AE News Volume 10, Issue 10

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

30 MARCH  -   IR Workshop

05 APRIL     -   RTO & E-Learning Network

04 MAY        -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop


ADF Skills and Apprenticeship Forum

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the NAEN and TDA held the ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum in Canberra.

The Hon Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon in Victoria and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel opened the event on Wednesday, with Minister for Vocational Skills and Training the Hon. Karen Andrews. The 2-day event had a large contingent of speakers investigating how mature-aged workers and defence personnel could transition into apprenticeships. 

AEN and Kestrel also provided an update on the value that group training can provide and a snap shot of the SEAT program that supports mature aged auto manufacturing workers transition into apprenticeships.

Congratulations to NAEN and TDA for hosting the event.


Upcoming AEN Events

We have a number of workshops and conferences coming up over the next 6 months. Members and industry stakeholders are encourages to attend.

Thursday 30 March – IR update for payroll staff

Wednesday 5 April – RTO workshop – compliance with ASQA and VTS

Thursday 4 May – Mental Health awareness workshop

Tuesday 30 May – Bullyzero workshop

29 & 30 June – AEN mid year conference Bendigo. (Registrations Open Soon)

Tuesday 11 July – OH&S network

10 & 11 August – Field Officers conference Geelong. (Registrations Open Soon)

Please visit the AEN website for further information and registration details.


National Skills Week Is Fast Approaching - August 28th - September 3rd 2017

This year we need your help to encourage more students to consider VET pathways and the best way to do so is by showcasing the many benefits of how learning a skill or trade can kick-start a career!

Your school, TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Industry Association, small business, company or charity can hold an event during the week to showcase vocational qualifications, highlight career opportunities, engage the public and stimulate career conversation.

So jump on board and register your event today!

For event registrations please click here.


NSW Skills Conference – 14 June

The Group Training Association of NSW & ACT 2017 Skills Conference is now open for registrations with Early Bird Rates available until 11 April.
GTA NSW are pleased to highlight a number of the speakers who will join the keynote presentation from the NSW Deputy Premier, the Hon. John Barilaro and keynote interview with TAFENSW Managing Director, Jon Black and The Australian Higher Education Journalist John Ross.

For more information on speakers, the program and to register please click here.


ACNC Update

New guidance for charities on data management

The ACNC has published a new guide to help charities consider the issues of information and data management.

The guide, Managing people’s information and data, highlights the importance of responsible information and data management, presents an overview of the laws that may apply, and provides tips for charities considering their information and data management practices.

For further information please click here.

Charity Compliance 2015 and 2016

A new report on charity compliance focused on the last two years of ACNC activity. It's the third charity compliance report to date. The new report also sets out the ACNC focus for the next 12 months:

• fraud and financial mismanagement

• support of terrorism

• harm to beneficiaries

• political activities, and

• lodgment and accuracy of Annual Information Statements.

To read the full report please click here.


NVCER Update


Employer training evolving

Whilst the reasons for employers training staff has changed little over the past 20 years, the way employers use training and work with registered training organisations (RTOs) is evolving.
Continuity and change: employers' training practices and partnerships with training providers identifies how employers are engaging with vocational education and training (VET) and finds:

• The staff responsible for training in businesses are taking a more proactive role in reacting to external change and dealing with external training providers.

• Nationally recognised training is being used in more diverse ways. It’s now being used to provide skill sets to different groups of workers as well as deliver qualifications to large groups of workers.

• RTOs remain the major source of knowledge for employers, but their role has changed to that of navigator – identifying employers’ needs and providing expert guidance to meet those needs and help navigating the VET system.

NCVER also released a good practice guide for employers and RTOs that provides insight into developing and sustaining successful partnerships. Take a look to learn more about the potential benefits and challenges of such partnerships.


The future of Australian apprenticeships: report of the stakeholder forum

This paper captures the views arising from a stakeholder forum held on 25 October 2016, at which participants discussed the future of Australian apprenticeships.
The forum was recently recognised by Assistant Minister Andrews in a progress update on the broader reform agenda, which reflected on the feedback obtained through widespread consultation and engagement with the sector.


New apprentice and trainee figures show growth in non-trade occupations

New figures show the number of people starting an apprenticeship or traineeship is up 2.9% for the September 2016 quarter, compared with the September 2015 quarter. 
The overall increase can be attributed to a 17% increase to 23 400, in non-trade commencements. Non-trade occupations recording increases include hospitality workers (up 600); and sales assistants and sales persons (up 500). 
Trade commencements, however, decreased by 14% to 14 400. The main occupations contributing to the decline were other technicians and trades workers such as gas/petroleum and chemical plant operators (down 800); construction trades workers, such as plumbers, bricklayers, carpenters and joiners (down 600); and electro-technology and telecommunication workers (down 500).


New infographic maps apprentice and trainee trends

Looking for a quick summary of apprentice and trainee activity in Australia? The NCVER latest infographic provides a historical overview including:

• Apprenticeship and traineeship figures dating all the way back to 1963.

• A timeline mapping all the policy changes that have affected apprenticeships and traineeships since 1901.

Economic and labour market context for the trends in commencements and completions.


Cultural Diversity Week 18-26 March

This week is cultural diversity week. On Saturday this weekend the City of Melbourne is hosting the multicultural festival at Federation Square, Victoria’s Multicultural Festival 2017 brings a fun-filled program of music, dance, film and activities throughout the day to entertain people of all ages.

The website also has a wide range of resources to better support the wider community

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 105 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