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Contents

About the Victorian                                    Employer Category Eligibility
Training Awards                                   03   Requirements                              24
Award categories                                  04   Small Employer of the Year                24
Prize money and presentation                      05   Medium Employer of the Year               26
Key dates – nominations                           05   Large Employer of the Year                28
Key dates – events                                05   Employer Award for
Key contacts and further information              05   Apprenticeship Development                30

Nominating for an award                           06   Training Provider Category
                                                       Eligibility Requirements                  32
Why nominate?                                     06
                                                       Community Training Provider of the Year   32
Free Writing Assistance Program                   06
                                                       Inclusive Training Provider of the Year   34
How to nominate                                   06
                                                       Small Training Provider of the Year       36
Nomination tips                                   07
                                                       Large Training Provider of the Year       38

Individual Category
Eligibility Requirements                          08   Industry Collaboration Category
                                                       Eligibility Requirements                  40
Apprentice of the Year                            08
                                                       Industry Collaboration Award              40
Trainee of the Year                               10

Vocational Student of the Year                    12

School-based Apprentice or                             Lynne Kosky Memorial Award
Trainee of the Year                               14   For Lifetime Achievement
                                                       Eligibility Requirements                  42
Koorie Student of the Year                        16

Teacher/Trainer of the Year                       18
                                                       Conditions of Entry                       44

                                                       Judging process                           45
2020 Victorian Training
                                                       Scoring matrix                            46
Award Winners                                     20
Previous winner testimonials                      22
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About the Victorian Training Awards   03

About the Victorian
Training Awards
The Victorian Training Awards recognise and
celebrate the outstanding achievements of
individuals, employers and training providers
in Victoria’s TAFE and training sector. There
are 15 general award categories, People’s
Choice Awards, and a special individual
award, the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award
for Lifetime Achievement.
Now in their 67th year, the prestigious Victorian Training
Awards bring together apprentices, trainees, students,
teachers, training providers, employers and industry
representatives, sharing in a high-quality training
system that meets the needs of all Victorians.
Each year, the awards highlight the incredible
talent in the state’s vocational education and training
sector. Although the coronavirus pandemic meant that
a physical gala event could not take place in 2020,
we were able to highlight and share the stories of the
finalists and winners through the VTA2020 Virtual
Events Series across our social media channels.
To learn more about previous winners and finalists
of the Victorian Training Awards, please visit:
www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas.
The following Nomination Guide provides information
on each of the award categories, including eligibility
requirements and information on how to apply.

The Victorian Training Awards also offers a Writing
Assistance Program to assist with your application –
so we encourage you to take advantage of this
opportunity and make your nomination stand out!
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Award                                                  Training Provider
categories                                             categories

                                                       Community Training Provider
                                                       of the Year

                                                       Inclusive Training Provider
                                                       of the Year
      Individual categories
                                                       Small Training Provider
                                                       of the Year
      Apprentice of the Year                           Large Training Provider
                                                       of the Year
      Trainee of the Year

      Vocational Student of the Year

      School-based Apprentice
      or Trainee of the Year

      Koorie Student of the Year
                                                       Industry collaboration
      Teacher/Trainer of the Year                      category

                                                       Industry Collaboration Award

      Employer categories

      Small Employer of the Year                       People's Choice Awards
      Medium Employer of the Year                      The People’s Choice Awards are
                                                       open to finalists from individual
      Large Employer of the Year                       sponsored categories and are
                                                       decided in the lead up to the
      Employer Award for                               prizewinning ceremony by online
      Apprenticeship Development                       public voting.

      Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
      The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented in
      recognition of an individual’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the
      Victorian TAFE and training sector for more than 25 years.
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Prize money and presentation     05

Prize money
and presentation
Winners will be announced at the TAFE and           Category award winners will receive $5,000 in prize
training sector’s most prestigious event            money and a 2021 Victorian Training Award trophy.
of the year, the Victorian Training Awards’         Winners of the People’s Choice Awards will receive
gala dinner on Friday 3 September.                  an Apple MacBook laptop valued at more than
                                                    $2,000 (in sponsored categories only).

Key dates – nominations                             Key dates – events

Monday 1 March      Nominations open                Friday 3            Welcome reception for finalists
                                                    September           and sponsors – presentation
Monday 8 March      Nomination writing                                  of certificates
                    assistance opens
                                                    Friday 3            VTA Gala Ceremony –
Friday 28 May       Nomination writing              September           announcement of winners
                    assistance closes
                                                    Saturday 4          VTA winners’
Friday 4 June       Nominations close               September           brunch

Early – mid June    Eligibility review              November            Professional development
                                                                        workshops for individual
                                                                        winners prior to the Australian
Early – mid July    Shortlisting                                        Training Awards
                                                                        (two days)
Late July           Unsuccessful nominees
                    notified; finalists notified    November            Australian Training Awards
                    and invited to interview                            finalist week activities and
                                                                        gala ceremony
Monday 26 July      Finalist interviews
– Friday 6 August

Key contacts and further information
W: www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
E: victorian.training.awards@education.vic.gov.au
T: 1800 290 657
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Nominating
for an award

Why nominate?                                           The VTA team is also planning to host some virtual
                                                        Q&A sessions to help us answer any questions and
                                                        provide some helpful tips to help you put your best
Victorian Training Award winners                        foot forward.
are recognised as the best in the state
                                                        For more information on the free writing assistance
in their category.                                      program, please contact the VTA team at:
Previous individual winners have benefited from         victorian.training.awards@education.vic.gov.au.
unique career opportunities and accelerated career
progression. The professional and personal benefits
that result from being involved in the awards cannot
be overstated, with many winners describing their
experience as ‘life changing’. Organisational winners
benefit from enhanced brand recognition and
                                                             How to
reputation and a heightened industry profile.                nominate
All previous VTA winners and finalists become
ambassadors for the Awards, providing them with              01.
opportunities to continue sharing their training             Make sure you carefully read this
journey through promotional activities, speaking             nomination guide to ensure you have
engagements, events and more.                                noted the conditions of entry and
Winners in aligned categories will represent Victoria        eligibility requirements and selection
at the Australian Training Awards in November 2021.          criteria for your chosen category.

