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There are 4 training provider categories in the Victorian Training Awards. To find out more about the eligibility criteria in each individual category, please click on the tabs below.

  • The Community Training Provider of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by an organisation involved in improving skills in the local community or workplace.

    The winner of this award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2022 Victorian Training Awards trophy. This is a Victorian-only award and does not articulate to the Australian Training Awards.

    Overview

    • This award recognises an organisation whose innovation and excellence in training is improving skills in the local community or a workplace
    • The award is for community organisations delivering ACFE Board-funded pre-accredited training
    • Selection criteria — design and implementation of quality training programs, understanding of local community and engaging vulnerable learners, partnerships and participation in local community
    • Nominating organisations must have delivered training during 2021
    • Apply through a written application
    • Help with your application is available through the writing assistance service and our team is happy to answer any questions you have

    Apply for this award if:

    • Your organisation is delivering community vocational education through ACFE Board-funded pre-accredited training in Victoria

    See full eligibility requirements below

    Eligibility

    Your organisation must:

    • Deliver training in Victoria
    • Have a history of timely compliance with contractual obligations and program requirements
    • Be registered with the ACFE Board as a Learn Local organisation
    • Have delivered ACFE Board-funded pre-accredited training in 2021

    What you’ll need to apply

    There are 3 parts to the application:

    • Overview – 500-word limit. (includes a brief description of your organisation, products/services offered, milestones achieved and so on). This information is not used for judging purposes.
    • Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word limit for each response
    • Supporting Evidence
      • Up to 5 relevant photographs showcasing the organisation or initiative
      • Signed copy of the Business Endorsement by the CEO/MD
      • Full-colour logo.

    How to apply for this award

    Register/Log in via the Award Force portal.External Link

    Selection Criteria

    Criterion 1: Demonstrated design and implementation of quality training programs (pre-accredited and other) that are highly valued by the local community and are responsive to learner aspirations

    Tell us about:

    • how your programs provide pathways to other opportunities, further learning and employment
    • what measures of quality you implement to ensure the successful delivery of your programs
    • what challenges have been overcome in planning and implementing your training programs
    • if the training programs might have a positive impact beyond the organisation in the wider community or environment
    • what techniques and/or strategies your organisation uses to engage learners in your programs and maintain good learner completion rates
    • what ways learners have been supported beyond the formal structures of program delivery
    • how you demonstrate creativity, excellence and/or innovation in the design and development of processes or techniques
    • your organisation’s history – how your services have responded to the changes in your local community.

    Criterion 2: Demonstrated understanding of local community and know-how to attract learners facing barriers to participation and attainment in vocational training

    Tell us about:

    • if your programs benefit and appeal to individuals or groups who are typically under-represented in traditional educational channels (in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, ability, location)
    • examples of learners with pathways into local businesses that have addressed local skills shortages
    • what your organisation does to encourage access
    • what degree of success the organisation has had in meeting the needs of learners facing barriers
    • what your organisation does to promote knowledge of clients and markets and how it responds to these
    • any systems and processes for collecting and analysing data on client needs and expectations
    • what local and learner needs are addressed by your organisation
    • the benefits to your local community
    • what is unique or creative about your organisation’s approach to addressing local needs
    • how you support learners to connect with local community, further education and employment opportunities.

    Criterion 3: Demonstrated partnerships and participation in broader service delivery within the local community

    Tell us about:

    • how learners’ achievements have impacted on others either in the organisation or local community stakeholders
    • how your work environment demonstrates that it recognises the well-being of staff
    • how you undertake continuous improvement within the organisation
    • how your organisation connects with the work and/or offerings of other organisations or groups in the local or wider community
    • how your organisation connects with business or industry (individuals or groups)
    • the strategies your organisation has to identify local and/ or regional issues (such as social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into service delivery
    • the methods your organisation uses to create positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and local community groups (for example, industry consultation, partnerships, feedback)
    • if your organisation has supported learners to engage with their local community
    • any types of learner pathways your organisation helped to create
    • what partnership or network your organisation has established that has had positive outcomes for learners in your organisation or your local community.

    What the judges are looking for

    The judges are looking for clear and relevant examples of your organisation’s achievements in its training.

    The Victorian Training Awards are full of wonderful nominees doing great work in their training, so the judges are keen to hear all about it! Be proud of your organisation and tell us clearly what it has achieved!

