Nominate nowThe Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award (PDF, 171KB) is presented to an individual undertaking a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning.

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
  • have completed, or be due to complete, your training (i.e. completion date) in the period of 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are applying for
  • have a registered training contract with the Queensland Government's Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • meet the conditions of entry.
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 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: 300 words)

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are 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 this course?
  • How has it changed or impacted on you?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • What have you been able to bring to your workplace?

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, work mates, employers 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 work.
  • 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 Trainee of the Year?
  • What other community or industry involvement have you had?

Telephone interviews

It is important to note that telephone interviews form part of the judging process and participating 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.

Regional award ceremonies and State Gala Dinner

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, regional and 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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