For further information on the                               Visit www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
Australian Training Awards, visit                            to make sure you are able to meet the
www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au                          eligibility requirements for your chosen
                                                             award.

                                                             02.
                                                             Go to the nomination portal:
                                                             vta.awardsplatform.com. Register
Free Writing                                                 to nominate and follow the step by
Assistance Program                                           step process. Note: Nominations may only
                                                             be made through this portal.

We understand that completing an                             03.
application for an awards program
                                                             Contact the Victorian Training Awards
can be time-consuming and requires                           team for advice or for help with
clear communication and writing skills                       obtaining the assistance of our
to ensure it is of a good standard that                      nomination writer, if required.
can be appraised by the judges.
                                                             04.
To assist with your application, we have engaged             Make sure you submit your nomination
a professional writer who can review your draft and          by the closing date, midnight on Friday
make sure your nomination is of the highest possible         4 June.
quality. This is a free service available to all
applicants.
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Nominating for an award   07

Nomination tips
Here are our top tips to assist you
in submitting your nomination.

01. Start today                       05. Think big
Don’t wait until the                  Make the nomination
last minute to nominate.              stand out!

02. Cover your bases                  06. Ask for help
– read the nomination
guide!                                If you need assistance in
                                      writing the nomination,
Make sure you read this               contact the Victorian
nomination guide carefully            Training Awards team at:
to ensure you have met all            victorian.training.awards@
of the eligibility requirements.      education.vic.gov.au.

03. Tell us a story                   07. Final checks
What has been achieved                Don’t forget to proof-read
and how? Give good clear              the nomination.
examples that relate to your
study and work. Make sure
you provide evidence.

04. Keep it simple                    08. Don't be late
Avoid using slang words,              Submit your nomination before
jargon or too many acronyms.          nominations close at midnight
Keep your language simple,            on Friday 4 June.
clear and concise!
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Eligibility                                                  Individual
Requirements                                                 Categories

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR                                       Selection Criteria

                                                             Criterion 1:
The Apprentice of the Year Award is
                                                             Career and study achievements
presented to a Victorian apprentice who
has displayed outstanding achievement in                     Consider:
all aspects of their trade. The winner of this               • why you chose your course
Award receives $5,000 in prize money and                     • how it has changed or impacted on you
a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.
                                                             • what you have gained from completing your
They will also be nominated to represent                       course
Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.
                                                             • what you have been able to bring to your
The winner of the 2020 Apprentice of the Year                  workplace.
Award was Shona McGuigan, who undertook a
Certificate III in Plumbing at South West TAFE.
Learn more about Shona and the other Apprentice              Criterion 2:
finalists here: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/              Team and communication skills
awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.
                                                             Consider:
                                                             • what you have been able to tell others –
Eligibility                                                    workmates, employers, friends or family, about
                                                               your training
You must:
                                                             • what you like about working in a team setting
→ Be a permanent resident of Australia
                                                             • what traits you think are important to positively
→ Have completed or be due to complete your                    influence others.
  training course in the period 1 July 2020 – 31
  December 2021
                                                             Criterion 3:
→ Be registered in a training course that leads to a
                                                             Ability to be an ambassador for training
  nationally recognised outcome or qualification
  relevant to the award you are applying for                 Tell us about:
→ Have completed or be due to complete your                  • examples where you have taken
  training in the state of Victoria                            a leadership role inside or outside of work
→ Have a contract of training registered with the            • other activities where you have
  Victorian Registration and Qualifications                    been a representative
  Authority (VRQA) (note: this is an important part
                                                             • how you would describe the quality
  of the eligibility for this award. This contract will be
                                                               of your training.
  reviewed by the VRQA to ensure that it is valid)
→ Not be enrolled at school.
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Eligibility Requirements: Individual   09

                            2020 Winner
                            Shona McGuigan

Criterion 4:                                              Application components
Other qualities and pursuits
Consider:                                                 There are three parts to the application:

• if you have had to address any challenges that          Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
  have impacted on your training                          introduction – who you are, your course and where
                                                          you studied). The Overview does not form part of
• if you have been required to use initiative either in   the judging process.
  your training, your personal life or your workplace
                                                          Responses to the Selection Criteria – 400-word limit
• the qualities or activities you feel would be useful    for each response.
  in your role as Apprentice of the Year
                                                          Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).
• your involvement in other community or
  industry pursuits.
                                                          Video pitch (optional)
What the judges                                           Individual student nominees are invited to provide a
are looking for                                           video pitch as a complement to their written
                                                          application. This is an optional extra – it will help to
The judges are looking for clear and relevant             give the judges an insight into your personality but
examples of your achievements in your training.           will not be part of the judging process. The video
You should be able to describe the challenges you         can be shot on a mobile phone and should be no
have faced and overcome and what you are hoping           more than 90 seconds in duration. It should tell your
to achieve through your training journey. Qualities       story – for example, why you nominated, what you
such as teamwork, leadership, communication and           have to contribute, what sets you apart from others,
showing initiative in your training and work are all      and what you hope to get out of the experience.
attributes that will be looked upon favourably by
the judges.
Here are some of the judging comments from last                See www.vta.awardsplatform.com to
year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing                 nominate and www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
your application.                                              for further information.

