AE News Volume 10, Issue 18

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OH&S Network


Victorian Training Awards

Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers

The Awards are not only open to students and registered training providers but to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large employers - including GTOs providing high quality training to their workers.

Winners and finalists gain state-wide recognition, with award winners going on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on Thursday 23 November 2017 (in aligned categories).

Through celebrating excellence in the training system, the Awards highlight student achievement and showcase innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers - continuing to put Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards bring confidence and pride to Victoria’s training and TAFE system.

Nominations close midnight, Friday 16 June.

Awards Ceremony Wednesday 11 October.

National Training Awards Ceremony 23 November ACT.

For further information please click here.

Information Video

Minister Press Release


Perceptions are not Reality: Myths, Realities & the Critical Role of Vocational Education & Training in Australia.

WPC Group’s partner, Skilling Australia Foundation, is set to release a new report on Monday, Perceptions are not reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia.

Australia’s vocational education & training (VET) sector continues to deliver excellent results and outcomes for its students, industry and the economy at large. Yet, among the Australian public, perceptions surrounding vocational education continue to be widely out of step with the reality of the sector and its achievements. Using a range of local and international data sources as well as real-life success stories, this report addresses some of these pervasive and inaccurate perceptions about vocational education and, also, highlights the importance of including VET pathways in the overall discussion about our nation’s long-term educational strategies and employment solutions.

You can access a copy of the report here.


BGT announce their new CEO

Ballarat Group Training (BGT) officially announced their new CEO – Ms Mandy MacDonald.

Most recently Ms MacDonald was the chief executive of another Ballarat organisation, Ballarat and District Nursing and Healthcare. However, her first career was as an apprentice hairdresser – “People think you have to start out with a uni qualification to get anywhere, so one of my aims is to recognise the value in apprenticeships and traineeships,” Ms MacDonald said in her interview with the Courier – Ballarat local newspaper.  “I know what its like to be at the bottom of the rung and be paid minimal wages.”

"The Board believes it has found the right person in Mandy to lead the organisation. Mandy comes to BGT with a diverse background in the not-for-profit sector, bringing with her skills and experience well suited for the nature of the role she is about to undertake.  She will take up the position immediately and the Board is looking forward to working with her in furthering the objectives of BGT." said Mr Mark Schultz – Chair BGT Board.

BGT have been a great supporter of the industry, and we look forward to working with Mandy and the team at BGT.

For further information please click here.

Media Release


AEN Mid-year Conference 29 & 30 June

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.

Last Chance - Discounted early bird registrations close today 19 May.


2017 Australian Training Awards Applications close 31 May

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

The direct entry categories of the 2017 Australian Training Awards are open for application and include:

• Lifetime Achievement Award

• National Achievement Award

• Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award


• Small Employer of the Year Award

• Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award

 Registered Training Organisation

• School Pathways to VET Award

• International Training Provider of the Year Award

How to apply

Enter directly to the Australian Training Awards by completing the nomination from the website. Applications close Wednesday 31 May 2017.
For more information

Visit the website at Australian Training  or email
This year the Australian Training Awards will be held in Canberra on Thursday 23 November.


Foundation Skills Assessment Tool Ready for Use

Registered training organisations (RTOs) and senior secondary schools that need to assess the foundation skills of their students to better target support now have another option available to them: the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT).

Funded by the Department of Education and Training, FSAT is an interactive and free online tool designed to identify and measure an individual’s foundation skill levels (English language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills). These skills are fundamental to participation in the workforce, the community and in adult education and training.

FSAT assists in identifying any gaps in skills and knowledge that need to be addressed. This will enable trainers to target assistance to students in the areas where individuals may require additional support.

The department is currently working with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to finalise and validate FSAT. During this validation process, the tool will provide trainers and educators with a valuable indication of a learner’s foundation skills.

FSAT was made available to RTOs and senior secondary schools (for Year 11 and 12 students) in September 2016. While there has been strong interest from RTOs and senior secondary schools to date, the department is keen for more RTOs and senior secondary schools to use the tool. By participating, you will be helping to ensure that a fully validated, final and free version of FSAT is available as quickly as possible.

Further information about FSAT, including answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and guidance on how to register, is available here.


The Changing Nature of Apprenticeships

Looking for a snapshot of apprenticeship and traineeship trends in Australia over the past 20 years?

The National Centre for Vocational Educational Research’s 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.

Has the market really changed for VET?

View the latest infographics based on findings from VET provider market structures: history, growth and change which tracks the development of the Australian VET provider market over the last two decades.

VET provider market structures: registered training organisations

A summary of registered training organisations (RTOs) in the Australian VET system from 1988 to 2016.


SpotJobs  Melbourne Career Expo July 21 - 23, 2017,  Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 16th year, the event will be held on Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

To view their website please click here.


10 International Scholarships – Nominations Now Open

The Department of Education and Training (Victoria) and the ISS Institute are offering ten (10) International Fellowships for the amount of $13,000 each.
The 2017 International Specialised Skills Institute and Department of Education and Training (Victoria) International Vocational Training Practitioner Fellowships contribute to building the Education State by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship within the VET sector, and reducing educational disadvantage.
Fellows will explore innovative responses to VET related challenges in industry and the classroom. Key areas are student engagement and participation, quality teaching and learning, VET pathways to employment and industry productivity.
Applications are invited for Fellowships that will support the continued development of VET delivery with priority given to ONE of the following Priority Areas:
1. Developing Quality Education and Training Systems;
2. Supporting Disadvantaged Persons through Education and Training; or,
3. Improving current practice in the Vocational Education and Training sector through the implementation of Entrepreneurial and Innovative approaches.
Applications close at 4:00pm on Friday 23 June, 2017
Download the Guidelines and Application Form.


NFP Governance and Performance study - AICD

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is seeking submissions for the eighth annual NFP Governance and Performance Study.

This year’s study will focus on some new areas, including the role of culture in an NFP context and its relationship to organisational performance. The report will also consider how NFP boards manage and identify risk, and the attitudes that NFP directors take towards risk in their roles.

AICD are seeking responses from those who are either a non-executive director of an NFP, or a senior executive employed by an NFP who reports to the board.

Take the survey here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 45 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