Vocational Student of the Year

The Vocational Student of the Year award, sponsored by Statewide Group Training (SA) recognises an outstanding student’s achievement in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

"I am grateful for the educational opportunities and mentorship that I have received, and I look forward to sharing what I have learnt, and to fostering and mentoring others in the future."

Thomas Alexander

2021 Winner, Vocational Student 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 Vocational Student of the Year you need to:

  • be a full time or part time student, but not an Australian apprentice (or trainee)
  • have completed or be due to complete your training in the period 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022 in a training course that leads to a nationally recognised outcome or qualification relevant to the award you are applying for
  • nominate in the state or territory where you reside
  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia

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)

The 2020 winner of PEER’s VET Student of the Year (Electrical), Thomas is excited by the infinite possibilities that await him in the future ­– and determined to realise his dreams of running his own business in the electrical industry, while continuing to engage in lifelong learning.

Addressing the selection criteria

In your application, you must present information in a way that clearly addresses each award criterion. The judging panel will look for evidence of how your training has contributed to your career and study plans, the development of your skills and your achievements to date, as well as any way in which your training may have helped you to achieve in other areas and/or pursuits, or to develop new qualities. The details below will give you an overview of what the judges will be looking for.

Section A: Overview

Provide a short overview covering a description of the qualification you are enrolled in, your registered training organisation and employer (if applicable) as well as your reason for choosing the industry and training path.

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 Vocational Student of the Year. You'll be asked to provide short answers to four key areas:

  • Career and study achievements
  • Team and communication skills
  • Ability to be an ambassador (representative) for training in Australia
  • Other qualities and pursuits

Your answers to these sections will be limited to 400 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.

See the selection criteria

See each of the selection criteria and a few thought-starters to help you get started on your responses.

Career and study achievements

Consider things such as:

  • why did you choose your course?
  • how has it changed or impacted on you?
  • what have you gained from it?
  • what have you been able to bring to your workplace?
Team and communication skills

Consider any skills you have developed through your training, such as:

  • what you have been able to tell others, work mates, friends, employer etc about your training?
  • what you like about working in a team setting?
  • what traits you think are important to positively influence others?
Ability to be an ambassador (representative) for training in Australia

Tell us about:

  • and provide examples of where you have taken a leadership role inside or outside of work?
  • other activities you have been involved in where you have been a representative?
  • how you would describe the quality of your training
Other qualities and pursuits

You may wish to include information about:

  • have you had to address any challenges that have impacted your training?
  • when you have been required to use initiative - either in your training, your personal life, or your workplace?
  • what other qualities you have or activities you have undertaken that you feel would be useful in your role as Vocational Student of the Year?
  • what other community or industry involvement you have had?