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 2016-17 Annual Report of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (Group Training Association of Victoria).
As I reflect on the 2016-17 year, I am pleased to note a stable and mature industry, underpinned by strong and united members in Victoria. 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:
- Vocational Education and Training
- Personal and career development
I believe it has continued to achieve this through its skilled and dedicated Executive Director, its staff, and strong governance, in what can only be described as an ever-changing environment.
At Victorian State Government level, the mid-term departure of the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Skills and Training, is indicative of the modern day political environment. The time and energy required to establish, maintain, and often re-establish relationships and trust at all levels is significant to say the least. As an Association charged with the responsibility of representing its members in this area, I am delighted with our continued strong performance over the last twelve months.
The new Minister, the Hon. Gayle Tierney, has demonstrated her willingness to engage and influence continued improvements to Vocational Education and Training in Victoria. The AEN currently enjoys representation on several state government committees and reference groups, including the Minister’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Task Force led by the Victorian Skills Commissioner.
Again, the Victorian membership through active participation has enabled the Association to facilitate quality engagement, demonstrate value for money, and strengthen the AEN value proposition to both state and federal governments. I wish to acknowledge the significant investment and support provided by members throughout the year.
From a federal government viewpoint, I am pleased to report the outstanding and ongoing success of the Multi-Industry school-based pre-apprenticeship support (MIPS) pilot project, designed to better inform career choice and improve retention. The Association’s ability to attract federal funding is just another example of the Victorian membership creating capacity through collaboration, and opportunities for the future.
Whilst the clear majority of us look to the future, its challenges, and opportunities, it is also important to reflect on the past. The organisations we know today come from humble beginnings to say the least. 2017 marks the retirement of Skillinvest CEO, John Ackland, and Murray Mallee Training and Sunraysia Murray Training CEO, Geoff Carson. With 30 and 28 years of GTO experience respectively, both men have devoted a significant part of their working life to the establishment and development of group training in Victoria. Both men leave behind significant legacies, having built very successful businesses from the ground up. John and Geoff have received numerous awards and recognition over the years, and both are GTAV Fellows. Being awarded the Group Training Fellowship is the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the Association on an individual for their contribution to vocational education and training, and the advancement of group training in Victoria. Congratulations to both Geoff and John on outstanding careers in the group training industry.
Once again, I would like to thank the dedicated staff for their outstanding contributions throughout the year, and to congratulate Gary Workman on his continued hard work and vision for the Association.
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. Your tireless work is over and above that of your day-to-day workload and is greatly appreciated.