“[The applicant] demonstrates a deep
understanding of team and communication skills
and provides an excellent example of taking a
leadership role in mentoring other apprentices…”

“The application is good, but there need to be more
clear examples of specific achievements in training.”

“… shows great leadership and the ability to inspire
others to follow their passion.”
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Eligibility                                                  Individual Categories
Requirements                                                 continued

TRAINEE OF THE YEAR                                          Selection Criteria

                                                             Criterion 1:
The Trainee of the Year Award is
                                                             Career and study achievements
presented to a Victorian individual who is
undertaking a traineeship and has been                       Consider:
outstanding in all aspects of their training.                • why you chose your course
The winner of this Award receives $5,000                     • how it has changed or impacted on you
in prize money and a 2021 Victorian
                                                             • what you have gained from completing
Training Awards trophy. They will also                         your course
be nominated to represent Victoria at
the Australian Training Awards.                              • what you have been able to bring to your
                                                               workplace.
The winner of the 2020 Trainee of the Year Award
was Nicole Barrow, who undertook a Certificate IV
in Veterinary Nursing at the Box Hill Institute.             Criterion 2:
Learn more about Nicole and the other Trainee                Team and communication skills
finalists here: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/              Consider:
awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.
                                                             • what you have been able to tell others –
                                                               workmates, employers, friends or family, about
Eligibility                                                    your training
                                                             • what you like about working in a team setting
You must:
                                                             • what traits you think are important to positively
→ Be a permanent resident of Australia                         influence others.
→ Have completed or be due to complete your
  training course in the period 1 July 2020 – 31
  December 2021                                              Criterion 3:
                                                             Ability to be an ambassador for training
→ Be registered in a training course that leads to a
  nationally recognised outcome or qualification             Tell us about:
  relevant to the award you are applying for                 • examples where you have taken
→ Have completed or be due to complete your                    a leadership role inside or outside of work
  training in the state of Victoria                          • other activities where you have
→ Have a contract of training registered with                  been a representative
  the Victorian Registration and Qualifications              • how you would describe the quality
  Authority (VRQA) (note: this is an important part            of your training.
  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.
Eligibility Requirements: Individual   11

                               2020 Winner
                               Nicole Barrow

Criterion 4:                                              Application components
Other qualities and pursuits
Consider:                                                 There are three parts to the application:

• if you have had to address any challenges that          Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
  have impacted on your training                          introduction – who you are, your course and where
                                                          you studied). The Overview does not form part of
• if you have been required to use initiative either in   the judging process.
  your training, your personal life or your workplace
                                                          Responses to the Selection Criteria – 400-word limit
• the qualities or activities you feel would be useful    for each response.
  in your role as Trainee of the Year
                                                          Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).
• your involvement in other community or
  industry pursuits.
                                                          Video pitch (optional)
What the judges                                           Individual student nominees are invited to provide
are looking for                                           a video pitch as a complement to their written
                                                          application. This is an optional extra – it will help to
The judges are looking for clear and relevant             give the judges an insight into your personality but
examples of your achievements in your training.           will not be part of the judging process. The video
You should be able to describe the challenges you         can be shot on a mobile phone and should be no
have faced and overcome and what you are hoping           more than 90 seconds in duration. It should tell your
to achieve through your training journey. Qualities       story – for example, why you nominated, what you
such as teamwork, leadership, communication and           have to contribute, what sets you apart from others,
showing initiative in your training and work are all      and what you hope to get out of the experience.
attributes that will be looked upon favourably by
the judges.
Here are some of the judging comments from last                See www.vta.awardsplatform.com to
year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing                 nominate and www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
your application.                                              for further information.

“A compelling story with mature self-reflection.”

“…has mentioned that the course directly aligned
with their studies and prepared them well for the
workplace. They have highlighted the importance of
teamwork in the work environment and why good
communication skills are crucial.”

“ The applicant has demonstrated many practical
skills and is highly active in the community.”
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Eligibility                                          Individual Categories
Requirements                                         continued

VOCATIONAL STUDENT                                   Selection Criteria
OF THE YEAR                                          Criterion 1:
                                                     Career and study achievements
The Vocational Student of the Year
                                                     Consider:
Award is presented to a student whose
outstanding achievement in a course of               • why you chose your course
study led to a nationally recognised                 • how it has changed or impacted on you
qualification. The winner of this Award              • what you have gained from completing
receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021              your course
Victorian Training Awards trophy. They will
                                                     • what you have been able to bring to your
also be nominated to represent Victoria                workplace.
at the Australian Training Awards.
The winner of the 2020 Trainee of the Year Award
                                                     Criterion 2:
was Simon Watts, who undertook a Diploma of
                                                     Team and communication skills
Community Services at Wodonga Institute of TAFE.
Learn more about Simon and the other Vocational      Consider:
Student finalists here: www.education.vic.gov.au/
                                                     • what you have been able to tell others –
about/awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.
                                                       workmates, employers, friends or family, about
                                                       your training
Eligibility                                          • what you like about working in a team setting
                                                     • what traits you think are important to positively
You must:
                                                       influence others.
→ Be a permanent resident of Australia
→ Be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student
                                                     Criterion 3:
  at a vocational education institution (TAFE or
                                                     Ability to be an ambassador for training
  Registered Training Organisation, but not as
  an apprentice or trainee).                         Tell us about:
→ Have completed or be due to complete your          • examples where you have taken
  training course in the period 1 July 2020 – 31       a leadership role inside or outside of work
  December 2021
                                                     • other activities where you have
→ Have completed or be due to complete your            been a representative
  training in the state of Victoria.
                                                     • how you would describe the quality
→ Be registered in a training course that leads to     of your training.
  a nationally recognised outcome or qualification
  relevant to the award you are applying for
Eligibility Requirements: Individual   13

