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 teams and organisations the Awards are an excellent promotional tool and validation of how innovative training has benefitted the business. For Registered Training Organisations the Awards provide a benchmark of excellence that places the organisation at the forefront in an increasingly competitive market.
The winner of the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development will have the opportunity to win $10,000 and be recognised as the best in Victoria’s world-class training system.
The Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development does not articulate through to the Australian Training Awards as a similar category is unavailable. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to nominate directly for the Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award, one of five awards presented to businesses by the Australian Training Awards. Your application will need to address the criteria for the ATA Award. For more information, see:
Australian Training Awards.
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development are welcome for employers from Industry Training Advisory Boards, employer associations, the Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Registered Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, apprentices, employers, professional bodies and networks.
All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria to apply, and all applicants must agree to the conditions of entry. See:
Conditions of Entry
How to submit your nomination
2016 Victorian Training Awards to submit your nomination online. Hard copy nominations will not be accepted.
For all organisational award categories there is only one judging panel for each category that considers all nominations based upon the award criteria and the standards required. They then select up to three finalists who are interviewed. The judging panel selects one of the three finalists as the winner, taking into consideration their application and interview to identify the best in the category.
The winner of each State Award will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards Presentation Dinner which will be held in August 2016.
The Victorian Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development will be presented to an employer for demonstrating innovation and excellence in the implementation of initiatives that enrich and extend the development of apprentices beyond their formal training.
The winner of the Victorian Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development receives $10,000 and will be recognised as the best in
Victoria’s world-class training system.
To nominate for the award the applicant must:
- employ at least one apprentice who has completed an apprenticeship between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016, leading to a nationally recognised qualification. The apprentice must have had a training contract registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) -Higher Education and Skills Group and evidence of the training contract must be submitted with the application.
- not have any history with DET Higher Education and Skills Group of issues or disputes with apprentices
- agree to the full
Conditions of Entry
Preparing your application
Your submission must be submitted online and address each of the award criterion outlined below.
Your submission must not include any URL links as part of your supporting documentation as they will not be taken into consideration.
Provide an overview of the initiative or program, including objectives and a description of the environment in which it is delivered.
(Limit: 500 words)
Applicants will be judged against the following award criteria:
- Demonstrated application of an outstanding and innovative model of Apprentice Development
- Evidence of the benefits of the initiatives to the apprentice/s, their learning and personal and social development
- Evidence of the success of the initiative and how it has contributed to the business
- Evidence that the initiative can be sustained and further developed in the future.
Addressing the award criteria
When developing your application against the award criteria, you may wish to take into account some of the suggestions outlined below, if they are relevant to your organisation. The suggestions are
not additional criteria, but are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the award criteria.
Criterion 1: Demonstrate application of an outstanding and innovative model of apprentice development
- what issues or problems does the apprentice development initiative address?
- what challenges have been overcome in planning and implementing the initiative?
- what aspects of it can be considered outstanding or above and beyond standard practice for employers of apprentices?
- how does this model demonstrate a new or innovative practice for the industry or sector?
- how does this initiative compare to and improve on existing benchmarks for apprentice development in the industry and/or comparable organisations?
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 2: Evidence of the benefits of the initiatives to the apprentices, their learning and personal and social development
- in what ways have apprentices been developed beyond the requirements of their formal training?
- what are the benefits to the apprentice or apprentices ?
- does this benefit individuals or groups who are typically underrepresented among apprentices in your industry (in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, ability, location)?
- has this program resulted in any awards or peer recognition for the apprentice/s?
- how has this initiative improved apprentice performance and retention and completion rates?
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 3: Evidence of the success of the initiative and how it has contributed to the business
- how has the initiative resolved the problems and issues it was intended to address?
- how has the performance of apprentices improved their capacity to contribute to the business?
- how has the apprentice development initiative impacted on others either in the organisation or among customers or other stakeholders?
- how does the initiative represent a positive return on investment and add to the financial performance of the organisation?
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 4: Evidence that the initiative can be sustained and further developed in the future
- what systems are in place to evaluate the success of the initiative?
- how does the initiative contribute to business improvement?
- what commitment and capacity is there to sustain the apprentice development initiatives in the future?
- what is the capacity of the initiative to have a positive impact beyond the organisation in the wider industry, training system, community or environment?
(Limit: 800 words)
As a guide, you may want to attach evidence supporting the claims made in the application against the award criteria. Please feel free to attach high resolution images of your staff at work.
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 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.