How are individual state representatives chosen?

Stage 1

Each written application will be assessed against the selection criteria to determine the shortlisted applicants.

All applicants will be advised as to whether they have been shortlisted.

Stage 2

Each of the shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview with the shortlisting panel.

The shortlisting panel will select applicants to represent South Australia. Their decision will be based upon both the written application and the interview.

How are organisation state representatives chosen?

Stage 1

The shortlisting panel will assess each written application against each criterion and shortlist candidates for an evaluation process.

All shortlisted candidates will be advised.

Stage 2

Shortlisted candidates will be advised of the evaluation process. 

The written application will be validated by the gathering of further information and evidence to assist the process.

How will I know I have reached the next stage?

All shortlisted applicants will be advised by the Executive Officer, South Australian Training Awards.

Applicants who have reached the next stage of shortlisting will be contacted by telephone, with arrangements confirmed by email.

Who is on the shortlisting panels?

All shortlisted applicants will be advised who is on the shortlisting panel as part of the email communication. 

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

Individuals can only apply or be nominated for one category and must not apply or accept any nomination for any similar award in another state or territory in the nominating year.

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

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

Students may be nominated by their employer or training provider, or can apply themselves. We encourage you to obtain a letter of support from your employer, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or school if you are applying.

Vocational Education Training (VET) teachers/trainers can be nominated by an RTO, colleagues, professional bodies, students, or through applying themselves.

Organisations may apply themselves, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Can part of an organisation apply?

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

Where an organisation has more than one workplace in South Australia, it must decide to apply 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 applies.

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

Can previous South Australian Training Awards winners apply?

Past South Australian Training Awards finalists may reapply for the same category in 2020, if they are eligible.

Past winners may not apply in the same category, but may apply for other categories if they are eligible.

Past organisation category winners may apply for the same award in 2020. 

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

Being an RTO 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 application is very important for proceeding to the next stage.

Applicants in all categories are asked to provide information about themselves and/or their organisation. Nominators can assist applicants in preparing their applications, but the application should be written by the applicant. This means applicants should use 'I' or 'we', not 'he', 'she' or 'they'. Applications should be written in the first person.

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.

Think of the application in the same light as a job application - emphasise what makes you or your organisation stand head and shoulders above all other applicants.

Remember, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Is there a cost involved in applying?

No, there is no fee to apply. The only costs involved are related to time and effort required to fully address the assessment criteria.

If I am shortlisted will I go to the Australian Training Awards?

The 2020 Australian Training Awards (ATA) will be held in Melbourne in November.

State representatives in individual categories and in the VET Teacher/Trainer category will represent South Australia at the ATA.

State representatives in organisation categories will also be put forward for consideration by the ATA.

ATA - Individual awards judging:

  • Individual judging will take place in Melbourne in November 2020
  • VET Teacher/Trainer judging will take place in Melbourne in November 2020
  • Travel and accommodation costs are covered for all finalists.

ATA - Organisation awards judging:

  • The Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business will be responsible for organising judging panels for each award category.
  • Shortlisting of applications to 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 South Australian representative to the ATA will I get media coverage?

South Australian representatives are ambassadors for the VET system. They may receive media coverage.

The Training and Skills Commission and the Department for Innovation and Skills may use photographs and non-confidential information from applications to facilitate media engagement.