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 Small Training Provider of the Year Award will have the opportunity to be assessed and may be selected as one of the three finalists to be considered in the category for the 2015 Australian Training Awards, and be recognised as the best in Victoria's world-class training system.
Applicants are also encouraged to nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards (ATA) for the International Training Provider of the Year Award ‑ one of the categories under the Australian Training Awards. Direct nominations are encouraged in this instance as there is no equivalent state award. Your application will need to address the criteria of the International Training Provider of the Year Award. For more information, see:
Australian Training Awards
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year Award are welcome from Registered Training Organisations with fewer than 1500 enrolled students whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training.
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 Small Training Provider of the Year Award is presented to a Registered Training Organisation that demonstrates outstanding achievements in all aspects of delivering vocational education and training and is the core business of the organisation.
The winner of the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year Award receives a trophy and may be selected to represent Victoria at the 2016 Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November.
- Eligibility is limited to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with fewer than 1500 enrolled students, whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training.
- RTOs that are based in Victoria and are registered with VRQA or the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) are eligible to apply for the award, however only Victorian based training should be included in their application.
- Nominees must 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 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:
- Leading practice in vocational education and training
- Strategic planning processes
- Client and market focus
- Human resource capability
- Partnerships and links
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 organisation.
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: Leading practice in vocational education and training
- how you show commitment to excellence in implementation of national training arrangements
- how you demonstrate creativity, excellence and/or innovation in the design and development of processes or techniques (operational or educational), use of Information Communication Technologies, e.g. e-learning, and overall operational and educational effectiveness
- the systems and processes you have in place for managing, evaluating and enhancing products and services
- how you undertake continuous improvement within the organisation, e.g. through organisational learning and transformation, knowledge management, the use of new technologies, encouragement of a learning culture, support for emerging industries.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 2: Strategic planning process
- 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: Client and market focus
- your organisation’s knowledge of clients and markets and the response to these, including systems and processes for collecting and analysing data on client needs and expectations
- methods your organisation uses to create positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups including industry consultation, partnerships, feedback, and/or outcomes
- measures of success your organisation has in place, including client outcomes, client satisfaction surveys, employment outcomes, recognition by industry
- what your organisation does to encourage access, and the degree of success in meeting the needs of equity client groups.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 4: Human resource capability
- strategies and processes your organisation uses to build the capabilities of the organisation’s people, such as job design, personnel selection, staff training and development, performance management systems, two-way feedback systems
- how you ensure constructive management/employee relations, including emphasis on teamwork, participation and communication
- how your work environment demonstrates that it recognises the well-being of staff as critical to business success.
(Limit: 800 words)
Criterion 5: Partnership and links
- strategies your organisation has to identify local/regional issues, such as social, economic, industrial or environmental issues and incorporate these into service delivery
- how you build effective partnerships with other organisations or groups in the local or wider community.
(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 criteria 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.