The Community Training Initiative of the Year award (PDF, 175KB) recognises a community-based not-for-profit organisation delivering an initiative that provides assistance to Queenslanders who need support to gain the skills, experience and vocational education and training (VET) qualifications required to enter and stay in the workforce.
Note: This award is Queensland-based only.
To nominate, the organisation must be:
- a community-based organisation, based in Queensland, with not-for-profit objectives
- delivering services in Queensland
- able to demonstrate successful experience in providing tailored employment outcome-focused, community-based services and support to a range of participants including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people re-entering the workforce and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- meet the conditions of entry.
Nomination period and closing date
Nominations are now open and must be submitted by midnight (Queensland time) Tuesday 31 March 2020. Please note that there will be no extension to this timeframe.
How to prepare your nomination
- how to prepare your nomination, including a nomination checklist, writing tips and examples of successful nominations
- conditions of entry
- contact details for regional coordinators, who are happy to assist you with your nomination
- how nominations are judged
- frequently asked questions.
Creating an online nomination account
SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 500 words)
Provide a short overview, including a description of your organisation, its aims and objectives and the participant group it supports.
Note: This overview will not be considered or used for judging purposes; it is only used to provide the judging panel with some background on your organisation. If you want any of the information from your overview assessed as part of your nomination, please make sure you also include it in your selection criteria responses.
SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 800 words for each criterion)
Criterion 1: Leading community-based, employment outcome-focused services and support
Criterion 2: Servicing community needs
Criterion 3: Strategies to assist participants
Criterion 4: Outcomes for participants
Criterion 5: Partnerships and links
SECTION C: ATTACHMENTS
Provide supporting material, such as:
- high-quality organisational logo, preferably in .EPS format (mandatory)
- newspaper articles
- photocopies of awards or certificates
- letters of support from partnering organisations such as local councils, employers and registered training organisations
- endorsements from participants
- publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.
Supporting material of up to 5 attachments may be included. Each attachment must not exceed 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS and XLSX. No multimedia items (e.g. YouTube videos) or discs will be accepted with nominations.
Nomination material that exceeds the maximum number of attachments will not be passed onto judging panels for assessment.
Addressing selection criteria
In your nomination, you must present your information in a way that clearly addresses each award criterion. Judging panels will be looking for evidence of how the activities of your organisation meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and sustainable employment outcomes for participants.
In developing your nomination, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below which are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the criteria.
CRITERION 1: Leading community-based, employment outcome-focused services and support (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation provide exceptional services and support within its local community? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation supports the community to build skills, addresses disadvantage, creates an inclusive society and engages local industry and employers
- how your organisation demonstrates its commitment to access and equity principles
- the creative and innovative solutions your organisation provides to identify community need, services gaps and employment opportunities
- the strong networks and collaborative partnerships your organisation has developed to better meet the needs of local communities and engage with local industry and employers.
CRITERION 2: Servicing community needs (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation provide short-term and long-term benefits to the community? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation demonstrates broad-based community support to deliver sustainable employment opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers
- how the activities of your organisation align to local labour market needs and employment trends (e.g. reference participation rates, unemployment rates, current vacancy rates, industry growth and local employment predictions)
- your organisation's strong community presence within a local area, for example local knowledge, fostered networks and relationships and how these support your organisation's achievements
- outlining the community benefits your organisation provides and what level of need there is in the community for the services you provide
- the readiness of your organisational culture to work with other organisations (for example, detail past collaborations and links to local industry and employers).
CRITERION 3: Strategies to assist participants (Limit: 800 words)
What strategies and support mechanisms does the organisation implement to identify and address the barriers to learning and employment faced by participants of the programs run by the organisation?
If your organisation has partnered with a registered training organisation (RTO) to provide services to participants, it is important to separate the services that would be provided by an RTO from those that are provided by your organisation. You may wish to consider:
- outlining the negotiations that your organisation undertakes when partnering with an RTO to ensure participants' needs are accommodated (e.g. adequate volume of learning. flexible delivery mode options)
- how your organisation can demonstrate the range of work experience arrangements it has in place with local employers
- the employer networks your organisation has established and how they operate to ensure participants from your programs are linked with job opportunities
- how your organisation can demonstrate the range of support services it provides to participants to prepare participants for entering into the workforce and maintaining employment (e.g. individual case management services, job search services, interview preparation, post placement follow up).
CRITERION 4: Outcomes for participants (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation measure and monitor the outcomes it achieves for participants? What are the outcomes your organisation achieves? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation measures success (e.g. employment outcomes and completion data, industry recognition)
- how your organisation collects and analyses data on participant outcomes and completion
- how your organisation encourages participants to access further VET
- how your organisation identifies and attracts participants, industry and community partners
- providing a summary/overview of your participant outcomes for at least the last two financial years.
CRITERION 5: Partnerships and links (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation establish genuine partnerships to achieve employment outcomes for participants? You may wish to consider:
- strategies your organisation utilises to identify local community issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial and environmental issues) and how they are incorporated into service delivery and industry and employer engagement
- if your organisation partners with RTOs to provide training and assessment services to participants, how your organisation selects an RTO to provide these services (e.g. delivery strategies which accommodate disadvantaged learners, customised training plans, mode of delivery, learning support matched to participants)
- how your organisation establishes and monitors positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups
- how your organisation builds new, innovative and effective partnerships in the local or wider community.
It is important to note that telephone interviews form part of the judging process and participation is a mandatory component of nominating for the Queensland Training Awards.
All shortlisted nominees must be available to participate in a telephone interview during the last 2 weeks of April 2020, and if selected as a state finalist, also the first 2 weeks of August 2020.
Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner
Finalists from this category will be required to attend the award ceremony (in July) for the region they are nominated in. Winners from each regional final will be required to attend the State Gala Dinner in September. Attendance is required as presence for the announcement of the winner is mandatory.
Information on award ceremony dates and venues will be updated throughout the year.