AE News Volume 10, Issue 42

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


AEN Annual Awards

AEN recently announced the finalists for the 2017 apprentices and trainee awards.

This year there were over 25 nominations for the apprentice and trainee of the year.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Apprentice of the Year

Matt Shipard – Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre

Michael Prout – BGT

Peter Hodson – CVGT Australia

Trainee of the Year

Craig McCauley – CVGT

Merinda Dryden – NECA Education & Careers

Ryan Smith – Westvic Staffing Solutions

The other award category finalists will be announced on the evening.

The awards will be presented at the AEN annual dinner on Wednesday 22 November – a few remaining tickets are still available here.

AEN Awards are proudly sponsored by AustralianSuper, VicSuper, EML and Marsh Insurance.


National Training Awards – Finalists Announced

The following individuals, businesses and registered training organisations have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to vocational education and training (VET) in Australia being named as finalists for the 2017 Australian Training Awards on to be presented on Thursday 23 November in Canberra.

With a couple of Victorian GTO finalists – best of luck at the awards.

Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award:

Phoenix Crowther: Certificate III in Individual Support, Australian Capital Territory
Mark Doughty: Certificate III in Horticulture – Parks and Gardens, New South Wales
Kate Gornall: Certificate III in Business, Northern Territory
Bryce Riethmuller: Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher), Queensland
Max Miegel: Certificate III in Agriculture, South Australia
Constance Perry: Certificate II in Retail Services, Tasmania
Bethany Simpson: Certificate III in Business Administration, Victoria
Benjamin Rowe: Certificate II in Automotive and Servicing Technology, Western Australia

Vocational Student of the Year Award:

Alycia Bencic: Certificate II in Hospitality, Australian Capital Territory
Liam Muldoon: Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, New South Wales 
Patrick Rivers: Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Statutory Child Protection) / Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Client Assessment & Case Management), Northern Territory
Rachael Turner: Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Queensland
Rachelle Boyle: Advanced Diploma of Event Management, South Australia
Colin Curlewis: Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Tasmania
Louise Nicholas: Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Victoria
Kyle Morgan: Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology / Diploma of Laboratory Technology Western Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award:

Abe Archibald: Certificate III in Business, Australian Capital Territory
Donald Dundas: Certificate III in Plumbing, New South Wales
Karen Rogers: Certificate IV in Visual Arts, Northern Territory
Ethan Atkinson: Certificate III in Tourism, Queensland
Angelina Odevilas: Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications, South Australia
Michelle Maynard: Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, Tasmania
Tracy Mollison: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Victoria
Kim Dick: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Western Australia

Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award:

Taila Simsons: Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, Australian Capital Territory
Madison Coelli: Certificate IV in Business Services – Business Administration, New South Wales
Teah McCallum: Certificate III in Business, Northern Territory
Katie Emmert: Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, Queensland
Sandy Beaton: Certificate III in Business Administration, South Australia
Emily Nixon: Certificate III in Business, Tasmania
Dustin Cross: Certificate IV in Agriculture, Victoria
Claire McLeary: Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety), Western Australia

Australian Apprentice of the Year Award:

Tiffany Davies: Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined), Australian Capital Territory
Jordan Cahill: Certificate III in Landscape Construction, New South Wales
Thomas Moulds: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, Northern Territory
Gemma Hartwig: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting), Queensland
Laura Pivovaroff: Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, South Australia
Ashton Brown: Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology, Tasmania
Jeremy Connell: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, Victoria
Jamie Stewart: Certificate III in Carpentry, Western Australia

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award:

Phillip Sealy: Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd, Australian Capital Territory
Darek Figa: TAFE NSW - Ultimo Campus, New South Wales
Fiona Plunkett: Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory
Ricki-lee Bernhardt-Tupin: Kawana Waters State College, Queensland
Michael Jenkinson: Christies Beach High School, South Australia
Matt Eyles: Tasmanian Secondary College Hobart College, Tasmania
Susan Morris: Box Hill Institute, Victoria
Jane Goodfellow: North Metropolitan TAFE, Western Australia

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award:

Alison Mc William: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory
Marianne Slade: STEPS Group Australia, Queensland
Kathrin Colgan: Chisholm Institute, Victoria

Small Employer of the Year Award:

Canberra Connections, Australian Capital Territory
Tradesmen on Time, Queensland
Little Land Preschool & Early Learning Centre, New South Wales

Medium Employer of the Year Award:

JBS Devonport, Tasmania 
Vikings Group, Australian Capital Territory
Darwalla Group, Queensland

Large Employer of the Year Award:

McDonald's Australia (WA), Western Australia
Treasury Wine Estate Bilyara Packing Centre, South Australia
Hutchinson Builders, Queensland

Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award:

Crown Resorts, Victoria
The Star Entertainment Group, New South Wales
SA Power Networks, South Australia

Industry Collaboration Award:

Futuretech, Victoria
EQIP Gladstone Incorporated, Queensland
MFA Jobs 4 Murraylands, South Australia

Small Training Provider of the Year Award:

Avidity Training and Development, Tasmania
St Columban's College, Queensland
Department of Justice—Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services, Western Australia

Large Training Provider of the Year Award:

The Gordon Institute of TAFE, Victoria
Canberra Institute of Technology, Australian Capital Territory
Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory

School Pathways to VET Award:

St Columban's College, Queensland
Catholic Trade Training Centresa—Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, New South Wales
Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre, Tasmania

The Lifetime Achievement Award and National Achievement Award recipients will also be announced at the event.

Details of the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event

Date:              Thursday 23 November 2017
Location:       National Convention Centre, Canberra
Time:             6:15 pm for a 7:00 pm start

The Awards are the culmination of state and territory training awards, with training award winners from each state and territory eligible to compete in aligned categories at the national level. There are seven award categories that are available by entering the Australian Training Awards directly.

For more information, visit the Australian Training Awards website.


Final Call: Up To $8,000 Available For Women's Leadership Development

Women currently working in the training and development sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $8,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of 2017 and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 15, 2017.


National Agriculture Day

National Agriculture Day will be celebrated across Australia on 21 November 2017 next week.

Australia’s agricultural industry has always played an important role in our success as a nation. This is an exciting industry to commence a career – and vocational education and training offers numerous qualifications in this field.


CVGT Annual Awards

Last night in Bendigo CVGT held its annual awards evening for staff, apprentices and trainees.

The night also celebrated the long serving staff and Board Directors that have contributed to CVGT over many years.

CVGT services awards

Rosalie Lake  - 10 years

Steven Stubberfield - 10 years

Anne Jones - 15 years

Leonard Dobbin - 15 years

John Lynch -  20 years

Robert Trew -  20 years

Ian Grenfell  (founding and current board member) - 30 years

2017 Matthew Baldock Memorial Scholarship

Charles Cottrell – 4th Year plumbing Apprentice

Congratulations to all the staff at CVGT.


Skillsroad 2017 Youth Census

This week the 2017 Skillsroad launched their inaugural Skillsroad 2017 Youth Census. The research was commissioned by Apprenticeship Support Australia, in response to concerns regarding rising youth unemployment, whilst Australia’s simultaneously faces a national skills shortage.

The aim of the survey was to better understand the hopes, fears and realities of young people living in Australia today and explore attitudes and concerns around career pathways and workplace expectations. The insights gleaned ensure Apprenticeship Support Australia and Skillsroad can continue to provide evidence-based approaches for best practice skills development advice and solutions.

Additionally, the findings are intended to inform students and job seekers as well as their parents, teachers and current or future employers about the current well-being levels of youth in Australia.

• Australian youth are not thriving. They report only being, ‘slightly satisfied’ with their life and have an ‘average’ level of well-being.

• Young people in Australia are most likely to be driven by extrinsic motivations when faced with career choice, for example pay.

• Choosing a career is stressful for young Australians. They worry they will make the wrong choice or not like what they choose.

• Australian youth are most likely to turn to their parents for career advice, amplifying the need for parents to boost career knowledge.

• If we want Australian Youth to thrive, we must help them see the bigger picture and encourage them to invest in career pathways that give them passion and purpose.

For further information or to download a copy of the report please click here.


More Employers Act On Gender Equality

WGEA data released earlier today shows more employers are taking action on gender equality. The 2016-17 reporting data reveals a jump in organisations analysing their data for gender pay gaps – up almost 11 percentage points to 37.7%. There were also strong improvements in manager KPIs for gender equality and organisations encouraging flexible working. 

Some of the key findings included in today’s scorecard are (with percentage point movement since 2015-16):

• Gender pay gap (full-time total remuneration): 22.4% (down 0.7 pp)

• Employers who have conducted a gender pay gap analysis: 37.7% (up 10.8pp)

• Employers with manager KPIs related to gender equality: 28.4% (up 5pp)

• Appointments of women to manager roles (including promotions): 43.4% (up 0.8pp)

• Employers with flexible work policies: 68.3% (up 5.3pp)

• Proportion of women directors on boards and governing bodies: 24.9% (up 0.2pp)

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the Agency’s world-leading dataset covering over four million employees and 11,000 employers shows strong improvement in employer awareness but the pace of change needs to increase.

For further information please click here.


AEN Releases 2016/17 Annual Report

This week the AEN Board released the 2016/17 Annual Report ahead of next week’s AGM.

