The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium business that employs 20 or more, but less than 200 full-time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.
'Nationally recognised training’ refers to training that is based on a national training package or accredited course which results in a person receiving a formal qualification or Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. This includes Australian Apprenticeships.
State or territory training award winners of this category will automatically enter a short-listing process where they will have the opportunity to become finalists for the Australian Training Awards and compete at the national level.
To nominate for this award you must win the aligned category at your relevant 2017 state or territory training awards.
The state and territory training awards’ eligibility criteria states that you must:
- employ 20 or more, but less than 200, full-time equivalent employees, and;
- be the winner of the equivalent training in 2017 in their Australian state or territoy of operation.
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
NB: Nominations will not be accepted from organisations that provide vocational education and training as their core business; however these organisations may consider nominating for either the Large or Small Training Provider of the Year Award.
Selection Process and Key Dates
|Selection Process||Key Dates|
Apply through your state and territory training awards
**Winner of the state/territory aligned category is automatically entered into the shortlisting selection process for the Australian Training Awards
|Opening and closing dates differ for each state and territory training awards|
|Finalists and non-shortlisted applicants notified||16 - 20 October 2017|
|Finalists attend a judging interview in Canberra||22 November 2017|
|Winner is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Canberra||23 November 2017|
This award category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria:
Criterion 1: Extent and quality of training for employees
- your involvement in designing training specifically for your business, either alone or in partnership with a training organisations
- The qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
- The percentage of your employees who are actively engaged in training
- Hours per month (average) that your employees spend in training
- How you integrate on-the-job and off-the-job training.
Criterion 2: Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training
- How training has improved the productivity and well-being of your employees (briefly describe the personal training achievements of a few of your staff)
- How training has improved your relationships with clients
- How training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
- How you measure the benefits of training
- How training will improve your business in the future.
Criterion 3: Integration of training into business planning
- the training aims of your business
- The ‘training culture’ that you have established within your business
- How training fits into your workforce development and business planning
- How you have formalised an ongoing commitment to training
- how you find out about the training needs of your employees.
Criterion 4: Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training
- details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of your training
- innovative methods that you use to create positive relationships or partnerships with others to enhance the effectiveness of your training
- Innovative approaches that you use to encourage access to training for your employees (e.g. mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).
Criterion 5: Commitment to equity in training
- The training you have made available to employees who are from groups under-represented in employment, education and training (such as people with disabilities, indigenous people, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people in older age groups, people living in remote areas)
- The number of these employees who have actively engaged in training
- The number of these employees who have actively trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
- The training programs that have been specifically designed for these employees.
How to Apply
To enter this award category, visit the state or territory training awards website page and enter in the state or territory where your business is registered.