AE News Volume 10, Issue 32

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

06 SEPTEMBER -   Financial Contollers & IR Meeting

12 SEPTEMBER -   GTO Managers Meeting

26 SEPTEMBER -   Bullying Workshop


AEN Industry Awards – Nominations Are Now Open

It's that time of year again when we call for nominations for our industry awards.

Awards Categories

ATOA Best Victorian Apprentice & Trainee Award

The Australian Technical Officers Association many years ago bestowed AEN with funding to establish an award to recognise the Best Victorian GTO Apprentice and Trainee annually.

GTO Service Excellence Awards

The GTO Service Excellence Award is presented to a staff member, or team/group of staff for a demonstrated outstanding contribution to the success in Group Training. Nominations can be made by Group Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, professional bodies, and students.

Industry Service Awards

AEN and our members have a proud history of supporting apprentices, trainees and host employers. This support is provided by hundreds of dedicated staff. Every year AEN is proud to recognise the achievements of our members/staff through industry service awards.

These awards are presented at 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the Group Training industry.

Outstanding OH&S Initiative

The Outstanding OH&S initiative/ solution Award is presented to an individual, team/group or organisation for a demonstrated outstanding contribution to OH&S in Group Training. Nominations can be made by Group Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, professional bodies, and students.

STAR Awards

The STAR Awards (Stop Taking A Risk) are presented to apprentices or trainees employed by a Victorian Group Training Organisation for a demonstrated contribution to making their workplace a safer environment.

Nominations close Friday 13 October.

The awards will be presented on 22 November at the VU City Campus (tickets will be available soon)

For further information and to access the nomination forms please click here.


National Skills Week 2017: 28th August - 3rd September 2017

This 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.


AEN – “Hire Education” Apprenticeship Policy Paper

This week we 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 who provided input and case studies in preparation for the report.

To access the full report and recommendations please click here.


New Australian Apprenticeships Pathways Website Has Gone Live

This week the New Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website went live. The site has plenty of great information individuals, employers and industry stakeholders.

To access the new site please click here.


2017 Learn Local Awards Winners Announced

This year, for the first time, the Adult Community and Further Education Board also recognised three Learn Local Volunteer Champions for their outstanding dedication and hard work at Learn Local organisations across the state.

The Andrews Labor Government is building a strong and stable training system – ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background have access to high quality training.

Learn Local organisations play a significant role in the community by helping Victorians access the training they need to get a job or to move into further education and training.


Ro Allen Award – Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence

Christie Sinclair – Banksia Gardens Community Services

Outstanding Pathways Program

Try a Trade – Diversitat

Outstanding Practitioner

Lachlan McKenzie – Jesuit Community College

Excellence in Creating Local Solutions

Linking Learning to the Land – Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre

AMES Australia Diversity Innovation

Paw Po Products Community Enterprise – Nhill Learning Centre


Learn Local Volunteer Champion

Harry Ashton – Rushworth Community House

Joy Ferguson – Diamond Valley Learning Centre

Melinda Hamilton – Springvale Neighbourhood House

Learn Local Legends

Banksia Gardens Community Services (Nominated by ACFE North Western Metropolitan Regional Council)

Echuca Neighbourhood House (Nominated by ACFE Loddon Mallee Regional Council)

Dandenong Neighbourhood House (Nominated by ACFE Southern Metropolitan Regional Council)

Milpara Community House (Nominated by ACFE Gippsland Regional Council)

Mountain District Learning Centre (Nominated by ACFE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council)

The Centre for Continuing Education (Nominated by ACFE Hume Regional Council)

Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre (Nominated by ACFE Grampian Regional Council)

Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre (Nominated by ACFE Barwon South Western Regional Council)

For the full media release please click here.


NCVER Update

VET program completion rates 2011-15

The national estimated completion rate for government-funded VET programs commenced in 2015 at certificate I and above was 49.4%, up from 44.7% for programs commenced in 2014.

Click here to download the report.


Victorian Training Awards 2017

The 2017 Victorian Training Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11 October at Crown, Palladium. The Awards Ceremony places top achievers in the spotlight, showcasing achievements, best practice and innovation in training, placing finalists and winners centre stage as the best in the business.

For further information please click here.


Finding the truth in the apprenticeships debate

Traineeships are in trouble, but apprenticeships are in better shape than we're led to believe.

The Mitchell Institute recently presented a paper that has collated the data on apprenticeships and traineeships. Apprenticeship commencements are flat to be sure, but they are not in terminal decline. The problem is that the recent newspaper/ media headlines rely on figures that report apprenticeship and traineeship commencements together – and it’s in traineeships that commencements have been in decline.

The Finding the truth in the apprenticeships debate  is a guide to the data on both apprenticeship and traineeship commencements. And it’s true that apprenticeships overall have declined – but not in all trades.

To access the full report please click here.


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.


ACNC - National Risk Assessment

On Monday this week, the ACNC joined the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, the Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP, and AUSTRAC Deputy CEO Gavin McCairns, to launch the national risk assessment of the Australian charities and not-for-profit sector: Australia’s charities and not-for-profit sector: money laundering and terrorism financing.

The risk assessment was produced in partnership with the Commonwealth financial intelligence agency, AUSTRAC, and measured sector vulnerabilities that could be exploited for criminal activity, or to promote or support terrorism.

All charities that send funds or operate overseas should take the time to read this report to ensure that they understand the risks.

You can download a copy of the report 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.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 54 job ads and 6 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