The Large Employer of the Year award (PDF, 107 KB) recognises a large enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.

'Nationally recognised training' refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a registered training organisation (RTO). This includes apprenticeships and traineeships.

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

Eligibility criteria

To nominate, the large enterprise must meet the conditions of entry and employ 200 or more full-time equivalent employees.

The Queensland Training Awards will also accept joint applications from:

  • a group training organisation (GTO) who partners with a host employer
  • a host employer who partners with a GTO.

Nominations will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (VET). These organisations may consider nominating in either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year categories.

State and territory winners of this category are nominated to enter a shortlisting process for the Australian Training Awards. Selection criteria for Queensland and national awards programs are aligned.

Further information for businesses with more than one workplace in Queensland:

  • The business must determine whether it wishes to nominate as an individual workplace or as a statewide business. If nominating as a statewide business, the nomination must be submitted in the region where the business's head office is located.
  • If there is more than one workplace nominating (as individual workplaces), the workplaces must lodge separate nominations and compete against each other.
  • If an organisation nominates as a statewide business, other workplaces of the organisation are not eligible to nominate.

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: 500 words)

Business summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products/services that you offer and any major milestones you have achieved.

Note: The overview is not assessed by the judging panel; it is only used to provide them with some background on your organisation. Please include any relevant information from your overview in your selection criteria responses should you want it included in your nomination assessment.

Business details

This information may be used to develop summaries about your organisation throughout the awards process.

Please list the following details:

  • industry sector
  • main business location
  • number of full-time employees
  • number of part-time employees
  • number of casual employees
  • number of contractors
  • business structure (e.g. partnership, trust or company)
  • length of time in operation (years)
  • your training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll.

SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 800 words for each criterion)

Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees

Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training

Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning

Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training


Provide supporting material such as:

  • high-quality organisational logo (mandatory)
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support (e.g. a reference from an employee, training provider or 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.

Addressing selection criteria

This information will be considered and used for shortlisting and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators, including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation.

The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

CRITERION 1: Extent and quality of training for employees (Limit: 800 words)

Consider things such as:

  • your involvement in designing training specifically for your business, either alone or in partnership with training organisations
  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
  • your training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll
  • the percentage of your employees who are actively engaged in training
  • average hours per month that your employees spend in training
  • how you integrate on and off-the-job training.

CRITERION 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training (Limit: 800 words)

Consider things such as:

  • how training has improved the productivity and well-being of your employees (briefly describe the personal training achievements of a few of your staff)
  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • 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.

CRITERION 3: Integration of training into business planning (Limit: 800 words)

Consider things such as:

  • the training aims of your business
  • the 'training culture' that you have established within your business
  • how training fits into your workforce development and business planning
  • how you have formalised an ongoing commitment to training
  • how you find out about the training needs of your employees.

CRITERION 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training (Limit: 800 words)

Consider things such as:

  • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of your training for your employees
  • innovative methods that you use to create positive relationships or partnerships with others to enhance the effectiveness of your training
  • innovative approaches that you use to encourage access to training for your employees (e.g. mentoring, e-learning and collaborative learning).

CRITERION 5: Commitment to equity in training (Limit: 800 words)


  • the training you have made available to employees who are from groups under-represented in employment, education and training, such as people with disability, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people in older age groups and people living in remote areas
  • the number of these employees who have actively engaged in training
  • the number of these employees who have actively trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
  • the training programs that have been specifically designed for these employees.

Last updated 7 January 2019

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