AE News Volume 10, Issue 36

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


Finalists for Victorian Training Awards Announced

Last week the finalists for the Victorian Training Awards were announced by Minister Gayle Tierney

The Awards now in their 63rd year celebrate excellence in the training system, showcasing collaboration between industry and training providers.

Regional areas feature prominently this year among the list of finalists with representatives from across Victoria including Ararat, Dimboola, Longerenong, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Wodonga.

“The Victorian Training Awards are a chance for us to celebrate all the great work that is going on across all areas of the training system.”

This year’s Awards feature 15 categories including six individual categories. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year again feature this year.

Awards like the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development (sponsored by AEN) recognise the key involvement of businesses, small and large in the continued development of training the next generation of workers.

"Victoria is leading the way nationally in delivering high quality training with students having the opportunity to learn the skills they need to get a job, and delivering the skilled workforce industry want."

The awards will be presented at Crown Palladium on 11 October.

GTO Award Finalists

Koorie Student of the Year Award

Aiden Stanley Lowater
School-based Trainee
Certificate III in Business Administration

Undertaking work placement at Moe Police Station


Cassie Puruntatameri
Certificate III in Business

Employed as an Administration Officer at Department of Education and Training – Ai Group

Jessica Coker

Certificate III in Business – Ai Group

Employed as Procurement Support Officer with Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award

Bethany Simpson
Cert III in Business Administration
Attends Mildura Senior College and trained at Boulevard Motor Inn and Murray Mallee Training Company

Trainee of the Year Award                                                      

Cara Hadzig
Certificate IV in Agriculture at Longerenong College
Employed as a Farm Hand at AV Jochinke and Co

Dustin Cross
Certificate IV in Agriculture at Longerenong College
Employed as a Farm Hand at Janmac Pastoral Company.

Being raised on 40-acres nurtured Dustin Cross, 21, dreams of one day being a farmer. Dustin started his study journey in Agriculture in Year 11 as a School Based Traineeship before transitioning to a full-time traineeship with farm owners Janmac Pastoral Company and Skillsinvest and agricultural college, Longerenong College

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development   

Proudly presented by Apprenticeship Employment Network 

WPC Group Ltd.
Since 1982, WPC Group, an acronym for Work Place Connect, has been doing just that – connecting young people to training and jobs. WPC Group provides a mentor for every apprentice, and has a track record of 86% of WPC apprentices completing their certifications. WPC Group also designs, facilitates and implements apprenticeship programs for individual business and industry. In 2012, Nissan Motor Company enlisted WPC Group to revamp and rollout their apprenticeship program, Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program (NISSMAP). WPC Group spent time with Nissan to gain an understanding of the skills Nissan Dealers needed, and created a purpose-built program, including apprentices being able to perform oil changes and run basic diagnostics, gaining positive feedback from dealers and apprentices.

Industry Collaboration Award

Holmesglen Institute and Electrical Trades Union (Victoria) Collaboration

Futuretech, which opened its doors in 2016, is an innovative collaboration between the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) Victoria and Holmesglen Institute. In a perfect match between a union representing 20,000 members in Victoria’s electro technology industry and a large training provider, Futuretech was created in response to an identified need by the Skills Council of Australia for a pioneering training centre to pilot innovative programs to drive the training of tomorrow’s skilled electrical and electro technology workers. Located in a $3.4million state-of-the-art training facility at the ETU’s head office in North Melbourne, Futuretech is offering 19 accredited and professional development courses in electro technology, telecommunications, cabling, OH&S and testing.

For a full list of finalists please click here.

For further information please click here.

Best of luck to all members and finalists.

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.


AGA Launch SEAT Program with Minister Tierney

On Wednesday afternoon this week AGA in conjunction with NEPA and Minister Tierney launched the SEAT project.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Rosanna Level Crossing site to meet former Ford employees who have found employment thanks to the South East Automotive Transition program.

Six apprentices and two trainees, who have successfully transitioned their careers from the automotive industry to the construction and rail industries via the transition program, are now working on the removal of the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing as part of the North East Project Alliance. This project site through AGA has also engaged 5 local indigenous apprentices.

“Through this program, we’re helping former auto workers retrain and gain new employment.” Said Minister Tierney.

AGA have also recently placed two ex-auto industry workers into automotive mechanic apprenticeships in the Northern Suburbs.

The SEAT project is expected to support 250 mature aged workers into apprenticeships and traineeships over the next 12-18 months. This project demonstrates that apprenticeships are a great way to support local projects, employers and workers of any age into a new meaningful employment pathway.

AEN – SEAT project Overview

The $8.4 million SEAT package is part of an overall Automotive Industry Transition Plan worth $46.5 million announced by the Victorian Government in late 2015. The plan will help automotive businesses transition into new markets and workers to retrain and find sustainable jobs.

The package will include $4 million for a joint project between Chisholm and Holmesglen Institutes to up-skill and re-skill retrenched automotive supply chain workers, engage workers with industry, support businesses to restructure into new opportunities and to help retrenched workers find a job.

Workers will be able to access help to transition into new employment sooner, reducing the risk of long term unemployment. It will also strengthen collaboration between TAFEs, industry and the community.

$2 million will be used to establish two Skills and Jobs Centres which will allow Chisholm and Holmesglen to work directly with local employers and industry to help prospective students find a job or to move into further training.

The remaining $2 million will be used to fund Group Training Organisations (GTOs)(like AGA) to employ 250 retrenched automotive supply chain workers as adult apprentices and trainees.

Congratulations to the team at AGA for their hard work in the SEAT project.
Reminder to GTOs across Victoria that there is additional funding available for workers effected by the closure of the auto manufacturing sector (with Holden and Toyota closing in the next month or so)

For information on our SEAT project please click here.

For further information please click here.

For our media release please click here.


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.


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.


Churchill Fellowships Announced

A new cohort of passionate and motivated Australians will travel throughout the world in 2018 in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence as recipients of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.   

With projects that disrupt and challenge the status quo addressing issues of national significance and local benefit, 109 enthusiastic Australians have today been announced as the 2017 Churchill Fellows.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and fulfil his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact our communities and society at large.

“It is more than 52 years since the Churchill Fellowship was first awarded in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, however the projects that will be aided by his legacy are still, as he intended, firmly focussed on the future,” said CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.

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.


South East Region – Young Achievers award

As part of the ongoing commitment towards excellence and the advancement of young people, the Melbourne Business Awards wishes to recognise the achievements of young people working in local business.

Nominations can be made for any employee 26 years or younger who:

• Is working in the South East Region of Melbourne

• Has been with a company for a period of not less than 12 months

• Is able to Demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective field

• Has clear aspirations, an outstanding attitude to their work and fellow employees

• Has made a significant contribution to the company which they are employed at

If you have a worthy Young Achiever working for you who fits the above criteria, complete a nomination form and submit to

Nominations close on 6th October 2017.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 75 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