What are the Queensland Training Awards?
The Queensland Training Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations within the vocational education and training (VET) sector who strive for excellence, best practice and innovation.
Established 60 years ago, the awards are Queensland's most prestigious and longest running awards program for the training sector. They continue to celebrate the significant contribution made by Queensland's VET sector to the wider Queensland community and economy.
There are 14 award categories in total.
Why should I nominate myself or someone else for an award?
The Queensland Training Awards are the longest running training sector awards program in Queensland. The awards provide individuals and organisations with a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements, best practice and innovation in training.
The awards open doors for individual category winners, and provide employers, training and community-based organisations with recognition for their organisations and staff, as well as the chance to promote themselves in their local community as an organisation of choice.
How do I know if I'm eligible for an award?
Eligibility criteria for each category is available on each award category page. You can also contact your regional coordinator if you have any questions.
What can I win?
Winners at both regional and state levels are eligible for prizes, including certificates and trophies. However, the real prize is the recognition of your hard work, when you are named the best in your region or Queensland for your award category.
Is there a cost involved in applying?
No. There is no nomination fee to apply for any award. The only costs involved are related to time and effort required to complete the nomination process.
When do nominations close?
Nominations for the 2021 Queensland Training Awards closed midnight (Queensland time) Sunday 28 March 2021.
Who can nominate for the awards?
Nominations in all categories are welcome from vocational education and training (VET) providers, employers and industry, other organisations and groups in the VET system, as well as individuals and the wider community.
All nominators should make sure that the person or organisation nominated meets the eligibility criteria for the award.
Some examples of who can nominate are:
- A VET student, apprentice or trainee nominates themselves for an award.
- An employer nominates one or more of their apprentices, trainees, or other employees in accredited training.
- An organisation nominates one or more of their outstanding students (an organisation or individual can nominate more than one candidate).
- A school or training organisation nominates a school-based apprentice or trainee.
- A training organisation, student or group of students nominates one of their teachers/trainers for the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award.
- An employer of a business or training organisation nominates their own organisation for a relevant award.
- A training organisation nominates a business or company for the Small, Medium or Large Employer of the Year award.
- An industry association nominates an employer or a training organisation for the relevant award.
- A training organisation that is working with local schools and an industry organisation to deliver nationally accredited training nominates for the Premier's Industry Collaboration Award.
Can a person or organisation nominate more than one individual for a particular award?
Yes, an organisation (e.g. training organisation or business) or individual can nominate more than one candidate for a particular award, provided all candidates meet the eligibility criteria. Nominating more than one candidate from the same organisation for the same award means they will be competing against each other.
Can a person or organisation nominate themselves for an award?
Yes, provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the award.
Can part of an organisation nominate for an award?
In the case of businesses, training and community-based organisations with activities in more than one state, only the training activities in Queensland will be considered for the award.
Where organisations have more than one workplace in Queensland, they must decide to nominate as a statewide organisation or as individual organisations. If the decision is to nominate as individual organisations, the organisation must lodge separate nominations for each location.
For an organisation that does not have vocational education and training as their core business, they are eligible to nominate the Queensland arm of their business or organisation for an employer award category.
In the case of the training provider award categories, the organisation's nomination should be for the entire Queensland operation, as a branch or a campus of a registered training organisation is not eligible to nominate individually. This is also the case for the Community Training Initiative of the Year category.
My organisation is a registered training organisation, which award do we nominate for — training provider or employer?
Being a registered training organisation does not necessarily mean the training provider categories are the right ones. The answer depends on your organisation's primary role:
- if the organisation's primary role is training - Large or Small Training Provider of the Year categories
- if the organisation's primary role is something other than training (e.g. selling products or services) - Small, Medium or Large Employer of the Year categories.
I have already completed my qualification. Am I still eligible to nominate for an award?
In general, individuals who have completed, or are due to complete, their apprenticeship, traineeship or qualification between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 (or 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 for Equity VET Student of the Year award category) are eligible to apply in the 2021 individual award categories.
I'm of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Which award do I nominate for?
- 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.
Can previous winners nominate again?
Yes. Previous winners and finalists may nominate again, provided they meet the eligibility requirements of that award.
Can I submit a hardcopy nomination?
The Queensland Training Awards nominations process is only available online via the online nomination portal. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hardcopy applications or attachments.
Is there a nomination size limit?
Yes. The nomination information for the relevant awards outlines word limits for each section of the nomination, as well as attachment type and file size limits.
What happens after I have submitted a nomination?
Once your nomination is successfully submitted via the online nomination portal, you would have received an automated email response confirming that your nomination has been received. All nominations will be assessed by a judging panel and shortlisted nominees will be contacted by phone in May 2021. Unsuccessful nominees will be notified by email in June 2021.
How are nominations judged?
After the closing date, nominations are collated and forwarded to relevant judging panels. Visit the How nominations are judged page for further details.
When do I find out if I am shortlisted or I have won?
All nominations are assessed by a judging panel and shortlisted nominees will be interviewed by phone or online in May 2021. Unsuccessful nominees will be notified by email in June 2021.
Winners will be announced at the regional and state final ceremonies.
Can I request feedback on my nomination?
Yes. Please email email@example.com with your name, current contact details (preferably a mobile phone number), award category name and region (if applicable).
Feedback is provided by the chair of the judging panel that considered your nomination. While we try to respond to feedback requests as soon as possible, a swift response cannot be guaranteed.
Feedback on your nomination must be requested prior to 30 September 2021.
If I win at a regional level, what's next?
Winners of the regional awards automatically go through to compete for top honours at the State Gala Dinner, which will be held in Brisbane in September 2021.
If I'm a winner or finalist, will I get my picture in the paper?
Winners and finalists are ambassadors for the Queensland vocational education and training system. They can receive media attention as a result of the post-award promotional campaign.
The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training may use photographs and non-confidential information from the nominations in its print and electronic publications and mediums.
For more information, read the conditions of entry.
If I win at the state finals, will I go to the Australian Training Awards?
The Australian Training Awards is held in an Australian capital city in November each year.
The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training (VET), recognising innovation and excellence in the training sector. There are 18 award categories and the process for entering varies for each award category.
Queensland's winners from the individual categories (except for the Equity VET Student of the Year award, which is a Queensland-only award) are direct entry finalists for the national awards and do not need to complete a new nomination. They will attend the Australian Training Awards ceremony.
Queensland's winners from the organisational categories (except for the Community Training Initiative of the Year award, which is a Queensland-only award) are also direct entry nominees for the relevant national award category, however, only the top 3 shortlisted nominees from around Australia will attend the Australian Training Awards ceremony.
In addition, there are 6 award categories at the Australian Training Awards that are direct entry nominations:
- Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award
- School Pathways to VET Award
- International Training Provider of the Year Award
- Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
- National Achievement Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award.
Visit the Australian Training Awards website for further information.