AE News Volume 10, Issue 37

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


Finalists for Victorian Training Awards Announced

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.

The People’s Choice Award has been launched giving the Victorian community an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Apprentice of the Year Award.

The Victorian community have the opportunity to give an apprentice a helping hand in their future career by casting their vote via the internet. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is now open and closes at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 11 October. You can view all of the People’s Choice information and access the voting link by clicking 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.


Victoria’s Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Resources Hon. Wade Noonan Resigns

This week the Hon. Wade Noonan announced that he will stand down from his ministerial position effective immediately.  Mr Noonan will not contest his Williamstown Seat at next year’s election but will see out the term.  “After 10 years in public life I’m satisfied that I’ve achieved everything that I set out for myself.  It’s now time for new challenges and new opportunities beyond politics”

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.


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.


NCVER Update

Latest LSAY data available

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a study that follows young Australians over 10 years, from their mid-teens to mid-twenties, as they move through school to further study, work and beyond.

The survey provides a rich source of information about young people and their pathways, helping researchers and policymakers make educated decisions about youth policies.

For the first time, data from the 2015 and 2016 surveys is accessible from their interactive data tool LSAY Quickstats. Data are presented as a series of tables and charts and include information on education and employment pathways, as well as social indicators on living arrangements and satisfaction with life. Data can also be filtered by a range of demographic variables.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 89 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