                               2020 Winner
                               Simon Watts

Criterion 4:                                              Application components
Other qualities and pursuits
Consider:                                                 There are three parts to the application:

• if you have had to address any challenges that          Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
  have impacted on your training                          introduction – who you are, your course and where
                                                          you studied). The Overview does not form part of
• if you have been required to use initiative either in   the judging process.
  your training, your personal life or your workplace
                                                          Responses to the Selection Criteria – 400-word limit
• the qualities or activities you feel would be useful    for each response.
  in your role as Vocational Student of the Year
                                                          Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).
• your involvement in other community or
  industry pursuits.
                                                          Video pitch (optional)
What the judges                                           Individual student nominees are invited to provide a
are looking for                                           video pitch as a complement to their written
                                                          application. This is an optional extra – it will help to
The judges are looking for clear and relevant             give the judges an insight into your personality but
examples of your achievements in your training.           will not be part of the judging process. The video
You should be able to describe the challenges you         can be shot on a mobile phone and should be no
have faced and overcome and what you are hoping           more than 90 seconds in duration. It should tell your
to achieve through your training journey. Qualities       story – for example, why you nominated, what you
such as teamwork, leadership, communication and           have to contribute, what sets you apart from others,
showing initiative in your training and work are all      and what you hope to get out of the experience.
attributes that will be looked upon favourably by
the judges.
Here are some of the judging comments from last                 See www.vta.awardsplatform.com to
year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing                  nominate and www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
your application.                                         for further information.

“… a strong candidate who is using training to
pursue a deeper understanding of working with
young people”

“Good academic results and clear examples of
the application of knowledge gained through the
course in work setting.”

“… engagement in related employment during study
confirmed the relevance of the training material.”
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Eligibility                                                  Individual Categories
Requirements                                                 continued

SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICE                                      Selection Criteria
OR TRAINEE OF THE YEAR                                       Criterion 1:
                                                             Career and study achievements
The School-based Apprentice or Trainee of
                                                             Consider:
the Year Award is presented to a student
who is undertaking a Certificate II or above                 • why you chose your course
qualification as a part-time Victorian                       • how it has changed or impacted on you
School-based Apprentice or Trainee.                          • what you have gained from completing
The award recognises the student’s commitment to               your course
their formal studies at school and in the workplace.         • what you have been able to bring to your
The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize              workplace.
money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.
They will also be nominated to represent Victoria at
the Australian Training Awards.                              Criterion 2:
The winner of the 2020 School-based apprentice               Team and communication skills
or trainee of the year Award was Van Sui Thawng,             Consider:
who studied a Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Electrician at the Box Hill Institute. Learn more            • what you have been able to tell others –
about Van and the other School-based apprentice                workmates, employers, friends or family, about
or trainee finalists here: www.education.vic.gov.au/           your training
about/awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.              • what you like about working in a team setting
                                                             • what traits you think are important to positively
Eligibility                                                    influence others.

You must:
                                                             Criterion 3:
→ Be a permanent resident of Australia                       Ability to be an ambassador for training
→ Be enrolled at school.                                     Tell us about:
→ Have completed or be due to complete                       • examples where you have taken
  your training in the state of Victoria                       a leadership role inside or outside of work
→ Be undertaking or completing a Certificate II              • other activities where you have
  or above qualification, through a Victorian                  been a representative
  School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
                                                             • how you would describe the quality
→ Have a contract of training registered with                  of your training.
  the Victorian Registration and Qualifications
  Authority (VRQA) (note: 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)
Eligibility Requirements: Individual   15

                            2020 Winner
                            Van Sui Thawng

Criterion 4:                                              Application components
Other qualities and pursuits
Consider:                                                 There are three parts to the application:

• if you have had to address any challenges that          Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
  have impacted on your training                          introduction – who you are, your course and where
                                                          you studied). The Overview does not form part of
• if you have been required to use initiative either in   the judging process.
  your training, your personal life or your workplace
                                                          Responses to the Selection Criteria – 400-word limit
• the qualities or activities you feel would be useful    for each response.
  in your role as School-based Apprentice or
  Trainee of the Year                                     Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).

• your involvement in other community or
  industry pursuits.                                      Video pitch (optional)

                                                          Individual student nominees are invited to provide a
What the judges                                           video pitch as a complement to their written
are looking for                                           application. This is an optional extra – it will help to
                                                          give the judges an insight into your personality but
The judges are looking for clear and relevant             will not be part of the judging process. The video
examples of your achievements in your training.           can be shot on a mobile phone and should be no
You should be able to describe the challenges you         more than 90 seconds in duration. It should tell your
have faced and overcome and what you are hoping           story – for example, why you nominated, what you
to achieve through your training journey. Qualities       have to contribute, what sets you apart from others,
such as teamwork, leadership, communication and           and what you hope to get out of the experience.
showing initiative in your training and work are all
attributes that will be looked upon favourably by
the judges.                                                    See www.vta.awardsplatform.com to
Here are some of the judging comments from last                nominate and www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing                 for further information.
your application.
“… story encompasses everything that VET sector
is supposed to represent - opportunities. Young
students would benefit from hearing how he has
overcome and thrived through this course.”

“Confident in community and self and supportive
of the skills acquired. He encourages others and
could be a role model.”

