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Enter the NT Training Awards
Why enter the NT Training Awards
Winners of the Northern Territory Training Awards receive up to $4,000 cash and most have the opportunity to represent the Territory at the Australian Training Awards - the peak national awards for the vocational education and training sector.
The Northern Territory Training Awards are the perfect platform to showcase your commitment to and achievements in vocational education and training (VET).
As the premier awards for vocational education and training in the Northern Territory (NT), organisations and individuals who excel in their field are recognised and rewarded for their contribution to or participation in the VET sector in the Territory.
Just by nominating for the NT Training Awards you will have the chance to:
- stop and reflect on your achievements to date
- inspire others to aim high in their careers, achieve personal goals and be the best that they can be throughout life
- share your or your organisation’s story and help promote how great taking a training pathway can be.
By being shortlisted and becoming a finalist for the NT Training Awards you will have the opportunity to:
- participate in the Ambassador Development Program (individual categories) - aimed at equipping you to be a leader in the VET sector and encourage others to take up the challenge of training
- undertake professional development and leadership activities
- add this great achievement to your CV or business profile
- gain an edge above the rest in your chosen field
- attend the prestigious NT Training Awards gala event and be treated like a star for the night.
And for businesses, you will have the opportunity to:
- extend your reach to a greater audience, and potentially increase awareness to new customers
- gain recognition for the implementation of quality training and assessment practices
- become a highly desirable workplace for potential employees.
Additionally, you will be in the running to:
- win up to $4,000 cash
- know that you are the best within the NT
- be awarded with a NT Training Awards trophy and framed certificate.
And finally, for most category winners you will have the chance to represent the NT at the Australian Training Awards and be nationally recognised as a leader in your field of study, training or work.
You will also have a chance at winning more cash prizes, develop networks within the Australian business sector and build new career opportunities, and be an ambassador for the national VET sector.
Who should nominate
The NT Training Awards are for apprentices, trainees, vocational students, trainers, training organisations and employers.
- an apprentice or trainee (including mature age students) completing or recently completed your apprenticeship or traineeship?
- a student completing or recently completed your studies in a vocational education and training (VET) course (for example, a Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV, or Diploma)?
- a student who identifies as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are completing or recently completed a traineeship, apprenticeship or studies in a VET course?
- a school student completing or recently completed your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship and are still enrolled in school?
- a school student completing or recently completed your vocational education and training course at school?
- a VET teacher / trainer currently delivering nationally recognised training to students at or in partnership with an NT based registered training organisation?
- a Northern Territory based registered training organisations for which delivery of vocational education and training is the core business?
- a small, medium or large NT based enterprise that places an important emphasis on the provision of nationally recognised training to your employees?
- an NT based businesses, industry body or registered training organisation that is in a partnership for the purpose of providing high quality vocational education and training in the NT?
Tips for writing a winning application
Here are some helpful hints and good examples of how to write and structure your responses to the different sections and criteria in your applications.
Outlined below, are examples of how to address ‘Section A’ of your application, and the criteria in ‘Section B’.
While these particular examples address the Apprentice of the Year category, please note that the style and structure of these answers can be applied across all award categories.
Section A - Overview
The key to addressing ‘Section A’ and ‘Section B’ is to:
- talk about yourself and what makes you stand out
- make sure you tell us about your progress and achievements (both in study and in the workplace).
In other words, we want you to ‘tell your story’.
Please note that in both the ‘Section A’ examples set out below, the writer talks about themselves and their achievements in a straightforward and clear manner. Importantly, both examples also use concise, direct sentences and the paragraphs are short and to the point. Both responses are succinct and readable - just what the judges want to see. Remember dot points (see example 2) are always good to use.
Example 1 for Apprentice of the Year
I began work experience with Hidden Valley Ford in 2009 and enrolled in Certificate III in Mechanical (Light Vehicle) in 2010. I will complete the qualification through CDU in 2011. My employer is renowned locally for delivering quality service and providing excellent incentives for hard working employees, and this is what attracted me to them.
I feel like I’ve spent every weekend since I was six years old under the bonnet of a car with my father and uncles. I’ve helped them rebuild two classic cars which were showcased at the local car meet. An apprenticeship enabled me to turn my passion for cars into a career.
(Notice how the sentences are short and to the point.)
Example 2 for Apprentice of the Year:
- Qualification: Certificate III in Mechanical (Light Vehicle) (2010-2011)
- Registered Training Organisation (RTO): Charles Darwin University (CDU)
- Employer: Hidden Valley Ford (2009-current)
(Using dot points can make responses easier to read.)
Why I chose this industry and this path:
I feel like I’ve spent every weekend since I was six years old under the bonnet of a car with my father and uncles. I’ve helped them rebuild two classic cars which were successfully showcased at a local car meet. An apprenticeship enabled me to turn my passion for cars into a career.
(Your personal experiences will help you tell your story.)
Section B - The criteria
Let’s turn to some good examples of how you address the criteria. Remember, the most important thing to remember when addressing the criteria is to respond only to what is being asked. Always answer the question and organise your thoughts and write your responses in a direct and concise manner. Use short sentences, short paragraphs and lots of white space.
