The Small Training Provider of the Year award (PDF, 110 KB) 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
Closing date
How to prepare your nomination
Nomination sections
Addressing selection criteria

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.

A branch or a 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.

This category is presented at the state level only.

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)

Organisation summary

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

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.

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 Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) fields 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 2018) (%)
  • Completion rate for units of competency (in 2018) (%)
  • Completion rate for skill sets (in 2018) (%)
  • Completion rate for accredited courses (in 2018) (%)
  • 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


Provide supporting material such as:

  • high-quality organisational logo (mandatory)
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support or commendation
  • 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.

Nomination material that exceeds the maximum number of attachments will not be passed onto judging panels.

Addressing selection criteria

This award category requires the nominator to address selection criteria. Responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators, including student outcome, client satisfaction and external validation data.

The considerations listed  under each criterion are provided to clarify what 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 processes and techniques (operational or educational)
  • how it provides creative and innovative solutions to emerging training needs
  • the systems put in place to manage, evaluate and enhance 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 the organisation operates and its relationship to state/territory and national policies and priorities
  • the systems it has 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 planning processes embrace innovation and change, including the capacity to plan for (and adapt to) future changes in VET
  • how the organisation 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 maintaining 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:

  • knowledge of — and how you respond to — students, employers and markets, including the systems you have in place for collecting and analysing data on client needs and expectations
  • how the organisation 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 its success 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 in place to build staff capability (e.g. job design, personnel selection, staff training and development, performance management systems and two-way feedback systems)
  • capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets, including response times for upskilling staff
  • how the organisation ensures constructive management and employee relations, including the emphasis the organisation places on teamwork, participation and communication
  • how the organisation 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 in place to identify local/regional issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial and environmental issues) and how they are incorporated into service delivery
  • how the organisation 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).

Last updated 7 January 2019

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