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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 2020 and 30 April 2021.

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).


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)