The Victorian Training Awards are a great way to gain recognition for the hard work and achievements made within the vocational education and training sector.
For students it is a great opportunity to further their career, develop new networks and be recognised as the best in their field.
All student winners of the 2016 Victorian Training Awards have the opportunity to win $10,000 in prize money (study fellowship) in their respective category and represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November 2016.
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award are welcome from vocational and school-based students, apprentices or trainees who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
All applications must meet the eligibility criteria and all applicants must agree to the conditions of entry. See:
Conditions of Entry
Please note that if an applicant is nominated in two categories and is selected as a finalist, in both instances, the applicant will only be able to win one category.
How to submit your nomination
Victorian Training Awards to submit your nomination online. Hard copy nominations will not be accepted.
All Victorian Koorie Student of the Year nominations are sent to the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI) for the first round of judging. VAEAI assesses and scores all applications against the award criteria and if they meet the standards required, selects up to four nominees as the finalists. Selected applications are then forwarded to the industry judging panel which interviews each of the four finalists.
Upon completion of the interviews, judging panel members assess each finalist according to the award criteria, taking into consideration both their application and their interview. The judging panel discusses the merits of each finalist to reach a consensus on who should be the winner of the category.
The winner of the award will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards presentation dinner which will be held in August.
The winner of the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award receives a $10,000 fellowship and is invited to represent Victoria at the 2016 Australian Training Awards. Finalists each receive $500 cash.
The Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island 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 for the Koorie Student of the Year Award must:
- be a permanent resident of Victoria
- be identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- meet the eligibility criteria for the category nominated for (eg: school-based apprentice, apprentice, vocational or trainee)
- write their own submission addressing the award criteria
- agree to the full conditions of entry, see: Conditions of Entry
Preparing your application
Your submission must be submitted online and address each of the award criterion outlined below.
Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you enrolled in; your Registered Training Organisation and employer (if applicable), as well as your reason for choosing this industry and training path.
(Limit: 300 words)
Applicants will be judged against the following award criteria:
- Career and study achievements
- Communication, team and leadership skills
- Ability to represent the national training system on a broader level
- Other pursuits
Addressing the award criteria
In your application, you must present the information in a way that clearly addresses the award criteria. Judging panels will be looking for evidence of how your training has contributed to your career and study plans; to the development of your skills and your achievements to date, as well as any way in which your training may have helped you to achieve other milestones.
In developing your application, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below.
These considerations are not additional criteria, but are provided to clarify what may be relevant to include.
Criterion 1: Career and Study Achievements –
for School-Based Apprentice, Trainee, Apprentice, & Vocational Students
Consider things such as:
- any personal or career goals you have achieved by participating in your studies and your job
- how you can demonstrate your understanding of the value of learning
- how you have integrated on-the-job and off-the-job training and what benefits this has had.
FOR SBA - Consider things such as:
- description of work placements and the skills learnt
- reasons for choosing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship
- how an Australian School-based Apprenticeship is assisting in employment, career and training plans
- competency results
(Limit: 400 words)
Criterion 2: Communication, team and leadership skills – for School-Based Apprentice, Trainee, Apprentice, & Vocational Students
Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:
- effective oral and written communication
- your level of self-reliance and resilience in times of challenge
- effective team participation
- leadership and promotion of your training, industry or other things you are involved in
- your capacity to be an effective ambassador for your industry, community and for Australia.
(Limit: 400 words)
Criterion 3: Ability to represent the National Training System on a broader level – for School-Based Apprentice, Trainee, Apprentice, & Vocational Students
Tell us about:
- any knowledge or understanding you have gained of new developments and trends in your workplace or industry and the vocational education and training system
- any messages you might have that could encourage others who are interested in entering your training pathway.
(Limit: 400 words)
Criterion 4: Other Pursuits – for School-Based Apprentice, Trainee, Apprentice, & Vocational Students
You may wish to include information about:
- your achievements in areas other than study and work
- your involvement in the community
- your awareness of current social, economic and political issues
- letters and/or certificates acknowledging your involvement or achievements
(Limit: 400 words)
Up to five (5) single A4 page attachments are permitted.
Contact Marianne Collopy
Senior Communications Advisor
Victorian Training Awards
Department of Education and Training
2 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: 9651 3019
When completing your application, check that you:
- meet all of the eligibility requirements for the specific award category
- directly address each of the award criterion in your submission
- provide a response to each main heading – ensuring you answer every question
- read and agree to conditions of entry
- meet the closing date and time for nomination of Friday 6 May 2016 at 5pm; late submissions will not be accepted
- submit your application via the online system.