SATA Awards 2018

How are individual winners chosen?

Stage 1

Each written nomination will be assessed against the selection criteria to determine the short-listed nominees.

All nominees will be advised as to whether they have been short-listed.

Stage 2

Each of the short listed nominees will be required to attend an interview in person with the judging panel in June 2018.

The judging panel will select up to four finalists and an overall winner for each award category. Their decision will be based upon both the written application and the interview.

How are organisation winners chosen?

Stage 1

The judging panel assesses each written nomination against each criterion and then shortlists candidates for Interviews/site visits.

All shortlisted candidates will be advised.

Stage 2

Arrangements are made with short-listed candidates for a site visit by the judging panel at their workplace.

The judges then validate the written nomination by gathering further information and evidence which assists them in selecting one winner.

How will I know I have reached the next stage?

All applicants shortlisted for the next stage will be advised by the Awards Executive Officer.

Candidates who have reached the next stage of judging will be contacted by telephone with arrangements confirmed by email.

Who is on the judging panels?

All judging panel will be chaired by a Training and Skills Commission member and will consist of training specialists, VET practitioners and sponsor representatives.

Can an individual or organisation (e.g. provider, employer) put forward more than one nomination?

Individuals can only be nominated for one award and must not accept any nomination for any similar award in another State or Territory in the nominating year.

Organisations may apply for more than one award provided they meet the eligibility criteria and clearly differentiate the information in their nomination between each award category.

Can an individual or organisation (e.g. provider, employer) nominate themselves?

Students may be nominated by their employer or training provider or be self-nominating. We encourage a letter of support be obtained from your employer, RTO or school if self-nominating.

VET Teacher/Trainers can be nominated by a RTO, colleagues, professional bodies, students or through self-nomination.

Organisations may nominate themselves provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Can part of an organisation nominate?

In the case of employers and training providers with activities in more than one state, only the training activities in South Australia will be considered for the award.

Where an organisation has more than one workplace in South Australia, they must decide to nominate as a state-wide organisation or an individual workplace. If an organisation applies as an individual workplace it must lodge separate applications for each workplace that may decide to apply.

In the case of registered training organisations, they must be delivering training in South Australia and the nomination should be for the entire South Australian operation.

Can previous winners nominate again?

Finalists in all categories may reapply for the same award in subsequent years if they are eligible.

Student winners may not apply in the same category in subsequent years but may apply for other categories if they are eligible.

Organisation winners may apply for the same award in subsequent years. 

My organisation is a registered training organisation. Which category do I enter - Training Provider or Employer?

Being a registered training organisation does not necessarily mean the training provider category is the right one. The answer depends on your organisation's primary role:

  • If the primary role is training - Training Provider
  • If the primary role is something other than training (e.g. selling products or services) – Employer or Small Employer category.

What should I consider when writing the application?

The content of the written nomination is very important for proceeding to the next stage of the judging process.

Candidates in all categories are asked to provide information about themselves and/or their organisation. Nominators can assist candidates prepare the information but the nomination should be from the candidate. This means that nominations should be written by using 'I' or 'we', not 'he', 'she' or 'they'.

Cover all the assessment criteria and all the points under each criterion. Treat all the assessment criteria seriously because they are all important.

Vague generalisations should be avoided. General statements such as 'I am a good team member', 'I have an understanding of industry trends' or 'training is fundamental to the success of our business' must be supported with clear evidence and practical examples.

Keep your writing clear and simple. Dot points are acceptable.

Think of the nomination as an application for a job or a contract - emphasise what makes you or your organisation stand head and shoulders above all the other applicants.

Remember incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Is there a cost involved in applying?

No. There is no nomination fee to apply for any award. The only costs involved are related to time and effort required to complete the assessment criteria.

Can I advertise the win?

Winners and finalists in the organisation award categories are encouraged to describe themselves as "Winner/Finalist 2018 SA Training Awards" in their print and electronic publications.

If I win will I go to the Australian Training Awards?

The 2018 Australian Training Awards will be held in Sydney from the 12 - 16 November 2018, including the awards dinner on the 15 November 2018.

Student winners and the VET Teacher/Trainer winner are automatic national finalists.

2018 State Organisation award winners are nominated to enter a shortlisting process for the Australian Training Awards.

Travel and accommodation costs are covered for all individual finalists.

Organisation awards judging:

  • The Department of Education and Training will be responsible for organising judging panels for each award category.
  • Short listing of three finalists will take place at a time to be advised.
  • Finalists will be contacted to organise site visits.
  • Judging of finalists (face to face interviews) will take place at a time to be advised.

If I’m a winner or finalist will I get my picture in the paper?

Winners and finalists are ambassadors for the South Australian vocational education and training system.

Winners receive media attention including exposure through advertisements produced as part of the post-award promotional campaign.

The Department of State Development may use photographs and non-confidential information from the nominations in its print and electronic publications.