  • The Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award recognises exceptional training providers within the Victorian government’s vocational education and training sector that have demonstrated outstanding improvements with regard to the achievement, engagement and well-being of students with disability.

    The winner of this award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2022 Victorian Training Awards trophy. This is a Victorian-only award and does not articulate to the Australian Training Awards.

    Overview

    • This award recognises training providers who have shown outstanding improvements in engaging with and improving the wellbeing of students with disability.
    • The award is for organisations whose core business is the delivery of training and that are delivering an inclusive curriculum for students with a disability and/or additional needs.
    • Selection criteria — focus on students, quality and inclusive teaching and learning, community and system engagement, and implementing improvement, innovation and change
    • Nominees must have delivered training during the period of 1 January 2021 and 5 June 2022
    • Apply through a written application
    • Help with your application is available through the writing assistance service and our team is happy to answer any questions you have

    Eligibility

    Your organisation must:

    • be a training provider whose core business is the delivery of training
    • deliver training in Victoria
    • be a training provider delivering an inclusive curriculum for students with a disability and / or additional needs
    • have an effective Disability Action Plan and inclusive and accessible employment plans in place

    What you'll need to apply

    There are 3 parts to the application:

    • Overview – 500-word limit. (includes a brief description of your organisation, products/services offered, milestones achieved and so on). This information is not used for judging purposes.
    • Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word limit for each response
    • Supporting Evidence
      • Up to 5 relevant photographs showcasing the organisation or initiative
      • Signed copy of the Business Endorsement by the CEO/MD
      • Full-colour logo.

    How to apply for this award

    Register/Log in via the Award Force portal.External Link

    Selection Criteria

    Criterion 1: Focus on students Tell us about:

    • a positive impact on the achievement, engagement and well-being of students with additional needs
    • how you deliver outstanding improvements to increase understanding about students with disability and additional needs
    • how you engage with students with disability, their families and carers, to ensure their needs are considered and addressed, facilitating inclusive practices to deliver strong outcomes.

    Criterion 2: Quality and inclusive teaching and learning

    Tell us about:

    • how you demonstrate excellent curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting practices in response to the needs of students with disability
    • innovative uses of technology to deliver an inclusive curriculum for students with a wide range of functional impairments
    • how you ensure reasonable adjustments are made to support students with disability.

    Criterion 3: Community and system engagement

    Tell us about:

    • how you demonstrate working in partnership with schools, networks, regions and the community to develop an understanding of students with additional needs
    • how you foster partnerships in local communities to increase employment opportunities for students with disability through the building of pathways from training to employment.

    Criterion 4: Implementing improvement, innovation and change

    Tell us about:

    • how you demonstrate leadership and implementation of initiatives or programs that meet the needs of students with additional needs
    • how these are developed and delivered in line with best practice principles
    • how you demonstrate development and maintenance of positive and purposeful relationships, working in partnership with schools, networks, regions and the community to improve collaborative practices, while positively building the reputation of the Victorian government’s VET system.

    Criterion 5: Inclusive workplace

    Tell us about:

    • the modelling of effective Disability Action Plans and inclusive and accessible employment practices to demonstrate to industry partners and other employers the benefits of a diverse workforce
    • how you demonstrate commitment to support current staff with disability and a track record of increasing the numbers of staff with disability
    • in particular, your inclusion of people with disability in the teaching and delivery of disability employment qualifications.

    What the judges are looking for

    The judges are looking for clear and relevant examples of your organisation’s achievements in its training.

    The Victorian Training Awards are full of wonderful nominees doing great work in their training, so the judges are keen to hear all about it! Be proud of your organisation and tell us clearly what it has achieved!

  • The Small Training Provider of the Year Award recognises small registered training organisations (RTOs) that offer a range of training products and services and that demonstrate excellence and high-level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

    The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2022 Victorian Training Awards trophy. They will also be nominated to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

    After a review by the Australian Training Awards, there have been a number of changes in 2022 to the Small Training Provider of the Year Award and the Large Training Provider of the Year Award categories.

    The Small Training Provider of the Year Award was previously for training providers delivering fewer than 50 qualifications. In 2022, this award is now for training providers that have fewer than 500 students enrolled at the time of nomination.

