Individual Award Categories

​​​​​​There are six individual award categories available for nomination in the 2017 Victorian Training Awards. The Awards improves the confidence and self-esteem of students and gives students a chance to showcase their quality skills and journey to their peers, industry and the Victorian community. 

Winners will become Ambassadors for the 2018 Victorian Training Awards and the Victorian training and TAFE system. 

The People's Choice Award will be presented to a finalist from the Apprentice of the Year category. Victorian's will have the opportunity via social media to vote, with the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony.

Victorian Trainee of the Year Award

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

To nominate for this award, the nominee must be a permanent resident of Victoria, not enrolled in school and have completed, or be due to complete, their training in the period of 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:​

Trainee of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 412.23kb)
Trainee of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384.27kb)

The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive $5000 prize money.

Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award

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

To nominate for this award, the nominee must be a permanent resident of Victoria, not still be enrolled in school and have completed or be due to complete their training in the period of 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:​ 

Apprentice of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 435.87kb)
Apprentice of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384.26kb)

The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Apprentice of the
Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive $5000 prize money.​

​Victorian Vocational Student of the Year Award

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

To nominate for this award, the nominee must be a permanent resident of Victoria, be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student and have completed or be due to complete their training in the period of 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:

Vocational Student of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 489.08kb)
Vocational Student of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384.29kb)

The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Vocational Student of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive $5000 prize money.

Victorian School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

The 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 Victorian school-based apprentice or trainee. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace. 

To nominate for this award, the nominee must be a permanent resident of Victoria, still be enrolled in school and undertaking or completed a Certificate II or above qualification through a Victorian school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:

School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 485.35kb)
School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384kb)

The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive $5000 prize money.​

Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award

The Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of a Koorie 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.

To nominate for the award, the nominee must be a permanent resident of Victoria and identify as an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:

Koorie Student of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 410.03kb)
Koorie Student of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384.43kb)

The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive $5000 prize money.​

Victorian Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

The Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students in the Victorian training and TAFE system.

To nominate for the award, the nominee must be a qualified teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by a registered training provider and delivered training in Victoria (from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016) which will lead/has lead to nationally recognised qualifications or statement of attainment.

Download the full eligibility and criteria here:

Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (pdf - 410.33kb)
Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award Eligibility and Criteria (docx - 384.71kb)

​The winner of this award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and receive​ $5000 prize money.

Supporting Evidence

The award criteria should be the focus of the nomination, however any relevant evidence may be provided to support the nomination.

Supporting evidence must not include additional responses to the criteria, but should include:

  • relevant training and/ or education certificates (required)
  • a written reference or letter of support from a teacher, trainer, principal or employer (required)
  • a photo of the nominee (required)
  • any recognition or achievement awards
  • other evidence supporting the claims made in your nomination.

All individual nominations must include a signed copy of either the Employer/Training Provider Declaration or the School Declaration (School-based apprentices/trainees only), see:

Employer or Training Provider Declaration (pdf - 480.55kb)
Employer or Training Provider Declaration (docx - 378.4kb)

School Declaration (pdf - 479.5kb)
School Declaration (docx - 378.33kb)

Selection process and key dates

Nominate directly to the Victorian Training Awards: Now open.

To submit your nomination see:  2017 Victorian Training Awards Portal

Nominations close: Midnight on Friday 30 June 2017

Nominations will be evaluated by the Victorian Training Awards program team and only those eligible for the award will be entered into the judging rounds.

The judging consists of two rounds followed by an interview. All nominations are judged against the award criteria. Finalists will be contacted by the Victorian Training Awards program team to attend a panel interview to determine the winner.

All unsuccessful nominees will be notified.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Palladium, Crown on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Resources

Preparing your Nomination (pdf - 470.4kb)
Preparing your Nomination (docx - 642.15kb)

2017 Victorian Training Awards Guide (pdf - 1.3mb)
2017 Victorian Training Awards Guide (docx - 364.53kb)