The Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award is presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) and skills sector for more than 15 years. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long-lasting impact in the sector.
The Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award recognises an individual who has:
- an established history of distinguished service to the VET and skills sector
- made a lasting contribution to VET practice and skill development
- exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET and skills sector
- positively influenced the VET and skills sector on a state, national or international level.
Selection of the nominee is made on the basis of the candidate's significant, fundamental contributions to the VET and skills sector (whether in research, leadership, mentorship or other); the lasting impact of these contributions to the sector; and the demonstration of a long-term commitment to VET.
Nominees must have:
- made a positive impact on the VET and skills sector [at either state/territory or national level]
- earned recognition by other industry, training, education or employer groups
- the respect of professional peers
- demonstrated over an extended period of time, a contribution which has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership or service to the VET and skills community
- personal integrity
- 15 years, or more, of sustained service to the VET and skills sector.
Please note, nominees do not need to be currently working in the VET and skills sector to be eligible for this award.
Nominations must meet the Conditions of Entry.
Self-nominations will be considered ineligible.
Note: Enduring nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and National Achievement Awards can reapply for the Outstanding Achievement in VET and Skills Sector Award. Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement and National Achievement Awards, having already been recognised for their long-standing contribution to the sector are not eligible to re-apply for this award.
Preparing the nomination
Section A: Overview
Provide a short overview of the person, their achievements and the reason for the nomination.
This information will not be considered or used for assessment purposes, but it may be used as a summary of the person throughout the Australian Training Awards nomination process.
Section B: Nominees will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Criterion 1: History of service
- Criterion 2: Significant contribution and positive influence on the VET and skills sector
- Criterion 3: Leadership
Addressing the criteria
This information will be considered and used for assessment purposes. Please be aware that responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation).
Note: The considerations listed under each criterion are provided to clarify what to include when writing against the criteria.
Criterion 1: History of service
The nominee’s history of service to the VET and skills sector—in particular, positions of leadership the nominee has held such as on boards or as chairs of committees. Any other known history in the sector, such as participation on committees and working groups, and any examples of the nominee representing the VET and skills sector officially as a liaison to other organisations or at state, national or international meetings. Additionally, consideration is given to an individual’s broader contributions to the VET and skills sector.
Criterion 2: Significant contribution and positive influence on the VET and skills sector
The nominee’s significant contribution(s) to the advancement of VET practice and skill development, including teaching or training positions or programs, awards or recognition from professional or industry groups and institutions, and/or innovative approaches to difficulties. How will the nominee’s story inspire others to higher standards in their work or to raise the communities’ perception of the VET and skills sector?
Criterion 3: Leadership
The nominee’s leadership in the field of VET and skills including, but not limited to, positively influencing policy or practice on a state, national or international level. This may include Government committees and workgroups, advocacy, senior positions, other training, mentoring or committee participation. How have they ‘made a difference’ in some way?