VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year award recognises innovation and excellence by a trainer or teacher providing nationally recognised training to learners at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

The winner of this award will represent South Australia at the Australian Training Awards.

Eligibility criteria

To nominate for the award the applicant must:

  • 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/will have delivered training during the period 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024 that has led or will lead to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • be endorsed by the employing RTO
  • provide evidence of their teacher/trainer qualification with the nomination.

Preparing your application

Section A: Overview

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

Limit: 300 words

This information will not be considered or used for judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the Awards process.

Section B

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:


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

Limit: 600 words


  • 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 and/or assessment strategies
  • providing examples of where you have initiated a new idea, activity etc. in response to feedback
  • providing examples of the learner, industry, or community feedback mechanisms you use.

Limit: 600 words


  • how you maintain and grow your VET and industry skills and knowledge
  • how you support others to develop their VET and industry skills and knowledge
  • providing examples of your engagement with other VET professionals.

Limit: 600 words


  • how you implement active links with industry and the community
  • the major issues confronting the industry sector/s your program engages with
  • how you believe VET helps address these issues
  • the level of engagement you have with industry and professional bodies
  • how you promote VET in industry and the community.

Limit: 600 words


Up to five single A4 page attachments to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, with one document per page.

These may include copies of training and education certificates, certificates of completion, certificates and awards, letters of reference or photographs of you in your workplace or at your training organisation.

Nominations are now closed for the 2024 South Australian Training Awards

Key dates

  • 25 March - Nominations open
  • 24 May - Nominations close
  • June - July - Judging process
  • August - Awards finalists announced
  • 25 September - South Australian Training Awards Gala Presentation
  • October - Professional Development workshops for individual winners in preparation for the Australian Training Award
  • 6 December - Australian Training Awards, Canberra

Hear from Bhu Chung, the 2022 Trainer of the Year