AE News Volume 10, Issue 14

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 20 May.


National Skills Week 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.


Mitchell institute – New Report Preparing Young People for the Future of Work

Recently the Mitchell Institute released a new report.

Preparing young people for the future of work

Australia's education system is not preparing students for twenty-first century success.  Young Australians are studying for longer than ever before but are disengaged and struggling to find permanent jobs.

For further information please click here.


Putting Australian Workers First

This week the PM Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers and creating a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages.

This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow if skilled Australians workers are not available. 

The Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. The new visa will include mandatory criminal checks and tighter English language requirements.

The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa programme will comprise two streams – Short Term and Medium Term – and will be underpinned by more focused occupation lists that are responsive to genuine skill needs and regional variations across Australia.

Short term visas will be issued for two years, while medium term visas will be issued only for more critical skills shortages and for up to four years.

For further information please click here.

Full details on the new visa and an explanation of transitionary arrangements for current 457 visa holders and applicants is available on the Department’s website.


NCVER Update: The Changing Nature of Apprenticeships

Looking for a snapshot of apprenticeship and traineeship trends in Australia over the past 20 years? The NCVER latest research summary finds the proportion of adult apprentices is increasing. Those aged 25 and over now make-up 28% of trade, and 45% on non-trade apprentices and trainees in-training – compared to 8% and 22% twenty years ago.

The proportion of adult apprentices completing a trade apprenticeship in two years or less has also increased in the last 20 years, signifying the growing importance of alternative pathways and delivery models.

For more information read the research summary, or explore the infographic.


AFL SportsReady Helping Young Jobseekers Kick Goals In The Workplace

A new program is helping young jobseekers in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs find sustainable work and make a difference in their local communities.

Not-for-profit charity AFL SportsReady and the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) have joined forces to create the Pathways to Work program – supporting young people from culturally-diverse backgrounds.

The program will help place 100 young people into jobs over four years across the cities of Casey and Dandenong.

It offers tailored work experience placements that range from one-day ‘work tasters’ to full-time four week placements, helping young people build skills and obtain local referees to strengthen their resumes.

We extend our congratulations and commend AFL SportsReady on this program.

To read the full media release click here.


AEN Office Closed on 24th and 25th April

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

The office will reopen on Wednesday 26 April .

Have a great weekend!


The Needanapprentice website currently has 15 job ads and 10 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