The Group Training Association of Victoria Inc. trading as “Apprenticeship Employment Network” Annual Report covers the financial year from the 1 July to 30 June.
Welcome to the 2017-18 Annual Report of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (Group Training Association of Victoria Inc.).
It is always a challenge to capture a full year of happenings in a Chairs’ report. However, as I reflect on the complex environment presented to the Association over the last 12 months, I believe we were able to maximise opportunities and deliver significant positive outcomes for our members and stakeholders.
While the external environment for organisations operating in our industry can be a very challenging one, I have seen our members come together and again show resilience, determination and a shared sense of purpose. Working effectively as a unified voice, I believe we have been heard by both State and Federal Governments over the last 12 months. Both Governments have continued to invest in the Victorian AEN member network through the Association, which is a clear indicator of Government confidence in our capability, unity, and capacity to deliver quality outcomes.
Again, the Victorian membership, through active participation, has enabled the Association to demonstrate a strong value proposition. I wish to acknowledge the significant investment and support provided by members throughout the year.
Clearly there is much work to be done if we are to maintain relevance within Government, industry, and the Vet sector more broadly. With the average overall unemployment rate relatively low in comparison to youth unemployment, the Apprenticeship and Traineeship system is likely to see further change in an effort to re-engage, upskill and employ our youth.
Perhaps our challenge is to lead innovation in our own industry rather than wait for it to happen around us. In doing so, we create our own opportunity. The success of the Multi-Industry school-based pre-apprenticeship support (MIPS) pilot project is a perfect example of the Victorian membership creating capacity through collaboration and opportunities for the future.
Once again, I would like to thank the dedicated staff for their outstanding contributions throughout the year, and to congratulate our Executive Director, Gary Workman, on his continued hard work and vision for the Association. Under Gary’s leadership, our organisation has moved to a sustainable position of strength in our industry, with a ‘seat at the table’ in determination of many of the vital decisions being made about the future of employment and training in Australia.
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to the Board of the Association for their dedication and commitment over the last twelve months. Good governance is vital to our long-term success and sustainability, and your tireless work is greatly appreciated.