AE News Volume 10, Issue 35

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

26 SEPTEMBER -   Bullying Workshop

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


2017 Industry Collaboration Award

A couple of weeks ago NSW GTO Skillset won the Industry Collaboration award at the NSW training awards for their Skills4Trade and Pledge250 MIP programs.

Skillset’s MIP project ‘Skills4Trade’ has been accompanied by PLEDGE 250, an innovative jobs campaign encouraging the region’s employers to increase job opportunities for Skills4Trade graduates.

More than just a training program, Skills4Trade provides high quality pre-vocational skills training through their collaboration with TAFE NSW and gives meaningful work trials and a supportive pathway to sustainable employment.

Skills4Trade also features YOUTH CONNECT, intensive support for young school leavers and their parents.

Congratulations to the team at Skillset!


WorkSafe Victoria – Safety Awareness Month

WorkSafe Victoria have lined up more than 60 free seminars across Victoria where industry experts and high-profile keynote speakers will be discussing a broad range of workplace safety topics over the next month, so you're sure to find a topic of interest!

Please join WorkSafe Victoria, and other business and industry leaders from across the state, to discuss emerging issues and trends in the sector including:  

• Occupational violence and aggression

• Building positive mental health in the workplace

• Return to work processes

• Understanding and supporting young workers

• Explanation of the new OHS regulations

For further information and to register for the free events please click here.


ISS - International Fellowship Applications - Now Open

Round #3 of the 2017 ISS International Fellowships have just opened and will close on the 27th of October:

• 1 x Dal Zotto Wines International Fellowship for Economic Innovation in Regional Victoria

• 1 x Italian Australian Foundation Fellowship

• 1 x Carlo Valmorbida International Fellowship for Innovation in Specialised Trades

Download the Fellowship Guidelines and Application Forms.


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 are now available.

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


NCVER – Update

Positioning VET for the ideas boom

Our latest report VET applied research: driving VET's role in the innovation system examines the VET sector's potential to contribute more actively in the innovation system through an applied research agenda.

The report is accompanied by two practical guides:

Explaining the VET applied research developmental framework This framework explains what capabilities VET educators and other professionals need in order to undertake VET applied research? 

Developing VET applied research: steps towards enhancing VET’s role in the innovation system How does the VET system benefit from becoming more involved in applied research? This document sets out how registered training organisations can start developing these capabilities in the VET workforce, from naming and claiming their current achievements through to building a research and evaluation culture

Developing workforce skills for Australia's emerging digital economy

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has today released the following publication that may be of interest:

Working paper: Developing appropriate workforce skills for Australia's emerging digital economy

Digital skills are becoming increasingly important to Australia’s workforce. Jobs that were previously considered low tech and requiring low levels of digital skills are being drawn into the digital age.

NCVER presenting webinars with the VET Development Centre

NCVER are partnering with the VET Development Centre (VDC) to run a series of free webinars.
Coming to terms with AVETMISS (Thurs 19 Oct)
Get ready for next year’s AVETMISS reporting and hear about AVETMISS Release 8.0 changes.

AVETMISS and more (Tues 14 Nov)
An overview of the NCVER’s role in the national VET system and how NCVER can assist you with not only your AVETMISS reporting, but also show you some useful research and statistical products and services.

Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choice
Tues 31 October, 1:30pm - 2:30pm ACDT

For further information please visit


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.


Bully Zero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October

Tickets are available to the Bully Zero 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.


Nominations Open For Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Outstanding young people from across the state can now be nominated in the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos this week called on the community to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in our community.

The awards recognise the achievements of Victoria’s young people over 10 sponsored categories, with one of the category winners being named the overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

Each category winner receives $2,000 and a trophy. The Victorian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 flight voucher and a state trophy.

Award nominations opened on Thursday, 14 September and close on 18 December 2017.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 74 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