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It wouldn’t have been possible without you – thankyou!

A big shout out to our 2017 Awards Night sponsors! Recognising the hardwork and commitment of our apprentices and trainees, as well as the loyalty and caliber of our host employers is very important to ATEP and we try to put on a great evening for all. This year we hosted around 120 people at the Sandringham Football Club, where a mix of official presentations […]

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ATEP – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

Southern Suburbs Group Training Scheme Inc first opened its doors on the 8th March 1987! Over time, our logo and marketing name have changed, however we are still Southern Suburbs Group Training Inc., Trading As “ATEP, Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners.” We started with 7 apprentices. By 1989, we employed 30 apprentices and trainees and had 2 staff. The figure of 50 apprentices and trainees […]

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SBAT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS – INSIGHT

How to learn a skill, get paid employment and gain a qualification while still at school? How to keep disengaged students in school? It’s all possible with our School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships! Read how it works here.                                                                                                                         ATEP – SBAT Community Partnership Projects – Flyer July 2016

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Job Interview tips – a quick guide to the right first impression!

At ATEP we have been recruiting apprentices and trainees successfully for 30 years. Here are our top tips! 270117 ATEP blog job interview tips

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SBAT Community Projects 2016 – Student quotes

Our SBAT Community Projects  students 2016 are nearly half way through their course and are loving it. Why? Here is some of their feed-back. From Korrumburra SC/Coal creek: Bree: “I’m actually enjoying the program. My Mum likes to garden and always get me out to help her; now that I know what I’m doing and know a few things about some plants and how to plant […]

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ATEP AWARDS 2016 – WINNERS

Deserving winners were called to the stage to be presented with a trophy and say a few words. A rich diversity of hard working, committed, passionate people of different ages and backgrounds. A huge round of applause for: Best Trainee: Daniel Benjamin & Genevieve Scholte (tie) Best SBAT Trainee: Reid Birchall Best SBAT Trainee, Community Project Award: Trent Peel SBAT Trainee, Community Project, Encouragement Award: Jayden Breen […]

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ATEP AWARDS 2016 – NOMINEES

It was last Friday, and once again a successful night of recognition and reward of our 2015 Apprentices and Trainees. Nominees: Best Trainee: Daniel Benjamin, Jason Pastor, Genevieve Scholte Best SBAT Trainee: Reid Birchall Best SBAT Trainee, Community Project Award: Nathan Cocks, Trent Peel, Daniel Woods SBAT Trainee, Community Project, Encouragement Award: Jayden Breen, Max Clinton, Jamie Van Loo Best 1st Year Apprentice: Cody Fisher, Jafar […]

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GTA Vic rebrands to Apprenticeship Employment Network or AEN

We would like to congratulate our partner GTA Vic on the Launch of their new name: Apprenticeship Employment Network As we did a few years ago, this more “meaningful” name will be more effective in the community. Here is an extract from AEN’s Newsletter: “We believe the new name will provide a stronger connection with the wider community, as apprenticeship employment is what our members are […]

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Hard times: the suicide scourge among Australia’s tradies

Our apprentices at risk. Group Training Organisation’s have a pastoral care role towards their employees and our employment consultants endeavour to detect signs of depression when carrying out their on- site visits. This is the time for an apprentice or trainee to talk about his problems in confidentiality, and our consultants make sure they are “listening”. We must all practice our listening and observation skills: let’s ask “are you OK?” […]

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Another successful year for our SBAT Program

In 2015 we had 92 SBAT’s complete Certificate II in Parks & Gardens working 2 days per week at their school . Schools that participated were: Berendale School Emerson School Carrum Downs SC Korumburra SC/Coal Creek Marnebek School Mornington SC Westernport SC The students were responsible for maintaining the school grounds and completing special projects.  Some of the projects completed were: Paving New garden installation […]

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Tradie Apprentices to get 50% off their car registration

“On Thursday morning this week the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Skills and Training, announced that from 1 January 2016 a range of apprentices will be eligible to receive a 50% discount on their car registration. The announcement was held at the Master Builders Leadership simulation center in South Melbourne with AGA electrical apprentices along with other apprentices in attendance Minister Herbert said “Apprentices will […]

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Nathan’s Graduation Speech

Nathan has just completed a Certificate II Parks and Gardens which he completed as an SBAT at Emerson School. This is graduation speech: “Good afternoon everyone, my name is Nathan. Firstly, I would like to thank all my family and friends of the SBAT Group for attending today to help celebrate our achievements. I participated in this course as I have a strong interest in Horticulture and wanted […]

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A TRADESMEN NEEDS A GOOD SET OF TOOLS

Buy the best you can afford – Quality tools essential “” Most tradesmen and apprentices would have acquired the basic tools required for their trade and, if they need new tools, they usually know what to get. However, with the wide range and quality of power and hand tools now on the market, buying the right product that provides value and reliable service takes some planning and […]

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Looking for an extra pair of hands?

