AE News Volume 10, Issue 13

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

04 MAY        -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo


AEN Midyear Conference 29 & 30 June - Registrations Are Now Open

This year AEN is holding it's mid-year conference at the All Seasons in Bendigo on the 29 & 30 June. There are a number of speakers over the  1 ½ day event including

Minister for Training and Skills – Hon. Gayle Tierney

Updates From:

• Victorian Department of Higher Education and Skills

• Victorian Skills Commissioner Office

• Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Victorian GTO standards and audit process for 2017/18

• Victorian Major Projects

• Commonwealth Department of Education & Training

For conference details and to register please visit the AEN website.

Discounted early bird registrations close 19 May.


National Skills Week 2017 28th August - 3rd September, 2017

National Skills Week 2017 is fast approaching - 28th August - 3rd September, 2017.

The week encourages, informs and inspires people of all ages to explore the benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. The week highlights the opportunities and successful outcomes trade and skill based careers can lead to.

National Skills Week has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Be part of it, get involved today as a supporter of National Skills Week. 

For further information please click here.


Employment Projections

The Commonwealth Department of Employment recently released its – labour market information portal. The portal has been developed to assist industry stakeholders to access past and future employment trends and projections

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

For further information please click here.


National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Update:

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

The NCVER has released figures showing 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).

A total of 278,500 apprentices and trainees were in-training as at 30 September 2016, a decrease of 5.7% from 30 September 2015.

Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees 2016, September quarter is available on the NCVER website.


Time to Nominate! Australian Training Awards

The 23rd annual Australian Training Awards was a fantastic opportunity to come together to celebrate the achievement of finalists. It was also a time to acknowledge and celebrate the VET sector and the opportunities it affords all Australians.

Direct entry categories for the 2017 Australian Training Awards are now open for nominations including:

• Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award

• Small Employer of the Year Award

• School Pathways to VET Award

• Excellence in Language Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

• National Achievement Award

• Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2017 Awards will be held in Canberra in November. More information is available on the Australian Training Awards website.

For further information please click here.


NSW - Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

Applications for the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are now open.

Apprentices facing financial hardship while pursuing trade qualifications can apply for a Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship which can help them with buying tools or their travel to on-the-job training. Up to 50 scholarships are awarded each year including 10 NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships, and each is worth $5,000 per year over three years.

The applications close COB 5.00 pm Tuesday 30 May 2017.

More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.


AEN Office Closure Over Easter

The AEN office will be closed over the main Easter period - Good Friday 14 April and will reopen Tuesday 18 April.

The office will also be closed on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day)

Happy Easter!


The Needanapprentice website currently has 16 job ads and 12 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