AE News Volume 10, Issue 4

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon

08 MARCH  - OH&S Network


Launch of – TAFE will take you there – campaign

On Thursday morning this week, the Minister for training and skills – Hon. Gayle Tierney launched the new Victorian TAFE campaign – TAFE will take you there.

For the first time, a new, united brand will position TAFEs as modern, contemporary institutions that all Victorians can access to get the real training they need to get a real job.

Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities will remain individual institutions, bolstered by a new brand giving them a strong collective voice as the centre of the government-funded training system.

It’ll help TAFEs promote the hundreds of high-quality, industry linked courses on offer and will show students and industry that TAFEs are government-backed providers, each with their own unique expertise and specialisation.

As part of the TAFE Victoria launch, successful chefs, media professionals and business leaders are lending their voices to a new campaign opening Victorians’ eyes to the opportunities TAFE has to offer.

The TAFE will take you there campaign tells the stories of everyday graduates who have taken the skills they learnt at a Victorian TAFE to the world. One of the featured apprentices is past WPC group auto mechanic Sevag Parseghian who won the Victorian apprentice of the Year award in 2014 and has now gone onto bigger and better things with his original host employer Mercedes Benz.

You will start to see the TV campaign roll out from next week.

To access the new website please click here.

For further information on the launch please click here.


Youth Justice Review - Request for participants

In this survey we ask a range of questions about their perceptions of youth crime including prevalence and causes of offending amongst young people and what young people think could be done when young offenders are identified.

They do not ask for any specific details of offences a young person may know of or been party to and have designed the survey to prevent such disclosure. Should such a disclosure be made however the details of the offence will be forward to crime stoppers.

No personally identifying information is requested or captured and we are not asking for details of any specific crimes the young person may know of or have committed. The survey is entirely voluntary and participants are not induced to engage. Expected completion time is 20 minutes. Survey responses will be kept electronically and accessed by the review team members and may be accessed in future research projects.

If you would like to review the content of the survey prior to forwarding it to young people please see this preview of the survey in pdf form.

Results may be published as part of the final Youth Justice review. Data will be stored electronically and may be used by future review teams.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact

The survey can be accessed here.


Workforce Training Innovation Fund

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund was officially launched by The Hon. Gayle Tierney MP, Minister for Training and Skills, on 19 January 2017.

The fund is one of the targeted funding streams under Skills First that improves the quality, stability and adaptability of the Victorian tr​​aining and TAFE System.

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund provides grant funding for industry and training provider partnerships to develop and deliver innovative strategies for improving training outcomes and the relevance of training to industry.

An initial $40 million to assist industry and employers to address the rapidly evolving workplace development needs for industry productivity and economic growth, giving industry a real say in the training being delivered.

A key focus of funds strengthening partnerships between industry and training and the TAFE system to better respond to the skills needs for existing, new and emerging industries and the Victorian Government's priority sectors.

Innovative thinking and approaches will allow industry and training providers to challenge existing practices in skills development, training methods and product design. The fund will give opportunities for the joint exploration and application of new ideas and solutions that will address barriers to workplace productivity.

The guidelines have been released with a range of support materials about the fund.

For a copy of the Guidelines, Key Terms And Definitions, summary Factsheet, Frequently Asked Questions, the Seed Funding Application and the Grant Funding Proposal forms see: Skills First Resour​ces

For further information please click here.


Apprenticeship Luncheon - SOLD OUT

Our upcoming apprenticeship luncheon on 2 March at the Melbourne RACV Club has sold out.

AEN members can still attend the GTO Managers meeting scheduled to start at 2pm (straight after the luncheon)

Thank you to everyone that has registered

Upcoming events

GTO Standards meeting – Wednesday 22 February

GTO managers meeting – 2-4pm Thursday 2 March RACV club Melbourne

OH&S network meeting – Wednesday 8 March

Field Officers meeting – Wednesday 22 March

IR / payroll training – Thursday 30 March


To access a full list of AEN meetings and events please click here.


National GTO register

The national GTO register has been updated and placed on the Australian apprenticeships information website.  All Victorian GTOs have had their original expiry date extended until the end of 2017. AEN and VRQA will provide further information over the coming months on 2017 GTO standards activities.

To access the register please click here.


Victorian Women's Trust


In 2017, the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust welcomes applications for projects benefiting women and girls, in particular they seek applications that:

Promote social inclusion and community cohesion in regional Victoria addressing the needs of refugee and migrant families or women or girls who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, lack of educational or training opportunities, or who live with a disability or illness.

Applications for the 2017 General Grants will open on Monday 30th January.

For further information please click here.

Ph: (03) 9642 0422

Download the 2017 Application Form General Grants (Word doc).
Download the Grants Guidelines.


NCVER Upcoming events

Webinar: Graduate outcomes for VET: the missing piece of the total VET activity puzzle

Thursday 30 March, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ACDT

Interested in the National Student Outcomes Survey, which surveys VET graduates on the outcomes of their studies? Register to hear NCVER's Davinia Blomberg and Pip Skurray present an overview of the survey at our next webinar. They will provide insight into the findings from the expanded survey data, and guidance on how to use NCVER resources to explore the outcomes and experiences of VET graduates.

More information and to register

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills'

Wednesday 5 - Friday 7 July, TasTAFE Drysdale campus, Hobart

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. It also offers valuable professional development opportunities through a series of hands-on pre-conference workshops.


Workplace Gender Equality Agency - Update

Reporting in 2017: webinars

Employer reporting to the Agency begins on 1 April 2017. Non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees will be required to submit their report for the preceding 12-month period by 31 May.

To help organisations prepare, the Agency is holding a series of webinars to provide an overview of all reporting requirements, including tips for submitting reports online.

Secure your place. Register today.

Visit their website for more detailed information about reporting requirements.


Unpaid work experience report

Late last year the Commonwealth Department of Employment released a study into work-integrated learning, work placements, internships or work experience. The study looked closely at the benefits and pitfalls of unpaid work experience (UWE). Also it covered VET and university students, and those who undertake UWE as an income support requirement or for other reasons.

On the upside, VET students had the highest level of satisfaction with their UWE episodes – 79 per cent, compared with 74 per cent for university students. Also good news is that 36 per cent of VET students secured a paid job with their UWE host employer after their work placements. UWE has clear benefits for students and employers.

The UWE report is based on results from a detailed survey of 3800 people undertaken by researchers from the University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology and University of Technology, Sydney. About one in five VET students who responded to the survey said they completed an episode of UWE as part of their formal course of study.

To access the full report please click here.


Holmesglen - Summer Skills Series

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 151 job ads and 7 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