Here are some examples that will help with your responses to criteria across all award categories (you will notice how straightforward and clear these responses are).
Criteria 1 - Career and study achievements
Example for Apprentice of the Year
I have really enjoyed the hands-on learning and experience I’ve gotten by doing an apprenticeship.
(A short opening paragraph introducing what you are going to say is always good and easy to follow for the judges.)
(Now tell your story …)
My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn how to be a mechanic while on-the-job. By literally getting my hands dirty, I have been able to see straight away what I’m good at and what areas I need to get more help in. This immediate practical feedback has made it easier for me to develop my skills.
Achievements during my apprenticeship also reflect my dedication and passion towards building my career:
- volunteering to build and service motorbikes for the Finke Bike Race in 2008 and 2009
- by working hard and doing well, I was the only apprentice selected by Hidden Valley Ford to get a tour of the V8 Supercar-Ford Performance Racing Team ‘pit’.
(Notice how much white space there is and how concise the response is.)
Criteria 2 - Communication, team and leadership skills
Example for Apprentice of the Year
During my apprenticeship, I have developed my oral and written communication skills by:
- talking about my training and experiences to groups of potential apprentices during introduction nights held at Hidden Valley Ford
- completing vehicle maintenance forms and suggesting amendments to the form to provide customers with more detailed information; these suggestions were then incorporated into the form.
As part of a team servicing one car, I participate in discussions about maintenance schedules as well as discussions on how best to solve unusual car problems or noises that a customer has reported. I love my work, so it’s easy for me to be happy when doing small or big tasks as part of the team’s servicing job.
Although I am a junior apprentice, I try to set an example of being a good worker by regularly getting to work on time and sometimes working overtime. I also find that other apprentices often ask my opinion about a job they’re working on.
(Notice how the writer is telling his story and drawing on his experiences to address the criteria.)
Criteria 3 - Ability to represent the training system at a broader level
Example for Apprentice of the Year
As I mentioned in my answer to Criterion 2, I regularly participate in introduction nights for potential apprentices that my employer, Hidden Valley Ford, runs.
I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for apprenticeships, as I believe hands-on training for practical trades, like being a vehicle mechanic, is a good way to learn.
I feel like I spend a lot of time at family gatherings talking about my training too, and one of my younger cousins says that because of me, he’s planning on becoming a school-based apprentice so that he can get started early with his training.
I think winning this award will give me more public opportunities to share my passion for apprenticeships, while it will help me personally by showing on my CV that I am a good worker.
Criteria 4 - Other pursuits
Example for Apprentice of the Year
My passion for cars extends to motorbikes and I have been competing in moto-cross events since I was eight.
(Short opening paragraph again)
I was the Top End under-12 and under-15 champion. Since then, I’ve explored different motorsport categories and continue to attend events like the V8 Supercars and SuperBikes. As mentioned in my answer to Criterion 2, I have also worked behind the scenes in the Finke Bike Race 2008 and 2009.
As my family lives in Nightcliff, I have a daily view of the ocean and joined the local Surf Lifesaving Club last year as a way to build my fitness and meet people. I have now completed the training for a Bronze Medallion and have begun working as a volunteer on my weekends. I’m really enjoying being a part of a group that has fun while taking its role in beach safety seriously.
My pursuits with motor sports outside my apprenticeship gives me extra time to develop my knowledge of motor vehicles, and I then take this extra experience back into the workplace. Being a vehicle mechanic is very physically demanding, so my work as a Surf Lifesaver helps me stay fit for myself and for my work.
Don’t be shy about providing supporting evidence to back up your application (for example, statistics, graphs, tables, examples, photographs, testimonials).
If you need more information about how to address criteria, see what Dr Ann Villiers, an expert in how to address selection criteria, has to say at www.selectioncriteria.com.au
How to nominate
Nominations for the 2017 NT Training Awards are now closed.
How to enter
To enter follow these steps.
Step 1. Select the correct category for you or your organisation.
Step 2. Read the conditions of entry.
Step 3. Download the nomination pack for your selected category and check the awards criteria to confirm your eligibility.
Step 4. Check out the tips for writing a winning application page for useful nomination tips.
Step 5. Follow the steps in the pack and complete your nomination by filling out the forms in the pack and addressing the criteria.
Step 6. Submit your nomination.
How to submit your application
Applicants need to fill out their award nomination form and write an application addressing the award criteria. Length of applications, nomination forms and award criteria differ for each of the award categories so please check this before submitting your application.
The method for submitting your completed nomination is via email as one attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure the file size is no larger than 15mb.
To enter the NT Training Awards download the relevant nomination pack below.
Conditions of entry
All applicants will need to read and agree to the Conditions of Entry prior to submitting their nomination.
The conditions of entry for 2017 are as follows:
The closing time and date for all nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017. No nomination will be accepted after this date.