“… has shown experience of working in a team
environment and extracurricular activities.
The applicant shows a real commitment to
working hard.”
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Eligibility                                       Individual Categories
Requirements                                      continued

KOORIE STUDENT OF THE YEAR                        Selection Criteria

                                                  Criterion 1:
The Koorie Student of the Year Award
                                                  Excellence and initiatives
recognises the achievements of a Koorie
student who demonstrates the relevance            Consider:
of lifelong learning for themselves and           • why you chose your course
their community. The winner of this Award         • how it has changed or impacted on you
receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021
                                                  • what you have gained from completing
Victorian Training Awards trophy. They will         your course
also be nominated to represent Victoria
at the Australian Training Awards.                • what you have been able to bring to your
                                                    workplace.
The winner of the 2020 Koorie Student of the
Year Award was Matthew Atkinson, who studied
a Certificate IV in Community Services at the     Criterion 2:
Victorian Aboriginal Community Services           Team and communication skills
Association. Learn more about Matthew             Consider:
and the other Koorie student finalists here:
www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/vta/        • what you have been able to tell others –
Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.                      workmates, employers, friends or family, about
                                                    your training
                                                  • what you like about working in a team setting
Eligibility
                                                  • what traits you think are important to positively
You must:                                           influence others.
→ Be a permanent resident of Australia
→ Identify as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander   Criterion 3:
                                                  Ability to be an ambassador for training
→ Meet the eligibility requirements for any
  of the individual student categories:           Tell us about:
  • Apprentice of the Year                        • examples where you have taken
                                                    a leadership role inside or outside of work
  • Trainee of the Year
                                                  • other activities where you have
  • Vocational Student of the Year                  been a representative
  • School-based Apprentice                       • how you would describe the quality
    or Trainee of the Year.                         of your training.
Eligibility Requirements: Individual   17

                              2020 Winner
                              Matthew Atkinson

Criterion 4:                                           Application components
Community engagement
Tell us about:                                         There are three parts to the application:

• how you are connected with your community            Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
  or extended family                                   introduction – who you are, your course and where
                                                       you studied). The Overview does not form part of
• how the training has impacted on your community      the judging process.
• what qualities or activities you have been           Responses to the Selection Criteria – 400-word limit
  involved in that you feel would be useful in         for each response.
  your role as the Koorie Student of the Year
                                                       Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).
• what you have been able to bring to your
  community.
                                                       Video pitch (optional)
What the judges                                        Individual student nominees are invited to provide a
are looking for                                        video pitch as a complement to their written
                                                       application. This is an optional extra – it will help to
The judges are looking for clear and relevant          give the judges an insight into your personality but
examples of your achievements in your training.        will not be part of the judging process. The video
You should be able to describe the challenges you      can be shot on a mobile phone and should be no
have faced and overcome and what you are hoping        more than 90 seconds in duration. It should tell your
to achieve through your training journey. Qualities    story – for example, why you nominated, what you
such as teamwork, leadership, communication and        have to contribute, what sets you apart from others,
showing initiative in your training and work are all   and what you hope to get out of the experience.
attributes that will be looked upon favourably by
the judges.
Here are some of the judging comments from last             See www.vta.awardsplatform.com to
year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing              nominate and www.education.vic.gov.au/vtas
your application.                                           for further information.

“… a passionate advocate who is recognised
by his community as being a leader.”

“…engages strongly with the community and is
putting experience into passion through strong
cultural links that allow further community
engagements and collaboration.”
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

Eligibility                                           Individual Categories
Requirements                                          continued

TEACHER/TRAINER OF THE YEAR                           Selection Criteria

                                                      Criterion 1:
The Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
                                                      Excellence and initiatives
recognises innovation and excellence
by a teacher/trainer providing nationally             Consider:
recognised training to students in the                • what involvement you have had in the
TAFE and training sector. The winner of this            development of new learning methodologies and
Award receives $5,000 in prize money and                training delivery
a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.              • an initiative you have implemented which has led
They will also be nominated to represent                to innovation or improvement in your delivery and/
Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.             or assessment practice
                                                      • how you have shared the outcomes of your
The winner of the 2020 Teacher/trainer of the           innovation or improvement with your colleagues
Year was Kevin Nunn of TAFE Gippsland. Learn
more about Kevin and the other Teacher/trainer        • the impact of these initiatives or improvements on
finalists here: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/         your learners, your colleagues and your industry
awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.               partners.

                                                      Criterion 2:
Eligibility                                           Learner needs and focus

You must:                                             Consider:

→ Be a permanent resident of Australia                • how you support your learners’ diverse needs
                                                        and ensure they continue to be engaged in their
→ Have qualified (as determined by the Australian       learning journey
  Qualifications Framework) as a teacher/trainer
                                                      • what evidence there is of the effectiveness of
→ Be employed (or regularly contracted) by a            the design and delivery methodologies of your
  registered training provider                          training program
→ Have delivered training in Victoria (from 1         • examples where you have initiated a new
  January 2020 - 31 December 2021) which will lead      idea or activity etc. in response to feedback
  / has led to nationally recognised qualifications
  or Statements of Attainment under the Australian    • what learner, industry and/or community
  Qualifications Framework national training            feedback mechanisms you have utilised.
  system.
All applicants must be endorsed by the RTO
and evidence of the teacher/trainer’s qualification
must be submitted with the application.
Eligibility Requirements: Individual   19

                            2020 Winner
                            Kevin Nunn –
                            TAFE Gippsland

Criterion 3:                                           Here are some of the judging comments from last
Commitment to VET teaching and learning                year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing
                                                       your application.
Consider:
                                                       “A strong application that shows significant industry
• how you maintain and grow your own skills
                                                       engagement and collaboration as well as a high
  and knowledge
                                                       regard for staff and student development to provide
• how others are supported by you to develop           high quality training.”
  skills and knowledge
• examples of your engagement with other               “Strong evidence of supporting others with
  VET professionals.                                   knowledge and skills, maintaining his own skills
                                                       and engagement with professional bodies.”

