ACT Training Awards 2019 - Nominations Guide - Organisations

About the awards

For a print version of hte following guide please refer to the ACT Training Awards 2019 - Nominations Guide - Organisations (PDF 7.2MB).

The annual ACT Training Awards showcase the commitment, innovation and outstanding achievements of all those involved in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The awards recognise, reward and promote the training efforts and success of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers/ trainers, registered training organisations (RTOs), industry associations and employers in the ACT.

Nominating for the ACT Training Awards is an opportunity to be recognised for your organisation’s achievements. It can also increase your organisation’s profile in the ACT.

Winners of organisation categories automatically enter a short-listing process where they will have the opportunity to represent the ACT as finalists at the Australian Training Awards.

Award categories listed on page 23 under Australian Training Awards - Direct Entry Categories are open to eligible ACT applicants, however, they are not presented at the ACT Training Awards.

  • Monday 4 March 2019 - Nominations open
  • Thursday 16 May 2019 Nominations close
  • By mid-June 2019 Finalists notified
  • Early July 2019 Finalists interviews conducted
  • Early August 2019 Ticket sales for presentation evening open
  • Wednesday 4 September 2019 Ticket sales for presentation evening close
  • Thursday 12 September 2019 ACT Training Awards Presentation Evening
  • Thursday 21 November 2019 Australian Training Awards Presentation Evening (Brisbane)
  • ACT Small Employer of the Year
  • ACT Medium Employer of the Year
  • ACT Large Employer of the Year
  • ACT Small Training Provider of the Year
  • ACT Large Training Provider of the Year
  • ACT Industry Collaboration

The ACT Training Awards program culminates in a presentation dinner with over 400 guests expected to attend on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Each finalist will receive two complimentary tickets to the presentation dinner. Additional tickets will be available for purchase. It is a requirement that all finalists be present on the night.

If you need assistance with completing your nomination please email Skills Canberra or call 6205 8555.

ACT Australian Apprentice

Term used to describe both apprentices and trainees, who have entered into an ACT Australian Apprenticeships Training Contract.

Australian Apprenticeship

  1. Combination of practical work on-the-job, with structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification under an Australian Apprenticeships Training Contract. More information is available at the Australian Apprenticeships website.

     

  2. Involves a student and employer.

Apprentice

Person contracted to an employer through an Australian Apprenticeships Training Contract who is undergoing training for a recognised trade and occupation.

Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract (training contract)

 

Legally binding agreement between an Australian Apprentice and their employer which defines the rights and responsibilities of each party and allows the individual to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship with that employer.

Registered training organisation

Training organisation registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or in some cases, a state or territory registering and accrediting body to provide VET and/or assessment services and issue nationally recognised qualifications. All RTOs are required to meet the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The nationally recognised qualifications an RTO can issue are defined by its scope of registration as listed on training.gov.au.

Trainee

Person employed in a recognised traineeship vocation and who has entered into an Australian Apprenticeships Training Contract with their employer.

How to enter the 2019 ACT Training Awards

  1. Review the eligibility criteria
  2. Ensure you are nominating in the correct category
  3. Read and agree to the conditions of entry
  4. Register on the Award Force homepage to create an account
  5. Gather relevant details and start building your application
  6. Address the selection criteria Prepare your nomination addressing Section A: Overview and Section B: Criteria. Nominees must submit an overview and respond to each criteria, within the word limit with the option to include attachments.

You must submit your application electronically via the online Award Force nomination portal. Please ensure your computer is JavaScript enabled to take full advantage of the nomination portal. The instructions on how to complete and submit your application are available in the nomination portal.

The nomination portal allows organisation nominees to submit an overview of up to 500 words and responses of up to 800 words per criterion.

You can attach evidence supporting the claims made in your application. Up to ten (10) single A4 page attachments are permitted. Total file size per attachment must not exceed 15mb.

Any material exceeding the maximum number of attachments and size will not be provided to the judging panel.

Before submitting your application, ensure you have reviewed the ACT Training Awards Application Submission Checklist provided on page 8 of this guide.

Ensure you have read and understood the conditions of entry before submitting your nomination.

