Eligibility and selection criteria

Apprentice of the Year

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

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and undertaking training in New South Wales;
  • have completed*, or due to complete their training between 1 October 2018 and 29 September 2019 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to this award;
  • have a registered training contract with the NSW Department of Industry;
  • not still be enrolled in school;
  • only be nominated by one nominator, either their registered training provider or employer;
  • supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number. If you do not know your TCID number, contact your local regional office on 13 28 11; and
  • not be nominated in subsequent years for the same training contract.

*Note: completion refers to the completion date on the training contract. If the nominee has completed early through competency based completion, evidence of this early completion must be attached to the online application.

NSW Training Award - Apprentice Criteria [Pdf]

 


Trainee of the Year

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

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and undertaking training in New South Wales;
  • have completed*, or due to complete their training between 1 October 2018 and 29 September 2019 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to this award;
  • have a registered training contract with the NSW Department of Industry;
  • not still be enrolled in school;
  • only be nominated by one nominator, either their registered training provider or employer;
  • supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number. If you do not know your TCID number, contact your local regional office on 13 28 11; and
  • not be nominated in subsequent years for the same training contract.

*Note: completion refers to the completion date on the training contract. If the nominee has completed early through competency based completion, evidence of this early completion must be attached to the online application.

NSW Training Award - Trainee Criteria [Pdf]

 


Vocational Student of the Year

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

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and undertaking training in New South Wales;
  • be a full-time or part-time student who is not undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship;
  • have completed*, or due to complete, their vocational studies between 1 October 2018 and 29 September 2019, in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification;
  • only be nominated by their registered training provider; and
  • not be nominated in subsequent years for the same qualification.

*Note: completion refers to the completion date of their vocational course. If the nominee has completed early, evidence of this early completion must be attached to the online application.

NSW Training Award - Vocational Student Criteria [Pdf]

 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

The NSW 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.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • have completed*, or be due to complete their training or vocational studies between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to this award;
  • have a registered training contract with the NSW Department of Industry and must supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number 
    OR, be a full-time or part-time student;
  • not still be enrolled in school^;
  • only be nominated by one nominator, either their registered training provider, school^ or employer; and
  • not be nominated in subsequent years for the same qualification.

*Note: completion refers to the completion date on the training contract/vocational course. If the nominee has completed early or through competency based completion, evidence of this early completion must be attached to the online application.

^Unless you are a School-Based Apprentice/Trainee

NSW Training Award - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student Criteria [Pdf]

 


School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

The NSW School-Based Apprentice/Trainee 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/Trainee. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace.

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.

If the qualification is not attained through a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship, the nominee is eligible to enter into the VET in Schools Student of the Year category.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and undertaking training in New South Wales;
  • have a registered training contract with the NSW Department of Industry;
  • be undertaking/completing a Certificate II or above qualification through a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship;
  • supply their Training Contract ID (TCID) number. If you do not have the TCID number, contact your local regional office on 13 28 11; and
  • be nominated by one nominator, either their registered training provider, employer or school.

NSW Training Award - School-Based Apprentice/Trainee Student Criteria [Pdf]

 


VET in Schools Student of the Year

The NSW 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.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia and undertaking training in New South Wales;
  • be undertaking accredited vocational education and training as part of their HSC studies;
  • still be enrolled in school;
  • not be undertaking a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship; and
  • be nominated by their registered training provider or school.

NSW Training Award – VET in Schools Student Criteria [Pdf]

 


VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

The NSW VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises 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.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia;
  • be a qualified (as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 link to: https://www.asqa.gov.au/about/australias-vet-sector/standards-registered-training-organisations-rtos-2015) teacher/trainer employed or regularly contracted by an RTO
  • have delivered training in New South Wales between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018, which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national system
  • must not have been selected as the NSW VET Trainer/Teacher of the year winner from the previous year. A one year gap must be present.

NSW Training Award – VET Trainer/Teacher Criteria [Pdf]

 


Industry Collaboration Award

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.

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.
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.

NSW Training Award – Industry Collaboration Criteria [Pdf]

 


Large employer of the Year

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large enterprise which 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.

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

Nominations will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

NSW Training Award – Large Employer Criteria [Pdf]

 


Medium employer of the Year

The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

Please note that ‘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.

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:

  •  from organisations that provide vocational education and training as their core business; however, these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year 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

Nominations will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

NSW Training Award – Medium Employer Criteria [Pdf]

 


Large Training Provider of the Year

The Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation 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.

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 majority of training is delivered

NSW Training Award – Large Training Provider Criteria [Pdf]

 


Small Training Provider of the Year

The Small Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation 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.

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

NSW Training Award – Small Training Provider Criteria [Pdf]

 



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