    Overview

    • This award recognises registered training organisations that offer a range of training products and services and that demonstrate excellence in all aspects of vocational education and training
    • Nominees must have fewer than 500 students enrolled at the time of nomination
    • Selection criteria — high quality and leading practice in vocational education and training, meeting student needs, meeting industry needs, high quality business management, and innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training
    • All eligible small training providers are encouraged to apply for this award, including community learning providers and independent training providers
    • Apply through a written application
    • This award is for organisations for which the delivery of vocational education and training is their core business
    • Help with your application is available through the writing assistance service and our team is happy to answer any questions you have

    Eligibility

    Your organisation must:

    • be a training provider whose core business is the delivery of training
    • deliver training in Victoria
    • have fewer than 500 students enrolled at the time of nomination, as reported by RTOs in the most recent annual National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data collection period

    What you’ll need to apply

    There are four parts to the application:

    • Overview – 500-word limit. (includes a brief description of your organisation, products/services offered, milestones achieved and so on). This information is not used for judging purposes.
    • Organisation Details
      • Number of: currently enrolled students; narrow ASCED fields of education that you offer; qualifications listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered; units of competency listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered; skill sets listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered; accredited courses listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
      • Completion rate percentage (in the year previous to this award) for: qualifications; units of competency; skill sets; accredited courses
      • Number of: full-time equivalent staff; part time staff; casual staff; contracting staff
      • Length of time in operation (years)
      • Percentage of annual turnover attributed to: Australian Government funding ; state/territory government funding ; fee-for-service funding
    • Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word limit for each response
    • Supporting Evidence
      • Evidence of the breakdown of enrolled student numbers as reported to NCVER
      • Up to 5 relevant photographs showcasing the organisation or initiative
      • Signed copy of the Business Endorsement by the CEO/MD
      • Full-colour logo.

    How to apply for this award

    Register/Log in via the Award Force portal.External Link

    Selection Criteria

    Criterion 1: High quality and leading practice in vocational education and training

    Tell us about:

    • how you demonstrate excellence and high level performance in nationally accredited training arrangementshow you provide creative and innovative solutions to emerging training needs
    • the systems you have in place to manage, evaluate and enhance your VET products and services
    • how you implement and keep up with best practice
    • how your training influences best practice
    • how you measure success (e.g. outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition, business outcomes from training activity)
    • how you undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation.

    Criterion 2: Meeting student needs

    Tell us about:

    • how you encourage access to your VET products and services
    • what support services you provide to students during their training
    • the systems you have in place to be able to reach different cohorts (e.g. online training)
    • how you are inclusive of different students’ needs
    • how you provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace
    • how satisfied students are with their training
    • the success you have achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups.

    Criterion 3: Meeting industry needs

    Tell us about:

    • how you build new, innovative and effective partnerships with industry in the local or wider community
    • how you collect data on and understand Industry/business needs and expectations
    • your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets
    • how your training reflects changing industry requirements and expectations.

    Criterion 4: High quality business management

    Tell us about:

    • the strategies you have in place to identify local/regional issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into your service delivery
    • the systems you have in place for planning and communicating your purpose, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across your whole organisation)
    • how you develop the capability and capacity of your workforce
    • the strategies you have in place to build a positive workplace culture
    • how you support employee wellbeing and positive mental health
    • how you incorporate inclusion and diversity into running your business
    • how you identify and attract new clients and new markets, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your operations
    • how you enrol, train and report on online learners
    • how you ensure the sustainability of your operations, including your understanding of risk and risk management.

    Criterion 5: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

    How you demonstrate innovation in your approach to the design and delivery of training for students?

    Tell us about:

    • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training
    • how you demonstrate creativity and innovation in the design and development of your processes and techniques (operational or educational)
    • innovative methods that you use to create positive relationships or partnerships with others to enhance the effectiveness of your training
    • innovative approaches that you use to encourage access to training for your students (e.g. mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

    What the judges are looking for

    The judges are looking for clear and relevant examples of your organisation’s achievements in its training.

    The Victorian Training Awards are full of wonderful nominees doing great work in their training, so the judges are keen to hear all about it! Be proud of your organisation and tell us clearly what it has achieved!

