Equity VET Student of the Year
Equity VET Student of the Year award (PDF, 361KB) is a new category being introduced from 2017.
Nominees for this award will need to describe their pathway into vocational education and training, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, their motivation to begin, the barriers to overcome, support found along the way and the benefits they have experienced in access and participating in vocational education and training.
Note: This award is a Queensland-based award only.
How to submit your nomination
Addressing selection criteria
The nominee must:
- have completed or expect to complete their training between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 in a training course that leads to nationally recognised outcome or qualification, including an apprenticeship or traineeship
- have experienced a significant barrier or disadvantage to effective participation in vocational education and training including but not limited to:
- low level of education and skill development
- low literacy and numeracy skills
- culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including refugees
- long term unemployment
- health issues
- returning to the workforce following care-giving, family responsibilities or change of circumstance.
Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards must be submitted by
midnight (QLD time) Friday 31 March 2017. There will be no extensions in 2017.
How to submit your nomination
Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards. Below are links to more information on the nomination process.
Visit the how to submit your nomination page to view details on how to prepare your nomination, writing tips, frequently asked questions and samples of successful nominations.
Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards are now open and will close 31 March 2017.
Creating an online nomination account
Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards are now open.
Nominations are submitted via the
online nomination portal.
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.
New accounts are now able to be created and nominations may be submitted from 1 January to 31 March 2017.
SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 300 words)
Provide a short overview, including a description of the qualification you enrolled in, the name of your registered training organisation and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing this industry and training pathway.
SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 400 words for each criterion)
Criterion 1: Challenges and barriers to accessing and participating in vocational education and training
Criterion 2: What or who helped you to overcome these barriers?
Criterion 3: How has vocational education and training benefited you?
Criterion 4: Goals for the future and contribution to your community
SECTION C: ATTACHMENTS
Provide supporting material, such as:
- professional headshot
- newspaper articles
- photocopies of awards or certificates
- letters of support (e.g. a reference from your teacher, principal, employer or a customer)
- publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.
Please note the maximum number of attachments is five (5), each with a maximum file size of 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, 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.
You will need to describe your pathway into vocational education and training, the circumstances which made participation a challenge, your motivation to begin, the barriers to overcome, support found along the way and the benefits you have experienced in access and participating in vocational education and training.
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: Challenges and barriers to accessing and participation in vocational education and training (Limit: 400 words)
Explain the circumstances which made accessing and participating in vocational education and training a challenge.
Consider things such as:
- any personal or career barriers that have prevented you from undertaking training and securing sustainable employment or a career pathway
- what motivated you to commence your studies in the vocational education and training sector
- the challenges you faced while completing your course/training
- strategies you used to ensure you were able to successfully participate in the vocational education and training program.
CRITERION 2: What or who helped you to overcome these barriers? (Limit: 400 words)
Consider such things as:
- was there a person or program which motivated you
- the role played by the registered training organisation in supporting you throughout your training
- what motivated you to continue with your training through to completion
- did you think about leaving you studies before they were completed and what stopped you.
CRITERION 3: How has vocational education and training benefited you? (Limit: 400 words)
Consider any skills you have developed through your training and the success you were able to achieve, such as:
- what did you learn and how have you put this into practice
- how did the course/training you have undertaken assist you
- any achievements you have realised from participating in the vocational education and training program such as securing employment or going onto further training, being recognised in the community or workplace.
CRITERION 4: Goals for the future and contribution to your community (Limit: 400 words)
You may wish to include information about:
- you future plans and how the completion of your studies has assisted you in this area
- your achievements in areas other than study and work
- how what you’ve achieved has enabled you to contribute to your community.