Beyond 2020

NAEN Conference 2019

This year’s conference will be on 31 July to 2 August 2019 at the Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast, QLD.  This event will be essential for all Group Training Organisation professionals across Australia, and for industry stakeholders invested in improving employment opportunities and outcomes for Australia’s future apprentices and trainees.

Latest Speakers Announced:

Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Hon Steven Joyce

Hon Steve Irons MP

About NAEN

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) is Australia’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees.

Across metropolitan, rural, regional and remote Australia, the network employs some 25,000 apprentices and trainees in a diverse range of industries.
The employer network is unique, as it represents the practice of Group Training under which Group Training Organisations (GTOs) directly employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host businesses.

Under this arrangement, GTOs are responsible for selecting and recruiting apprentices and trainees, matching them to host businesses, meeting all employer obligations including paying wages and entitlements, arranging formal training and assessment, and providing pastoral care and support throughout the engagement.

GTOs have come to occupy a pivotal role in many communities through their links with enterprises, training providers and schools, as well as in Indigenous and remote communities where they play a central role in careers and training.


Our CEO Dianne Dayhew speaks to ABC PM about what today's COAG meeting means for skills and apprenticeships https://t.co/bVCjCmE1Gn

The @nationalAEN conference on the Gold Coast was delighted to have @SteveIronsMP to discuss the govt's skills policies. Also great to welcome Ms Angie Bell, Member for Moncrieff #NAEN2019 https://t.co/rkgoC0KbiR nationalAEN photo

The future of Australia's apprenticeship system needs to be built around quality group training @gedkearney says at today's #NAEN2019 conference today https://t.co/0ehC7wmo9i nationalAEN photo

Doing a trade is a good option. Apprenticeships provide great opportunities @SteveIronsMP speaking at #NAEN2019 on the Gold Coast. https://t.co/yLU8nQGclG nationalAEN photo

We are kicking off the 2nd day of #NAEN2019 on the Gold Coast with trend forecaster, futurist and strategist @Michael_McQueen https://t.co/xea4LAxSWw nationalAEN photo

How will apprenticeships evolve for the future? Great discussion and insights from @The_AiGroup @ITECAust @TAFEQld @FeeFeeLawrie @NSWEducation at today's #NAEN2019 conference on the Gold Coast. https://t.co/6ACSbYqsZe nationalAEN photo

NAEN in the News

ABC fact check on Bill Shorten’s apprenticeship claim

Labor leader Bill Shorten says the number of apprenticeships has slumped since the Coalition took office. Is he correct? “‘Apprenticeships’ as shorthand for apprenticeships and traineeships: Associate Professor Shah told Fact Check that using “apprenticeships” could be problematic. “There is some confusion and mixture and blurring of lines between traineeships and apprenticeships in some occupations,”…

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