Nominations are now open for the peak national awards of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The 2021 Australian Training Awards will be held in Perth, Western Australia on Thursday 18 November to showcase the leaders in VET and provide inspiration for people to gain skills for rewarding careers.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, says the awards will also help celebrate the resilience of the VET sector.

“This is a chance to recognise the best and brightest in the VET sector, as well as efforts to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Cash said.

“As we continue our economic recovery, we want to highlight the hard work of our students, apprentices and trainees, as well as their teachers, trainers and employers.

“There are countless stories of inspiration over the last year that we want to shine a spotlight on.

“I encourage anyone in the VET sector to put up their hands to recognise their hard work and excellence.”

This year includes a new award category for outstanding achievement in the VET and skills sector, recognising an individual’s outstanding leadership and contribution for more than 15 years.

Individuals and businesses can apply directly for categories that recognise:

  • Employers delivering innovative training to apprentices or trainees
  • Schools, employers and training organisations collaboratively delivering VET programs to secondary students, and
  • Individuals dedicated to improving language, literacy and numeracy skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

Minister Cash said the Australian Training Awards form part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the VET sector.

“The Australian Government is providing unprecedented support to the sector, including a $1.2 billion expansion of the Supporting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy.”

Nominations close 30 June 2021. More details and how to nominate can be found at

Employ Toowoomba encourages Toowoomba employers, educational institutions and individuals in the Toowoomba workforce that fall within the relevant categories to apply.