Criterion 4:                                           “…has clearly identified his learner's profiles and
Links with industry and the community                  best way to meet their needs.”
Consider:
• how active links with industry and the community
  are implemented in practice                          Application components
• the major issues confronting the industry/           There are three parts to the application:
  industries your program engages with
                                                       Overview – 300-word limit. (Includes a brief
• how VET practices can help address these issues      introduction – who you are, your course and where
• what level of engagement you have with industry      you studied). The Overview does not form part of
  and professional bodies                              the judging process.

• how you promote VET in industry and the              Responses to the Selection Criteria – 600-word limit
  community.                                           for each response.
                                                       Supporting Evidence (references, certificates, etc).

What the judges
are looking for

The judges are looking for clear and relevant
examples of your commitment to VET teaching and
learning. This includes a demonstration of how you
respond to and support diverse students needs.
Include examples of how your training and career
has interacted with industry, including your
responses to some of the challenges facing your
industry. Attributes including teamwork, innovation,
and engagement with industry and professional
bodies will be looked upon favourably by the judges.
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

        2020 Victorian
        Training Award
        Winners
        Visit www.education.vic.gov.au/about/
        awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.
        aspx to find out more about previous
        VTA winners.

                                                             Geraldine Atkinson
                                                             & Lionel Bamblett

                                                             Lynne Kosky Memorial Award
                                                             for Lifetime Achievement

        Shona McGuigan                      Nicole Barrow           Simon Watts

        Apprentice                          Trainee                 Vocational Student
        of the Year                         of the Year             of the Year

        Van Sui                             Matthew                 Kevin Nunn –
        Thawng                              Atkinson                TAFE Gippsland

        School-based                        Koorie Student          Teacher/Trainer
        Apprentice or                       of the Year             of the Year
        Trainee of the Year
2020 VTA Winners   21

          South West
          Institute of TAFE      GOTAFE

          Large Training         Inclusive Training
          Provider of the Year   Provider of the Year

          The Centre for
          Continuing             Builders Academy
          Education              Australia

          Community              Small Training
          Training Provider      Provider of the Year
          of the Year

                                    SuniTAFE Aged Care
                                    Leadership Development
                                    Collaboration

                                    Industry Collaboration Award
Mambourin

Medium Employer
of the Year

Swan Plumbing
Supplies                                      Nellie Baker

Large Employer                                People's Choice
of the Year                                   Award – Apprentice
                                              of the Year
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

        Testimonials
        from past winners

        Throughout their long history, the        public speaking, stakeholder
        Victorian Training Awards have            engagement and more.
        celebrated the outstanding
        achievements of a wealth of               Here are a few testimonials from
        individuals, teachers, employers          previous winners of the Victorian
        and training providers.                   Training Awards. Their stories
                                                  are truly inspiring, and you can
        Previous winners have noted that          learn more about them at www.
        the awards have contributed to their      education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/
        career successes and enhanced             vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.
        their confidence and skills in

                                                  Miranda Edwards

                                                  2014 Koorie Student of the Year

                                                  [Winning the award] …got me noticed
                                                  and it's a big part of my story which
                                                  I share when I speak at conferences.
                                                  I've done some big talks, including when
                                                  I spoke in front of 1,000 people at the
                                                  World Indigenous People's Conference in
                                                  Canada 2017 to talk about local Indigenous
                                                  curriculum for schools. The training I
                                                  received as part of the award was a huge
                                                  help in this regard.
Previous winner testimonials   23

Bret Ryan

2012 Vocational Student of the Year

The Victorian Training Award was a
pivotal moment for me. The CEO of
the organisation where I worked was
so proud when I won. He could see
my potential and that opened up
conversations with him and others.
I became sought after, and could pick
and choose what I did next.

                                              Sue Meli
                                              2002 Vocational Student of the Year

                                              The award is a key part of marketing my
                                              landscape and design business. Although I won
                                              the award in 2002, it might just as well have
                                              been yesterday. It continues to deliver clients
                                              to my door and is often the determining factor
                                              that leads them to choose my services over
                                              those of a competitor's.

Kerrilyn Bassett

2015 Trainee of the Year

Winning the award was the start of a really good
journey. It boosted my confidence and opened up
many opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise.
Another bonus was that I became a representative
for the industry—that was important because it
provided the opportunity for a young female voice
to be heard in an industry which traditionally has
an older profile and tends to be male dominated.
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

Eligibility                                            Employer
Requirements                                           Categories

SMALL EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR                             Selection Criteria

                                                       Criterion 1:
The Small Employer of the Year Award
                                                       Extent and quality of training for employees*
recognises a small enterprise which has
achieved excellence in the provision of                Describe the training that your small business
                                                       is involved in. Include the following:
‘nationally recognised training’ to its
employees.                                             • the qualifications or courses that your
                                                         employees are undertaking
The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in
                                                       • the number of employees actively
prize money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards
                                                         engaged in training
trophy. They will also be nominated to represent
Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.            • the training providers that are delivering
                                                         the training
                                                       • an innovative training approach you are
Eligibility
                                                         using (for example: mentoring, e-learning,
                                                         collaborative learning).
To apply for this award, an organisation must:
                                                       *Your training providers could assist you
→ Employ less than 20 full-time equivalent             with this criterion.
  employees.
Joint applications will be accepted from:
                                                       Criterion 2:
→ A Group Training Organisation that partners          Employee outcomes
  with a Host Employer; or
                                                       How has the training benefited your employees?
→ A Host Employer that partners with a                 Include the following:
  Group Training Organisation.
                                                       • how training has improved the well-being
Applications will not be accepted from organisations     of your employees
whose core business is the delivery of vocational
education and training. These organisations may        • how the training has improved the productivity
consider nominating for either the Small or Large        of your employees
Training Provider of the Year Award.                   • an example of an employee who has benefited
                                                         from your training.
Eligibility Requirements: Employer   25

Criterion 3:
Business outcomes
How has training benefited your business? Include       ‘Nationally recognised training’
the following:                                          refers to training that is based on
                                                        a national training package or
• how the training has improved your relationships      accredited course that results in
  with clients or customers                             an individual receiving a formal
• how the training has improved the productivity        qualification or statement of
  and profitability of your business                    attainment issued by a registered
                                                        training provider. This includes
• how your business has grown as a result               Victorian apprenticeships.
  of your training..