Conditions of entry

By submitting a nomination for the ACT Training Awards, you agree:

  • to advise ACT Training Awards if you are under 18 years of age at the time of application
  • to not accept any nomination for any similar award in another State or Territory in the nominating year
  • that failure to follow any lawful direction of the ACT Training Awards shall mean instant disqualification and instant forfeiture of any award
  • if you receive a prize and it is subsequently discovered you are ineligible for the award, the ACT Training Awards reserves the right to recover the prize from you
  • to promoting and being involved with ongoing promotion of the awards into the following year (this may be through commitments such as judging panels and speaking opportunities
  • that you understand the information provided in your application may be used in a range of publications and promotional activities for both the ACT Government and the Australian Government
  • to be available for finalist interviews in early July 2019
  • to be filmed or photographed while participating in the ACT Training Awards and/or Australian Training Awards
  • to be involved in promotional events and activities as required by the ACT Government and its official associates
  • if you win in the ACT and are selected as a finalist for the Australian Training Awards, you must be available to represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards held in Brisbane on 21 November 2019
  • to be available to attend the finalist activities in Brisbane for the full five days of the week of the Australian Training Awards (18 November 2019 to 22 November 2019)
  • all content and claims in your application are true and correct
  • that any decisions relating to the ACT Training Awards process are final and the ACT Training Awards will not enter into justification for the selection of successful nominees and will not debate the evaluation process.

By agreeing to have information and/or photos published on a website, you need to be aware that:

  • the information can be copied and used by any web user
  • once information has been published on the web, the ACT Government or its official associates have no control over subsequent use and disclosure
  • it will be accessible to users worldwide
  • photographs will be published on the website for the purpose of promoting the ACT Training Awards, Australian Training Awards and other VET initiatives.

Only authorised ACT Government and Australian Training Awards officers and appointed judging panel members have access to nominee’s information. The ACT Government may give information to other relevant bodies, sponsors and media. Personal information will not be disclosed to any other party without the nominee’s consent, unless authorised or required by law. All ACT Training Awards judges are required to sign confidentiality and conflict of interest statements.

What makes a good application

A successful application stands out from the crowd.

Local and national judges are experienced at identifying organisations that stand out and demonstrate their ability to be ambassadors for VET. A quality application is clear and concise and addresses all selection criteria.

Remember the judges don’t know your organisation, so your task is to convince them that your organisation is a worthy winner.

Here are a few tips to writing a stand out application:

Give yourself enough time to write the application and don’t leave it until the last minute. A rushed application will not show the best you have to offer.

Applications close at 5:00pm on Thursday 16 May 2019 so ensure you allocate enough time to write your response to each criterion and get your application submitted by this date.

Read the general conditions of entry and the selection criteria carefully and make sure you address all of the selection criteria for the relevant category. The criteria are designed for you to tell the story of your organisation’s success and achievements.

 

After you have read the conditions of entry and selection criteria, identify the points that you want to highlight and outline what you want to cover under each criterion.

Before you complete the application, provide it to someone to review. Once you have done that, review each criterion and add any additional information or details. Pay attention to the word and attachment limit and don’t exceed it. Check the specific conditions of entry to see how many words you can use for each criteria and the total size of supporting documents you can submit. Keep your answers concise—use bullet points if it helps but don’t use them to replace sentences in every selection criteria.>/p>

For example:

  • What has your organisation achieved?
  • How did you achieved it?
  • What practical examples/evidence do you have to support it?
  • What other achievements can you refer to?
  • What gives your organisation the edge over other nominees?
  • What kind of contribution has your organisation made?

Keep your language simple and clear. Use plain everyday language and don’t use slang or too many acronyms.

Show the first draft of the full application to someone who will provide you with critical and honest feedback. Ask someone to check the final draft for spelling and grammatical errors. It makes a difference and is a worthwhile investment of time. Ensure you do a final check for spelling and grammatical errors yourself, before you submit the application.

Choose documents that support the claims in your application. Make sure any attachments are high quality, particularly if you scan any documents. Check your application to make sure you have answered the questions without repeating the same information.

