About the awards

The Careerforce Training Excellence Awards recognises employees and employers who are committed to training, professional development, and in making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders. These are the first awards of their kind for the health, wellbeing, social and community services, cleaning and pest management sectors

The awards are open to anyone involved with Careerforce in the various sectors we support. This includes Careerforce apprentices and trainees, and organisations who train with Careerforce.

Awards Categories

Apprentice of the Year

The Apprentice of the Year award goes to the most well-rounded apprentice who is currently undertaking or has recently completed a Careerforce apprenticeship programme. The apprentice will show commitment to training and a desire to improve in their role. Three finalists will be chosen from applications nationwide but only one will be awarded the title.

Trainee of the Year

The Trainee of the Year award goes to the dedicated trainee who is currently undertaking or has recently completed a National Certificate, New Zealand Certificate or Diploma. The trainee will show commitment to training and desire to improve in their role. Three finalists will be chosen from applications nationwide but only one will be awarded the title.

Māori Trainee of the Year

The Māori Trainee of the Year goes to the trainee with Māori heritage who is currently undertaking or has recently completed an apprenticeship programme, National Certificate, New Zealand Certificate or Diploma. The trainee will show commitment to training and a desire to contribute to their whānau or iwi. Three finalists will be chosen from applications nationwide but only one will be awarded the title.

Pasifika Trainee of the Year

The Pasifika Trainee of the Year goes to the trainee with Pacific Islands heritage who is currently undertaking or has recently completed an apprenticeship programme, National Certificate, New Zealand Certificate or Diploma. The trainee will show commitment to training and desire to contribute to their Pasifika Community. Three finalists will be chosen from applications nationwide but only one will be awarded the title.

Workforce Development Employer of Year

The Workforce Development Employer of the Year award goes to the organisation, company or business that offers exceptional training to Careerforce trainees and apprentices. This award recognises the employer’s commitment to workforce development and to their employee’s wellbeing, growth and professional development. The employer must show commitment to training and have an excellent record of training success. Three finalists will be chosen from applications nationwide but only one will be awarded the title.

Eligibility and Conditions for Trainees, Apprentices and Employers

To be eligible for the trainee or apprentice awards, the nominee must:

  • Be working toward, or recently completed a Careerforce apprenticeship programme or Careerforce training programme at levels 2-6 OR
  • Have completed their programme or apprenticeship with Careerforce in the past 18 months
  • Complete a nomination form and provide necessary supporting documents
  • Apply for at least one Awards Category
  • Be willing to undergo a criminal history check
  • Be drug free
  • Be willing to be interviewed by the judges if selected as a finalist
  • Attend the Award Ceremony if chosen to be a finalist
  • Be willing to be interviewed by Careerforce or the media and share their journey for marketing and publicity purposes.

To be eligible for the employer award, the organisation must:

  • Be an employer of at least one trainee or apprentice who is currently enrolled with Careerforce or who completed their training with Careerforce in the past 18 months
  • Complete a nomination form and provide necessary supporting documents
  • Assign an organisation contact person to be interviewed by the judges if necessary
  • Assign an organisation representative to attend the Award Ceremony if chosen to be a finalist
  • Be willing to be interviewed by Careerforce or the media and share their journey for marketing and publicity purposes.

Criteria for judging

Careerforce will select the panel of judges. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

For trainees and apprentices, the judges will consider the following:

  • Commitment to professional development
  • Demonstration of leadership, team work and ethical behavior
  • Demonstration to make a real difference in the quality of their work
  • Community contribution and involvement
  • Insight into a significant challenge facing your clients or the services they receive over the next 3-5 years.

For employers, the judges will consider the following:

  • Commitment to workforce development
  • Demonstration of active participation and support in the employee’s training journey
  • Demonstration of positive outcomes or difference seen as a result of the training.

Application Process

  1. Read the awards description and eligibility criteria. Ensure you are eligible for your chosen awards category.
  2. Complete the relevant application form.
  3. Put together your application including other possible requirements requested in the application form.
  4. Send the completed application form and attachments (e.g. testimonials) to awards@careerforce.org.nz.
  5. Keep a copy of your application.
  6. Finalists may be contacted for an interview with the panel of judges.
  7. If you have any questions, email awards@careerforce.org.nz.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Closing date for all applications is 7 July. 
  • Finalists will be announced mid-July.
  • Winners will be announced at the Careerforce Workforce Development Conference Dinner at Te Papa, Wellington on 7 August 2017.

 

Download the Careerforce Training Excellence Awards Application Pack (PDF)

Download the Careerforce Training Excellence Awards Application Pack (WORD)

Email awards@careerforce.org.nz to submit your applications and queries.