AE News Volume 10, Issue 30

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards

06 SEPTEMBER -   Financial Contollers & IR


WorldSkills – Victorian Regional Competitions

What are WorldSkills Australia Competitions?

Inspiring apprentices to be ambitious in their careers, WorldSkills Australia Competitions equip young people with the right skills to help Australian businesses compete better globally.

Designed by industry and skills experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria.

Focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use the activity to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programmes.

Run biennially, and managed by WorldSkills Australia’s dedicated volunteers, the competitions cover over 50 skill areas from construction and engineering through to creative and hospitality.

WorldSkills Australia being part of the global organisation sends a highly trained team, the Skillaroos, to compete against 76 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country. Australia delivered excellent results at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, coming in at 12th in the international rankings, ahead of New Zealand and Singapore.

Our programme of activity and Australia’s participation in the international competition is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education & Training, state governments and partners in industry and associations.

Fast facts

• Aimed at apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23* to test their skills and knowledge

• Regional Competitions are held every two years (2017 and 2019 are Regional Competition years)

• 4000+ apprentices, trainees, and students will battle it out for gold, silver and bronze medals!

• 500+ competitions will be held within 34 regions across the country

Upcoming WorldSkills Regional Competitions in Victoria

18th August

Autobody Repair – Melbourne – Kangan Institute ACE Docklands

25th August

Autobody Repair – Central Victoria – GoTAFE Wangaratta

27th August

Refrigeration – Melbourne East – Box Hill Institute Elgar Rd

Floristry- Melbourne East – Interflora Mini Conference

28th August

Jewellery – Melbourne East – International Jewellery Fair Sydney

30th August

Cabinetmaking – Melbourne East – Melbourne Polytechnic Heidelberg

Joinery – Melbourne East – Melbourne Polytechnic Heidelberg

1st September

Automotive Mechanics– Central Victoria – GoTAFE Wangaratta

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics– Central Victoria – GoTAFE Wangaratta

Vehicle Painting– Central Victoria – GoTAFE Wangaratta

Game Design– All Victorian Regions – Swinburne Hawthorn

Network Administration – All Victorian Regions – Swinburne Hawthorn

Programming – All Victorian Regions – Swinburne Hawthorn

Web Design – All Victorian Regions – Swinburne Hawthorn

6th September

Mechatronics – Melbourne – RMIT City Campus

World Skills Competitions

Upcoming World Skills Events

Application Form

We strong recommend that you encourage your best apprentices and trainees to enter a local regional competition.

For further information please click here.


Learn Local Awards – Finalist Announced

This week Victorian Learn Local Award Finalists were announced.

The Victorian Learn Local Awards recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local education and training network.

This year's winners will be announced at a presentation dinner taking place on the evening of Thursday 31 August 2017 at the Malvern Town Hall.

Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck on the presentation evening
There are a limited number of tickets available to be purchased for the event.

For further information please click here.


Commonwealth Department of Education Website Update

Australia’s national training system supports over three million students annually to gain the skills to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This includes new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.

The Commonwealth's website is designed to assist you in finding the information that is relevant you to, your apprentices and host employers.

Please review the below links so you know how to access the latest information

My Skills

Find a course to expand your skills at the My Skills website. You can search for, and compare, VET courses and training providers.

Unique Student Identifier

The Unique Student Identifier gives students online access to their nationally recognised training records.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

An Australian Apprenticeship gives you a nationally recognised qualification and the experience you need to get ahead in your chosen career. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information or our apprentices and traineeships page for guidelines to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Trade Support Loans

Apprentices and trainees working in a skills need area may be eligible for Trade Support Loans to help cover their living and learning costs.

Skills for Education and Employment

The Skills for Education and Employment programme provides language, literacy and numeracy training to eligible job seekers to enable them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.

Adult Migrant English Program

The Adult Migrant English Program provides English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.

Financial support

The Study Assist website explains the government assistance available to help you finance your VET study.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

Job seekers interested in starting and running a small business may be able to get practical small business training, business mentoring and financial assistance from the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.

My Future

The myfuture website is an Australian Government career information and exploration service.

Skills and licence recognition

Help is available at the Trades Recognition Australia website to assist people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia for the purpose of migration and skills recognition. International Education assesses higher education qualifications for recognition in Australia. Assistance with domestic occupational licence recognition for specified licensed tradespeople wishing to apply for a licence in another state or territory is available at the Licence Recognition website.

Register of institutions and courses for overseas students

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered.


Year 13 Release Research Report – After the ATAR

This week the Year13 released a research report that shows many Australian youth are predominantly engaging at school in order to procure an ATAR, rather than as a method of preparing for life after school. The prevalent fear of failure surrounding the ATAR is the cause of immense stress for young people, which in turn is impacting their mental health. The fact that 51% of youth currently see or feel that they ought to see a mental health professional is incredibly concerning.

The primary purpose of education is to assist an individual to become an employable citizen who is an active contributor to society. When a school is ranked by ATAR scores, and student enrolments are based on academic success, it’s no wonder schools are focusing so heavily on these numbers at the expense of other things – such as informing youth of the immense range of options for future education and employment.

The intention of this paper is to provide a comprehensive picture of the transitional period for young Australians and, through this, empower government, education and employment industries to better engage with the youth cohort.

For further information and to access the free report please visit Y13 Research Paper or the Y13 Website.


Nominate a Champion Volunteer

Nominations for the 2017 awards close soon - Monday, August 14.

The Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contribution of all volunteers in Victoria. More than 1.5 million Victorians take part in formal volunteering — that’s more than a third of the population. Up to 60 volunteers will be recognised with awards, with many to be found in our schools, kindergartens, childcare centres and TAFEs.

They are the people who volunteer their time to help students get a great education. ‘When people are volunteering to spend time and show they care, it means a lot more to these young people,’ said Mrs Ferguson a previous winner of the award in 2015.

To nominate a volunteer or for more information, please click here.


Estimating the Private and Public Benefits of Higher Education Report

Recently the Department of Education released the Estimating the private and public benefits of higher education report.  The findings of this report informed the development of the higher education reform package announced by the Minister for Education and Training

To access the full report please click here.


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Last Chance for Registrations

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held in Geelong on the 17 & 18 August.  

Guest speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days  include:

• VRQA – Update on GTO Standards

• Department of Education Update

• Mental Health awareness

• Dealing with difficult behaviour

• Having difficult conversations

• Improving team work

• High performance teams

For further information and to register please click here.


Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October – Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available to the Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held on Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.

Please show your support for this great cause.

For further information please click here.

Or download the Flyer.


Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September

Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors

Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

For further information please click here.


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.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 80 job ads and 3 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