Industry Collaboration

The Industry Collaboration award, sponsored by Hessel Group, recognises collaborations driving exemplary skills development between at least one employer/industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised vocational education and training.

This industry collaboration recognises that large scale projects like the Hunter Class Frigate Program play a catalytic role in accelerating the growth of sovereign advanced manufacturing – propelling the ongoing growth of the Defence industry in Australia, with spill-overs to other sectors.

Professor Giselle Rampersad, Professor in Innovation, College of Science & Engineering

2021 Winner, Industry Collaboration.

How can we be involved?

If you're eligible for this award then you can register on the SA Training Awards platform and complete your nomination before 15 May.

To be eligible for the Industry Collaboration of the Year you need to:

  • have at least one party who is an industry organisation (e.g., employer, enterprise, group of enterprises, industry association, industry advisory body, trade union or professional association)
  • have at least one party who is delivering nationally recognised training or directly contributing to the outcomes of nationally recognised training which leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • nominate in the state or territory where the lead organisation’s head office is located.

Please note that organisations must demonstrate a genuine and shared agreement (either formal or informal) to cooperate and work together for mutual benefit. Collaborations typically will not include transactional or service delivery arrangements or partnerships where financial and cost arrangements are a defining characteristic.

Please note that nominations will not be accepted from organisations operating under a contractual 'partnership' agreement.

2022 state winners of this category are nominated to enter a shortlisting process for the Australian Training Awards.

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First you'll need to create an account and register on the SA Training Awards platform.

Then there is a simple written application process which lets you showcase your collaboration by responding to and addressing each of the selection criteria. Your application is only assessed on your skills and achievements but you'll also be asked to provide a brief overview to be used as a summary of your organisation.

Once applications close, the judging panel will access and independently judge all applications. The Awards Executive Officer will notify shortlisted applicants of their success and invite them to a final interview.

Find out more

  • 7 March 2022 - Applications open
  • March / April 2022 - Information session
  • 15 May 2022 - Applications close
  • 25 August - Awards Recognition event
  • 18 November - Australian Training Awards presentation event (Adelaide)

The Diploma of Digital Technologies is a collaboration between Flinders University, BAE Systems Australia and TAFE SA. It contributes to furthering sovereign capability along with supporting innovation, continuous naval shipbuilding and ultimately, upskilling the workforce to deliver superior capability to the Australian Defence Force.

The program has secured funding for women over the next 4 years to progress addressing the current under-representation of women in both engineering and defence. Professionals Australia highlighted the under-representation of women in Defence, a low 14 per cent inclusion.

Addressing the selection criteria

This award category requires the applicant to address the award criteria outlined below for shortlisting and judging purposes. Please be aware that your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by the inclusion of measurable results and appropriate indicators (including customer satisfaction data and other types of external validation). The details below will give you an overview of what may be relevant to include in your application.

Section A: Collaboration Overview

Provide an overview of the collaboration, including:

  • name of the collaboration
  • the lead organisation and each of the parties to the collaboration
  • the purpose and objectives of the collaboration
  • the origin of the collaboration (how the parties came together)
  • details of the environment in which the collaboration operates
  • how the collaboration functions in practice, including lines of communication between the parties.

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

Your answer in this section will be limited to 500 words.

Section B: Applicants will be judged against the following criteria

We want to know more about you and your achievements that make you an excellent candidate for the Industry Collaboration award. You'll be asked to provide answers to these key areas:

  • Outstanding practice of the collaboration
  • Achievements of the collaboration for training
  • Training impacts of the collaboration
  • Sustainability and future of the collaboration

Your answers to these sections will be limited to 800 words each.

Supporting documents

Up to ten (10) single A4 page attachments are permitted, with each attachment to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, one document per page. Attachments must be referenced in your application. No multimedia items or discs will be accepted, and any material exceeding the maximum number of attachments (10) will not be considered.

See the selection criteria

See each of the selection criteria and a few thought-starters to consider when writing your responses.

Outstanding practice of the collaboration

Describe the extent to which the collaboration goes above and beyond standard practice in training and skills development. You may want to consider:

  • what is the basis of the collaboration partners’ agreement that have been so successful?
  • what specific training needs addressed by the collaboration?
  • what exemplary or innovative aspects that are a feature of the training collaboration?
Achievements of the collaboration for training


  • examples of excellence in training delivered
  • training outcomes achieved (including qualifications and skill sets awarded)
  • what improvements in the quality of learning and assessment that have been implemented?
  • what, if any, new or improved career pathways and opportunities have been created?
Training impacts of the collaboration


  • how the collaboration has benefited the participants, the community, the collaborating organisations, and the broader training system?
  • what improvements in the processes/procedures of all collaborating organisations have been implemented?
  • what contribution there is to social equity, especially increasing the participation of people from groups underrepresented in the industry or workplace?
Sustainability and future of the collaboration


  • what, if any, aspects of the collaboration utilise government funding. If so, how could the collaboration be continued if government funding ceased?
  • how can the outcomes of the collaboration be replicated or modelled for other industries?
  • what quality improvements/performance evaluation of the collaboration are in place and planned?