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.
Who can enter?
Nominations for the Victorian Trainee of the Year Award are welcome from trainees, across the vocational education and training sector.
All applications must meet the eligibility criteria 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 student award categories, (with the exception of the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award), the
first round of the judging process will be conducted by cross industry representatives. Members of these panels will assess, score, and rank all nominations against the award criteria. Selected applications are then forwarded to another industry judging panel for the
second round of the judging process.
The judging panel of each category assesses the applications and if they meet the standards required, selects up to four nominees as the finalists. The judging panel 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 in August.
The winner of the Victorian Vocational 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 Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a trainee who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of their training.
The winner of this category will represent Victoria at the 2016 Australian Training Awards.
Nominees for the Victorian Trainee of the Year Award must:
- be a permanent resident of Victoria
- have a contract of training registered with the Department of Education and Training - Higher Education and Skills Group
- have completed, or be due to complete his/her training contract between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 in a vocational education and training course that leads to a nationally recognised qualification relevant to the Victorian Trainee of the Year. Note that this completion date refers to the completion date on the contract
- 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 criteria 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
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.
(Limit: 400 words)
Criterion 2: Communication, team and leadership skills
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)
(Limit: 400 words)
(Limit: 400 words)
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.