Eleven award categories are initially contested across the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's 7 regional areas – Tropical North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland, North Coast, Metropolitan, Darling Downs South West and South East.

The training provider and Premier's Industry Collaboration Award categories are presented at the state level only.

Learn more about entering the awards, including when you can nominate.

Individual award categories

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by an apprentice who has recently completed or is due to complete an apprenticeship in Queensland.

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by a trainee who has recently completed or is due to complete a traineeship in Queensland.

Vocational Student of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by a student who has recently completed or is due to complete a vocational education and training qualification in Queensland.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student within the Queensland vocational education and training sector.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by a Queensland school-based apprentice or trainee.

Equity VET Student of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement in overcoming a significant barrier or disadvantage to effectively participate in vocational education and training.

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement by a teacher or trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at, or in partnership with, a registered training organisation.

Employer and organisation categories

The training provider and Premier's Industry Collaboration Award categories are presented at the state level only.

Large Training Provider of the Year (state only)
Awarded for outstanding contribution to the delivery of vocational education and training in Queensland by a registered training organisation delivering 50 or more qualifications.

Small Training Provider of the Year (state only)
Awarded for outstanding contribution to the delivery of vocational education and training in Queensland by a registered training organisation delivering less than 50 qualifications.

Community Training Initiative of the Year
Awarded for providing outstanding assistance to Queenslanders to gain the skills, experience and vocational education and training qualifications required to enter and stay in the workplace, by a community-based not-for-profit organisation.

Large Employer of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement in the area of vocational education and training by a Queensland business with 200 or more full-time equivalent employees.

Medium Employer of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement in the area of vocational education and training by a Queensland business with 20 to 199 full-time equivalent employees.

Small Employer of the Year
Awarded for outstanding achievement in the area of vocational education and training by a Queensland business with 19 or less full-time equivalent employees.

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award (state only)
Awarded for outstanding collaboration providing exemplary skills development between an employer/industry body and a registered training organisation.

Last updated 2 September 2021

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