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 2024.

Nominees must:

  • meet the Australian Training Awards Conditions of Entry requirements
  • be undertaking/completing a Certificate II or above qualification through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • be enrolled in school at the time of nomination through state and territory training awards
  • have a training contract registered with their relevant state training authority, and
  • nominate in the state or territory where their training contract is lodged.

Note: Students who are no longer enrolled in school at the time of nomination though state and territory training awards are encouraged to nominate for the Apprentice of the Year Award or the Trainee of the Year Award.

Section A: Overview

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

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 the industry and training path.

(Limit 300 words)

Section B: Selection Criteria

This information will be considered and used for judging purposes.

Criterion 1: Career and study achievements

Consider things such 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 the 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 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:

  • How 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 school/workplace?
  • What other qualities or activities do you feel would be useful in your role as Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year?
  • What other community or work experience have you had?

(Limit 400 words)


For further information visit your relevant state or territory training awards website.