What the judges
are looking for

The judges are looking for clear and relevant
examples of the ways that your training benefits
your business and employees. This can include
testimonials from employees, examples where
training has resulted in improved productivity or the
growth of your business. Identifying innovation in
your training approaches is an attribute looked
upon favourably by the judges.

Application components

There are three parts to the application:
Overview – 500-word limit (includes a brief
description of your organisation, products/services
offered, milestones achieved and so on). This
information is not used for judging purposes.
Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word
limit for each response.
Supporting Evidence (photographs, business
endorsements, logos and so on).
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

Eligibility                                            Employer Categories
Requirements                                           continued

MEDIUM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR                            Selection Criteria

                                                       Criterion 1:
The Medium Employer of the Year Award
                                                       Extent and quality of training for employees
recognises a medium enterprise which
has achieved excellence in the provision               Consider:
of ‘nationally recognised training’ to                 • your involvement in designing training for
its employees. The winner of this Award                  your business, either alone or in partnership
receives $5,000 in prize money and a                     with training organisations
2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.                 • any in-house training you have delivered
They will also be nominated to represent               • the qualifications or courses your employees
Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.              are undertaking

The winner of the 2020 Medium Employer of the          • the percentage of your employees that
Year Award was Mambourin. Learn more about               are actively engaged in training
Mambourin here: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/        • how many hours per month, on average,
awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.aspx.                your employees spend in training
                                                       • examples of training related to a specific
Eligibility                                              work practice
                                                       • how you integrate on and off the job training.
To apply for this award, an organisation must:
→ Employ between 20 and 199 full-time
  equivalent employees.                                Criterion 2:
                                                       Achievements of the business and its
Joint applications will be accepted from:              employees that can be attributed to training
→ A Group Training Organisation that partners with     Consider:
  a Host Employer; or
                                                       • how training has improved the productivity and
→ A Host Employer that partners with a Group             well-being of your employees. (Briefly describe
  Training Organisation.                                 the personal training achievements of a few of
Applications will not be accepted from organisations     your staff)
whose core business is the delivery of vocational      • how training has improved relationships
education and training. These organisations may          with clients or customers
consider nominating for either the Small or Large
Training Provider of the Year Award.                   • how training has improved the productivity
                                                         and profitability of your business
                                                       • how you measure the benefits of training
                                                       • how training will improve your business
                                                         in the future.
Eligibility Requirements: Employer   27

                             2020 Winner
                             Mambourin

Criterion 3:                                                • the number of these employees who have actively
Integration of training into business planning                trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
Consider:                                                   • the training programs you have specifically
                                                              designed or tailored for the needs of these
• the training aims of your business
                                                              employees.
• the ‘training culture’ that you have
  established within your business
                                                            What the judges are looking for
• how training fits into your workforce
  development and business planning
                                                            The judges are looking for clear and relevant
• how you have formalised an ongoing                        examples of the ways that your training benefits
  commitment to training                                    your business and employees. This can include
                                                            testimonials from employees, examples where
• the training needs of your employees
                                                            training has resulted in improved productivity
  and how you find out about those needs.
                                                            or the growth of your business. A commitment to
                                                            innovation, excellence in design and delivery and
                                                            ensuring that training opportunities are available to
Criterion 4:
                                                            a diverse group of employees are all attributes that
Innovation and excellence in design
                                                            will be looked upon favourably by the judges.
and delivery of training
                                                            Here are some of the judging comments from last
Consider:
                                                            year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing
• the creativity, innovation and excellence in your         your application.
  design, development and delivery of training for
                                                            “The values of this organisation come across very
  your employees
                                                            well through this application.”
• the innovative methods that you use to create
  positive relationships or partnerships with others        “They were particularly strong in the under-
  to enhance the effectiveness of your training             represented groups including people with
• any innovative approaches that you use to                 disabilities (both intellectual and physical),
  encourage access to training for your employees           migrants and refugees.”
  (for example, mentoring, e-learning, collaborative
  learning).
                                                            Application components
Criterion 5:
                                                            There are three parts to the application:
Commitment to equity in training
                                                            Overview – 500-word limit (includes a brief
Consider:
                                                            description of your organisation, products/services
• the training you have made available to                   offered, milestones achieved and so on). This
  employees who are from groups often under-                information is not used for judging purposes.
  represented in employment, education and
                                                            Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word
  training, i.e. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
                                                            limit for each response.
  – Koorie people, non-English speaking people,
  older age groups, people with disability or people        Supporting Evidence (photographs, business
  living in remote areas                                    endorsements, logos and so on).
• the number of these employees who have
  actively engaged in training
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

Eligibility                                            Employer Categories
Requirements                                           continued

LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR                             Selection Criteria

                                                       Criterion 1:
The Large Employer of the Year Award
                                                       Extent and quality of training for employees
recognises a large enterprise which has
achieved excellence in the provision of                Consider:
‘nationally recognised training’ to its                • your involvement in designing training for
employees. The winner of this Award                      your business, either alone or in partnership
receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2021                with training organisations
Victorian Training Awards trophy. They                 • any in-house training you have delivered
will also be nominated to represent                    • the qualifications or courses your employees
Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.              are undertaking

The winner of the 2020 Large Employer of the Year      • the percentage of your employees that
Award was Swan Plumbing Suppliers. Learn more            are actively engaged in training
about Swan Plumbing here: www.education.vic.gov.       • how many hours per month, on average,
au/about/awards/vta/Pages/2020-VTA-finalists.            your employees spend in training
aspx.
                                                       • examples of training related to a specific
                                                         work practice
Eligibility                                            • how you integrate on and off the job training.

