the upper house following a string of amendments which will now need to be approved by the lower house.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the government was working quickly to ensure the new program was in place as soon as possible.

The Senate has requested changes to the legislation that are expected to be considered by the lower house later this week.

The amendments would exempt TAFE from the new caps on course loans and restrictions on course types.

For further information please click here.

For the media release and newspaper article please click here.


Pre apprenticeship – course finder

Reminder that this pre-apprenticeship course finder site managed by the Australian apprenticeship information services will list your 2017 pre-apprenticeship courses for free. Currently there are over 60 pre-apprenticeships listed within Victoria.

To access the current list of pre-apprenticeships course finder please click here.


Certificate IV in WHS –RMIT & AEN.

AEN together with RMIT are again offering the Certificate IV in WHS for all GTO staff.  The course content and structure has been designed in consultation with the needs of the GTO Industry.

The course is delivered online to allow students/staff the flexibility to manage their studies/work.  This is a great opportunity for professional development for all GTO Staff. Over the past 5 years RMIT have graduated over 50 GTO staff through this delivery model.

The online portal will open from the 30 January 2017  and students enrolled are expected to complete their course material by the end of August 2017.  Please find a link to an information flyer with course information and course fees,

RMIT Cert IV WHS Flyer 2017

please complete and return your registration to

Enrolments will close on 31 May 2017 to ensure students have enough time to complete the course and for RMIT to complete the RPL and Graduation process


AVETMISS news for RTOs

AVETMISS 8.0 for VET providers

The AVETMISS publications, AVETMISS VET Provider Collection specifications and AVETMISS data element definitions, have been updated for release 8.0 and are now available. An overview of the changes and a document detailing the specifics of the changes can be found at AVETMISS 8.0 for VET providers: what’s changing from release 7.0. RTOs and SMS vendors should refer to these to ensure their systems and processes are ready for the first collection under the new release. Release 8.0 will come into effect for training activity from January 2018. All training activities undertaken prior to the end of 2017 will continue to be reported under release 7.0.

For more information, view the Get ready for AVETMISS release 8.0 webinar online.


NCVER Update

Australian youth choosing education and training

New figures show that for the 1.5 million young Australians aged 15 to 19, 83.4% were enrolled in education and training as at August 2015.

Across this age range, 56.8% were at school, 16.1% were enrolled in higher education, 4.5% were undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships (which were not part of a VET in Schools program), and 5.9% were enrolled in other vocational education and training (VET) programs.

By 19 years of age over half of school leavers transition to post-school education and training  with 32.5% enrolled in higher education, 9.5% undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships, and 11.1% enrolled in other VET programs.

For more information, see Young people in education & training 2015.

Uptake and utility of VET qualifications

This latest NCVER report finds enrolments are heavily concentrated in a relatively few qualifications. In 2015, 85% of enrolments were focused in 200 qualifications, with the rest distributed across 1444 qualifications.  Some 283 qualifications had no enrolments in either 2014 or 2015.

It also reveals the majority of enrolments (90%) were concentrated in 20 training packages in 2015, while 10% were spread across the remaining 57 training packages.

For more information, see Uptake and utility of VET qualifications or check out the NCVER infographic for a quick summary.

Interested in how NCVER research program is progressing?

The NCVER new Research prospectus: snapshot on progress provides a summary on how they are tracking against each of the four research priorities identified in Research prospectus 2015-16:

  1. Productivity
  2. Participation and outcomes
  3. Learning and teaching
  4. The place and role of VET.

Take a look for a quick overview on how many publications are complete; how many projects are in progress; and what's on the horizon. For example, did you know NCVER has released nine publications on productivity, and has a further nine in progress?


The Needanapprentice website currently has 196 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