Large Employer of the Year

The Large Employer of the Year award, sponsored by TafeSA, recognises a large businesses and enterprise that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to their employees.

SA Water are a major South Australian organisation that employs more than 1,500 people in a range of industries from engineering to microbiology maintaining and operating 10 major metropolitan reservoirs

Michael Seaman, SA Water

2021 Winner, Large Employer of the Year.

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 Large Employer of the Year you need to be an organisation who employs 100 or more full time equivalent employees and delivers nationally recognised vocational education and training to their staff that leads to formal qualifications or Statements of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The South Australian Training Awards accepts joint applications from:

  • a partnership between a single Host Employer and a single Group Training Organisation
  • Host Employers or Group Training Organisations who nominate for the award are required to have their partner agree to the nomination
  • Employers must nominate for the relevant award in the state or territory where their head office is located

Nominations will not be accepted from organisations whose core business is the delivery of vocational education and training. These organisations may consider nominating for either the Small Training Provider or Large Training Provider of the Year categories.

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 organisation 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)

SA Water are owned by the South Australian Government to provide trusted water services to more than 1.7 million South Australian customers. We provide safe, clean drinking water, and once this water has been used, we remove the waste and treat it to ensure the best outcomes for your health, and to reduce environmental impact.

Addressing the selection criteria

In your application, you must present information in a way that clearly addresses the award criteria. Please note 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 the judges will be looking for.

If you are nominating as a joint partnership, the responses to the selection criteria must only be based on work jointly completed and achievements jointly accomplished by both organisations.

Section A: Business Summary

Provide a brief description of your business, including the products or services that you offer and any major milestones you have achieved.

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 Large Employer of the Year. You'll be asked to provide answers to five key areas:

  • Extent and quality of training for employees
  • Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training
  • Integration of training into business planning
  • Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training
  • Commitment to equity in training

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.

Extent and quality of training for employees


  • your involvement in designing training specifically for your business, either alone or in partnership with training organisations
  • the qualifications or courses that your employees are undertaking
  • the percentage of your employees who are actively engaged in training
  • hours per month (average) that your employees spend in training
  • how you integrate on-the-job and off-the-job training
Achievements of the business and its employees that can be attributed to training


  • how training has improved the productivity and well-being of your employees (briefly describe the personal training achievements of a few of your staff)
  • how training has improved your relationships with clients
  • how training has improved the productivity and profitability of your business
  • how you measure the benefits of training
  • how training will improve your business in the future
Integration of training into business planning


  • the training aims of your business
  • the ‘training culture’ you have established within your business
  • how training fits into your workforce development and business planning
  • how you have formalised an ongoing commitment to training
  • how you find out about the training needs of your employees
Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training


  • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training for your employees
  • innovative methods that you use to create positive relationships or partnerships with others to enhance the effectiveness of your training
  • innovative approaches that you use to encourage access to training for your employees (e.g., Mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning)
Commitment to equity in training


  • the training you have made available to employees who are from groups under-represented in employment, education and training
  • the number of these employees who have actively engaged in training
  • the number of these employees who have actively trained for managerial or supervisory jobs
  • the training programs that have been specifically designed for these employees