AEN Field Officers And ADA Australia’s 'BEST LIFE, BEST WORK' Apprentice Training

December 13, 2023

Matthew Simons

ADA Australia recently delivered our 'BEST LIFE, BEST WORK' apprentice training to Field Officers with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), Victoria’s largest apprentice and trainee employer network.

The training was to familiarise Field Officers with the content of the program that’s delivered to apprentices.

The BEST LIFE: BEST WORK training program was developed by ADA Australia to help young workers better cope with the pressures and stresses of work. It examines relationships, bullying and respect, as well as mental wellbeing and the negative impacts and workplace risk associated with mismanaged drugs and alcohol use (and of gambling).

The focus is on recognising warning signs, on encouraging help-seeking behaviours and on getting conversations going around these challenges – most not related to the tools – that can derail promising careers.

The role of AEN field officers in training and supporting young apprentices while on the job is an important part of AEN’s work. The mentoring and support they provide can be crucial in helping young workers navigate their apprenticeship, to ‘stick to the mission’ and thrive in their chosen careers.

The AEN is the peak industry body for not-for-profit Group Training Organisations (GTOs) across Victoria, part of a national network of group training associations. Within Victoria, AEN members employ over 6000 apprentices and trainees across all industry sectors, which is supported by a network of 10,000+ host employers – small to medium businesses.

Through this training, it is hoped that the Field Officers came away with some tips on how to tackle these difficult topics and find the right words to assist and support someone who may be struggling.

Whether around AOD or better understanding of mental health and psychological injury at work, training field officers, managers, delegates, or people leaders is a logical step to improving awareness around mental wellbeing (and also to getting the workplace culture right).

If you’d like to learn more about this program, or any of the other training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429 or email:

Additionally, if this information raised any concerns for you, please do speak to your GP, they can help you back to good health, or call a helpline: LIFELINE 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.

Article by
Matthew Simons