School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

The School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part time school-based apprentice or trainee. The award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school, and in the workplace. This award is proudly sponsored by the Department for Education.

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Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • be undertaking/completing a Certificate II or above qualification through an Australian school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • be enrolled in school at the time of nomination
  • have a contract of training registered with your relevant state training authority
  • nominate in the state or territory where your contract of training is lodged.

2023 state winners of this category are automatically nominated for the Australian Training Awards.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

This information will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the Awards process.

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are enrolled in, your registered training organisation and employer, as well as your reason for choosing the industry and training path.

(limit: 300 words)

Section B: Applicants will be judged against the following criteria

  • Criterion 1: Career and study achievements
  • Criterion 2: Team and communication skills
  • Criterion 3: Ability to be an ambassador (representative) for training in Australia
  • Criterion 4: Other qualities and pursuits

Addressing the criteria

In your application, you must present information in a way that clearly addresses the award criteria. The judging panel will look for evidence of how your training has contributed to your career and study plans, the development of your skills and your achievements to date, as well as any way in which your training may have helped you to achieve in other areas and/or pursuits, or to develop new qualities.

The dot points listed under each criterion give you an idea of what to include in your application.

Consider things such as:

  • why did you choose your course
  • how has it changed or impacted on you
  • what have you gained from it
  • how has your job assisted your skills development

(limit: 400 words)

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

  • what you tell others, family, work mates, friends, employers etc about your training
  • what you like about working in a team setting
  • what traits you think are important to positively influence others

(limit: 400 words)

Tell us about and provide examples of:

  • where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of school
  • other activities you have been involved in where you have been a representative
  • how you would describe the quality of your training

(limit: 400 words)

You may wish to include information about:

  • how you had to address any challenges that have impacted your training
  • when you have been required to use initiative - either in your training, your personal life, or your school/workplace
  • other qualities or activities do you feel would be useful in your role as School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • other community or work experience you have had

(limit: 400 words)

Up to five (5) single sided A4 page attachments are permitted, with each attachment to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, one document per page. Attachments can be a letter, certificate, qualification, written reference from your employer and/or lecturer, testimonial or photograph etc. They can add real value to your application and support you to evidence your success.

Attachments must be referenced in your application. No multimedia items or discs will be accepted, and any material exceeding the maximum number of attachments (5) will not be considered.

Hear from Sakina Qambari, the 2022 School-Based Trainee of the Year

Applications have now closed for the 2023 South Australian Training Awards

  • 17 April 2023 - Applications open
  • 11 June 2023 - Applications close 6pm
  • July 2023 - Judging
  • 21 September 2023 - South Australian Training Awards celebration event
  • 17 November 2023 - Australian Training Awards presentation event (Hobart)