Individual categories

​​​​​​There are six individual categories available for nomination in the 2021 Victorian Training Awards.

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. The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards. 

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed or be due to complete your training course in the period 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2021
  • be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you're applying for
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the state of Victoria
  • have a contract of training registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) (nb: this is an important part of the eligibility for this award. This contract will be reviewed by the VRQA to ensure that it is valid)
  • not be enrolled at school.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements 
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills 
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador for training
  • Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits  

Trainee of the Year

The Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a Victorian individual who is undertaking a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training. The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed or be due to complete your training course in the period 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2021
  • be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you're applying for
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the state of Victoria
  • have a contract of training registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) (nb: this is an important part of the eligibility for this award. This contract will be reviewed by the VRQA to ensure that it is valid)
  • not be enrolled at school.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements 
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills 
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador for training
  • Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits  

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 qualification. The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed or be due to complete your training course in the period 1 July 2020– 31 December 2021
  • be registered in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you're applying for
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the state of Victoria.
  • be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student (but not as an apprentice or trainee).

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements  
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills 
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador for training
  • Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits  


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. 

The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the state of Victoria
  • be undertaking or completing a Certificate II or above qualification, through a Victorian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • have a contract of training registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) (nb: this is an important part of the eligibility for this award. This contract will be reviewed by the VRQA to ensure that it is valid)
  • be enrolled at school.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements 
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills 
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador for training
  • Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits  

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 winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements 
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills 
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador for training
  • Criterion 4: Community engagement  

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.

The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

The winner of this award will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have qualified (as determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework) as a teacher or trainer
  • be employed (or regularly contracted) by a registered training provider
  • have delivered training in Victoria (from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021) which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system. All applicants must be endorsed by the RTO and evidence of the teacher/trainer’s qualification must be submitted with the application.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Excellence and initiatives 
  • Criterion 2: Learner needs and focus
  • Criterion 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning
  • Criterion 4: Links with industry and the community