Large Training Provider of the Year

The Large Training Provider of the Year Award recognises large registered training organisations (RTOs) that offer a range of training products and services and that demonstrate excellence and high-level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training.

TAFE SA’s role as the state’s public training provider is to ensure all South Australian students have access to quality education and skills training across a number of regional, rural, remote and metropolitan locations.

David Coltman, Chief Executive, TAFE SA

2021 Winner, Training Provider 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 nominate for this award, an organisation must:

  • have 500 or more students enrolled at the time of nomination, as reported by RTOs in the most recent annual National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data collection period*
  • be an RTO for which the delivery of vocational education and training is their core business
  • nominate in the state or territory where the majority of their training is being delivered
  • only nominate for this category in a single state or territory

Only one nomination will be accepted per RTO code.

Applicants to the Small Training Provider of the Year Award will be subject to quality assurance checks by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and/or the applicable regulatory authority. The checks will inform the selection process of applicants to this award category.

Qualifications and accredited courses are each assigned a 4-digit Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) ‘narrow’ field of education code. There are 71 narrow fields of education, and they identify the subject matter relating to a program of study.

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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)

TAFE SA is focused on increasing access and choice to quality education and training opportunities to deliver a talent pool of job ready graduates for current, new and emerging South Australian industries.

Addressing the selection criteria

In your application, you must present information in a way that clearly addresses the award criteria. Please be aware your responses to the criteria will be strengthened by including measurable and verifiable indicators, including student outcome data, client satisfaction data and external validation data. The details below will give you an overview of what the judges will be looking for.

You are encouraged to:

  • include case studies for each of these criteria with students, industry, and/or the community that highlight the impact of your training
  • consider virtual delivery of training to students in your nomination


Section A: Business summary

Provide a brief description of your organisation, including the reasons why you are applying for this award.

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 your organisation's achievements that makes it an excellent candidate for the Large Training Provider of the Year award. You'll be asked to provide answers to these key areas:

  • High quality and leading practice in vocational education and training
  • Meeting student needs
  • Meeting industry needs
  • High quality business management
  • Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

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


Supporting documents

Up to ten (10) single sided A4 page attachments are permitted, with each attachment to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, one document per page. Attachments should be referenced in your application.

In addition to the 10 attachments please attach:

  1. your official documentation listing qualifications on Scope of Registration, and
  2. evidence of the breakdown of your enrolled student numbers in each state and territory (as provided to NCVER in the most recent annual data collection period). Note that these attachments are not counted towards the attachment limit.

See the selection criteria

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

High quality and leading practice in vocational education and training

How do you provide high quality vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • how you demonstrate excellence and high-level performance in nationally accredited training arrangements
  • how you provide creative and innovative solutions to emerging training needs
  • the systems you have in place to manage, evaluate and enhance your VET products and services
  • how you implement and keep up with best practice
  • how your training influences best practice
  • how you measure success (e.g., outcome and completion data, satisfaction surveys, independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition, business outcomes from training activity)
  • how you undertake continuous improvement and apply quality controls within your organisation
Meeting student needs

How do you support students and meet their needs in vocational education and training? For example, you may consider:

  • how you encourage access to your VET products and services
  • what support services you provide to students during their training
  • the systems you have in place to be able to reach different cohorts (e.g., online training)
  • how you are inclusive of different students’ needs
  • how you provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace
  • how satisfied students are with their training
  • the success you have achieved in meeting the needs of equity groups
Meeting industry needs

How do you monitor industry and market needs? For example, you may consider:

  • how you build new, innovative and effective partnerships with industry in the local or wider community
  • how you collect data on and understand Industry/business needs and expectations
  • your capacity and flexibility to meet changing training needs and new training markets
  • how your training reflects changing industry requirements and expectations
High quality business management

How do you manage your business to ensure it is operating at a high quality? For example, you may consider:

  • the strategies you have in place to identify local/regional issues (e.g., social, economic, industrial or environmental issues) and how you incorporate these into your service delivery
  • the systems you have in place for planning and communicating your purpose, vision, goals, values and core business strategies (and for creating alignment across your whole organisation)
  • how you develop the capability and capacity of your workforce
  • the strategies you have in place to build a positive workplace culture
  • how you support employee wellbeing and positive mental health
  • how you incorporate inclusion and diversity into running your business
  • how you identify and attract new clients and new markets, and how you address these without impacting the sustainability of your operations
  • how you enrol, train and report on online learners
  • how you ensure the sustainability of your operations, including your understanding of risk and risk management
Innovation and excellence in design and delivery of training

How you demonstrate innovation in your approach to the design and delivery of training for students? For example, you may consider:

  • details of creativity, innovation and excellence in the design, development and delivery of training
  • how you demonstrate creativity and innovation in the design and development of your processes and techniques (operational or educational)
  • 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 students (e.g., mentoring, e-learning, collaborative learning)