About the NSW Training Awards

Training Awards 2018 presentation

The Awards

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.

Check out the eligibility requirements for all of the awards categories on offer.

NSW Winners* will compete with winners from all states and territories for the Australian Training Awards. (*except the VET in Schools Student of the Year).


The Awards categories

There are 12 award categories for the NSW Training Awards. They are:

Individual Awards

The Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to an Apprentice who has been outstanding in all aspects of their trade.

The Trainee of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is undertaking a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

The Vocational Student of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement by a vocational student in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community.

The School-based Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time School-based Apprentice. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace.

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a vocational education and training (VET) teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

The VET in Schools Student of the Year award is open to full-time Year 11 or 12 school students undertaking accredited vocational education and training as part of their HSC studies.


Organisation Awards

The Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation, delivering 50 or more qualifications, that offers a broad range of training products and services and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

The Small Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation, delivering less than 50 qualifications, that offers a specific range of training products and services and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

Industry Collaboration Award

The Industry Collaboration Award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between at least one employer/industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training. 

Collaboration versus Partnership

A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement. The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually.

This award is to recognise outstanding collaborations, not partnerships.

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large business that employs 200 or more full-time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

'Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium business that employs 20 or more, but less than 200 full-time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

'Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.


Regional selection and celebration

The NSW Training Awards receives a large number of entries each year. To help promote vocational education and training and recognise the excellence displayed throughout the NSW training system most of the Awards are judged by our ten regional VET promotional committees. These committees, comprising of staff of a variety of stakeholders in the VET system such as Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP), training providers, employers and employer groups, industry bodies and Training Services NSW staff, host regional Training Awards presentation events in June of each year.

These regional Training Awards presentation dinners show the extent of the quality that the VET sector produces in NSW. With a combined attendance of over 4,000 guests the NSW Training Awards are the biggest celebration of VET in Australia.


Why you should be involved with the Awards

As the premier awards for vocational education and training (VET) in NSW, the Awards are a great way to receive recognition for the effort that individuals, employer and training organisations put into VET.

For organisations the Awards are the perfect platform to showcase the organisations commitment to VET. Entering the Awards raises the profile of the organisation and the awareness of the industry to the organisations dedication to skills for the workforce.

For individuals the Awards provide the unique opportunity to celebrate the achievement with the employer and training provider. Nominating an individual for an award can open many doors for both the student and the employer and training provider. Networking opportunities, raising your profile in your community and showcasing your commitment to vocational education are just a few.

Our partners receive great exposure throughout NSW and throughout the year. From the launch of the Awards until after the Australian Training Awards presentation, the Partners of the NSW Training Awards have the ultimate platform to display their brand and to share in the celebration of the Awards at a regional and state level. To find out more about a partnership with the NSW Training Awards, visit the "Our Partners" pages on this website.


PLATINUM PARTNER

NSW Skills Board logo

GOLD PARTNERS

NSW Department of Education
NSW TAFE logo
NSW TAFE logo

BRONZE PARTNERS

AI Group logo
Apprentices R Us logo
Apprenticeship Support Australia logo
NECA Electrical Apprenticeships logo

SUPPORTERS

Australian Employment Network logo
Australian Training Awards logo

Contacts

Subscribe to the NSW Training Awards

Email:
NSW.TrainingAwards@industry.nsw.gov.au

Phone:
1800 306 999

Mail:
NSW Training Awards
NSW Department of Industry
Level 12, 1 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(PO Box 960, Darlinghurst NSW 1300)

 

Regional Coordinators

 

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Page last updated: 10 January 2019