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Tasmanian Training Awards


The Tasmanian Training Awards are conducted annually by Skills Tasmania, Department of State Growth. The Department is committed to the development of a high quality, efficient system of vocational education and training and workforce development. The commitment represents a major contribution to the development of competitive advantage for Tasmanian industry.

The Awards recognise the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students who strive for the highest standards of knowledge and skills within their industry. They also recognise industry, employers and training organisations dedicated to providing high quality training and improving the skills of the workforce in this State. The Awards offer finalists the chance to gain personal satisfaction and the prestige of being part of an elite group who unequivocally represent the State’s best in vocational education and training.

Winners from the Tasmanian Training Awards (in aligned categories) have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to be named the best in Australia at the 2019 Australian Training Awards which will be held in Brisbane, in November.

Award categories

There are 14 award categories for the 2019 Tasmanian Training Awards:

Individual Awards

  • Apprentice of the Year
    The Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to an Apprentice who has been outstanding in all aspects of their trade.
  • Trainee of the Year
    The Trainee of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is undertaking a traineeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community.
  • Vocational Student of the Year
    The Vocational Student of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement by a vocational student in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.
  • School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
    The School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time School-based Apprentice/Trainee. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school and in the workplace.
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
    The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a vocational education and training (VET) teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.
  • VET in Schools Student*
    The VET in Schools Student of the Year Award is presented to a full-time year 11 or 12 student undertaking an accredited vocational education and training (VET) course that has a vocational placement component. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies and their VET course.
  • Equity Vocational Student*
    Applicants for this award will need to describe their pathway into vocational education and training, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, their motivation to begin, barriers overcome, support found along the way and the benefits they have experienced in accessing and participating in vocational education and training.
  • Equity Apprentice/Trainee*
    Applicants for this award will need to describe their pathway into vocational education and training, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, their motivation to begin, barriers overcome, support found along the way and the benefits they have experienced in accessing and participating in vocational education and training.

Business and Training Provider Awards

  • Industry Collaboration Award
    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.

  • Employer of the Year
    The Employer of the Year Award recognises an enterprise which employer 20 or more full-time equivalent employees and 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.
  • Small Employer of the Year Award
    The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise which employs 19 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and 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.
  • Training Provider of the Year
    The Training Provider of the Year Award will be presented to a registered training organisation that demonstrates excellence and high level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.
  • Equity Employer of the Year*
    The Equity Employer of the Year Award will be presented to an employer who demonstrates commitment to people with specific disadvantages and barriers to participation in employment.

* There are no national equivalents to the VET in Schools Student Award or Equity Awards


Australian Training Awards - Direct Entry Awards

In addition to the individual, business and organisation awards above, the Australian Training Awards also has six direct entry awards. Nominations for the direct entry awards are now open and close on 31 May 2019.

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

How to enter details can be found on the Australian Training Awards website


Further information

For all enquiries please contact:
Jacqui Maclaine
Special Events Co-ordinator
Skills Tasmania
03 6165 6008
jacqui.maclaine@skills.tas.gov.au