School Pathways to VET Award

The School Pathways to VET Award recognises eligible organisations including schools, registered training organisations (RTOs), group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered one (or more) excellent vocational education and training (VET) programmes to secondary school students.


Applications must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements and have delivered VET programmes to secondary school students within the past two years. The VET programmes must be based on national training packages or accredited courses that lead to qualifications or statements of attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Collaborative ventures between schools and other VET stakeholders (including public/private RTOs and group training companies) are encouraged. One application will be accepted for collaborative ventures of this nature.

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection process and Key Dates
Selection Process Key Dates
Apply directly to the Australian Training Awards

Open December 2015

Closing: 31 May 2016

Finalists and non-shortlisted applicants notified. August 2016
Finalists attend judging interview in Darwin, Northern Territory 16 November 2016
The winner is announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event in Darwin, Northern Territory. 17 November 2016


This award category requires the applicant to address the following award criteria:

Criterion 1: Leading practice in vocational education and training– How does your school implement VET? For example, you may consider:

  • How you integrate VET within the general school learning environment, and how you ensure this links with nationally recognised training and employment opportunities
  • How you support the development of foundation (employability) skills
  • How you demonstrate ‘innovation’ in the structure, content and delivery of your VET programmes
  • The unique elements of your VET programmes (i.e. those elements that set you apart from other schools and training organisations)
  • The capacity of your VET programmes to be duplicated by other schools and training organisations (and the systems you have developed to enable this)

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 2: Strategic planning processes – How does your school plan, coordinate and resource VET? For example, you may consider: 

  • The extent to which you take labour market needs and industry skill requirements into account in your planning activities
  • How you prepare a flexible curriculum and timetable to allow for structured workplace learning, school-based apprenticeships, enterprise-based activities and employment programmes
  • How you promote VET (both internally and externally)
  • How you engage with ongoing VET policy reforms
  • The range of resources you use for VET, and how you acquire and manage these resources
  • How you ensure the sustainability of your VET programmes.

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 3: Student and staff focus – How does your school measure the success of VET? For example, you may consider: 

  • How your VET programmes are leading to successful transitions for students into further education, training and employment
  • How you collect and analyse data on student progress, transitions and completions
  • The impact of your VET programmes on students who may (in some way) be marginalised
  • How you meet the training requirements and professional development needs of your staff
  • The benefits your VET programmes have delivered to your school community.

(limit: 800 words)

Criterion 4: Employer and community focus - How does your school establish collaborative VET partnerships? For example, you may consider:

  • The collaborative partnerships you have developed to ensure students have access to excellent and high quality VET programmes
  • The impact your VET programmes have had on local employers and the broader community
  • The level of support your VET programmes have from local employers and the broader community
  • How your VET programmes have expanded the availability of training pathways, in particular for the broader community
  • How you review the effectiveness of your VET programmes.

(limit: 800 words)


To enter, download School Pathways to VET Award application form:


Phone 02 6240 9874 or email