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 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. 

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.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017