Nominate for the 2019 NT Training Awards

Categories, check your eligibility and nominate now

The NT Training Awards nominations are now open and close at 5pm on 26 May 2019.

The preferred method for submitting your nomination is online.

Step 1: Read the conditions of entry and choose which category below best suits you.

Step 2: Create an account in the online nomination portal.

Step 3: Start an online nomination. You are able to save it and go back in and edit it at any time during the nomination period.

Step 4: Attend one of the free information sessions in Darwin, or via teleconference, during April to learn more about the new portal and how to write a winning application. Find out more in events calendar.

Individual categories

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award sponsored by East Arnhem Regional Council

To be eligible, you must:

  • be identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • not be at school
  • be a full-time or part-time student in the Northern Territory (NT) and have recently completed or be due to complete your nationally accredited vocational education and training (VET) qualification (including an apprenticeship or traineeship) between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Nominate online now for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by ISACNT

To be eligible, you must:

  • have completed or be due to complete your training (for example, your apprenticeship) between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification
  • have a contract of training registered with the NT training authority.

Nominate online now for the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Award.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award sponsored by GTNT

To be eligible, you must:

  • be undertaking / completing a Certificate II or above qualification through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • be still enrolled at school
  • have a contract of training registered with your relevant state training authority.

Nominate online now for the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award.

Trainee of the Year Award sponsored by NEC

To be eligible, you must have completed or be due to complete your training (for example, contract end date) in the period 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification.

Nominate online now for the Trainee of the Year Award.

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a qualified (as determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework) and registered teacher / trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by a NT based registered training organisation
  • be delivering training (full units of study) in the NT which leads to nationally recognised qualifications or statements of attainment under the national training system for some period between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
  • be endorsed by the RTO and evidence of qualification must be submitted with the nomination.

Nominate online now for the VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award.

VET in Schools Student of the Year Award sponsored by McArthur River Mine

To be eligible, you must:

  • have completed or are due to complete at least 50% of their VET course at a NT secondary school between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
  • be still enrolled in a NT school.

Nominate online now for the VET in Schools Student of the Year Award.

Vocational Student of the Year Award sponsored by Hot 100

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a full-time or part-time student but not an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee)
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the period 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are nominating for, and
  • have had training delivered in the NT.

Nominate online now for the Vocational Student of the Year Award.

International Vocational Student of the Year Award sponsored by Study in Australia's NT

To be eligible, you must:

  • be recognised as an international student with a 500 / 572 visa
  • be studying with a NT Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, and
  • at the time of nomination be currently enrolled in a VET course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification.

Nominate online now for the International Vocational Student of the Year Award.

Organisational categories

Industry Collaboration of the Year Award sponsored by ISACNT

To be eligible:

  • 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.
  • at least one party must be a Territory enterprise. Territory enterprises must satisfy all three elements below*.

Please note: that nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under contractual ‘partnership’ agreements.

Nominate online now for the Industry Collaboration of the Year Award.

Large Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Seven Darwin

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Territory enterprise. Territory enterprises must satisfy all three elements below*.
  • have 200 or more full-time equivalent employees.

The NT Training Awards will accept joint nomination 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 VET (these organisations may consider nominating for either the large or small training provider of the year awards).

Nominate online now for the Large Employer of the Year Award.

Medium Employer of the Year Award sponsored by CDU

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Territory enterprise. Territory enterprises must satisfy all three elements below*.
  • employ 20 or more, but fewer than 200, full-time equivalent employees.

The NT Training Awards will accept joint nomination 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 VET (these organisations may consider nominating for either the large or small training provider of the year awards).

Nominate online now for the Medium Employer of the Year Award.

Small Employer of the Year Award sponsored by NT News

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Territory enterprise. Territory enterprises must satisfy all three elements below*.
  • employ 19 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

The NT Training Awards will accept joint nomination 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 (note: franchisees may nominate if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group), and / or
  • organisations whose core business is the delivery of VET (these organisations may consider nominating for either the large or small training provider of the year awards).

Nominate online now for the Small Employer of the Year Award.

