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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) programs to secondary school students.


To nominate, an organisation must:

  • must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements 
  • have delivered VET programs to secondary school students within the past two years.

Please note:

The VET programs 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.


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 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 programs
  • The unique elements of your VET programs (i.e. those elements that set you apart from other schools and training organisations)
  • The capacity of your VET programs 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 programs
  • 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 programs.

(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 programs 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 programs 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 programs 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 programs
  • The impact your VET programs have had on local employers and the broader community
  • The level of support your VET programs have from local employers and the broader community
  • How your VET programs have expanded the availability of training pathways, in particular for the broader community
  • How you review the effectiveness of your VET programs.

(limit: 800 words)

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