VET Innovation for Schools

The VET Innovation for Schools award, sponsored by the Department for Education, recognises excellence in schools that are developing innovative and new mechanisms for encouraging VET pathways in their schools so that their models and programs can be publicised and shared with schools across the state.

Urrbrae's resources enhance delivery of all subjects to our students. Focus in teaching is to make the connections between theory and practice, with students and as such Urrbrae’s motto ‘Science with Practice’ underpins our entire curriculum.

Joslyn Fox, Urrbrae Agricultural High School

2021 Winner, VET Innovation for Schools.

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 VET Innovation for Schools award you need to:

  • meet the conditions of entry requirements
  • have delivered VET programs to secondary school students within the past two years
  • delivered VET programs must be based on national training packages or accredited coursed that lead to qualifications or a Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • VET programs must also be based on the SACE Board register of accredited training for use in schools
  • collaborative ventures between schools and other VET stakeholders (including public/private RTOs and GTOs) are encouraged
  • one application will be accepted for collaborative ventures of this nature.

Please note this is a South Australia-only award category so 2022 winners of this category are not nominated for the Australian Training Awards.

Applicants are encouraged to consider submitting a direct entry to the Australian Training Awards (ATA) for its School Pathways to VET award; normally ATA direct entry categories applications close on the 31 May.

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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)

Urrbrae Agricultural High School (UAHS) is a comprehensive secondary and senior secondary (Year 8 – 12) High School recognised as a centre of excellence in student learning with a focus on Agriculture, Horticulture, Technology and the Environment. It is designated by the Department for Education as the Special Interest School in Agriculture and Horticulture for the State of South Australia and therefore provides more comprehensive courses in these two subject areas than other secondary schools.

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 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.


Section A: Business Summary

Provide a brief description of your program, 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 you and you achievements that make you an excellent candidate for VET Innovation for Schools award. You'll be asked to provide answers to these key areas:

  • Innovation in VET Pathways
  • Strategic best practice
  • Student and staff focus
  • Employer and community 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 for your consideration as you write your responses.

Innovation in VET Pathways

Describe the training and include consideration of:

  • your teaching and learning environments, including any unique aspects
  • integration of VET within the general school learning environment, and how you ensure this links with recognised training and employment opportunities
  • development of enterprise and employability skills
  • innovative structure, content and delivery of your VET programs that sets you apart from other schools and training organisations
  • capacity to share and replicate your VET program (and the systems you have developed to enable this) with other schools and training organisations across the state.
Strategic best practice

Describe how your school plans, coordinates and resources - include consideration of:

  • the extent to which you consider state and national labour market needs and industry skills requirements
  • flexible curriculum and timetabling that allows for structured workplace learning and flexible vocational pathways
  • engagement with ongoing VET policy reform at both national and state level
  • the breadth of resources used for VET and how you acquire and manage those resources
  • processes implemented to ensure the sustainability of your VET programs.
Student and staff focus

Describe how your school measures the success of VET and include consideration of:

  • how VET programs are leading to successful outcomes for students in further education, training and skilled careers
  • the collection and analysis of data on student progress, transitions and completions
  • identifying and meeting the training requirements and professional development needs of your staff
  • the impact of your VET programs on students, including any who may (in some way) be marginalised
  • your review of the effectiveness of your VET programs to ensure continuous improvement at both a program and school level.
Employer and community collaboration

Describe the impact of your VET programs on local employers and the broader community and include consideration of:

  • the collaboration you have developed to ensure students have ease of transition to earning or further learning
  • the support your VET programs have received from local employers and the broader community
  • the expansion of available training pathways, in particular for the broader community
  • promotion of VET and student outcomes (both internally and externally)
  • the change in attitude towards skilled careers amongst the schooling sector and broader community.