We are a boutique GTO providing a personalised service to Host Employers, Apprentices & Trainees. We will: Recruit (advertise, screen and shortlist) Employ and take care of paperwork & legalities (liaise with Apprenticeship Board & Tafe, organise payroll, super & work cover…) Provide pastoral care Provide OH&S advice You will: Pick pre-selected candidates Have no red tape or legalities No payroll tax A dedicated team at your finger tips To find out more contact our friendly staff […]

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Out and about at Career Expos

We have been busy providing our expertise to various schools & RTO’s; assisting students and their parents learn about career pathways and youth employment options. SELLEN Careers Expo @ the Cranbourne Racecourse Emerson College Expo Mt Martha Community House VCAL group Lyndale SC Careers Expo Elizabeth Murdoch College Expo Hastings Hub Disability Expo Narre Warren P12 Mock Interviews Padua College Careers Day Carrum Downs SC Chisholm Dandenong, Auto […]

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Matching employers and apprentices – the ATEP way

It is widely recognised that the better an apprentice (or employee) is matched to his employer, the more chance there is that he/she will stay on and complete his/her apprenticeship, whilst also enjoying the experience. ATEP’s track record in this area is excellent, with a retention and completion rate of around 80%against a national average of only 50%. How do we do it? Size, knowledge and “tailoring”. The consultants at ATEP have manageable […]

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Better matching of employers and apprentices (article by GTA)

This article was published by Group Training Association in it’s June Quarter Newsletter. “Can improving the match between prospective apprentices and employers increase apprenticeship retention and completions? Around half of all trade apprenticeships are not completed and 60% of apprentices who leave their apprenticeship do so in their first year. Those leaving early most often do so because of problems in the workplace. This is […]

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Apprenticeship numbers going down, down, down!

Article provided by The Daily Telegraph 3rd June 2015: “Apprentice numbers continue to plummet”. The Daily Telegraph headling today was Gen WHY bother? The story went on to say that the apprenticeship system is in crisis and that ‘Bosses despair as apprentices find work too tough’. None of this will come as a surprise to the smash repair industry, however many businesses are still reluctant […]

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ATEP Awards Night – Best Host Employer 2014 Award

The Neil Hamilton Award or Best Overall Host Employer Award is named after Neil Hamilton OAM, founding father of ATEP/SSGT. Each of the nominees in this category has been nominated based on their consistent ability to demonstrate exceptional commitment to training, by providing superior levels of understanding, support & workplace structure to achieve the best apprenticeship employment and training outcome for them, and the apprentices […]

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ATEP Awards Night 2015 – celebrating 2014 achievements!

Our Awards Night was held last Friday May 1st at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Bentleigh East. The format: a 3 course meal, Michael Pope as MC, sponsors & VIPs, 3 nominees with their host employers from each award category, 8 categories, official presentations, games, prizes & entertainment… a great night “the best yet” we heard some say! The Award Categories, Nominees and Winners […]

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Victorian Government commits to supporting apprentices through the group training industry

Some good news for us. The Minister for Training & Skills has announced that the Victorian Government will commit to continue providing funding support for the 2015/16 year for Victorian group training organisations that employ apprentices & trainees. Minister Steve Herbert advised ” this funding will provide much needed support to thousands of young people looking to work within a trade across Victoria”. As Gary […]

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SBAT Community Employment Program 2015

Another success story: 91 School Based Apprentices (SBAT’s) started with us this month and will finish the year with a Certificate 2 in Parks & Gardens. These programs offer a genuine developmental experience that supports each student in best understanding what is required of them to successfully transition from school to work when their time comes to do so and how to sustain employment (being […]

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Just secured an interview for an apprenticeship – what not to do!

Names have been changed but this is a true story and happens more than you think. Yesterday Joe came in for an interview and some aptitude tests; he had applied for an advertised carpentry apprenticeship and was short listed on the basis of his resume and cover letter. And then this happened… he was 15 minutes late, no apologies at reception when asked by the […]

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January – Subsidy cuts spur drop in new apprentices

The article below is sourced from The Australian, 28 January 2015, article written by Andrew Trounson “Victoria has flagged an emerging crisis over the falling number of people entering apprenticeships and traineeships. New figures reveal a collapse in the number of starts in the wake of cuts to state and federal training subsidies since 2012. Since, costs have further shifted on to employers as award […]

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Apprenticeships Victoria For The mature Aged