  • The Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises large registered training organisations (RTOs) that offer a range of training products and services and that demonstrate excellence and high-level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

    The winner of this Award receives $5,000 in prize money and a 2022 Victorian Training Awards trophy. They will also be nominated to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

    After a review by the Australian Training Awards, there have been a number of changes in 2022 to the Small Training Provider of the Year Award and the Large Training Provider of the Year Award categories.

    The Large Training Provider of the Year Award was previously for training providers delivering more than 50 qualifications. In 2022, this award is now for training providers that have more than 500 students enrolled at the time of nomination.

    Overview

    • This award recognises recognise large registered training organisations that offer a range of training products and services and that demonstrate excellence in all aspects of vocational education and training
    • Nominees must have 500 or more students enrolled at the time of nomination
    • Selection criteria — high quality and leading practice in vocational education and training, meeting student needs, meeting industry needs, high quality business management, and innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training
    • All eligible large training providers are encouraged to apply for this award, including community learning providers and independent training providers
    • Apply through a written application
    • This award is for organisations for which the delivery of vocational education and training is their core business
    • Help with your application is available through the writing assistance service and our team is happy to answer any questions you have

    Eligibility

    Your organisation must:

    • be a training provider whose core business is the delivery of training
    • deliver training in Victoria
    • have 500 or more students enrolled at the time of nomination, as reported by RTOs in the most recent annual National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data collection period.

    What you’ll need to apply

    There are 3 parts to the application:

    • Business Summary – 500-word limit. (includes a brief description of your organisation, products/services offered, milestones achieved and so on). This information is not used for judging purposes.
    • Responses to the Selection Criteria – 800-word limit for each response
    • Supporting Evidence
      • Evidence of the breakdown of enrolled student numbers as reported to NCVER
      • Up to 5 relevant photographs showcasing the organisation or initiative
      • Signed copy of the Business Endorsement by the CEO/MD
      • Full-colour logo.

    How to apply for this award

    Register/Log in via the Award Force portal at https://vtaExternal Link . awardsplatform.com/

    Selection Criteria

    Criterion 1: High quality and leading practice in vocational education and training

    Tell us about:

    • how you demonstrate excellence and high level performance in nationally accredited training arrangements
    • how you provide creative and innovative solutions to emerging training needs
    • the systems you have in place to manage, evaluate and enhance your VET products and services
    • how you implement and keep up with best practice
    • how your training influences best practice
    • how you measure success (e.g. outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition, business outcomes from training activity)
    • how you undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation.

    Criterion 2: Meeting student needs

    Tell us about:

    • how you encourage access to your VET products and services
    • what support services you provide to students during their training
    • the systems you have in place to be able to reach different cohorts (e.g. online training)
    • how you are inclusive of different students’ needs
    • how you provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace
    • how satisfied students are with their training
    • the success you have achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups.

    Criterion 3: Meeting industry needs

    Tell us about:

    • how you build new, innovative and effective partnerships with industry in the local or wider community
    • how you collect data on and understand industry/business needs and expectations
    • your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets
    • how your training reflects changing industry requirements and expectations.

    Criterion 4: High quality business management

    Tell us about:

    • the strategies you have in place to identify local/regional issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into your service delivery
    • the systems you have in place for planning and communicating your purpose, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across your whole organisation)
    • how you develop the capability and capacity of your workforce
    • the strategies you have in place to build a positive workplace culture
    • how you support employee wellbeing and positive mental health
    • how you incorporate inclusion and diversity into running your business
    • how you identify and attract new clients and new markets, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your operations
    • how you enrol, train and report on online learners
    • how you ensure the sustainability of your operations, including your understanding of risk and risk management.

    Criterion 5: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

    Tell us about:

    • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training
    • how you demonstrate creativity and innovation in the design and development of your processes and techniques (operational or educational)
    • innovative methods that you use to create positive relationships or partnerships with others to enhance the effectiveness of your training
    • innovative approaches that you use to encourage access to training for your students (e.g. mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

    What the judges are looking for

    The judges are looking for clear and relevant examples of your organisation’s achievements in its training.

    The Victorian Training Awards are full of wonderful nominees doing great work in their training, so the judges are keen to hear all about it! Be proud of your organisation and tell us clearly what it has achieved!

    Check out the writing assistance section for some tips and tricks about how to get your message across.

Reviewed 23 March 2022

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