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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.

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Training Awards

Nominees for the above award must be a permanent resident of Australian and have won the equivalent state or territory training awards in 2021.

Eligibility criteria for the state or territory training awards

You must

  • 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 in the period 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021* in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are applying for*; and
  • nominate in the state or territory where you reside.

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


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

Criterion 1: Career and Study Achievements

Consider things such as:

  • Why did you choose your course?
  • How has it changed or impacted on you?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • What have you been able to bring to your workplace?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 2: Team and Communication skills

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

  • What have you been able to tell others, work mates, employers etc about your training?
  • What do you like about working in a team setting?
  • What traits do you think are important to positively influence others?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 3: Ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia

Tell us about:

  • Provide examples where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of work?
  • What other activities have you been involved in where you have been a representative?
  • How would you describe the quality of your training?

(limit: 400 words)

Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits

You may wish to include information about:

  • Have you had to address any challenges that have impacted on your training?
  • When have you been required to use initiative either in your training, your personal life or your workplace?
  • What other qualities or activities do you feel would be useful in your role as Vocational Student of the Year?
  • What other community or industry involvement have you had?

(limit: 400 words)

For further information visit your relevanat state or territory training awards website.