Apprenticeships in Victoria A quarter of the total Australian Gross Domestic Product is produced from the state of Victoria. This automatically makes this state to be the second biggest economic state within Australia. One of the factors attributed to the constantly increased GDP rate is the constant training of the citizens in both the skilled and unskilled labor. Emphases are also put in both the […]

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Carpentry Apprenticeships – Needed to get competitive edge in the carpentry industry

Carpentry Apprenticeships Carpentry Apprenticeships: The job of a carpenter is the most fulfilling one as he helps to erect and maintain wooden structures like apartments, commercial complexes, hospitals and many other constructions. The work of a carpenter involves some amount of manual labor and working a great deal outdoors as well as indoors and requires the individual to be physically fit to withstand the rigors […]

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December – From the CEO’s desk

As 2014 comes to a close, a few words from David Edgar, ATEP CEO. “The year past has been a productive one on numerous fronts for ATEP so far, with another 120 males and 36 females commencing employment with ATEP working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification. In addition, 42 males and 12 females finished employment with ATEP once completing their chosen qualification and heading into the next stage […]

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December – Employing young people with Disabilities

Marriott Support Services provide assistance to employers hiring young people with disabilities. “Do you have a young person working with you who may have a disability, including a learning disability and you can see their potential but you are unsure how to get the best out of them? Would you be more inclined to take on a young person with a disability if you knew there are assistance to […]

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December – ATEP SBAT Graduations 2014

This month, ATEP has graduated a number of young school based trainees including the Korumburra Secondary College students who had undertaken their training in either Land & Conservation Management or Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) at the Coal Creek Community Park & Museum in Korumburra. This opportunity is as a result of the continuation of a partnership with the Coal Creek Community Park & Museum and the […]

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November – Group Training Fund Axed

Extract from an article by John Ross, The Australian, 14 No4 2014 GROUP training organizations are reeling at the federal government’s decision to scrap their key funding scheme. The government announced last week that it would cut commonwealth funding to the $12.5 million Joint Group Training Program by 20 per cent this financial year, with the remaining 80 per cent to go in 2015-16. The […]

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November – ATEP Vocational Scholarships make a difference

As we open applications for our 2015 Vocational Scholarships we are proud to say that 96% of the 2014 recipients have stayed engaged at school and completed their year successfully. They deserve our congratulations as their circumstances would make it easy not to “stick with it”, it is testament to their determination and their will to succeed. Despite a challenging year, ATEP will continue to assist […]

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October – Applied Learning Awards 2014

The 2014 Applied Learning Awards Night was held yesterday 16th of October. These Awards coordinated by the BGK LLEN and Youth Connect, recognise outstanding students, teachers, applied learning support staff, schools, education providers and employers who have positively contributed to applied learning in our region. ATEP was nominated in 2 categories: “Employer School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship” and “Employer, Group Training organisation”. We are proud to announce that […]

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October – Apprentices & Trainees to work on East West Link

Premier Denis Naphtine’s encouraging words as written in The Age on 7th October: “”At least 150 apprentices and trainees will work on the first stage of the East West Link, Premier Denis Napthine has announced. Dr Napthine said the inclusion of apprentices and trainees was “a huge boon to young people across Victoria”. While the majority of the project’s 3700 jobs would be local, the Premier said some workers […]

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September – Congratulations Sandringham College

September 26th – Sandringham College wins the VET in Schools Excellence Award at the Annual Victorian Training Awards. ATEP’s CEO David Edgar sent this message to Jeni Ritterman, Careers Coordinator at Sandringham College. “As a long standing supporter and provider to Sandringham College I just wanted to touch base on behalf of ATEP and pass on our sincere congratulations to yourself and the excellent staff […]

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September – The Beat of a Barista

Loretta Lloyd, one of the trainers of the Certificate II in Hospitality Kitchen Operations at Westernport SC sent in this inspiring story about one of our SBAT Trainees. The Beat of a Barista – Loretta Lloyd Braydon Cartwright is 16, from Westernport SC and commenced the Hospitality SBAT program at the beginning of 2014. He had never been employed before and was apprehensive, lacking any confidence […]

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September – The Next Step Program

Ongoing Partnership Program with Chisholm and Berwick TEC. Since 2013 ATEP and Berwick TEC have been working together on a Community Program aimed at providing the local community trades with high quality apprentice candidates over the course of the year. The joint initiative is specifically designed to support outcomes for students, and improve local community workforce solutions for trade-based businesses across the City of Casey, […]

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September – Vocational Training