Remember that winning one of the ACT Training Awards organisation categories means your organisation will automatically enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards. The application you submit for the ACT Training Awards will be used in the national judging and you won’t be able to make changes or amendments to your application. So when you write your application, remember it will compete with other state/territory finalists.

Please note: organisations may be contacted by the Australian Training Awards to provide additional content for national judging.

  • I have not submitted an application for more than one award
  • I have ensured I meet the eligibility criteria for the award
  • I have addressed all assessment criteria
  • I have completed all mandatory sections and questions
  • I have read and understood the conditions of entry and privacy requirements
  • I have checked the application for spelling and grammatical errors
  • I have not exceeded the word limit
  • I have not exceeded the attachment limit

Selection process

All applications will be checked to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible applications will be provided to the judging panel for short listing.

Each written application will be assessed against the selection criteria to determine the short-listed applicants.

All applicants will be advised whether they have been short-listed.

Each of the short-listed applicants will need to attend an interview (in person) with the judging panel. Interviews will be conducted in early July 2019.

The judging panel may select up to six finalists which will include one winner for each award category.

All applicants will be advised whether they are a finalist.

Organisation awards

The ACT Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

‘Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Eligibility

To nominate, an organisation must:

  • meet the Conditions of Entry requirements
  • be a registered business with a current ABN
  • employ 19 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • have its primary business in the ACT with a workplace address in the ACT.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a Group Training Organisation who partners with a Host Employer
  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organisation.

Nominations will not be accepted from:

  • branch offices of larger enterprises (franchisees may nominate if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group)
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Organisational details

  • Industry sector
  • Main business location
  • Number of employees
  • Business structure (for example sole trader, partnership, trust, company)
  • Length of time in operation
  • Your organisation’s training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll

Organisational summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products/ services that it offers and any major milestones it has achieved.

Section B: Assessment citeria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees
  • Criterion 2: Employee Outcomes
  • Criterion 3: Business Outcomes

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees

Describe the training that your small business is involved in. Include the following:

  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
  • number of employees actively engaged in training
  • the training organisations that are delivering the training
  • briefly tell the story of an innovative training approach you are using (for example mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

Your training organisations could assist you with this criterion.

Creiterion 2: Employee outcomes

How has training benefited your employees? Include the following:

  • how training has improved the well-being of your employees
  • how training has improved the productivity of your employees
  • briefly tell the story of an employee who has benefited the most from training.

Criterion 3: Business outcomes

How has training benefited your business? Include the following:

  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • briefly tell the story of how your business has grown as a result of training.

The ACT Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

‘Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Eligibility

To nominate, an organisation must:

  • be a registered business with a current ABN
  • employ 20 or more, but fewer than 200, full-time equivalent employees
  • have its primary business in the ACT with a workplace address in the ACT.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a Group Training Organisation who partners with a Host Employer
  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organisation.

Nominations will not be accepted from:

  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Organisational details

  • Industry sector
  • Main business locations
  • Number of employees
  • Business structure (for example sole trader, partnership, trust, company)
  • Length of time in operation
  • Your training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll

Organisational summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products/ services that it offers and any major milestones it has achieved.

Section B: Assessment criteria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees
  • Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training
  • Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning
  • Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training
  • Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees

Consider:

  • your involvement in designing training specifically for your business, either alone or in partnership with training organisations
  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
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  • the percentage of your employees who are actively engaged in training
  • hours per month (average) that your employees spend in training
  • how you integrate on-the-job and off-the-job training.

Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training

Consider:

  • how training has improved the productivity and wellbeing of your employees (briefly describe the personal training achievements of a few of your staff)
  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • how you measure the benefits of training
  • how training will improve your business in the future.

Criterion 3: Business outcomes

How has training benefited your business? Include the following:

  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • briefly tell the story of how your business has grown as a result of training.

Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

Consider:

  • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training for your employees
  • 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 employees (for example mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Consider:

  • the training you have made available to employees who are from groups under-represented in employment, education and training (such as people with disabilities, indigenous people, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people in older age groups, people living in remote areas)
  • the number of these employees who have actively engaged in training
  • the number of these employees who have actively trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
  • the training programs that have been specifically designed for these employees.

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

‘Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.

