Nominations for the 2021 AVTES Awards are NOW OPEN!

Now in it's 14th year, the AVTES Awards rewards and recognises the outstanding efforts of our students and employers.

Help us celebrate your employer or employee, show them you recognise their efforts and acheivements and they could be in the running to win a Chef's Tasting Menu for 2 at Vue de Monde!

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Nominations are due by 5pm Friday 28th May.

The AVTES Awards recognise and reward excellence in training and the important contribution made by students and employers in building a productive and rewarding training culture.

They are a fantastic opportunity for students to enhance their career prospects and be recognised for their efforts. Likewise, employers can be recognised for their investment in training and share success with employees.

Get involved and nominate yourself or someone you work with.

Award Categories and Prizes

  • Student of the Year - win Dinner for 2 at Vue de Monde and framed certificate!
  • Employer of the Year - win Dinner for 2 at Vue de Monde, plus an engraved trophy and framed certificate!

Eligibility Criteria

  • All entrants must have paid all their outstanding enrolment fees. However, entrants have the opportunity to take any necessary action to ensure this requirement is met by the entry deadline.
  • Student of the Year nominees must have been enrolled in an accredited course* with AVTES within the current year. This may be under a government funded arrangement or as a full fee paying student.
  • Employer categories must have at least one employee enrolled within the current year with AVTES.

*An accredited course is a nationally accredited qualification from a nationally endorsed training package. To confirm if your course meets this criteria you can contact AVTES directly.

Awards Process

Individuals and businesses are able to nominate. And you can nominate yourself or someone else. (Nominees that have been nominated by someone else will be given the option to further contribute to their nomination.)

You can complete nominations online by clicking the links below.

Complete the Employer of the Year Nomination Online Now

Complete the Student of the Year Nomination Online Now

Nominations are due by 5pm Friday 28th May.

Each eligible nomination is scored by 3 judges. Judges include one Manager and one Trainer. Each category will have the same judges to ensure fairness. Each criteria is weighted equally. Points are awarded according to how well the entrant meets the criteria as described in the nomination form. The average of the 3 scores determines the final score.

Winners will receive the nominated prize and a framed certificate at a workplace presentation.

All finalists receive a certificate via post.

Previous Winners


Employer of the Year - Peacock Inn Hotel

Student of the Year - Jackson Coates, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Bohemia Cafe 


Employer of the Year - PubCo Hotel Group

Australian Apprentice of the Year - Olivia Kennedy, Crown Hotel Lilydale

Student of the Year - Erin Stirling, Zagames


Employer of the Year - The Stag Restaurant

Australian Apprentice of the Year - Briony Haywood, Kings Catering


Employer of the Year - United Hospitality


Employer of the Year - Martin Luther Homes

Australian Apprentice of the Year - Callum Humphries

Student of the Year - Bronwyn Klemm


Employer of the Year - The Flying Horse Bar & Brewery

Apprentice of the Year - Matthew Prorok, Warran Glen Garden Center and Cafe

Trainee of the Year - Susan Kowalczyk, Friendly Pharmacy Society


Employer of the Year - Switch Lifestyle

Apprentice of the Year - Jacob Brown, Wyton Events and Catering

Trainee of the Year - Glenn Wright, Hilton Melbourne South Wharf

Student of the Year - Keira Brady, MEGT


Employer of the Year - Donovans Restaurant

Apprentice of the Year - Daniel Zammit, Centonove Restaurant

Trainee of the Year - Emily Craig, Sinclair Wilson


Employer of the Year - Sel de la Terre

Apprentice of the Year - Dionne Goyen, Regal Cafe 

Retail Student of the Year - Debbie Hoskin, Harvey Norman

Hospitality Student of the Year - Serena McNeil, Bojangles Restaurant

If you would like further information on the AVTES Awards eligibility criteria or application process please contact Sarah Fitzgibbon on sarah@avtes.com.au.

AVTES Apprentice of the Year Briony Haywood with AVTES Trainer Peter Hermans (left) and Kings Catering Owner Robert King (right)
Warrnambool Bowls Club, Employer of the Year, success story
AVTES Employer of the Year 2012, Hilton South Wharf
AVTES Director Chris Fitzgibbon, AVTES Trainer Fabrizio Restelli, AVTES Apprentice of the Year Olivia Kennedy, Crown Hotel Manager Kim Carthy
AVTES Student of the Year Erin Stirling with Zagames Manager (left) and AVTES Trainer Peter Irvine (right)
PubCo Matt Nicola and AVTES Chris Fitzgibbon