The Medium Employer of the Year Award recognises a medium business which 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.


To nominate, an organisation must:

  • employ 20 or more, but fewer than 200, full-time equivalent employees; and
  • be the winner of the equivalent training award in 2021 in their state or territory 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

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).

2021 state or territory Award winners of this category are nominated to enter a short-listing process to the Australian Training Awards. The original application of the winners already address the award criteria below and are automatically submitted to the Australian Training Awards by the state or territory training awards.


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 training for your employees 
  • 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.

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