Vocational Student of the Year Award


The Vocational Student of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement by a vocational student in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

State or territory training award winners of this category are automatically finalists for the Australian Training Awards and will compete at the national level.


To nominate for this award you must win the aligned category at your relevant 2018 state or territory training awards.

The state and territory training awards’ eligibility criteria states that you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia;
  • be a full-time or part-time student but not an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee);
  • have completed or be due to complete your training (i.e. contract end date) in the period 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018* in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are applying for;
  • nominate in the state or territory where the training is being delivered.

*The time for completion of studies may be amended for individual state or territory requirements.

Selection Process and Key Dates

Selection Process

Key Dates

Apply through your state and territory training awards

Opening and closing dates dates differ for each state and territory training awards 

**Winner of the state/territory aligned category automatically becomes an Australian Training Awards finalist


 Finalists attend a judging interview during ‘Finalist Week’ in Sydney

12 - 16 November 2018

The winner and runner-up are announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner in Sydney NSW.

15 November 2018


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

Criterion 1: Career and Study Achievements

Consider things such as:

  • any personal or career gains you have achieved from participating in your studies and your job
  • how you can demonstrate your understanding of the value of learning
  • how you have integrated on-the-job and off-the-job training and what benefits this has held.

Criterion 2: Communication, team and leadership skills

Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:

  • effective oral and written communication
  • your level of self-reliance and resilience in times of challenge
  • effective team participation
  • leadership and promotion of your training, industry or other things you are involved in
  • your capacity to be an effective ambassador for your industry, community and Australia.

Criterion 3: Ability to represent the national training system at a broader level

Tell us about:

  • any knowledge or understanding you have gained of new developments and trends in your workplace or industry and the vocational education and training system
  • any messages you might have that could encourage others who are interested in entering your training pathway.

Criterion 4: Other pursuits

You may wish to include information about:

  • your achievements in areas other than study and work
  • your involvement in the community
  • your awareness of current social, economic and political issues.
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Phone 02 6240 9874 or email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au.