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 Industry Collaboration Award will win $10,000 in prize money and be recognised as the best in Victoria’s world-class training system.
The winner of this Award will have the opportunity to be assessed and may be selected as one of three finalists to be considered in their category for the 2016 Australian Training Awards, and be recognised as the best in Victoria's world-class training system.
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian Industry Collaboration Award are welcome from Registered Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, employers, professional bodies and networks. The Industry Collaboration recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between an employer or industry body and, at least, one other organisation.
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
See 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 criteria and if they meet the standards required. They then select up to three finalists who are interviewed to determine the winner. 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 Industry Collaboration Award will recognised as an exemplary skills development collaboration between an employer or industry body, and at least, one other organisation.
The winner of the Victorian Industry Collaboration Award receives $10,000 towards training and may be short-listed as one of the three finalists for the Australian Training Awards.
- To nominate for the award at least one party must be an industry organisation (e.g. employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association) and
- At least one party must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
Collaboration versus Partnership
A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement. The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually.
Note: Nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under contractual ‘partnership’ agreements.
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 Industry Collaboration:
- Name of the collaboration, the lead organisation and each of the parties to the collaboration.
Note: One of the parties must be an industry organisation – which can include an employer, an enterprise, or group of enterprises, an industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association – and at least one party in the collaboration must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training.
- Purpose and objectives of the collaboration
- Origin of the collaboration or how the parties came together
- Details of the environment in which the collaboration operates
- How the collaboration functions in practice, including lines of communication among the parties to the collaboration.
(Limit: 500 words)
Applicants will be judged against the following award criteria:
- Extent to which the collaboration demonstrates outstanding practice (ie above and beyond standard practice)
- Achievements of the collaboration
- Impact of the collaboration
- Sustainability and future of the collaboration
Addressing the award criteria
When addressing the award criteria, you may wish to take into account of some of the considerations outlined below.
These considerations are not additional criteria, but are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the award criteria.
Your submission will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).
Criterion 1: Outstanding practice of the collaboration
Describe the extent to which the collaboration goes above and beyond standard practice in training and skills development. For example, you may consider:
- excellence in training
- unique, exemplary or innovative aspects
- e-learning initiatives
- transformation in the lives of participants
- contribution to the advancement of the industry/community in which it operates
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training
- training outcomes achieved (including qualifications and skill sets awarded)
- improvements in the quality of learning and assessment
- creation of new or improved career pathways and opportunities
- contribution to social equity, especially increasing the participation of people from groups under-represented in the industry or workplace generally
- can the outcomes of the collaboration be replicated or modelled for other industries
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 3: Training impacts of the collaboration
Consider benefits to the:
- employer/industry body and its employees
- organisation delivering nationally recognised training
- individuals involved in the collaboration
- community and/or region
- industry and/or industry sector
- the relevant Training Authority and the broader training system and
- improvements in the processes/procedures of all collaborating organisations
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration
- potential for the collaboration to be sustained in the future
- systems of quality improvement that are being utilised by the collaboration
- performance evaluations of the collaboration that are in place and planned
- the collaboration’s contribution to environmental sustainability
- capacity for the collaboration to be replicated
- plans for expansion or adoption in other settings
(Limit: 800 words)
As a guide, you may want to attach evidence supporting the claims made in your application addressing the award criteria. Please feel free to attach 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.