The Group Training Service Excellence Award is presented to a staff member or team/group of staff for a demonstrated outstanding contribution to the success in Group Training.
Group Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, professional bodies, and students can make nominations.
2018 – Skillinvest – Indigenous School-based Trainee Employment Program
Skillinvest has partnered with the Victorian State Government (Jobs Victoria) and Victoria Police and are committed to creating better understanding and communication between the Indigenous Community and Victoria Police by providing opportunities for secondary school students. The Trainee program is a state-wide initiative in Victoria and opens opportunities for students to study a Certificate III in Business. Skillinvest trainees work with the Aboriginal community Liaison Officers employed by Victoria Police and well as Skillinvests own community liaison officers. Due to students being spread across Victoria, Skillinvest have invested in training resources online for the students who mostly opt for a virtual classroom. All Skillinvest employees working with participants in these programs have undertaken Indigenous Culture training through Central Australian Remote Health Development Services Ltd and training is updated annually. Read more.
2018 – Victorian Group Training – Speak Up
As a GTO conducting regular site visits with their employees and host employers, VGT identified a trend with young workers often not being comfortable to communicate various issues with their Host Employers, despite constant encouragement to do so. The “Speak Up” app was designed in collaboration with various professionals and a group of young employees. Approximately 100 man-hours collectively have been invested in this platform for young and vulnerable workers to ‘Speak Up’ in the workplace. The aim of Speak Up is to encourage workers to communicate with their employer in a safe environment about workplace health and safety, mental health and general well-being either identified or anonymously. Read more.
2018 – AGA Apprenticeships Plus – AGA SEAT Program
AGA have utilised the South East Automotive Transition (SEAT) program and the back to work funding to develop and apprenticeship model to eliminate the barriers to employing retrenched automotive workers into apprenticeships and traineeships across the South East region of Melbourne. AGA has worked with many employers such as North East Program Alliance (NEPA), BMW South Yarra, Subaru Australia, Local Government and a range of domestic based host employers to place mature aged apprentices and trainees. AGA has developed specific, specialised means and tools to assist the retrenched workers through the transition phase of their employment as well as implementing training to assist the staff involved, including Cultural Awareness Training and Mentoring Training. Read more.
2018 – Westvic Staffing Solutions – Glenormiston Agriculture Employment Program
Westvic secured State Government funding to provide support the to dairy industry in South West Victoria while it faced economic challenges by employing a minimum of ten dairy trainees and manage their training at Glenormiston Agriculture College. As a result of fires within the South West area Victoria, several of Westvic’s host employers farms have been effected. Westvic provided support and mentoring to their effected trainees. This program has allowed for training to recommence at South West Tafe’s Glenormiston campus which was dormient for some time due to lack of student numbers. The return of training to Glenormiston College has been a positive step for the region and the Agriculture community and students now have access to a first-class facility where they can apply their skills and further their training. Read more.
2017 – ATEP – ‘On the Road to Work’ Multi Industry, School-based & Pre-apprenticeship Program
This program focuses on Certificate II qualifications that had a clear pathway to apprenticeship or traineeship in areas such as building & construction, land & food, horticulture and business services.The ATEP team have developed innovative ideas to engage participants with long term unemployment, develop the skills and work experience in securing apprenticeships. Read more.
2017 – Skillinvest – Lift Off Program
This program is a re-engagement program for students in year 7, 8 & 9, designed to transition students back into education through a flexible safe and non-threatening environment. Lift Off is supported by a partner group founded by Cranbourne East Secondary School. Lift Off is designed for students that have disengaged from school due to high levels of anxiety/depression, family & other mental health related issues. Read more.
2016 – Skillinvest – New Agricultural Traineeships for School Leavers in Drought Affected North West Victoria Program
Skillinvest together with Longerong College developed and implemented a program to create 20 agricultural traineeships for school leavers affected by the drought in North West Victoria. The program received $574,000 Government funding. Read more.
2015 – Ballarat Group Training (BGT) – Smart Support Program
More than 50% of participants* who start a new apprenticeship or traineeship fail to complete.This statistic has a dramatic social and economic impact through reduced productivity, increased costs to business, government welfare as well as a significant personal impact on those directly affected. BGT has researched the key drivers behind this trend and have developed a program with the aim of addressing this issue in the Ballarat Region. Read more.
2015 – CVGT & Barry Rickard – Industry Skills Centre Program
The Industry Skills Centre pre and post-release program commenced in 2008 as a pilot with Corrections Victoria. Barry Rickard has worked on the program since its inception and has been able to expand its coverage to 11 Victorian prison locations. CVGT Australia has been an integral partner in this program over the past 6 years and has provided on the ground field officer support at many prison locations across the State. Read more.
2014 – APlus – Women in Trades Program
APLUS aims to engage with young women with hands on skills while creating and strengthening links within various industries to breakdown the gender stereotypes and overcome any barriers. Read more.
2014 – Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) – Community Safety and Information Service Program
Over the past 4 years this program has employed over 88 trainees on behalf of the department of housing. These trainees are selected from various public housing sites. Read more.
2012 – WorkCo Ltd. – Lifelong Learning Model
WORKCO, together with Longerenong College have put in place the building blocks for a pathway from secondary school to apprenticeships and traineeships in the Grampians region. Readmore.
2012 – MEGT – Greenhouse Project
MEGT partnered with Stocklands and Porter Davis Homes to pilot a community-driven housing model that would generate employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees. Read more.
Click here for the Nomination Form
Eligibility and Conditions
Candidates for the award:
- must be staff employed within a Victorian Group Training Organisation
- may be individuals, teams or groups of special support staff
Section A: Overview
Give an overview of the service/support provided, a description of the environment in which the service/support is provided and specific challenges which may have had to be overcome during the course of providing the service/support.
Section B: Applicants will be judged against the following criteria
- Criterion 1: Excellence and innovation
- Criterion 2: Client focus
- Criterion 3: Professionalism and commitment to support services for GTO/VET
- Criterion 4: Understanding and reputation within the industry or community
Addressing the criteria
- Excellence and innovation
- examples of how the service/support makes a significant contribution to excellence in the field
- how the service/support addresses the needs of internal and external clients
- what is unique or innovative about the service/support provided
- Client focus
- systems and processes for collecting information on client needs and satisfaction
- demonstrated recognition and/or acknowledgement from clients, students, and colleagues
- any specialist support provided for students with special needs, such as Indigenous students, students with disabilities, students from a non-English speaking background, students in remote areas, gifted and talented students
- Professionalism and commitment to support services for VET
- demonstrated efficiency, accuracy and timeliness in dealing with customer enquiries
- contribution to performance enhancement efforts such as professional development of other staff, acting as mentors, guides or models for others; and enhanced service/support provision
- contribution to achieving GTO/VET system priorities
- how the individual or team engage with other professionals to improve the standard of service/support provided to clients
- Understanding and reputation within the industry or community
- ways in which the delivery of the service/support helps to form and build new relationships
- how the individual or team contribute in conferences, seminars and professional and industry associations
- demonstrated recognition and/or acknowledgement from industry and community
- demonstrated examples of any contributions to knowledge sharing, mentoring and coaching activities