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.


To nominate, an organisation must:

  • meet the Conditions of Entry requirements 
  • be an employer of an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee) at some time between 1 January 2017 and 30 April 2018. 

Please note: The apprenticeship or traineeship must be formalised under a contract of training.

The Australian Training Awards will accept joint applications from:

  • a Group Training Organisation who partners with a Host Employer

  • a Host Employer who partners with a Group Training Organisation.

Nominations will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training (these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award).

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates
Nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards  Open: 1 December 2017
Close: 31 May 2018
Finalists and unsuccessful applicants notified July 2018
Finalists attend a judging interview in Sydney 14 November 2018
Winner is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner in Sydney NSW 15 November 2018

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for shortlisting or judging purposes, but it may be used as a summary of your organisation throughout the Awards process.

Business Details

  • Industry sector 
  • Main business locations 
  • Number of full-time employees 
  • Number of part-time employees 
  • Number of casual employees 
  • Number of contractors 
  • Number of apprentices/trainees  
  • Number of apprentices/trainees who commenced training in the nominated period (i.e. 1/1/2017 to 30/4/2018) 
  • Number of apprentices/trainees who completed training in the nominated period (i.e. 1/1/2017 to 30/4/2018) 
  • Length of time your program has been operational (years) 
  • Business structure (e.g. partnership, trust, company) 
  • Length of time business in operation (years) 
  • Number of key partners* involved in your training programs for apprentices/trainees 
  • Your training expenditure as a percentage of annual payroll

*A ‘key partner’ is an organisation that is actively involved in your training programs.

Business Summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products/services that you offer and any major milestones you have achieved.

(limit: 500 words)

Section B: Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Innovation in the delivery of training for apprentices/trainees
Criterion 2: Links with training organisations and the community
Criterion 3: Apprentice/trainee outcomes
Criterion 4: Business outcomes

Addressing the criteria

This information will be considered and used for shortlisting and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).

Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.

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

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.

(limit: 800 words)

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.

(limit: 800 words)

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.

(limit: 800 words)

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.

(limit: 800 words)

Applications for the Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award are made directly to the Australian Training Awards.

  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 to be in the running 



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