Radley de Silva, CEO Master Builders Association of Victoria, had this to say: “Vocational Training is all about employment outcomes. The more qualified the builders, tradespeople and leaders in our industry are, the more successful they will be, allowing them to provide economic benefits to both the community and Victoria’s economy.” Source: Bayside Leader August 26, 2014 ATEP agrees, training is always the best way forward. […]

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August – Community Partnership Programs

This article, by Kylie Tonizzo Assistant Principal of Rowellyn Park Primary School, can be found in their latest newsletter: ” Have you noticed how much better looking the front gardens are? This term we have been lucky enough to develop a partnership with Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners (ATEP). The group of Carrum Downs Secondary School students and three supervisors have been working in our […]

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August – Great news from an ex-trainee

Bridget keeps us up-to-date with her career since completing her Traineeship with us. ‘I am working as a marketing coordinator at Bayplay Adventure Tours in Portsea, I love my job and I honestly don’t think I could have got it if I didn’t have you to keep me motivated through year 11 & 12 and my traineeship!! So Thankyou :)’ Bridget completed a School Based […]

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July – Certificate 4 in Production Horticulture takes trainee to Canada, USA & Mexico

Michael McLachlan is currently employed by ATEP and working at Chisholm Institute of Tafe as a Trainee in Production Horticulture. Little did he know when he applied that his Certificate 4 would take him to the USA, Mexico and Canada! This is what Chisholm had to say: ” Our Certificate 4 trainee, Michael McLachlan is set to participate in the Protected Cropping Australia study tour to […]

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July – Federal Budget impacts apprentices

A number of programs impacting the group training network were abolished in the Federal Budget, with further reforms to be rolled out in coming months. One of the biggest casualties in the Budget was the Tools for Your Trade program, which provided a series of cash payments over the course of an apprenticeship, totaling up to $5,500 to assist with the cost of training and […]

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July – “Korumburra Sentinel” talking about our SBAT Program

From the Korumburra Sentinel: “Students shine at employer awards”.   Korumburra Secondary College student Jordan Anderson recently won Apprentice of the Year in the Community Projects category at the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners awards (ATEP). Jordan received the state-wide award for his work at Coal Creek while completing his Certificate II in Land Management and Conservation. Jordan completed his School Based Apprenticeship in 2013 […]

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June – Grand Opening of the “Coffee and Conversation Café”

On 26 June, Atep Management and staff attended to Grand opening of the “Coffee and Conversation Café at Westernport Secondary College. The Cafe was set up and runs with the help of the young School Based Apprentices and Trainees (SBATs) who signed up to the program this year. This joint venture Partnership between Atep, Westernport Secondary College and Franklyn Scholar, with support from a range […]

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May – ATEP Annual Awards

A celebration of Commitment, Hard Work & Passion! On May 2nd 2014, around 140 people gathered at the Infuse Restaurant at the Hemisphere Conference Center for an evening featuring our Best 2013 Apprentices, Trainees and Hosts! The theme was “A Touch of Glam with a Splash of Lime Green” and after MC Arron Wood kicked off the night with a quiz the night was truly underway when the […]

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March – SBAT Community Employment Programs 2014

Just over a 100 school based apprentices (SBAT’s) started with us in March. This year we have again employed students from Korumburra, Carrum Downs, Westernport and Berendale schools, the students are employed in a range of vocations completing various base entry level qualifications. We are also excited to welcome a new partner, Marnebek School who have 12 students with a disability now employed with ATEP as SBAT’s in 2014. The students in ATEP employment are an […]

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February – ATEP Vocational Scholarships 2014

Applications closed on Feb 7th, and once again the response was overwhelming. After careful consideration, the Board awarded scholarships to 44 students from 12 different schools; all recipients demonstrated particular personal circumstances making them worthy of our assistance. Let’s not forget that a vocational learning opportunity is a key step forward on the transitional pathway from school to work, and is also often the only way to keep some students […]

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February – ATEP is now on Facebook

ATEP joined the 12 Million Facebook users in Australia on February 24th, 2014. Keep in touch daily; Like us on www.facebook.com/atep01

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February – ATEP, your Business Planning Specialist

Small Business Success Map is a Victorian Government initiative that offers specialist assistance to small businesses to grow and improve business resilience. ATEP is your local consultant, call David Edgar on 03 9583 9444 or email info@atep.org.au What you get: The Business Planning Specialist will work with the participating business to undertake a strategic review of the business and assist in developing business and workforce […]

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January – Small Business SuccessMap Program – Media Release

 The Hon Louise Asher MP Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister for Tourism and Major Events Minister for Employment and Trade 31 January 2014 New program to help small business map a pathway to success $5 million Victorian Coalition Government new initiative to support small business SuccessMap designed to help stimulate growth and resilience in Victorian small businesses Coalition Government supporting communities Over […]

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