Nominate nowThe Small Training Provider of the Year award (PDF, 179KB) recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that offers a specific range of training products and services, and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET).

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

Eligibility criteria

To nominate, the organisation must:

  • be an RTO
  • have the delivery of VET as its core business
  • be delivering VET services in Queensland
  • be delivering less than 50 qualifications, which are listed on its scope of registration
  • meet the conditions of entry.

A branch or campus of an RTO is not eligible to nominate individually.

Schools operating as an RTO can nominate for the Small Training Provider of the Year  category. Other schools may be eligible for the  Premier's Industry Collaboration Award.

In the Queensland Training Awards, this award is presented at the state level only.

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: 500 words)

Organisation summary
Provide a brief description of your organisation, including the reasons why you are nominating for this award.

Note: This overview will not be considered or used for judging purposes; it is only used to provide the judging panel with some background on your organisation. If you want any of the information from your overview assessed as part of your nomination, please make sure you include it in your selection criteria responses.

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

  • number of currently enrolled students
  • number of narrow ASCED fields of education offered*
  • number of qualifications listed in the scope of registration currently being delivered
  • number of units of competency listed on the scope of registration currently being delivered
  • number of skill sets listed on the scope of registration currently being delivered
  • number of accredited courses listed on the scope of registration currently being delivered
  • completion rate for qualifications (in 2019) (%)
  • completion rate for units of competency (in 2019) (%)
  • completion rate for skill sets (in 2019) (%)
  • completion rate for accredited courses (in 2019) (%)
  • number of full-time equivalent staff
  • number of part-time staff
  • number of casual staff
  • number of contracting staff
  • length of time in operation (years)
  • percentage of annual turnover attributed to Australian Government funding (%)
  • percentage of annual turnover attributed to state/territory government funding (%)
  • percentage of annual turnover attributed to fee-for-service funding (%).

*Qualifications and accredited courses are each assigned a four-digit Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) 'narrow' field of education code. There are 71 'narrow' fields of education, and they identify the subject matter relating to a program of study.

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

Criterion 1: Leading practice in VET
Criterion 2: Strategic planning processes
Criterion 3: Student, employer and market focus
Criterion 4: Human resource capability
Criterion 5: Partnerships and links 

SECTION C: ATTACHMENTS

Provide supporting material, such as:

  • high-quality organisational logo, preferably in .EPS format (mandatory)
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support or commendation
  • 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. Please be aware that your responses to the criterion will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators, including student outcome, client satisfaction and other types of external validation data.

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: Leading practice in VET (Limit: 800 words)

How does the organisation provide exceptional VET services? You may wish to consider:

  • how it demonstrates excellence and high-level performance in national training arrangements
  • how it demonstrates creativity and innovation in the design and development of its processes and techniques (operational or educational)
  • how it provides creative and innovative solutions to emerging training needs
  • the systems it has in place to manage, evaluate and enhance its VET products and services
  • how it undertakes continuous improvement and applies quality controls internally.

CRITERION 2: Strategic planning processes (Limit: 800 words)

How does the organisation plan and coordinate VET services? You may wish to consider:

  • details of the external environment in which it operates and its relationship to state/territory and national policies and procedures
  • the systems it has put in place for planning and communicating purposes, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across the whole organisation)
  • the role of the leadership team in strategic planning
  • how its planning processes embrace innovation and change, including its capacity to plan for (and adapt to) future changes in VET
  • how it engages the ongoing VET policy reforms, including its capacity to implement change as a consequence of reform initiatives
  • how it ensures the sustainability of operations, including an understanding of risk and risk management.

CRITERION 3: Student, employer and market focus (Limit: 800 words)

How does the organisation monitor client and market needs? You may wish to consider:

  • its knowledge of – and how it responds to – students, employers and markets, including the systems it has in place for collecting and analysing data on client needs and expectations
  • how it identifies and attracts new clients and new markets, and how it addresses these without impacting the sustainability of its operations
  • how it collects and analyses data on student outcomes and completions
  • how it measures success (e.g. outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition and business outcomes from training activity)
  • how it encourages access to its VET products and services, and the success it has achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups.

CRITERION 4: Human resource capability (Limit: 800 words)

How does the organisation build the capacity of its workforce? You may wish to consider:

  • the strategies it has in place to build staff capability (e.g. job design, personnel selection, staff training and development, performance management systems, two-way feedback systems)
  • its capability and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets, including its response times for upskilling staff
  • how it ensures constructive management and employee relations, including the emphasis it places on teamwork, participation and communication
  • how it recognises the well-being of staff as critical to business success.

CRITERION 5: Partnerships and links (Limit: 800 words)

How does the organisation establish genuine partnerships to support VET? You may wish to consider:

  • strategies it has in place to identify local/regional issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial and environmental issues) and how they are incorporated into its service delivery
  • how it establishes and monitors positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups
  • how it builds new, innovative and effective partnerships in the local or wider community
  • how it ensures partnerships are reciprocal (i.e. where each partner brings resources to the partnership and shares in outputs from the partnership).

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.

State Gala Dinner

In the Queensland Training Awards, training provider award categories are presented at the state level only.

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, 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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