Individual categories

​​​​​​There are six individual categories available for nomination in the 65th Anniversary Victorian Training Awards.

Why nominate?

You can be part of history in the making as one of the finalists participating in our special 65th Anniversary Awards ceremony. Your story will be highlighted to your peers, training providers, employers, and government and industry representatives, exemplifying why you deserve to be crowned the best in the state in your category.

As a finalist, you may benefit from:

  • a lifelong achievement you can list on your resumé
  • gaining new employment opportunities
  • having an opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2019 Australian Training Awards.

Winners will become Ambassadors for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards and the Victorian TAFE and training sector. You will also have the opportunity to attract national recognition by representing Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

How to nominate

To nominate you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria for the award you are nominating for
  • Register to nominate
  • Prepare an overview
  • Address the selection criteria.  

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Overview (300 words)

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are enrolled in, your training provider and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing your industry and training path.

This information may be used as part of your profile summary throughout the Awards process but will not be used for judging purposes.

Addressing the selection criteria

When writing your nomination, aim to present information in a way that clearly addresses each criterion.

The judging panel will be looking for evidence of:

  1. how your training has contributed to your career and study plans, and to the development of your skills
  2. your achievements to date, as well as any way in which your training may have helped you in other areas of your life.

Keep the selection criteria at the forefront of your mind to help you focus on your nomination.

Video pitch

To give the judges an insight into your personality, individual student nominees may provide an optional video. This is not compulsory but an optional extra. The video will not be considered part of the formal nomination process.  

Tell us:

  • why you nominated
  • what you have to contribute
  • your unique selling points
  • what you hope to get out of your experience.

Technical specifications 

The video must be:

  • between 60-90 seconds long
  • a maximum file size of 120MB
  • sent via a strong, secure internet connection
  • uploaded to the nomination portal.

Supporting evidence

Supporting evidence should not include additional responses to the criteria, but must include:

  • copies of relevant training and/or education certificates
  • at least one written reference from your employer/host employer, teacher, trainer or principal
  • a declaration from your employer endorsing your nomination and your time off to participate in Victorian Training Awards activities
  • a high resolution photo of yourself.

   Nominees must complete either an

Award categories

Apprentice of the Year

The Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to a Victorian apprentice who has displayed outstanding achievement in all aspects of their trade.

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Victoria
  • have completed or be due to complete training in the period:
    • 1 July 2018 - 31 December 2019
  • be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are nominating for
  • have a contract of training registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and
  • not be enrolled at school. 

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see: 

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Apprentice of the
Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.​

Trainee of the Year

The Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a Victorian trainee who has displayed outstanding achievement in all aspects of their trade.

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Victoria
  • have completed or be due to complete training in the period:
    • 1 July 2018 - 31 December 2019
  • be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are nominating for
  • have a contract of training registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and
  • not be enrolled at school.  

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see: 

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Trainee of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

Vocational Student of the Year

The Vocational Student of the Year Award is presented to a student whose outstanding achievement in a course of study led to a nationally recognised outcome.

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Victoria
  • be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student (but not an apprentice or trainee), have completed or be due to complete training in the period
    • 1 July 2018 - 31 December 2019
  •  be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are nominating for, and
  • not be enrolled at school.

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see:

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Vocational Student of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

The School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time Victorian School-based Apprentice or Trainee. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace. 

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must be: 

  • a permanent resident of Victoria, be undertaking or completing a Certificate II or above qualification through a Victorian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • be registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and
  • be enrolled at school.

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see:

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.​

Koorie Student of the Year

The Koorie Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of a Koorie student who demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community. The term 'Koorie' used in this Award is inclusive of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must be:

  • a permanent resident of Victoria
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

and meet the eligibility criteria for any of the below student categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see:

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.​

Teacher/Trainer of the Year

The Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students in the Victorian TAFE and training sector.

Eligibility

To nominate for this Award, you must:

  • have qualified as a teacher/trainer (as determind by the Australian Qualifications Framework). You must submit evidence of your qualification with your nomination

  • be employed (or regularly contracted) by a registered training provider
  • have delivered training in Victoria from 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018 which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or statements of attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system
  • have your nomination endorsed by the registered training provider.

To download the full eligibility and selection criteria, see:

The winner of this Award will be nominated by Victoria for the Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards and will receive​ $5,000 in prize money and a 2019 Victorian Training Awards trophy.