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2017 Australian Training Awards

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

The awards are the culmination of training awards programs in every state and territory where winners may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November 2017 and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do. The 2017 Australian Training Awards will be presented in Canberra on 23 November.

2017 Australian Training Awards

23 November – registrations now open

In November, the vocational education and training sector’s best apprentices, trainees, VET teachers and students, secondary schools, registered training organisations and employers will gather in the nation’s capital for the annual Australian Training Awards.

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra
Time: 6:15 for a 7:00pm start

For tickets to attend, register here.

The Awards are the culmination of state and territory training awards, with training award winners from each state and territory eligible to compete in aligned categories at the national level. Seven award categories available by entering the Australian Training Awards directly.

For more information, visit the Australian Training Awards website. For real time updates, you can find the Awards on:

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2017 Direct Entry Categories

Direct entry categories of the 2017 Australian Training Awards are now closed. For Tasmania these categories are:

  • Individual: Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Individual: National Achievement Award
  • Individual: Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
  • Business: Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award
  • Registered training organisation: International Training Provider of the Year Award
  • Registered training organisation: School Pathways to VET Award

Direct entry categories are those not included in the state-based award process, the Tasmanian Training Awards.

Further category information can be found on the Australian Training Awards (ATA) website. Applications for the direct entry categories must be submitted via the new ATA AwardsForce online portal.

All other categories must be entered through the Tasmanian Training Awards.

Because the Small Employer of the Year Award is offered as one of the Tasmanian Training Awards, applicants had to apply through the state awards process for entry to the Australian Training Awards and not through direct entry.

For clarification, or further information please contact Jacqui Maclaine on 03 6165 6008 or by email.

2016 Australian Training Awards Presentation

The 2016 Australian Training Awards presentation dinner was held at the Darwin Convention Centre on Thursday, 17 November.

Carla Willcox Australian Vocational Student of the Year with
Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom and TasTAFE CEO, Stephen Conway.

What a week it was in Darwin. The journey to this year’s Australian Training Awards began in March when nominations opened for the Tasmanian Training Awards. It seemed like no time at all before our wonderful group of finalists was in Darwin. Tasmania can be very proud of our 2016 finalists in the individual award categories: Drew Charlton (Apprentice), David Gardiner (Trainee), Jarrod Edwards (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student), Carla Willcox (Vocational Student), Sharnie Clark (School-based Trainee) and Nate Welch (VET Teacher/Trainer). To be in the top eight in their categories from the hundreds of nominees across the country is brilliant.

l-r: David Gardiner (Trainee), Nate Welch (VET Teacher/Trainer), Matthew Groom,
Sharnie Clark (School-based Trainee), Drew Charlton (Apprentice), Carla Willcox (Vocational Student),
Jarrod Edwards (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student).

We were also delighted to have three business finalists this year, all of whom are to be congratulated on being shortlisted for an Award, once again from hundreds of nominees across Australia: Audrey Hair (Small Employer), TasWater (Large Employer) and Avidity Training and Development (Small Training Provider). Throughout the week our finalists were wonderful ambassadors for vocational education and training and workforce development in Tasmania.

l-r: Kate Blizzard and Kathy Cuthbertson (TasWater), Kate Wilcock (Audrey Hair), Matthew Groom,
Carmen Gumley, Simon Wiggins and Monica Wiggins (Avidity Training and Development).

The 2017 Tasmanian Training Awards open on 27 March. Contact Jacqui Maclaine on 03 6165 6008 or by email.

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Real Stories Real Achievements Video Series – Out now

The third Real Stories Real Achievements video series is out now. The release adds 19 new videos to the series which shares the inspirational journeys of people and organisations that have found career and business success through vocational education and training.

The first and second series of videos were released in 2011 and 2013 respectively and have enjoyed over 115,000 collective views – as well as public broadcasts and many event and conference showings.

Starring in the videos are the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards alumni, many of whom are also Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors.

For individuals the videos show how an investment in training can lead to real careers. For businesses the videos share evidence of best practice in training and how businesses have used vocational education and training to ensure long term and sustainable growth.