Nominations for 2021 are now closed. Check back later for more information about the 2022 Awards.

The Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time Australian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Nominees for this award must be a permanent resident of Australia and have won the equivalent state or territory training awards in 2021.

Nominees must:

  • be undertaking/completing a Certificate II or above qualification through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship 
  • be still enrolled at school at th etime of nomination through state and territory training awards; 
  • have a training contract registered with your relevant state training authority; and
  • nominate in the state or territory where their training contract is lodged.

Nominations to the state or territory training awards must be within the word count applicable for each criterion.

Preparing your Nomination

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are enrolled in, your registered training organisation and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing this industry and training path.

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

(limit: 300 words)

Section B: Nominees will be judged against the following criteria

Criterion 1: Career and study achievements

Criterion 2: Team and communication skills

Criterion 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia

Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits


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

Criterion 1: Career and Study Achievements

Consider such things as:

  • Why did you choose your course?
  • How has the training impacted on you?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • How has your job assisted your skills development?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 2: Team and communication skills

Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:

  • What have you been able to tell others, students, mates etc. about your training?
  • What do you like about working in a team setting?
  • What traits do you think are important to positively influence others?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia

Tell us about:

  • Provide examples where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of school?
  • What other activities have you been involved in where you have been a representative?
  • How would you describe the quality of your training?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits

You may wish to include information about:

  • Have you had to address any challenges that have impacted on your training?
  • When have you been required to use initiative either in your training, your personal life or your workplace?
  • What other qualities or activities do you feel would be useful in your role as Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year?
  • What other community or work experience have you had?

(limit: 400 words)

For further information visit your relevanstate or territory training awards website.