Employer categories

There are four employer categories available for nomination in the 2021 Victorian Training Awards.

Award Categories

Small Employer of the Year

The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of 'nationally recognised training' to its employees.

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

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

Eligibility

To apply for this award, an organisation must employ less than 20 full-time equivalent employees.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a group training organisation that partners with a host employer
  • a host employer that partners with a group training organisation.

Applications will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training. These organisations may consider nominating for either the Small or Large Training Provider of the Year Award.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees 
  • Criterion 2: Employee outcomes
  • Criterion 3: Business outcomes

Medium Employer of the Year

The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of 'nationally recognised training' to its employees. The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.

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

Eligibility

To apply for this award, an organisation​ must employ between 20 and 199 full-time equivalent employees.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a group training organisation that partners with a host employer
  • a host employer that partners with a group training organisation.

Applications will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training. These organisations may consider nominating for either the Small or Large Training Provider of the Year Award.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees 
  • Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training  
  • Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning 
  • Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training  
  • Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Large Employer of the Year

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of 'nationally recognised training' to its employees.

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

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

Eligibility

To apply for this Award, an organisation must employ 200 or more full-time equivalent employees.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a group training organisation that partners with a host employer
  • a host employer that partners with a group training organisation.

Applications will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training. These organisations may consider nominating for either the Small or Large Training Provider of the Year Award.

Selection Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees 
  • Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training  
  • Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning 
  • Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training  
  • Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development

The Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Victoria and to their local community.

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

This is a Victorian-only award and does not articulate to the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility

To apply for this Award, an organisation must:

  • be an employer of a Victorian apprentices or trainees at some time between 1 January 2020 – 5 June 2021
  • have a formalised contract of training of apprenticeship or traineeship.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a group training organisation that partners with a host employer
  • a host employer that partners with a group training organisation.