CCA launches Community Education Trainer of the Year Award

Community Colleges Australia (CCA) has launched its first-ever “Community Education Trainer of the Year” Award, which celebrates the work and underlines the importance of Australian adult and community education (ACE) trainers and teachers.

“CCA is proud of the many thousands of Australian ACE trainers and teachers, who motivate, inspire, mentor and guide their students to learn new skills and grow professionally and personally, reaching economic, social and community life objectives. Trainers are the ‘cutting edge’ of ACE education and training, as they support and facilitate increased student confidence and learning, bringing to bear their own substantial life, industry, teaching and other professional experience,” said CCA CEO, Dr Don Perlgut.

The CCA Community Education Trainer of the Year Award complements and expands on CCA’s successful Student of the Year Awards, which reflect the diversity of the Australian ACE sector, and the importance of the personalised attention that ACE trainers give their students. The Trainer of the Year Award will reinforce, continue and deepen these traditions.

CCA has opened nominations for the 2022 Trainer of the Year Award, with a closing date of Friday 29 July 2022. CCA welcomes nominations from all Australian ACE providers, not only from member organisations.

The 2022 Trainer of the Year Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 13 September 2022, in Sydney at the Marriott Hotel, Pitt Street near Circular Quay, as part of CCA’s 2022 National Conference dinner. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and finalists (to be determined, depending on funding).

Nominations for the 2022 Trainer of the Year Award are open to those have taught or trained students, in a paid capacity, in at least one course of study at an Australian not-for-profit ACE organisation during the 19-month period 1 January 2021 through 30 July 2022. Courses of study can be VET-accredited or non-accredited, including pre-accredited or pre-vocational. Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, put forward by their employer, an ACE provider.

Judging criteria include (1) excellence and initiatives; (2) learner needs and focus; (3) commitment to teaching and learning; and (4) links with community and industry.

More details: go to CCA 2022 Trainer of the Year Award web page, including full judging criteria, a nomination form and the Award terms and conditions.

The Community Education Trainer of the Year Award Logo (above) is based on the concept of nurturing and growing a seed. The seed metaphorically represents the student/trainee, and the trainer helps to expand the seed’s life experience as the student/trainee matures and grows, with skills and knowledge as the catalyst for growth and development.

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