International Training Provider of the Year Award

The International Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students in Australia and overseas.

Applications for this award are made directly to the Australian Training Awards, except for RTOs in Western Australia which must apply to the WA International Training Provider of the Year Award at the WA Training Awards in the first instance.

Eligibility

To apply, an organisation must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements (if applying directly to the Australian Training Awards) and:

be an RTO for which delivery of VET is the core business; and
deliver nationally recognised training programs to full-fee paying international students onshore and offshore.

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates

Nominate directly to the Australian Training Awards.

(RTOs in Western Australia must apply for this award through the aligned category at the WA Training Awards. The winner of the WA Training Awards enters a short-listing process to become an Australian Training Awards finalist.)

Open: 1 December 2016

Closing: 31 May 2017

Finalists for this category announced. August/September 2017
Finalists attend judging interview in Canberra, ACT. November 2017
The recipient is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Canberra, ACT. November 2017

Criteria

Section A: Overview

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

Organisational Details

  • Number of currently enrolled domestic students
  • Number of currently enrolled international students (onshore)
  • Number of currently enrolled international students (offshore)
  • Number of nationally recognised training programs* that you deliver to international students (onshore)
  • Number of nationally recognised training programs* that you deliver to international students (offshore)
  • Number of non-accredited programs** that you deliver to international students (offshore)
  • Number of full-time equivalent staff working with international students
  • Number of casual staff working with international students
  • Number of contracting staff working with international students
  • Length of time in domestic student market (years)
  • Length of time in international student market (years)

*These must be based on national training packages or accredited courses that lead to qualifications or statements of attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
**These must be benchmarked to national training package qualifications or accredited courses.

Organisational Summary

Provide a brief description of your organisation, including the reasons why you are applying for this award.
(limit: 500 words)

Section B: Applicants will be judged against the following criteria

This information will be considered and used for short listing and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable and verifiable indicators (including student outcome data, client satisfaction data and external validation data).

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

Criterion 1: Leading practice in international and transnational education

How you offer exceptional vocational education and training (VET) to international students, both onshore and offshore? For example, you may consider:

  • How you demonstrate excellence and high level performance in teaching and learning, including the delivery of quality training that has been customised for international students and markets
  • How you demonstrate innovation in the design of your VET products and services to ensure they are appropriate for international students and markets
  • How you provide creative and innovative solutions to the training needs of international students
  • The systems you have in place to manage, evaluate and enhance your VET products and services to ensure they are appropriate for international students and markets
  • How you engage with ongoing VET policy reforms, including your capacity to implement change as a consequence of reform initiatives
  • How you undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation to assure the quality of your VET products and services for international students and markets.

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 2: Market Focus

How you monitor, engage with and respond to international and transnational education markets? For example, you may consider:

  • How you identify and attract new international and transnational market opportunities, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your onshore/offshore VET operations
  • How your planning processes embrace innovation and change, including your capacity to plan for future changes in international and transnational education markets
  • The extent to which you take local labour market needs (both onshore and offshore) into account in your planning activities
  • The strategies you have in place to identify important issues which may impact your international student business, and the key partnerships and links you have established to address these.

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Student and employer focus 

How you monitor, engage with and respond to international students and their employers, both onshore and offshore? For example, you may consider:

  • How you identify the needs and expectations of international students
  • How you identify the needs and expectations of employers of international students
  • The systems you have in place for collecting and analysing data on international student progress, outcomes, completions and satisfaction levels
  • How you maximise the educational, social and cultural experience of international students
  • How you meet the equity needs of different international client groups
  • How you support the employment of international students (both in Australia and overseas) in their field of study following graduation
  • How you support Australian students seeking international experiences.

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 4: Staff focus 

How you build the capacity of your workforce to meet the skill needs of international students, both onshore and offshore? For example, you may consider:

  • The strategies and processes you have in place to build staff capability in the delivery of training to international students
  • Your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and emerging international markets, including your response times for upskilling staff to meet these needs and markets
  • How you support and deploy Australian trainers and assessors to deliver programs offshore
  • How you recruit and support international specialists to facilitate programs onshore
  • How you recruit and support local specialists to facilitate programs offshore.

(limit: 800 words)

Enter

Applications for this award are made through the Australian Training Awards, AwardsForce portal, except in Western Australia where applications are made direct to the WA 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.

Contact

Phone 02 6240 9874 or email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au.