All nominees must complete a nomination form and answer all criteria personally. You may ask the NT Training Awards nominations coordinator for some helpful tips to assist in completing your nomination. Nomination packs are available online or can be obtained by contacting the nominations, judging and sponsorship coordinator.
Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, reside in the Northern Territory and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Nominees may apply for one award category only and not accept any nomination for a similar award in another state or territory in the same year.
Nominees must agree to abide by the decision of the judging panel, which is final and cannot be appealed.
All nominees must comply with the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation standards in regard to training, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations matters. Consequently, award coordinators may refuse to proceed with a nomination at any time where an organisation or individual is under investigation by the department, or has any unresolved issues with the department.
Finalists and winners must agree for their photographs, profiles and training details to be used for promotional purposes by the Northern Territory Government or their delegate.
Finalists and winners must be prepared to be involved in promotional events and activities if required.
Shortlisted nominees (finalists) must be prepared to participate in the Ambassador Preparation Program and be available to attend the Residential Ambassador Preparation and Judging Weekend in Darwin on 24 to 25 June 2017. This may require taking leave from work, or study commitments for this weekend. Travel costs are covered for shortlisted individuals who do not normally reside in Darwin. Accommodation costs are covered for all shortlisted individual nominees.
Short listed individual nominees must be available for interview in Darwin on Monday 26 June 2017.
All short listed nominees (finalists) must be available to attend the NT Training Awards gala presentation event in Darwin on Saturday 16 September 2017. Travel and accommodation costs are covered for individual finalists who do not normally reside in Darwin.
Award winners must be able to represent the NT at the Australian Training Awards for a week in Canberra (dates to be advised). You will be required to take leave from work or study commitments for the week of the national awards. Travel and accommodation costs are covered for national individual finalists only.
Representatives from each shortlisted organisation must be available for interview in Darwin on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
All short listed nominees (finalists) must be available to attend the NT Training Awards gala presentation event in Darwin on Saturday 16 September 2017.
A rigorous judging process brings together finalists from all over the Northern Territory. Individual category finalists attend a weekend of professional development, networking and presentations, and conclude with the judging interviews. Organisation categories are judged at a presentation interview. The judging process concludes with a gala event hosted by the Northern Territory Government and attended by approximately 550 people.
Individual candidates entering the Northern Territory Training Awards are the pride of their employers, host employers, registered training organisations and schools. Organisations entering the awards are leaders in training design, innovation, delivery and outcomes.
To find each category winner, judgements will also be made on future potential as ambassadors for the Northern Territory and at the Australian Training Awards to represent the success that is possible through the vocational education and training sector in the Northern Territory.
Stage 1 - Nomination and shortlisting phase
Each written nomination will be assessed against the selection criteria to determine the short-listed nominees, who then become known as finalists.
All nominees will be advised in writing as to whether they have been shortlisted. (Nominations will be kept on file at the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for a period of 12 months.)
Stage 2 - Ambassador preparation weekend (individual categories only)
Individual category finalists will be invited to attend the residential ambassador preparation weekend in Darwin. This is an important part of the annual awards process and all individual category finalists are required to attend and stay on site for the duration of the weekend.
The purpose of the residential ambassador preparation weekend is to provide you with the tools and resources to enable you to confidently step into your judging interview. You’ll also gain some valuable experiences and tools that will compliment your journey through both the rest of the awards process and in your chosen career. As well as this, you’ll meet some amazing people, make great contacts and friends, and have a whole lot of fun.
Stage 3 - Judging interviews (all categories)
At the judging interview, the judges will ask you a series of questions that directly relate to the selection criteria.
You will be required to prepare a three to five minute 'wrap up speech' and deliver to the judges at the interview. The judges want to hear your story from you, so make sure you tell it with passion, enthusiasm, authenticity and inspiration. Don’t worry - you will be well prepared for this by participating in the ambassador preparation weekend.
The judges want to hear the story of your business or organisation and how you are leaders in training design, innovation, delivery and outcomes.
Ambassador preparation weekend
An important part of the annual NT Training Awards process is the residential ambassador preparation weekend. All individual category finalists are required to attend and stay onsite for the duration of the weekend.
This residential weekend provides professional development sessions and valuable networking opportunities with the intent of better preparing individual finalists to act as ambassadors for the VET system and mentor future students interested in taking up the challenge of training.
The weekend will provide finalists with the tools and resources to enable them to confidently step into their judging interview.
Finalists will also gain some valuable experiences and tools that will complement their journey both through the rest of the awards process and in their chosen career. As well as this, finalists will meet some amazing people, make great contacts and friends, and have a whole lot of fun.
Hear what the 2014 NT Training Awards finalists thought of the ambassador preparation weekend:
The ambassador preparation weekend details will be announced soon.
Note: Individual category finalist attendance at this weekend is compulsory. All individual category finalists will be accommodated on site for the duration of the weekend - including those student finalists who normally reside in the Darwin area.
Individual category finalists include:
- Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year
- Trainee of the Year
- Vocational Student of the Year
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
- School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
- VET in Schools Student of the Year
- VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year.
For further information please phone the project coordinator.