Victorian Training Awards

Now in its 64th year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards (VTA) recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and employers.

To watch the 2017 awards ceremony highlights, see: Victorian Training Awards ceremony highlights

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Victorian Training Awards 2018 - NOMINATE NOW!

I’m really thrilled to be here and welcome to the Victorian Training Awards. Paula Ryan, Apprenticeship Employment Network – 2017 Sponsor It’s great to be a part of this and recognising the great work that employers and trainees and apprentices undertake in the workplace.

Bethany Simpson, School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - I’m so ecstatic. It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point and a lot of people have supported me through this process as well. So, to come away with a win, it’s not only doing justice for them but me as well, I guess. It’s so good.

Jeremy Connell, Apprentice of the Year - Look, winning the Apprentice of Year Award in Victoria is just fantastic. It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Andrew Kemp (A.F. Gason Pty Ltd), Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development - Winning this award is a testament to a lot of hard work from a lot of people at Gason. Not only Gason, but our training provider, Federation University, and everyone else who’s been involved in our training program at Gason.

Lisa Line (The Gordon), Large Training Provider on the Year It’s very exciting and it’s wonderful recognition of the efforts of all of our staff and students.

The Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills - I think because, often, we just forget that people are really putting in and we often forget that training does transform lives.

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Male speaker - Nominate now.

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Female speaker - Nominate now for the 2018 Victorian Training Awards.

2018 Victorian Training Awards Nominations

In 2018 the Victorian Training Awards will once again celebrate the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, vocational staff, employers and training providers across the state. Nominate now!

To submit your nomination, see: 2018 Victorian Training Awards Portal

Why Nominate

The Victorian Training Awards offers entrants recognition for outstanding achievements, an increased profile and valuable networking opportunities within the vocational education and training sector.

Victorian winners will have the opportunity to be assessed and may be selected as one of three national finalists to be considered in their category for the Australian Training Awards (with the exception of the Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award, the Victorian Community Training Provider of the Year and the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development, which are Victoria only categories).

Award Categories

There are 15 Award categories in the Victorian Training Awards; six individual categories, three training and four employer categories, an Industry Collaboration Award and a Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Victorian Community will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award presented to a finalist from an individual student. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony.

For further information including eligibility and criteria for the award categories, see: Award Categories

Key Dates

Nominations Open                                  1 December 2017
Nominations Close                                  2 April 2018
Evaluation & Judging Commences      3 April 2018
Panel Interviews Held                             May 2018
Finalists Notified                                     June 2018
Awards Ceremony                                   Late August 2018
Australian Training Awards                   15 November 2018

About the Awards 

Through celebrating excellence in the training and TAFE system, the Awards highlight student achievement and showcase innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers - continuing to put Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight.

The Awards are not only open to students, registered training providers and TAFEs but to small, medium and large employers providing high quality training to their workers.

Winners and finalists gain state-wide recognition and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in late August 2018. Award winners (in aligned categories) go on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training and TAFE system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards bring confidence and pride to Victoria’s training and TAFE system.

To watch the 2017 awards ceremony highlights, see: Victorian Training Awards ceremony highlights

Partner with the Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Training Awards is the leading training awards program forVictoria. Becoming a partner opens up opportunities to be a part of Victoria’svision for an Education State. The Awards provides your organisation with a unique opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to supporting high qualitytraining that meets industry needs.

To find out more about the Sponsorship Opportunities, see: Partnership Opportunities

2017 Victorian Winners and Finalists

Finalists and winners of the 2017 Victorian Training Awards became Victorian Ambassadors in their category.

To learn more about our 2017 Victorian Ambassadors, see:  Winners and Finalists  

More information


The Victorian Training Awards program team can be contacted via phone: 03 9637 3962 or email: