The 2016 Australian Training Awards finalists were announced at Parliament House Canberra Thursday 13 October 2016 by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP.
- James Schifferle – finalist Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year
- Jennifer Peart – finalist Australian Vocational Student of the Year
- Indi Clarke – finalist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
- David Cooper – finalist Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year
- Steven Jeffery – finalist Australian Apprentice of the Year
- Marc Nichol – finalist Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
- Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre – finalist Australian Medium Employer of the Year
- Metro Trains – finalist Large Employer of the Year
- Crown Resorts – finalist Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award
- WPC Group Pty Ltd – finalist Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award
Registered Training Organisations
- Master Builders Association of Victoria – finalist Australian Small Training Provider of the Year
- Box Hill Institute Group – finalist Australian Large Training Provider of the Year
Finalists will travel to Darwin for judging, and the awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on Thursday 17 November. For more information, see: Australian Training Awards
Read about the Victorian winner of the 2015 Australian Training Awards - see:
Australian Training Award Winners 2015.
About the Australian Training Awards
Did you know that winners of the Victorian Training Awards may be eligible to nominate for the Australian Training Awards?
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. Winners from the Victorian Training Awards (in aligned categories) have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to be named the best in Australia at the Australian Training Awards each year.
The Australian Training Awards has 18 award categories in total, seven of which are by direct entry. See:
Australian Training Awards
Direct entry categories – who can enter?
There are seven Australian Training Awards available by direct entry. These include:
School Pathways to VET Award - this award recognises eligible organisations including schools, registered training organisations (RTOs), group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered one (or more) excellent vocational education and training (VET) programs to secondary school students.
Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award - this award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving LLN skills in an educational, community or workplace context. Applications can be made by relevant individuals or organisations (e.g. colleagues, professional bodies, students, employers, industry or community representatives); or through self-nomination.
Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award - this award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.
International Training Provider of the Year Award this award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students in Australia and overseas.
National Achievement Award - this award recognises an individual who has an established history of distinguished service to the vocational education and training (VET) sector, has made a lasting contribution to VET practice, has exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET sector and who has positively influenced VET on a state, national or international level.
Lifetime Achievement Award - this award recognises an individual who has an established history of distinguished service to the vocational education and training (VET) sector, has made a lasting contribution to VET practice, has exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET sector and who has positively influenced VET on a state, national or international level.
Small Employer of the Year Award – small employers drive growth and create jobs and are the engine room of the Australian economy. In acknowledgement of the vital role small employers play in Australia, from 2016 the Australian Government has amended the eligibility requirements for the Small Employer of the Year Award, so that all businesses are able to nominate, either directly to the Australian Training Awards or through their relevant state or territory training awards where available (this award will not be presented in the 2016 Victorian Training Awards).
The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small 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.
Real Stories Real Achievements
The Australian Training Awards website includes an inspirational collection of stories of best practice in Australian training.
Stories feature past winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, and include videos, case studies and magazines. The stories prove that investing in a nationally recognised qualification can lead to greater employability, greater job security, greater earning potential, greater choices for work options and, for many individuals, a better life! For Australian businesses, the stories share evidence of best practice in training and how businesses, both large and small, have increased their 'bottom line' and enjoyed sustainable growth through the provision of nationally recognised training to their employees.
Whether you are an organisation providing training, or a business considering training, or even an individual seeking skills to gain a better job, the Australian Training Awards website has the stories that will get you motivated! For more information, see:
Real Stories Real Acheivements.
Contacts – Australian Training Awards
Phone: (02) 6240 8155
Contact – Victorian Training Awards
Department of Education and Training
2 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: 9651 3019