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 VET in Schools Excellence Award will have the opportunity to win $10,000 and be recognised as the best in Victoria’s world-class training system.
The Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award does not articulate through to the Australian Training Awards as a similar category is unavailable. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to nominate directly for the School Pathways to VET Award ‑ one of five Awards presented to Registered Training Organisations by the Australian Training Awards. Your application will need to address the criteria of the relevant Award. For more information, see:
Australian Training Awards
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award are welcome from secondary schools, industry groups or by way of partnerships between schools, industry and Group Training Organisations, local community partnerships or any other variation.
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 organisation award categories there is one judging panel for each category that considers all nominations based upon the 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 VET in Schools Excellence Award will recognise an outstanding training program which delivers vocational education and training to secondary school students. The program may be coordinated by secondary schools, industry groups, or by way of partnerships between schools, industry and Group Training Organisations, Local Community Partnerships or any other variation.
The winner of the Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award receives $10,000 and is recognised as the best in Victoria's world class training system.
Applicants must meet the conditions of entry requirements and must:
- have delivered the training programs to secondary school students within the past two years and
- be based on training packages or industry/enterprise competency standards that lead to qualifications or statements of attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
- must agree to the full
Conditions of Entry
Preparing your application
Your submission must be submitted online and address each of the award criteria 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 training* program(s) delivered by your organisation, including objectives, a description of the environment in which the programs are delivered and any specific challenges which have been encountered in the implementation of the training program.
(Limit: 500 words)
*Denotes nationally recognised training, i.e. training which is based on a National Training Package or Accredited Course and results in a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.
Applicants will be judged against the following award criteria:
- Meeting student needs
- Strategic planning processes
- Industry and community support
- Sustainability and evaluation of the program
Addressing the award criteria
When developing your application against the award criteria, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below, if they are relevant to your experience.
These 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: How the program meets the needs of students
- details of specific teaching and learning environments, including any unique and/or innovative aspects
- the outcomes of the program, including qualifications achieved by students and whether they are endorsed by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
- integration of on-the-job and off-the-job training, including any links with school assessment tasks
- how the program caters for all students including those with special needs, such as Indigenous students, students with disabilities, students from a non-English speaking background, students in remote areas, gifted and talented students
- any strategies in place to encourage participation by all students and support from parents and the wider school community and
- implementation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in your training program e.g. e-learning.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 2: Strategic planning processes
- details of the external environment in which the organisation operates and its relationship to Victorian and national policies and priorities
- systems and processes for planning and communicating purpose, vision and goals, values, core business strategies, and creating alignment across the whole organisation.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 3: Effective industry and community support
- any unique and/or innovative aspects of partnerships and relationships with external organisations
- whether there are formal and informal agreements to facilitate partnerships and provide financial or in-kind contributions to the program including industry engagement
- how the needs of partner organisations and/or the community are met by the program
- any strategies underway to foster new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships, including their impact or level of success
- actions taken to raise awareness of the program in the general community and to build relationships with the general community
- evidence of recognition or acknowledgment by those involved or by third parties
- any support evident from the rest of the school community.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 4: Sustainability and evaluation
- systems and processes for continuous improvement, including evaluation and review
- capacity for further development or broader application, or replication at other sites
- any plans in place to ensure long term sustainability.
(Limit: 800 words)
As a guide, you may also ant to attach evidence supporting the claims made in your application against the award criteria e.g. participation/completion rates, satisfaction surveys, performance against benchmarks and/or letters of reference. Please also 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.