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Frequently Asked Questions - Business - Entering the Awards

1Can we enter more than one category?

Businesses and training providers may enter more than one category as long you meet the eligibility requirements and conditions of entry.

2Can I apply on behalf of another organisation?

No. A business or training provider must apply themselves. However, in the case of the Industry Collaboration Award there will be a lead organisation that applies, with the employer/training provider/industry association as collaborators.

3Can part of an organisation apply?

Yes, but only for the Industry Collaboration Award. For example, the Hospitality or IT area of an RTO collaborating with an employer and, often, a third party.

Yes. There is no restriction on the number of times you can enter.

5Do we need someone to nominate us?

Businesses and training providers nominate themselves.

6How do we know that our nomination has been received?

An email will be sent confirming receipt of your application.

7Is a ‘partnership’ the same as a ‘collaboration’?

No. 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.

9Is there a cost involved in applying?

There is no cost to apply.

10What is ‘nationally recognised training’?

‘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.

11What is the difference between a partnership and a collaboration?

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.

12What is the closing date for nominations?

Nominations will close at 11:59pm Monday, 6 June 2022.

13What should be considered when writing an application?

The selection criteria for each award will guide you to write your application, especially the considerations outlined below each criterion. The awards are about excellence in vocational education and training and the shortlisting panel will be judging how well you address the criteria in relation to your organisation. Make the most of the allowable word limit as you will not have the opportunity to rewrite it. The overview and selection criteria should be the focus of your application, however any relevant evidence may be provided so long as it does not exceed the word and page limits. Any supporting attachment is to be referenced in the application. No multimedia items or discs will be accepted with applications.

14Who can help us complete our application?

Usually a business or training provider completes their own application. However, in the past some organisations have employed consultants to write applications.

15Will we get our photo in the paper if we win?

Photos of all award winners appear in special newspaper features in the Sunday Tasmanian and Sunday Examiner following the gala presentation dinner. In signing the nomination form you give permission for Skills Tasmania to use non-confidential details from the nomination and relevant photographs and/or film for any publicity purpose pertaining to vocational education and training including, but not limited to, the Tasmanian Training Awards and Australian Training Awards.

16Will we go to the Australian Training Awards if we win our category?

If you win your category your original application will be submitted to the Australian Training Awards for consideration. The eight state and territory winners of your category undergo a shortlisting process and only three will become finalists for the Australian Training Awards.

Need further information?

Take a look at the FAQs about the selection process and if you still need further assistance, please contact our Special Events Coordinator, Jacqui Maclaine on (03) 6165 6008 or by email at tastrainingawards@skills.tas.gov.au.