To apply for this award, an organisation must:
→ Employ 200 or more full-time equivalent              Criterion 2:
  employees.                                           Achievements of the business and its
                                                       employees that can be attributed to training
Joint applications will be accepted from:
                                                       Consider:
→ A Group Training Organisation that partners
  with a Host Employer; or                             • how training has improved the productivity and
                                                         well-being of your employees. (Briefly describe
→ A Host Employer that partners with a                   the personal training achievements of a few of
  Group Training Organisation.                           your staff)
Applications will not be accepted from organisations   • how training has improved relationships
whose core business is the delivery of vocational        with clients or customers
education and training. These organisations may
consider nominating for either the Small or Large      • how training has improved the productivity
Training Provider of the Year Award.                     and profitability of your business
                                                       • how you measure the benefits of training
                                                       • how training will improve your business
                                                         in the future.
Eligibility Requirements: Employer   29

                                2020 Winner
                                Swan Plumbing
                                Supplies

Criterion 3:                                                • the number of these employees who have actively
Integration of training into business planning                trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
Consider:                                                   • the training programs you have specifically
                                                              designed or tailored for the needs of these
• the training aims of your business
                                                              employees.
• the ‘training culture’ that you have
  established within your business
                                                            What the judges are looking for
• how training fits into your workforce
  development and business planning
                                                            The judges are looking for clear and relevant
• how you have formalised an ongoing                        examples of the ways that your training benefits
  commitment to training                                    your business and employees. This can include
                                                            testimonials from employees, examples where
• the training needs of your employees
                                                            training has resulted in improved productivity
  and how you find out about those needs.
                                                            or the growth of your business. A commitment to
                                                            innovation, excellence in design and delivery and
                                                            ensuring that training opportunities are available to
Criterion 4:
                                                            a diverse group of employees are all attributes that
Innovation and excellence in design
                                                            will be looked upon favourably by the judges.
and delivery of training
                                                            Here are some of the judging comments from last
Consider:
                                                            year’s Awards. These may help you in preparing
• the creativity, innovation and excellence in your         your application.
  design, development and delivery of training for
                                                            “…has displayed a commitment to training and
  your employees
                                                            development of staff, promotion from within and
• the innovative methods that you use to create             supporting gender equality in an industry that is
  positive relationships or partnerships with others        male dominated.”
  to enhance the effectiveness of your training
• any innovative approaches that you use to                 “Contextualised training, relevant, linked to real job
  encourage access to training for your employees           tasks, good buddy systems, clear promotional
  (for example, mentoring, e-learning, collaborative        opportunities.”
  learning).

                                                            Application components
Criterion 5:
Commitment to equity in training
                                                            There are three parts to the application:
Consider:
                                                            Overview – 500-word limit (includes a brief
• the training you have made available to                   description of your organisation, products/services
  employees who are from groups often under-                offered, milestones achieved and so on). This
  represented in employment, education and                  information is not used for judging purposes.
  training, i.e. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
                                                            Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word
  – Koorie people, non-English speaking people,
                                                            limit for each response.
  older age groups, people with disability or people
  living in remote areas                                    Supporting Evidence (photographs, business
                                                            endorsements, logos and so on).
• the number of these employees who have
  actively engaged in training
2021 Victorian Training Awards Nomination Guide

Eligibility                                          Employer Categories
Requirements                                         continued

EMPLOYER AWARD FOR                                   Selection Criteria
APPRENTICESHIP DEVELOPMENT                           Criterion 1:
                                                     Innovation in the delivery of training
The Employer Award for Apprenticeship                for apprentices and/or trainees
Development recognises those employers               Consider:
who have made innovative improvements
in training which provide beneficial                 • how you have demonstrated innovation in
                                                       your approach to the design and delivery
outcomes for their apprentices and/or                  of training for apprentices and/or trainees
trainees in Victoria and to their local
community.                                           • the training programs and initiatives you have
                                                       implemented and how they have improved
The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize      outcomes for apprentices and/or trainees
money and a 2021 Victorian Training Awards trophy.   • any processes or new approaches you have
This is a Victorian-only award and does not            adopted for the delivery of the training
articulate to the Australian Training Awards.
                                                     • any unique elements of the training program(s)
                                                     • the availability of quality training pathways.
Eligibility

To apply for this award, an organisation must:       Criterion 2:
→ Be an employer of Victorian apprentices or         Links with training providers
  trainees at some time between 1 January            and the community
  2020 – 5 June 2021                                 Consider:
→ Have a formalised contract of training             • how you have partnered or collaborated with
  of apprenticeship or traineeship.                    training providers and the broader community
Joint applications will be accepted from:              to deliver innovative training and skill outcomes

→ A Group Training Organisation that partners        • the partners included in the training of
  with a Host Employer; or                             apprentices and/or trainees, including Registered
                                                       Training Organisations and Australian
→ A Host Employer that partners with a                 Apprenticeship Support Network providers
  Group Training Organisation.
                                                     • the extent of participation and the benefits
                                                       of these partnerships
                                                     • how the skills required within the local community
                                                       have been met
                                                     • how the training programs have been
                                                       promoted externally.
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