Training Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Hastings Deering

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a RTO for which the delivery of VET is the core business
  • undertake the majority (80%) of their training delivery in the NT and have their head office in the NT.

The nomination must focus on the training delivered in the NT only.

Nominate online now for the Training Provider of the Year Award.

*Territory enterprise must satisfy all three elements of the definition:

  • Operating in the NT - the enterprise is currently engaged in productive activities (for example, production of goods or delivery of services) within the NT.
  • Significant permanent presence - the enterprise maintains an office, manufacturing facilities or other permanent base within the NT.
  • Employing NT residents - the enterprise employs Territorians. An enterprise which relies exclusively on transient, interstate / international labour or a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce will not satisfy this element.

Why enter the NT Training Awards

Winners of the Northern Territory Training Awards receive up to $3,000 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 $3,000 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.

Are you:

  • 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 a Northern Territory (NT) based registered training organisation?
  • a NT based registered training organisations for which delivery of VET 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 VET in the NT?

Conditions of entry

Nominations for the 2019 NT Training Awards open on Monday 4 March 2019 and close at 5pm on Sunday 26 May 2019.

All applicants will need to read and agree to the conditions of entry prior to submitting their nomination.

The conditions of entry for 2019 are as follows:

The closing time and date for all nominations is 5pm on Sunday 26 May 2019. No nomination will be accepted after this date.

All nominees must complete a nomination form and answer all criteria personally. You may ask for some helpful tips to assist in completing your nomination by contacting the NT Training Awards team. Nomination is by an online portal, but Word document versions can be obtained by contacting the NT Training Awards team.

Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, reside in the Northern Territory and meet all other eligibility criteria (other than the International Vocational Student of the Year category).

Nominees may only apply for one award category 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.

Individual categories

Shortlisted nominees (finalists) must be prepared to participate in the Ambassador Preparation Program and be available to attend the Ambassador preparation and judging weekend in Darwin on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019, judging will be held on Monday 12 August 2019. 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 remote shortlisted individual nominees.

Short listed nominees must be available for interview in Darwin on Monday 12 August 2019.

All short listed nominees (finalists) must be available to attend the NT Training Awards gala awards dinner event in Darwin on Saturday 21 September 2019. 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 Brisbane (Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 2019, Australian Training Awards presentation on the Thursday 21 November 2019). 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.

Organisation categories

Organisational finalists will be invited to attend the Ambassador preparation and judging weekend in Darwin on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019, but attendance is not compulsory.

Representatives from each shortlisted organisation must be available for interview in Darwin on Monday 12 August 2019.

All short listed nominees (finalists) must be available to attend the NT Training Awards gala awards dinner event in Darwin on Saturday 21 September 2019.


How to nominate

Nominations for the 2019 NT Training Awards open on Monday 4 March 2019 and close at 5pm on Sunday 26 May 2019.

The preferred method for submitting your nomination is online.

Step 1: Read the conditions of entry and choose which category best suits you.

Step 2: Create an account in the online nomination portal.

Step 3: Start an online nomination. You are able to save it and go back in and edit it at any time during the nomination period.

It is important that you complete all of the sections relevant to you before submitting your nomination.

If you are unable to access the online nominations, request a word document version of the selected category from the NT Training Awards team.

Attend one of the free information sessions in Darwin, or via teleconference, during April to learn more about the new portal and how to write a winning application. Find out more in events calendar.

If you have any problems submitting your nomination contact the NT Training Awards team.


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.

For more help, attend one of the free information sessions in Darwin, or via teleconference, during April to learn more about the new portal and how to write a winning application. Find out more in events calendar.

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.

Remember

Don’t be shy about providing supporting evidence to back up your application (for example, statistics, graphs, tables, examples, photographs, testimonials).

More information

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


Judging process

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 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 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.

Individual categories

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.

Organisation categories

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 ambassador preparation weekend. All individual category finalists are required to attend and stay onsite for the duration of the weekend.

This 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.

Schedule

The ambassador preparation weekend details will be announced soon.

Note: Individual category finalist attendance at this weekend is compulsory. All regional individual category finalists will be accommodated on site for the duration of the weekend.

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
  • International Vocational Student of the Year.

For further information please phone the NT Training Awards team.


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