Community Training Initiative of the Year
Community Training Initiative of the Year award (PDF, 105 KB) recognises a community-based not-for-profit organisation delivering an initiative that provides assistance to Queenslanders who need support to gain the skills, experience and vocational education and training (VET) qualifications required to enter and stay in the workforce.
Note: This award is only offered in Queensland.
How to prepare your nomination
Addressing selection criteria
To nominate, the organisation must be:
- a community-based organisation, based in Queensland, with not-for-profit objectives
- delivering services in Queensland
- able to demonstrate successful experience in providing tailored employment outcome-focused, community-based services and support to a range of participants, including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people re-entering the workforce and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards will open in early January 2019 and must be submitted by midnight (Queensland time) Sunday 17 March 2019.
How to submit your nomination
Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards.
Key to a successful nomination is starting early - don't leave it to the last minute or you may run out of time.
Have a look at our 5 easy steps slideshow (YouTube) to help you plan out how to pull together that winning nomination.
Also visit the how to prepare your nomination page to view details on how to prepare your nomination, writing tips, frequently asked questions and examples of successful nominations.
Lastly, contact your local regional coordinator for advice and assistance in completing your nomination, they are happy to help answer any questions that you may have.
Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards will open in early January 2019 and close 17 March 2019.
Creating an online nomination account
Nominations are submitted via the online nomination portal - which will open for submissions in early January.
Before submitting a nomination, all applicants must create an account using the online nomination portal.
You will receive a confirmation email and must verify your email address before you can begin a nomination. Once you have verified your email you can start your nomination, save it and go back and edit it at any time during the period that nominations are open.
Nominations will close on 17 March 2019.
SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 500 words)
Provide a short overview, including a description of your organisation, its aims and objectives and the participant group it supports.
The overview is not assessed by the judging panel; it is only used to provide them with some background on your organisation. Please include any relevant information from your overview in your selection criteria responses should you want it included in your nomination assessment.
SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 800 words for each criterion)
Criterion 1: Leading community-based, employment outcome-focused services and support
Criterion 2: Servicing community needs
Criterion 3: Strategies to assist participants
Criterion 4: Outcomes achieved
Criterion 5: Partnerships and links
SECTION C: ATTACHMENTS
Provide supporting material such as:
- high-quality organisational logo (mandatory)
- newspaper articles
- letters of support from partnering organisations such as local councils, employers, registered training organisations
- endorsements from participants
- publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.
Supporting material of up to five (5) attachments may also be included. Each attachment must NOT exceed 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS and XLSX. No multimedia items (e.g. YouTube videos) or discs will be accepted with nominations.
Nomination material that exceeds the maximum number of attachments will not be passed onto judging panels.
Addressing selection criteria
In your nomination, you must present your information in a way that clearly addresses each award criterion. Judging panels will be looking for evidence of how the activities of your organisation meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and sustainable employment outcomes for participants.
In developing your nomination, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below.
These considerations are not additional criteria, but are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the criteria.
CRITERION 1: Leading community-based, employment outcome-focused services and support (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation provide exceptional services and support within its local community? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation supports the community to build skills, addresses disadvantage, creates an inclusive society and engages local industry and employers
- how your organisation demonstrates its commitment to access and equity principles
- the creative and innovative solutions your organisation provides to identify community need, services gaps and employment opportunities
- the strong networks and collaborative partnerships your organisation has developed to better meet the needs of local communities and engage with local industry and employers.
CRITERION 2: Servicing community needs (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation provide short-term and long-term benefits to the community? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation demonstrates broad-based community support to deliver sustainable employment opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers
- how the activities of your organisation align to local labour market needs and employment trends — reference participation rates, unemployment rates, current vacancy rates, industry growth and local employment predictions
- your organisation’s strong community presence within a local area, for example local knowledge, fostered networks and relationships and how these support your organisation’s achievements
- outlining the community benefits your organisation provides and what level of need there is in the community for the services you provide
- the readiness of your organisational culture to work with other organisations, for example detail past collaborations and links to local industry and employers.
CRITERION 3: Strategies to assist participants (Limit: 800 words)
What strategies and support mechanisms does the organisation implement to identify and address the barriers to learning and employment faced by participants of the programs run by the organisation?
If your organisation has partnered with a registered training organisation (RTO) to provide services to participants, it is important to separate the services that would be provided by an RTO from those that are provided by the organisation. You may wish to consider:
- outlining the negotiations that your organisation undertakes when partnering with an RTO to ensure participants needs are accommodated (e.g. adequate volume of learning, flexible delivery mode options)
- how your organisation can demonstrate the range of work experience arrangements it has in place with local employers
- the employer networks your organisation has established and how they operate to ensure participants from your programs are linked with job opportunities
- how your organisation can demonstrate the range of support services it provides to participants to prepare participants for entering into the workforce and maintaining employment (e.g. individual case management services, job search services, interview preparation, post placement follow up.)
CRITERION 4: Outcomes for participants (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation measure and monitor the outcomes it achieves for participants? What are the outcomes your organisation achieves? You may wish to consider:
- how your organisation measures success (e.g. employment outcomes and completion data, industry recognition)
- how your organisation collects and analyses data on participant outcomes and completion
- how your organisation encourages participants to access further VET
- how your organisation identifies and attracts participants, industry and community partners
- providing a summary/overview of your participant outcomes for at least the last two financial years.
CRITERION 5: Partnerships and links (Limit: 800 words)
How does the organisation establish genuine partnerships to achieve employment outcomes for participants? You may wish to consider:
- strategies your organisation utilises to identify local community issues (e.g. social, economic, industrial and environmental issues) and how they are incorporated into service delivery and industry and employer engagement
- if your organisation partners with RTOs to provide training and assessment services to participants, how your organisation selects an RTO to provide these services (e.g. delivery strategies which accommodate disadvantaged learners, customised training plans, mode of delivery, learning support matched to participants)
- how your organisation establishes and monitors positive relationships with individuals, enterprises, industries and community groups
- how your organisation builds new, innovative and effective partnerships in the local or wider community.