AE News - Volume 9, Issue 9

Monday, 27th May 2019

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Victorian TAFE – Skills & Jobs Centres are opening 

This week the Labor Government opened its first Skills & Jobs center in Mildura through SuniTAFE.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert officially opened the centre which is one of more than 20 centres opening around the state over the next few months, thanks to $16 million from the Labor Government.

TAFE institutes in regional Victoria received $7 million from the fund, including SuniTAFE which received $1 million for its Skills and Jobs Centre.

The money will help SuniTAFE better meet the needs of the local community as well as industry by providing relevant skills to meet the needs of the changing economy.

The hub, located in the heart of Mildura on Eighth Street, will be the first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support to re-entre the workforce.

It will also link jobseekers and employers and ensure people are engaged in quality training that will lead to a job.

For further information on the Skills & Job Centres please visit


Today is Bully Zero Day 

Friday 18 March marks the annual Bully Zero day – “National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence”. The Bully Zero Foundation are holding a range of events to raise the awareness of the effects bullying can have on people. The foundation has been a great support for our network and have hosted many professional development workshops for staff and trainers etc.

If you would like further information or to host a workshop locally please visit website for further details.

Congratulations to Oscar Yildiz and the team for their great work on this important issue. 


Victorian Public Holidays and Daylight Savings 2016 and 2017 

The Victoria government has recently finalised the public holidays and daylight savings for 2016 and 2017.  Remember to change your clocks back one hour at 3am on Sunday, 3 April 2016.

The “Friday before the AFL Grand Final” public holiday is confirmed and is set for 30 September this year.

Further information and a list of dates can be found at the website


Local Industry Fund for Transition

The Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) is part of the Victorian Government’s Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan External link (opens in same window), which aims to support workers, communities and businesses affected by the closure of large scale passenger manufacturing in the State. LIFT aims to create sustainable jobs and contribute to the economic development of Melbourne's North, West and South-East and the Geelong Region. This will be achieved through supporting capital investment by businesses located, or wishing to locate, operations in these areas to build each region’s economic base and create sustainable jobs.

Up to $2 million is available to support job creating projects in Melbourne's North, West and South-East and the Geelong Region.  

For further information please visit


VRQA Update 


2015 client and stakeholder research

Findings from the 2015 client and stakeholder research are now available on the VRQA website.

The findings show an increase in the overall satisfaction with the VRQA among education and training providers, and apprentices and trainees, although there has been a decline in satisfaction among employers since 2014.

Other findings indicate that:

• stakeholders generally consider the VRQA to be effective in its regulatory function and see the VRQA as positive, open, approachable and increasingly pro-active and collaborative

• there are continued positive experiences dealing with VRQA staff and the usefulness of information provided

• regulatory campaigns and educative resources such as the Employer Checklist, the Know your Rights and Responsibilities video and stakeholder forums were well regarded among apprenticeship and traineeship stakeholders.

Insights from the 2014 VRQA Client and Stakeholder research informed the following changes in 2015:

• targeted issues-based stakeholder forms, including the Board and Stakeholder breakfast format

• provision of information in the apprenticeship and traineeship sector including the Employer Checklist and the educative video Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

• a focus on self-service options and the digital services offered.

Further information is available on the VRQA website: 

VRQA 2015 Client and Stakeholder Research summary

VRQA 2015 Client and Stakeholder Research full report 


NCVER Update


Research funding available

The latest funding round through the National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program is now open. Managed by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, the funding round seeks proposals on:

• Meeting skill demand for the future;

• New delivery and assessment modes (emerging technology); and

• Future-proofing the VET workforce.

 Proposals are due by 5pm, Wednesday 13 April 2016.

For more information

NCVER webinar - Rolling the dice: tips for developing research funding proposals 

In support of the NVETR funding round, Jo Hargreaves and Laura Jackson are presenting a free one hour webinar on developing high quality proposals on Monday 21 March, 2.30pm AEDT.

They will share with participants first hand knowledge and understanding of what research funding bodies look for and provide several strategies and tips for strengthening your proposal writing abilities.

For more information and to register

Recent NCVER research reports include;

Research Report: How transferable are skills across occupations

Jobs in the labour market are constantly changing with the development of technology and new ways of working. This results in the decline of some industries, such as automotive manufacturing, and the growth of others, such as health care and social assistance. However, how easily can skills be transferred from one occupation to another and how well are these transferable skills recognised by individuals?

The need to understand transferable skills – for further information please click here 

Helping displaced older workers get back into employment

The displaced worker group is an enduring and currently growing segment of the Australian workforce, and is a consequence of globalisation, increased competition from overseas and major structural and technological changes in the labour market.

NCVER recently released three reports which explored the issues and identified practices that led to successful skills transfer, re-skilling, training and the attainment of new jobs for older workers displaced from often lower-skilled jobs in the manufacturing industries.

A particular focus of the reports was the Australian automotive industry. Given the previous and current challenges in this industry due to the closure of significant manufacturing plants across Australia, the automotive industry is focused on transforming itself from a production industry to a retail industry in this country.  

Challenges faced by displaced workers – for further information please click here 

Deconstructing apprenticeships: current Australian and UK policy reforms

Last year the Australian Government embarked on reforming policy on apprenticeships and traineeships as a means of building a strong and prosperous economy through effective skill development. Amongst those reforms is a focus on improved mentoring arrangements for both employers and individuals requiring additional support to complete an apprenticeship.

With growing recognition of the extent to which work, mental health and wellbeing intersect, it is important to understand the critical role effective apprenticeship support arrangements play in helping Australia’s youth make the transition from school to work.

For further information and to access the full report please click here


The Needanapprentice website currently has 49 job ads and 21 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