Eligibility

The nominee must:

  • be a registered business with a current ABN
  • have 200 or more full time equivalent employees
  • have its primary business in the ACT with a workplace address in the ACT.

Joint applications will be accepted from:

  • a Group Training Organisation that partners with a host employer
  • a host employer that partners with a Group Training Organisation.

Nominations will not be accepted from:

  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preapring your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Organisational details

  • Industry sector
  • Main business location
  • Number of full-time employees
  • Number of part-time employees
  • Number of casual employees
  • Number of contractors
  • Business structure (for example sole trader, partnership, trust, company)
  • Length of time in operation
  • Your training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll

Organisational summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products/ services that it offers and any major milestones it has achieved.

Section B: Assessment Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees
  • Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training
  • Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning
  • Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in the design and delivery of training
  • Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees

Consider:

  • your involvement in designing training specifically for your business, either alone or in partnership with training organisations
  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking >> The percentage of your employees who are actively engaged in training
  • hours per month (average) that your employees spend in training
  • how you integrate on-the-job and off-the-job training.

Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training

Consider:

  • how training has improved the productivity and wellbeing of your employees (briefly describe the personal training achievements of a few of your staff)
  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • how you measure the benefits of training
  • how training will improve your business in the future.

Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning

Consider:

  • the training aims of your business
  • the ‘training culture’ that you have established within your business
  • how training fits into your workforce development and business planning
  • how you have formalised an ongoing commitment to training
  • how you find out about the training needs of your employees.

Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in the design and delivery of training

Consider:

  • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training for your employees
  • 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 employees (for example mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).

Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training

Consider:

  • the training you have made available to employees who are from groups under-represented in employment, education and training (such as people with disabilities, indigenous people, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people in older age groups, people living in remote areas)
  • the number of these employees who have actively engaged in training
  • the number of these employees who have actively trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
  • the training programs that have been specifically designed for these employees.

The ACT Small Training Provider of the Year award 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.

Eligibility

To nominate for this award, an organisation must:

  • be a registered training organisation for which the delivery of vocational education and training is the core business
  • be delivering less than 50 qualifications which are listed on its scope of registration for ACT delivery as per training.gov.au at the time of application
  • have an RTO status of ‘current’ on training.gov.au at time of application and up to 21 November 2019
  • have no outstanding sanctions applied by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
  • apply in the state or territory where the majority of the training is being delivered and focus on the training delivered in that state or territory.

Please note: RTO compliance outcomes including any sanctions applied at both a state/territory and national level may be considered as part of the eligibility assessment.

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Organisational details

  • Number of currently enrolled students
  • Number of narrow ASCED fields of education that you offer (Qualifications and accredited courses are each assigned a 4-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.)
  • Number of qualifications listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of units of competency listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of skill sets listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of accredited courses listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Completion rate for qualifications (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for units of competency (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for skill sets (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for accredited courses (in the year previous to this award)
  • Number of employees including full-time equivalent, casual and contracting staff
  • Length of time in operation
  • 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-forservice funding

Organisational summary

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

Section B: Assessment criteria

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

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable and verifiable indicators (including student outcome data, client satisfaction data and external validation data).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Leading practice in vocational education and training

How you provide exceptional vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • how you demonstrate excellence and high level performance in national training arrangements
  • how you demonstrate creativity and innovation in the design and development of your processes and techniques (operational or educational)
  • 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 undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation.

Criterion 2: Strategic planning processes

How you plan and coordinate vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • details of the external environment in which your organisation operates and its relationship to state/territory and national policies and priorities
  • the systems you have in place for planning and communicating purpose, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across your whole organisation)
  • the role of your leadership team in strategic planning
  • how your planning processes embrace innovation and change, including your capacity to plan for (and adapt to) future changes in vocational education and training
  • how you engage with ongoing VET policy reforms, including your capacity to implement change as a consequence of reform initiatives
  • how you ensure the sustainability of your operations, including your understanding of risk and risk management.

Criterion 3: Student, employer and market focus

How you monitor client and market needs? For example, you may consider:

  • your 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 you identify and attract new clients and new markets, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your operations
  • how you collect and analyse data on student outcomes and completions
  • how you measure success (for example outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition, business outcomes from training activity)
  • how you encourage access to your VET products and services, and the success you have achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups.

