Eligibility and selection criteria

The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year is presented to an individual who is undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship and have been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

  • Nominees must have training agreements registered with the NSW Department of Industry and must supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number. If you do not have the TCID number, contact your local regional office on 13 28 11
  • Nominees may only be nominated by either their registered training provider or employer
  • Nominees must have completed, or be due to complete, their training contract between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017
  • Note that completion refers to the completion date on the training agreement. If the nominee has completed early through competency based completion, evidence of this early completion must be attached to the online application
  • Nominees cannot be nominated in subsequent years for the same training contract
  • Nominees may only have one nominator
  • Only online applications submitted through this portal will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by any other form of lodgement including paper, fax and emails.

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.

  • Nominees may only be nominated by their registered training provider.
  • Nominees may be a full-time or part-time student in a vocational education course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification, who is not eligible for the Apprentice or Trainee award categories.
  • Nominees must have completed, or be due to complete, their vocational studies between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.
  • Nominees may only have one nominator.
  • Only online applications submitted through the online portal will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by any other form of lodgement including paper, fax and emails.

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.

  • Nominees must Identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Nominees must have training agreements registered with the NSW Department of Industry and must supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number OR, be a full-time or part-time student in a vocational education course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification .
  • Nominees must have completed, or be due to complete, their training contract or vocational studies between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.
  • Be nominated by their registered training provider or employer (if applicable).
  • Nominees may only have one nominator.
  • Only online applications submitted through the online portal will be accepted. We will not accept any other form of application lodgement including paper, fax and emails.

The NSW Australian School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award is open to current Year 11 or 12 students who have completed or are completing a Certificate II; Certificate III; Certificate IV or Diploma level school based apprenticeship or traineeship.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must currently be enrolled at school. If the nominee is no longer attending school and has completed a school- based apprenticeship or traineeship, the nominee may be eligible for nomination in another NSW Training Awards category, including Apprentice of the Year; Trainee of the Year or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year.

  • Nominees may only be nominated by either their registered training provider or employer.
  • Nominees must have training agreements registered with the NSW Department of Industry and must supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number. If you do not have the TCID number, contact your local regional office on 13 28 11.
  • Nominees must be current Year 11 or 12 students who have completed or are completing a school- based apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • If the qualification was not attained under a school -based apprenticeship or traineeship, the nominee will automatically be entered into the VET in Schools Student of the Year category.
  • Nominees may only have one nominator.
  • Only online applications submitted through this portal will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by any other form of lodgement including paper, fax and emails.

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 program of study in 2017.

  • Nominees may be nominated by their registered training provider or their employer (if applicable).
  • Nominees may only be nominated for one award.
  • Only online applications submitted through the online portal will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by any other form of lodgement including paper, fax and emails.

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

From 2017 the VET Trainer/Teacher award category is a direct entry to State.

To nominate for the award, the nominee:

  • must have been deliverying training between 1 January and 31 December 2016, which led to nationally recognised qualifictions or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national system
  • must have been a permanent resident or Australian citizen living and training in NSW during the 2016 calendar year, and
  • must not have been selected as a regional winner for the previous year as they cannot be nominated for subsequent years, a one year gap must be present. This means that if a person was awarded a regional Trainer/Teacher of the Year Award (and therefore interviewed for the State level) in 2016, he or she cannot be nominated for this Award in 2017.

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

Applications for the Industry Collaboration Award are assessed on a state level. A panel of industry professionals will assess all applications and select a number of the applicants to attend an interview in Sydney. Out of the interviewed organisations, three finalists are selected. The winner of the State Awards will be announced at the Training Awards presentation event which will be held in September 2017.

The winners of Industry Collaboration Award will go on to represent NSW for the National title at the Australian Training Awards. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

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.

Please note that nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under contractual ‘partnership' agreements.

To nominate for the Industry Collaboration Award:

  • at least one party must be an industry organisation (e.g. employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association);
  • at least one party must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework

Please note that nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under contractual ‘partnership' agreements.

Applications for the Large Employer of the Year Awards are assessed on a state level. A panel of industry professionals will assess all applications and select a number of the applicants to attend an interview in Sydney. Out of the interviewed organisations, three finalists are selected. The winner of the State Awards will be announced at the Training Awards presentation event which will be held in September 2017.

The winner of the Large Employer of the Year award will go on to represent NSW for the National title at the Australian Training Awards. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

To be considered a large employer:

  • your organisation must employ 200 or more employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents)

An organisation with 20 or more, but less than 200 employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents) will be considered a medium employer. Organisations with less than 20 employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents) can apply for the direct entry award category for Small Employer of the Year. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • branch offices of larger enterprises (please note, franchisees may apply if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group); and/or
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may nominate for a training provider award)

NSW Training Awards will accept joint applications from:

  • a Group Training Organization who partners with a Host Employer
  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organization

Applications for the Medium Employer of the Year awards are assessed on a state level. A panel of industry professionals will assess all applications and select a number of the applicants to attend an interview in Sydney. Out of the interviewed organisations, three finalists are selected. The winner of the State Awards will be announced at the Training Awards presentation event which will be held in September 2017.

The winner of the Medium Employer of the Year award will go on to represent NSW for the National title at the Australian Training Awards. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

To be considered a medium employer:

  • your organisation must employ 20 or more, but less than 200 employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents)

An organisation with more than 200 employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents) will be considered a large employer. An organisation with less than 20 employees in NSW (including full-time, part-time and casual equivalents) can apply for the direct entry award category for Small Employer of the Year. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • branch offices of smaller enterprises (please note, franchisees may apply if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group); and/or
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may nominate for a training provider award)

NSW Training Awards will accept joint applications from:

  • a Group Training Organization who partners with a Host Employer
  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organization

Applications for the Large Training Provider of the Year awards are assessed on a state level. A panel of industry professionals will assess all applications and select a number of the applicants to attend an interview in Sydney. Out of the interviewed organisations, three finalists are selected. The winner of the State Awards will be announced at the Training Awards presentation event which will be held in September 2017.

The winner of the Large Training Provider of the Year award will go on to represent NSW for the National title at the Australian Training Awards. For more information, visit Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

To be considered a large training provider, your organisation must:

  • be a registered training organisation or which the delivery of vocational education and training is the core business
  • delivering 50 or more qualifications (which are listed on your scope of registration)
  • only apply in the state or territory where the training is delivered

Applications for the Small Training Provider of the Year awards are assessed on a state level. A panel of industry professionals will assess all applications and select a number of the applicants to attend an interview in Sydney. Out of the interviewed organisations, three finalists are selected. The winner of the State Awards will be announced at the Training Awards presentation event which will be held in September 2017.

The winner of the Small Training Provider of the Year award will go on to represent NSW for the National title at the Australian Training Awards. For more information visit, Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

To be considered a small training provider, your organisation must:

  • be a registered training organisation for which the delivery of vocational education and training is the core business
  • delivering less than 50 qualifications which are listed on your scope of registration)
  • only apply in the state or territory where the training is delivered

Contacts

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

Phone:
1800 306 999 or (02) 8267 7609

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

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Page last updated: 18 January 2017