The Equity VET Student of the Year award (PDF, 100 KB) is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in overcoming a significant barrier or disadvantage to effectively participate in vocational education and training (VET).

Note: This award is only offered in Queensland.

Eligibility criteria
Closing date
How to prepare your nomination
Nomination sections
Addressing selection criteria

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • have completed or expect to complete their training in the State of Queensland between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019, in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification, including an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • have experienced a significant barrier or disadvantage to effective participation in VET, including but not limited to:
    • low level of education and skill development
    • low literacy and numeracy skills
    • disability
    • culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including refugees
    • long-term unemployment
    • health issues
    • returning to the workforce following care-giving, family responsibilities or change of circumstance.

Closing date

Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards must be submitted by midnight (Queensland time) Sunday 17 March 2019.

How to submit your nomination

Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards.

Key to a successful nomination is starting early - don't leave it to the last minute or you may run out of time.

Have a look at our 5 easy steps slideshow (YouTube) to help you plan out how to pull together that winning nomination.

Also visit the how to prepare your nomination page to view details on how to prepare your nomination, writing tips, frequently asked questions and examples of successful nominations.

Lastly, contact your local regional coordinator for advice and assistance in completing your nomination, they are happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

Nomination period

Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards are now open and close 17 March 2019.

Creating an online nomination account

Nominations are submitted via the online nomination portal.

Before submitting a nomination, all applicants must create an account using the online nomination portal.

You will receive a confirmation email and must verify your email address before you can begin a nomination. Once you have verified your email you can start your nomination, save it and go back and edit it at any time during the period that nominations are open.

Please ensure your computer has JavaScript enabled to get the most out of the online nomination portal.

New accounts are now able to be created and nominations may be submitted until 17 March 2019.

Nomination sections

SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 300 words)

Provide a short overview, including a description of the training course or qualification you are enrolled in, the name of your registered training organisation and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing this industry and training pathway.

Note: This information will not be considered or used for short lisiting or judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the Awards process.

SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 400 words for each criterion)

Nominees for this award will need to describe their pathway into VET, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, their motivation to begin, the barriers to overcome, support found along the way and the benefits they have experienced in accessing and participating in VET.

Criterion 1: Challenges and barriers to accessing and participating in VET

Criterion 2: What or who helped you to overcome these barriers?

Criterion 3: How has VET benefited you?

Criterion 4: Goals for the future and contribution to your community


Provide supporting material, such as:

  • professional headshot (mandatory)
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support (e.g. a reference from your teacher, principal, employer or a customer)
  • publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.

Please note the maximum number of attachments is five (5), each with a maximum file size of 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, 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.

Addressing selection criteria

In your nomination, you must present your information in a way that clearly addresses each award criterion.

In developing your nomination, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below.

These considerations are not additional criteria, but are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the criteria.

CRITERION 1: Challenges and barriers to accessing and participation in VET (Limit: 400 words)

Explain the circumstances which made accessing and participating in VET a challenge. Consider things such as:

  • any personal or career barriers that have prevented you from undertaking training and securing sustainable employment or a career pathway
  • what motivated you to commence your studies in the VET sector
  • the challenges you faced while completing your course/training
  • strategies you used to ensure you were able to successfully participate in your course/training program.

CRITERION 2: What or who helped you to overcome these barriers? (Limit: 400 words)

Think about the support you found on your training pathway. Consider such things as:

  • was there a person or program which motivated you
  • the role played by the registered training organisation in supporting you throughout your training
  • what motivated you to continue with your training through to completion
  • did you think about leaving your studies before they were completed and what stopped you.

CRITERION 3: How has VET benefited you? (Limit: 400 words)

Consider any skills you have developed through your training and the success you were able to achieve, such as:

  • what did you learn and how have you put this into practice
  • how did the course/training you undertook assist you
  • any achievements you have realised from participating in your course/training program, such as securing employment, going onto further training or being recognised in the community or workplace.

CRITERION 4: Goals for the future and contribution to your community (Limit: 400 words)

Where to next? What plans do you have for the future? You may wish to include information about:

  • your future plans and how the completion of your studies has assisted you in this area
  • your achievements in areas other than study and work
  • how what you have achieved has enabled you to contribute to your community.

Last updated 7 January 2019

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