Criterion 4: Human resource capability

How you build the capacity of your workforce? For example, you may consider:

  • the strategies you have in place to build staff capability (for example job design, personnel selection, staff training and development, performance management systems, two way feedback systems)
  • your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets, including your response times for upskilling staff
  • how you ensure constructive management/employee relations, including the emphasis you place on teamwork, participation and communication
  • how your organisation recognises the well-being of staff as critical to business success.

Criterion 5: Partnerships and links

How you establish genuine partnerships to support vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • the strategies you have in place to identify local/regional issues (for example social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into your service delivery
  • how you establish and monitor positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups
  • how you build new, innovative and effective partnerships in the local or wider community
  • how you ensure your partnerships are reciprocal (such as where each partner brings resources to the partnership and shares in outputs from the partnership).

The ACT Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that offers a broad range of training products and services and demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

Eligibility

The nominee must:

  • be an RTO for which the delivery of VET is its core business
  • be delivering 50 or more qualifications which are listed on its scope of registration for ACT delivery as per training.gov.au at the time of application
  • have the majority of its training delivered in the ACT (applications must focus on the training delivered in the ACT)
  • have an RTO status of ‘current’ on training.gov.au at time of application and up to 21 November 2019
  • have no outstanding sanctions applied by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Please note: RTO compliance outcomes including any sanctions applied at both a state/territory and national level may be considered as part of the eligibility assessment.

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards. The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Organisational details

  • Number of currently enrolled students
  • Number of narrow ASCED fields of education that you offer (Qualifications and accredited courses are each assigned a 4-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.
  • Number of qualifications listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of units of competency listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of skill sets listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Number of accredited courses listed on your scope of registration currently being delivered
  • Completion rate for qualifications (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for units of competency (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for skill sets (in the year previous to this award)
  • Completion rate for accredited courses (in the year previous to this award)
  • Number of employees including full-time equivalent, casual and contracting staff
  • Length of time in operation
  • 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-forservice funding

Organisational summary

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

Section B: Assessment criteria

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

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable and verifiable indicators (including student outcome data, client satisfaction data and external validation data).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Leading practice in vocational education and training

How you provide exceptional vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • how you demonstrate excellence and high level performance in national training arrangements
  • how you demonstrate creativity and innovation in the design and development of your processes and techniques (operational or educational)
  • 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 undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation.

Criterion 2: Strategic planning processes

How you plan and coordinate vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • details of the external environment in which your organisation operates and its relationship to state/territory and national policies and priorities
  • the systems you have in place for planning and communicating purpose, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across your whole organisation)
  • the role of your leadership team in strategic planning
  • how your planning processes embrace innovation and change, including your capacity to plan for (and adapt to) future changes in vocational education and training
  • how you engage with ongoing VET policy reforms, including your capacity to implement change as a consequence of reform initiatives
  • how you ensure the sustainability of your operations, including your understanding of risk and risk management.

Criterion 3: Student, employer and market focus

How you monitor client and market needs? For example, you may consider:

  • your 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 you identify and attract new clients and new markets, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your operations
  • how you collect and analyse data on student outcomes and completions
  • how you measure success (for example outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition, business outcomes from training activity)
  • how you encourage access to your VET products and services, and the success you have achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups.

Criterion 4: Human resource capability

How you build the capacity of your workforce? For example, you may consider:

  • the strategies you have in place to build staff capability (for example job design, personnel selection, staff training and development, performance management systems, two way feedback systems)
  • your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets, including your response times for upskilling staff
  • how you ensure constructive management/employee relations, including the emphasis you place on teamwork, participation and communication
  • how your organisation recognises the well-being of staff as critical to business success.

Criterion 5: Partnerships and links

How you establish genuine partnerships to support vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • the strategies you have in place to identify local/ regional issues (for example social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into your service delivery
  • how you establish and monitor positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups
  • how you build new, innovative and effective partnerships in the local or wider community
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  • how you ensure your partnerships are reciprocal (such as where each partner brings resources to the partnership and shares in outputs from the partnership).

