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 VET teacher/trainers it is a great opportunity to further their career, develop new networks and be recognised as the best in their field.
The winner of the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November 2016.
The winner also receives a $10,000 fellowship and is recognised as the best in Victoria's world-class training system.
Who can enter?
Nominations for the VET Victorian Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award are welcome from teacher/trainers.
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 non-student award categories there is one judging panel for each category that considers all nominations based upon the criteria and whether they meet the required standards. They then select up to three finalists to be interviewed. The judging panel selects the winner, taking into consideration both their application and interview to identify the best in the category.
The winner will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards Presentation in August.
The Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a vocational and training (VET) teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation, or in partnership with an RTO.
The winner of the Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award receives a $10,000 fellowship and represents Victoria at the 2016 Australian Training Awards.
Nominations can be made for individuals by RTOs (or in a partnership with an RTO), by colleagues, professional bodies, students or through self nomination.
To nominate for the award, the applicant must:
- be a qualified (as determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework) teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by an RTO
- have delivered training in Victoria [for some period] from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system
- all applications must be endorsed by the RTO and evidence of qualification (as determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework) must be submitted with the application
- agree to the full
Conditions of Entry.
- Applications addressing the award criteria must be written by the teacher/trainer applying for the award.
This award is only open to individuals.
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 teacher/trainer areas of expertise, qualifications, courses/classes taught, education and work background, a description of the environment in which the teacher/trainer operates and specific challenges which may have had to be overcome during the course of teaching/training.
(Limit: 300 words)
Applicants will be judged against the following award criteria:
- Excellence and innovation
- Student focus/outcomes
- Professionalism and commitment to VET teaching and learning
- Links with industry and/or community.
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 clarify what may be relevant to include.
Please use specific examples demonstrating excellence and innovation.
Criterion 1: Excellence and innovation
- contribution to the improvement of the Victorian training system, through sharing teaching practices and displaying leadership outside your own teaching department or vocational area
- contribution to a body of knowledge, through articles, speaking engagements or visits to other organisations
- results for students/clients, including unexpected results, or results having industry-wide or community-wide significance
- ability to work outside your area of experience and move into different roles
- innovative methods of instruction and communication
- implementation of Information Communication Technology, for example e-learning.
(Limit: 600 words)
Criterion 2: Student focus/outcomes
- learning methodologies used to engage students, including those with special needs (if relevant) and evidence of these for a variety of student cohorts
- student engagement including innovative methods of communication and validation
- successful student learning outcomes including data relating to results, completion and participation in a range of course and certificates
- systems and processes for collecting information on student needs and satisfaction
- actions in response to information on student needs and satisfaction to improve teacher/training practices.
(Limit: 600 words)
Criterion 3: Professionalism and commitment to VET teaching and learning
- convening groups to support professional development
- association memberships
- referee reports
- maintaining ethical standards
- contribution to the maintenance of particular initiatives that support teaching and learning
- acting as mentor/guide for others - leadership
- professional development undertaken in relation to current vocational, teaching and learning practices
- maintaining knowledge of current issues and trends
- detail voluntary activities undertaken relevant to professional activities.
(Limit: 600 words)
Criterion 4: Links with industry or community
- engaging with other VET teaching and learning professionals both within and external to your organisation
- personal/professional industry engagement/testimonials for nominee relating to student achievements/outcomes
- personal/professional community engagement/testimonials for nominee relating to students achievements/outcomes.
(Limit: 600 words)
Up to five (5) single A4 page attachments are permitted.
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.