AE News Volume 10, Issue 37

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


Victorian Training Awards – Winners Announced

On Wednesday evening the Victorian Department of Education held its 63rd Victorian Training Awards at Crown Palladium.

The event showcased many great individuals, organisations and projects.  Congratulations to our members that were finalist and winners on the evening.

Award Winners

Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award Year
Jeremy Connell
Certificate III Engineering


Victorian School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the year award
Bethany Simpson
Certificate III in Business Administration
Attends Mildura Senior College and trained at Boulevard Motor Inn and Murray Mallee Training Company.


Victorian Trainee of the Year Award
Dustin Cross
Certificate IV in Agriculture at Longerong College
Employed as a Farm Hand at Janmac Pastoral Company


Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award
Tracy Mollison
Certificate Iv in Training and Assessment
Employed as a Participation Assistant at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE


Victorian Vocational Student of the Year Award
Louise Nicholas
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
The Gordon


Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development
AF Gason Pty Ltd


Victorian Small/Medium Employer of the Year
Mansfield Armchair Cinema


Victorian Large Employer of the Year
Ambulance Victoria


Victorian Industry Collaboration Award
Holmesglen Institute and Electrical Trades Union (Victorian) Collaboration


Victorian Community Training Provider of the Year
Wingate Avenue Community Centre


Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year Award
Alzheimer’s Australia VIC


Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year Award
The Gordon


Victorian VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award /Trainer of the Year
Susan Morris
Box Hill Institute of TAFE


Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
Maria Peters
CEO Of Chishlolm Institute

Congratulations to Grace Jamieson, who won the 2017 Community Choice Award.  Grace completed a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology at Bendigo Kangan Isntitute.  

To read more about the 2017 Award winners please click here.


Funding For Women’s Leadership Development: Up To $8,000 Available

Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s training and development sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for training and development sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2017.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 15, 2017.


WorkSafe Victoria – October is 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 Extended to Thursday 19 October

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 has been extended to Thursday 19 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.


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 144 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