The Association exists to assist its members to achieve their goals of helping individuals, business and the community to increase their participation in the areas of:

• Employment

• Vocational Education and Training

• Personal and career development

To access the full annual report please click here.


ACNC Update:

ACNC Annual report now available.

The 2017 Annual Information Statement (AIS) is now available. The ACNC has a range of resources available to assist charities to complete their mandatory reporting.

The 2017 AIS sees the introduction of easier-to-understand questions and improved auto-filling and auto-calculation capabilities. The new AIS Hub on the ACNC website also contains a helpful step-by-step guide and checklist, designed to simplify the reporting process for charities.  

To access the ACNC annual report please click here.


CPA Scholarships available now for registered charities

CPA Australia and the Australian Scholarship Foundation are offering five scholarships for managers and financial officers of registered charities.

Designed to enable managers to enhance their knowledge and skills, the scholarship exempts the recipients from all CPA Program subject fees.

For more information or to apply, visit the ACNC website. Applications close Thursday 30 November.


Fairwork – New Tools For Young Workers to Better Understand Their Workplace Rights 

Young workers and apprentices will be better equipped to stand up for their rights in the workplace with new resources released today through a partnership between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Foundation for Young Australians.

Six new videos which were released this week are available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s YouTube channel address issues commonly experienced by young workers and provide tips for dealing with workplace concerns.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah said young workers continued to be an area of concern for the agency.

"Young workers make up only 16 per cent of the Australian workforce however they account for a quarter of all the requests for assistance we receive. This is disproportionately high," Ms Hannah said.

"We also know that young workers can be more vulnerable as their limited workplace experience can result in a lack of awareness of their rights.

"This is why our agency is focussed on equipping young workers with the knowledge and confidence they need to better understand their entitlements and provide them with information on how to resolve workplace issues.

"We are pleased to partner with the Foundation for Young Australians on this initiative," Ms Hannah said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman and the Foundation worked together to explore current issues facing young people in the workplace.

These findings, combined with data from the Fair Work Ombudsman, informed the topics covered by the new videos, which are: 

• Busting workplace myths

• Warning signs for young people in the workplace

• How to address being treated unfairly at work

• Unpaid work

• Tips for apprentices and trainees

• Tips to ensure a smooth transition to a new job.

Ms Hannah encouraged young workers to use the new resources and get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman if they needed assistance with problems at work.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

NCVER aims for new levels of excellence

Improving services and enabling more agile responses to the changing needs and priorities of the VET sector is the central focus of NCVER's new strategic plan, released on Thursday 2 November 2017.

NCVER’s strategic plan: 2017–20 is the result of a 12-month review and consultation process that sought opinions from government, training providers, employers and other VET sector organisations on how NCVER could serve them most effectively into the future.

“In the age of ‘big data’ and the ‘internet of everything’, the priorities of our members and stakeholders are changing," said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER. 

"Our vision is to maximise the power of data analytics integrated with research to transform national understanding of VET.”

To access the full strategic plan please click here.


RTO Reminder - AVETMISS Reporting

The collection window to submit 2017 AVETMISS data will open on 2 January 2018 and close at 5pm on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. 

RTOs: please review and update your AVETMISS Validation Software user accounts. NCVER will be removing any users who have not accessed the system for 12 months or more in the new year.

For more information on this and on your AVETMISS reporting requirements for 2017 and 2018, please see the Data Support Bulletin (October 2017).

For assistance with validating your reporting, please contact the client support team by submitting an AVETMISS Support contact form, or emailing


Youth Jobs PaTH - Need staff? Trial a Young Person Before You Hire

A new Australian Government program aims to make it easier for businesses to find and recruit young people.

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) allows businesses to trial an eligible young person aged 17–24 in a work experience placement (called a PaTH internship) for between 4 and 12 weeks to find out if they are right for the role.

The Government provides participating businesses with a payment of $1000 (GST inclusive) to help with the cost of hosting the internship and covers the young person’s insurance. An additional $6,500 or $10,000 could be paid if the business hires the intern in an ongoing position and additional incentives may be available if the intern is offered an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Businesses do not pay the intern during the placement; instead the intern receives an additional $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment.

How can I access the program?

A jobactive, Disability Employment Services or Transition to Work provider will work with a business to help find a suitable young person to trial in an internship. Talk to a local provider about hosting an intern.

You can find a list of providers in your area here.

Learn more about:

• Youth Jobs PaTH here.

• Employer incentives when hiring apprentices here.


Melbourne Career Expo July 20 - 22,  2018 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Melbourne Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000  attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 17th year, the event will be held on Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July, 2018, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Southbank  (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

To view the website please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 189 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