Nominate nowThe School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award (PDF, 171KB) is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a school-based apprentice or trainee. The award recognises the student's commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace.

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:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • be undertaking/completing, or completed, a Certificate II or above qualification through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
  • still be enrolled at school in 2020
  • have a registered training contract with the Queensland Government's Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • meet the conditions of entry.

People who complete a qualification between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, but are no longer attending school, may be eligible for the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year or Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award categories.

Note for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrants

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander you can also nominate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award. To do so, you must first nominate in this category, or one of the other eligible individual award categories.

When submitting your nomination for this category online, you must tick the following boxes indicating that you:

  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • wish to also nominate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

Once you have ticked the boxes as part of your nomination for this award category, you will be asked to complete one additional criterion around Community Engagement. Once you have completed this extra criterion, your nomination will also be submitted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award. You only need to address one additional selection criterion.

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

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 covering a description of the qualification you enrolled in, 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: Career and study achievements
Criterion 2: Team and communication skills
Criterion 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia
Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits 

SECTION C: ATTACHMENTS

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. Judging panels will be looking for evidence of how your training has contributed to your career and study plans, to the development of your skills and your achievements to date, as well as any way in which your training may have helped you achieve other qualities and pursuits.

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: Career and study achievements (Limit: 400 words)

Consider things such as:

  • Why did you choose your course?
  • How has it changed or impacted on you?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • How has your job assisted your skills development?

CRITERION 2: Team and communication skills (Limit: 400 words)

Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:

  • What have you been able to tell others, students, mates, etc. about your training?
  • What do you like about working in a team setting?
  • What traits do you think are important to positively influence others?

CRITERION 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia (Limit: 400 words)

Tell us about:

  • Examples where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of school.
  • What other activities have you been involved in where you have been a representative?
  • How would you describe the quality of your training?

CRITERION 4: Other qualities and pursuits (Limit: 400 words)

You may wish to include information about:

  • Have you had to address any challenges that have impacted on your training?
  • When have you been required to use initiative either in your training, your personal life or your workplace?
  • What other qualities and activities do you feel would be useful in your role as School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year?
  • What other community or work experience have you had?

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 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.

Last updated 7 January 2020

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