Small employers drive growth and create jobs and are the engine room of the Australian economy. In acknowledgement of the vital role small employer’s play in Australia, from 2016 the Australian Government has amended the eligibility requirements for the Small Employer of the Year Award, so that all businesses are able to nominate, either directly to the Australian Training Awards or through their relevant state or territory training awards where available.
The Small Employer of the Year Award recognises a small enterprise 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.
Businesses registered in Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT must apply for the Small Employer of the Year Award through your relevant 2016 state or territory training awards.
Businesses registered in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory must apply directly to the Australian Training Awards.
To nominate, the small employer must meet the Conditions of Entry requirements and employ 19 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.
Group Training Organisations are ineligible, however, Host Employers can apply.
Nominations will not be accepted from:
- branch offices of larger enterprises (NB: franchisees may nominate if their training activities are organised independently of the franchise group); and/or
- 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).
Selection Process and Key Dates
|Selection Process||Key Dates|
Apply directly to the Australian Training Awards
through state and territory awards where required.
Open December 2015
Closing: 31 May 2016
|If named a winner at state and territory training awards, the winner enters a short-listing process to become an Australian Training Awards finalist.
(Note: The winner’s application is automatically forwarded to the Australian Training Awards).
|Dates differ according to your relevant state and territory training awards opening and closing dates.|
|Finalists for this category announced.||October 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: Extent and quality of training for employees
Describe the training that your small business is involved in. Include the following:
- the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
- number of employees actively engaged in training
- the training organisations that are delivering the training
- briefly tell the story of an innovative training approach you are using (e.g. mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning).
Criterion 2: Employee Outcomes
How has training benefited your employees? Include the following:
- how training has improved the well-being of your employees
- how training has improved the productivity of your employees
- briefly tell the story of an employee who has benefited the most from training.
Criterion 3: Business Outcomes
How has training benefited your business? Include the following:
- how training has improved your relationships with clients
- how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
- briefly tell the story of how your business has grown as a result of training.
To enter, download the Small Employer of the Year Award form below, or, if your business is registered in Queensland, Tasmania or the ACT visit the state or territory training awards website page and enter in the your relevant state or territory.