AE News Volume 10, Issue 33

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Upcoming Events

12 SEPTEMBER -   GTO Managers Meeting

26 SEPTEMBER -   Bullying Workshop

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting


AEN Industry Awards – Nominations Are Now Open

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

Award 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.


Announcement of the Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Tender

On Thursday morning this week the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews announced that tenders are being called to provide intensive early support for apprentices and trainees, as part of the Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program.

The $60 million initiative will benefit up to 45,000 Australian Apprentices and assist them in their training journey.

“The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program will provide intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training,” Minister Andrews said.

“The Government is committed to increasing the retention rates of Australian Apprentices in their first two years of training, in order to drive greater completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in these industries.”

Minister Andrews said mentors will be highly skilled and possess detailed knowledge to allow them to address particular career and skills development concerns related to their industries.

“This tender is a great opportunity for organisations to work with and support apprentices and trainees in those industries undergoing structural change.”

Information sessions about the Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices tender will be held in all capital cities.

Melbourne - Wed 20 September, 9:30 am - 11am

Great Southern Room - Level 8, 414 La Trobe St, Melbourne.


For more information about the tender, please click here.


Government Launches Veterans' Employment Awards

This week the commonwealth government launched the inaugural Veterans’ Employment Awards, which will celebrate Australian businesses that are employing veterans as well as veterans who are making a significant contribution to their workplace.

Any Australian business, large or small, that is a leader in veterans employment can nominate for the awards.

The awards, which contain nine categories, are part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Program, that was launched last year to help recognise the talents of our veterans and to encourage the private sector to take advantage of that expertise.

Nominations for the Veterans’ Employment Awards are open until 22 December 2017 and can be submitted at

For further information please click here.


Skilling Australia Foundation Promote Their Citi Australia Program

Late last week, Skilling Australia Foundation CEO Nicholas Wyman and Citi New Recruits graduate Alicia Doolan appeared on Channel Nine News to discuss the Citi Australia Pathways to Progress Initiative.

Watch the news broadcast here.


National Conference Coming Up in Early November

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

Latest apprentice and trainee figures released

This week National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released the data on apprentices and trainees. Overall 56 200 people commenced in both trade and non-trade occupations in the March 2017 quarter.

Report and infographic: Apprentices and trainees 2017, March quarter

There were 275 200 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2017, a decrease of 3.7% from 31 March 2016.


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.


AICD - NFP Governance and Performance Study

The annual NFP Governance and Performance Study provides an insight into how the sector is faring, and this year’s study examined particularly the importance of culture, reputation and profit to the wellbeing of the sector.   

While it was shown that many NFPs have strong organisational cultures, the report found that there was a lack of formal processes to manage this culture within these organisations.

Key findings include:

Culture front of mind but low on the agenda

• More than 70% said they would be very likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work to family and friends.

• 52% said culture had not been formally on their board agenda in the past 12 months.

Risk management sophistication varies

• On balance, more directors felt their organisation was taking on too little (36%), rather than too much risk (20%).

• Only 41% of respondents said their board had a formal risk appetite statement.

Financial sustainability remains an issue

• Half of directors reported profit margins below inflation (2%).

Reputation taken for granted?

• 86% of directors rated the importance of their reputation as highly important.

• Only 41% of respondents said reputation is formally considered by the board and management when making all strategic and operational decisions.

To access the report please click here.


Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October

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 24 job ads and 4 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