AE News Volume 10, Issue 31

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

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12 SEPTEMBER -   GTO Managers Meeting

19 SEPTEMBER -   Bullying Workshop


AEN – “Hire Education” apprenticeship policy paper

This week AEN  released our “Hire Education” apprenticeship policy paper, where we have tried to highlight some of the issues our members face.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are struggling in Australia. Commencement numbers have been falling for the past four years and completion rates remain stubbornly low. However Australia’s need for skilled workers continues to grow.

If we don’t take action soon, our training system will not be able to meet the country’s demand for skilled labour, and at the same time, many young people will miss out on opportunities for rewarding careers as tradespeople.

AEN believes that group training is an important element in developing new strategies to address those barriers.

This paper looks at issues surrounding the three main barriers:

• Attracting and supporting apprentices.

• Making the system simpler and attractive

• Improving completions

We have considered the recommendations in a number of papers presented by other organisations and have made our own recommendations based on those papers and on the experiences of our members. In all, there are 17 recommendations that are interspersed throughout the paper.

All of these recommendations are important, but our highest priorities are to help students in their transition from school to work, and to help small businesses take on and keep more apprentices.

Thank you to all the members that provided input and case studies in preparation of the report 

To access the full report and recommendations please click here.


AATIS Launches New AAPathways Website

The Australian The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) has a new AAPathways website!

FREE interactive face-to-face sessions are now scheduled to demonstrate the improvements and functionalities of the new-look AAPathways website, launching on the 31st of August!

Areas of the website that will be reviewed are:

• Site search

• Job and Training Descriptions

• Field Officer Brief

• Industry information pages

Melbourne, Monday, 4 September

Adelaide, Wednesday, 6 September

Canberra, Thursday, 7 September

Brisbane, Monday, 11 September

Sydney, Wednesday, 13 September

Perth, Tuesday, 19 September

To register your attendance at these free events, visit the AATIS Britten page.


AEN Field Officers Conference

A big thank you to all our delegates who attended the Field Officers Conference at the Geelong Conference Centre last Thursday and Friday.  We would like to thank the following speakers:

VRQA - Denver Blake

DET-  Sue Wells

DET - Maree Watson

DET - Adrian Klowss

ACE  Training - Daniel Cohen

PDT Training - Karen Smythe

Premium Health

A special thanks to Greg Hogan (Gforce Apprentice), our guest speaker for dinner and our MC Peter Treseder.

Conference delegates will receive an online survey to complete, by completing the short survey you will gain access to the speakers presentations.


Victorian Training Awards 2017

For further information please click here.


VET Student Loans application round opens on 30 August 2017

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, today announced the next application round for eligible organisations to apply to become an approved course provider for VET Student Loans opens on 30 August 2017. A copy of the media release is available here.

The application round will be opened to eligible Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) on 30 August 2017 and applications will close on 26 September 2017.

Interested eligible organisations are encouraged to visit the “How to become a VET Student Loans Approved Course Provider” page at This page will be the central point of information relating to the application process including the application fee that will apply in the next round and will be updated on 30 August 2017 when the next round opens.

An information session for interested organisations will be held in Canberra, at 10am on 5 September 2017.

For further information please click here.


ASQA Announces Regulatory Strategy

Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) regulator will target international education as part of its regulatory strategy for the next 12 months.The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will also continue to target the capability of trainers and assessors working in VET.

“International education - delivered in Australia and offshore - is one of Australia’s top service exports,” ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said.

“This reflects Australia’s comparative advantage in offering high quality education outcomes and student experience.

“As a result we have seen a strong growth in the number of applications from training providers wanting to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) during the past 12 months.

“ASQA collaborates with other relevant government agencies that share responsibility for monitoring and managing the international education sector to ensure students continue to receive high quality services and Australia’s reputation as a safe and quality destination is protected.”

Mr Paterson said ASQA would undertake a strategic review of VET and English language education delivery to overseas students. This will be done in collaboration with representatives of students, providers and other government agencies. Further details on the strategic review will be released shortly.

ASQA’s 2017-18 Regulatory Strategy is available here.


Updates to The Trade Support Loan Scheme

Recently there were updates made to the commonwealth Trade Support Loan scheme.

To view the latest information please click here.

Further Information

The Trade Support Loans Act 2014 is the main piece of legislation used to administer the Trade Support Loans Program.  A copy of the Act, the Guidelines and other supporting documents are available on the Department of Education and Training website.

Where can I find out more?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.


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

Next week is National Skills Week 2017 - 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 73 job ads and 5 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