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Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) for their contribution to skilling Australia. A majority of the Awards culminate from state and territory programs, with representatives from each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories. 

Winners of the 2020 Australian Training Awards will be announced on 20 November.

The Australian Training Awards also include seven direct entry award categories:

Lifetime Achievement 
This award is presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET sector for more than 25 years. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting impact in the sector.

National Achievement 
This award is presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET sector for up to 25 years. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting positive influence and impact in the sector.

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice 
This award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving English Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

Australian Apprenticeships - Employer 
This award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.

International Training Provider of the Year (for all states and territories except Western Australia, where applications are accepted directly)
This award recognises an RTO that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of VET to full-fee paying international students in Australia and overseas.

School Pathways to VET 
This award recognises eligible organisations, including schools, RTOs, group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered one (or more) excellent VET programs to secondary school students.

Small Employer of the Year (direct entry for New South Wales and Western Australia only - all other states and territories are to apply through their respective training awards, noting the opening and closing dates will differ for each state and territory)
This award recognises a small business that employs 19 or fewer full time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.

Nationally recognised training refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by an RTO. This includes Australian apprenticeships.

For further information about the Australian Training Awards direct entry categories, and to find out why you, your business or RTO should apply, visit the Australian Training Awards website.