The Small Employer of the Year award (PDF, 107 KB) recognises a small 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 small enterprise must meet the conditions of entry and employ 19 or fewer 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:

  • branch offices of larger enterprises (note: franchises may nominate if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group)
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (VET) (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year awards).

State and territory winners of this category are nominated to enter a shortlisting process for the Australian Training Awards. Selection criteria for Queensland and the 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 employees
  • business structure (e.g. sole trader, 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: Employee outcomes

Criterion 3: Business outcomes


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 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.

Addressing selection criteria

In your nomination, you must present your information in a way that clearly addresses each award criterion. When developing your nomination, you may wish to consider the points listed below that are relevant to your organisation. These points will guide you on what to write about in order to address selection criteria.

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

Describe the training that your small business is involved in. Include the following:

  • qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
  • number of employees actively engaged in training
  • the names of training organisations that are delivering the training
  • a brief example or story about an innovative training approach you are using (e.g. mentoring, e-learning or collaborative learning).

*Ask the training organisation/s you are working with to help you with this criterion.

CRITERION 2: Employee outcomes (Limit: 800 words)

How has training benefited your employees? Include the following:

  • how training has improved the well-being of your employees
  • how training has improved the productivity of your employees
  • a brief example or story about an employee who has benefited the most from training.

CRITERION 3: Business outcomes (Limit: 800 words)

How has training benefited your business? Include the following:

  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • a brief example or story of how your business has grown as a result of training.

Last updated 7 January 2019

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