Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award

The Australian Apprenticeships - Employer 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.


Applicants must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements and be an employer of an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee) at some time between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017. 

Please be aware that the apprenticeship or traineeship must be formalised under a contract of training.

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates
Nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards.  Open: 1 December 2016
Closing 31 May 2017
Finalists and non-shortlisted applicants notified. August/September 2017
Finalists and judging interview in Canberra, ACT. November 2017
The winner is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Canberra, ACT. November 2017


This award category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria:

Criterion 1: Innovation in the delivery of training for apprentice/s

How have you demonstrated innovation in your approach to the design and delivery of training for apprentices/trainees? For example, you may consider:

  • the training programs and initiatives which have led to improved outcomes for apprentices/trainees
  • the processes and approaches that have been adopted for training delivery
  • the unique elements of the training program/s
  • the availability of quality training pathways.

Criterion 2: Links with training organisations and the community

How have you partnered or collaborated with training organisations and the broader community to deliver innovative training and skill outcomes? For example, you may consider:

  • the partners included in the training of the apprentices and/or trainees, including Registered Training Organisations and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers
  • the extent of participation and the benefits of these partnerships
  • how the skills required within the local community have been met
  • how the training programs have been promoted externally.

Criterion 3: Apprentice/trainee outcomes

How has your approach to training impacted positively on individual apprentices/trainees? For example, you may consider:

  • evidence of successful learning outcomes for apprentices/trainees, ( relating to their progress, positive work outcomes and retention and completion rates)
  • customised training, innovative use of RPL and skills acquisition 
  • increased foundation skills levels
  • your workplace mentoring and the benefits it provides.

Criterion 4: Business outcomes

How has your approach to training impacted positively on the business? For example, you may consider:

  • evidence that the training has produced measurable improvements in business outcomes (e.g. quality, productivity, profitability)
  • other benefits that the training programs have delivered
  • evaluations of the training programs (and their outcomes)
  • the overall impact that the training has on the business. 
  • the sustainability of the training programs
  • how the training programs are modelled in other areas of your business


Applications for this award are made through the Australian Training Awards, AwardsForce portal.

  1. Register an account

  2. Read important information

  3. Select category

  4. Start your entry (save it in-progress)

  5. Confirm agreement with the declaration by selecting the tick boxes

  6. Submit your entry.


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