VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year award, sponsored by SkyCity Adelaide, recognises innovation and excellence by a trainer or teacher providing nationally recognised training to students at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

"If I can impact one student’s future career the way my lecturers shaped mine, I will be able to retire knowing I’ve done something worthy."

Stuart Rimmington

2021 Winner, VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year.

How can I 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 Teacher/Trainer of the Year you need to:

  • be a qualified teacher/trainer (as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015) who is employed by an RTO or regularly contracted by an RTO
  • have delivered training during the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022*, which has led or will lead to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • be endorsed by the RTO and evidence of qualification must be submitted with the nomination, and
  • nominate in the state or territory where you are delivering training
  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

*As determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

2022 state winners of this category are automatically nominated 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 experience and training 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 of yourself to help us get to know you better.

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)

Stuart’s career aspirations grew through encouragement from his own TAFE lecturers, who supported him when he was ‘naive, unappreciative of what I had the fortune of studying, and not mature enough to know better’.

Addressing the selection criteria

In your application, you must present information in a way that clearly addresses the award criteria. The details below will give you an overview of what the judges will be looking for.

Section A: Overview

Provide an overview of your areas of expertise, qualifications, courses/classes taught, education and work background, a description of the environment in which you operate and any specific challenges you encountered and may have had to overcome during the course of teaching/training.

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 300 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 Teacher/Trainer of the Year. You'll be asked to provide short answers to four key areas:

  • Excellence and initiatives
  • Learner needs and focus
  • Commitment to VET teaching and learning
  • Links with industry and community

Your answers to these sections will be limited to 600 words each.

Supporting documents

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 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. Proof of qualifications do not count in the attachment limit.

See the selection criteria

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

Excellence and initiatives
  • what involvement you have had in the development of new learning methodologies and training delivery?
  • describe an initiative you have implemented which has led to innovation/improvement in your delivery and/or assessment practice
  • how you have shared the outcomes of your innovation/improvement with your colleagues
  • what the impact has been of these initiatives/improvements on your learners, colleagues and industry partners?
Learner needs and focus


  • how you support the diverse needs of your learners and ensure they continue to be engaged in their learning journey?
  • what evidence there is of the effectiveness of the design and delivery methodologies of your training program?
  • providing examples of where you have initiated a new idea/activity etc in response to feedback
  • providing examples of the learner/industry/community feedback mechanisms you use
Commitment to VET teaching and learning


  • how you maintain and grow your skills and knowledge?
  • how you support others to develop their skills and knowledge?
  • Providing examples of your engagement with other VET professionals
Links with industry and/or community


  • how are active links with industry and the community implemented in practice?
  • what are the major issues confronting the industry(s) your program engages with?
  • how can VET help address these issues?
  • what level of engagement do you have with industry and professional bodies?
  • how do you promote VET in industry and the community?