The Industry Collaboration Award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between at least one employer/industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training.

Collaboration versus partnership

A ‘collaboration’ is where two or more parties work together to achieve shared goals. A ‘partnership’ is a business structure where two or more parties enter a contractual relationship in which they can legally share profits, risks and losses according to terms set out in their partnership agreement. The key difference between a partnership and a collaboration is that parties who work collaboratively do not necessarily need to be bound contractually. This award is to recognise outstanding collaborations, not partnerships.

Eligibility

To nominate for the Industry Collaboration Award:

  • at least one party must be an industry organisation (for example employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association)
  • at least one party must be delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The RTO nominee must:

  • have the majority of its training delivered in the ACT (applications must focus on the training delivered in the ACT)
  • have scope to deliver the qualification/s (listed on the RTO’s scope of registration for ACT delivery as per training.gov.au) delivered as part of the industry collaboration at time of application
  • have an RTO status of ‘current’ on training.gov.au at time of application and up to 21 November 2019
  • have no outstanding sanctions applied by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Please note: RTO compliance outcomes including any sanctions applied at both a state/territory and national level may be considered as part of the eligibility assessment.

Nominations will not be accepted from:

  • organisations operating under contractual ‘partnership’ agreements.

The 2019 ACT winner of this category will enter a short listing process for the Australian Training Awards.

The original application from the ACT winner of this category will be automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing you application

This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes. This information may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the awards process, for example, on the ACT Training Awards website or presentation evening program.

Section A: Overview

Provide an overview of the collaboration, including:

  • name of the collaboration, >> lead organisation and each of the parties to the collaboration.
  • purpose and objectives of the collaboration.
  • origin of the collaboration (how the parties came together).
  • details of the environment in which the collaboration operates.
  • how the collaboration functions in practice, including lines of communication between the parties to the collaboration.

Section B: Assessment criteria

  • Criterion 1: Outstanding practice of the collaboration
  • Criterion 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training
  • Criterion 3: Training impacts of the collaboration
  • Criterion 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration

Addressing the selection criteria

This award category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

Criterion 1: Outstanding practice of the collaboration

Describe the extent to which the collaboration goes above and beyond standard practice in training and skills development. For example, you may consider:

  • excellence in training
  • unique, exemplary or innovative aspects
  • e-learning initiatives
  • transformation in the lives of participants
  • contribution to the advancement of the industry/community in which it operates.

Criterion 2: Achievements of the collaboration for training

Consider:

  • training outcomes achieved (including qualifications and skill sets awarded)
  • improvements in the quality of learning and assessment
  • creation of new or improved career pathways and opportunities
  • contribution to social equity, especially increasing the participation of people from groups under-represented in the industry or workplaces generally
  • can the outcomes of the collaboration be replicated or modelled for other industries.

Criterion 3: Training impacts of the collaboration

Consider benefits to the:

  • employer/industry body and its employees
  • organisation delivering nationally recognised training
  • individuals involved in the collaboration
  • community and/or region
  • industry and/or industry sector
  • the relevant Training Authority and the broader training system
  • improvements in the processes/procedures of all collaborating organisations.

Criterion 4: Sustainability and future of the collaboration

Consider:

  • potential for the collaboration to be sustained in the future
  • systems of quality improvement that are being utilised by the collaboration
  • performance evaluations of the collaboration that are in place and planned
  • the collaboration’s contribution to environmental sustainability
  • capacity for the collaboration to be replicated
  • plans for expansion or adoption in other settings.

Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

A majority of the awards are the culmination of the state and territory awards with winners from each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories.

Winners of the national awards will be announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner being held in Brisbane, Queensland on 21 November 2019.

Direct entry categories

 

The Australian Training Awards also have additional award categories now open for direct entry, closing 31 May 2019. For award criteria visit the Australian Training Awards website.

The Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.

The International Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training to full-fee paying international students in Australia and overseas.

The School Pathways to VET Award recognises eligible organisations including schools, registered training organisations (RTOs), group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered one (or more) excellent vocational education and training (VET) programs to secondary school students.