Nominate nowThe Equity VET Student of the Year award (PDF, 171KB) 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 Queensland-based only.

Eligibility criteria
Nomination period and closing date
How to prepare your nomination
Nomination sections
Addressing selection criteria
Telephone interviews
Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

Eligibility criteria

To nominate, you must:

  • have completed, or be due to complete, your training in the State of Queensland in the period of 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020, in an apprenticeship, traineeship or training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification
  • 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
  • meet the conditions of entry.

Nomination period and closing date

Nominations are now open, and the closing date has been extended until midnight, Tuesday 30 June 2020.

How to prepare your nomination

Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards. The key to a successful nomination is starting early – don't leave it to the last minute or you may run out of time.

Visit the Entering the awards page to learn more, including:

Creating an online nomination account

Nominations are submitted via the online nomination portal. You will need to create an account before submitting your nomination. New accounts can only be created, and nominations can only be submitted, during the nomination period.

Once you have created your account, 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 nomination period.

Please ensure your computer has JavaScript enabled, so you can take full advantage of the online nomination portal.

Nomination sections

SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 300 words)

Provide a short overview, including a description of the training course or qualification you 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 overview will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the awards process. 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: 400 words for each criterion)

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 customers)
  • 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 criterion. You should describe your pathway into VET, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, your motivation to begin, the barriers to overcome, support found along the way and the benefits you have experienced in accessing and participating in VET.

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: Challenges and barriers to accessing and participating in VET (Limit: 400 words)

Explain the circumstances which made accessing and participating in VET a challenge. You may wish to consider:

  • 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?
  • Any challenges you faced while completing your course/training.
  • What 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. You may wish to consider:

  • Was there a person or program which motivated you?
  • What role did your registered training organisation play in supporting you throughout your training?
  • What motivated you to continue your training through to completion?
  • Did you think about leaving your studies before they were completed? If so, 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. You may wish to consider:

  • What did you learn and how did you put this into practice?
  • How did the course/training that 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.

Telephone interviews

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 judging process. Timeframes will be advised as soon as possible.

Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions around non-essential gatherings, face-to-face regional and state award ceremonies will not take place in 2020. Instead, regional and state winners will be announced via an online campaign with more details to be available soon.

Last updated 30 April 2020

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