Applied Learning Awards 2023 | Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston

Nominations are now open for 2023 Click here to nominate

Rationale for ALAs

Applied Learning assists students to develop vocational skills while completing secondary school.  This includes the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), VCE Vocational Major (VM), Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC), Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VET) programs or School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).

The ALAs provide a point of recognition for student progress in any of the above programs.  Teachers/trainers, coordinators, schools, education providers and employers are also recognised for their positive contribution to applied learning throughout the year.

As well as recognising outstanding achievements of students and the adults who support them, the ALAs aim to encourage future involvement in Applied Learning and uphold the importance of these programs in our community.

Coordination of the ALAs

The ALAs are coordinated by the Stride Education offering education and learning support to young people in the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston areas.

The Applied Learning Awards were established in 2009 as a mechanism for supporting and advancing applied learning in our local region.  

Stride would like to thank Rotary Bentleigh Moorabbin Central for their donation towards the continuation of the ALAs.


The following awards will be offered:

Student Awards

Learning and Personal Development Student of the Year
Applied Learning Student of the Year
VCAL Student of the Year
VET Student of the Year
SBAT Student of the Year
VCE Vocational Major Student of the Year
SWL Structured Workplace Learning Student of the Year
Victorian Pathways Certificate Student of the Year

Teacher / Trainer Awards 

Vocational Education and Training in School (VETiS) Trainer
Award for Applied Learning Coordination and Support

VCE Vocational Major Teacher

School / Education Provider Awards

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Provider
Vocational Education and Training VET delivered to Secondary School (VDSS) Delivery
Applied Learning School of the Year

Employer Awards

Structured Workplace Learning Employer
School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Employer
Applied Learning Employer of the Year

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive an ALA, nominated students must:

  • be attending school within the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kington areas


  • be actively participating in VCAL, VCE VM, VPC, VET or and SBAT course within the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston areas.

To be eligible to receive an ALA, nominated support person must be providing services to at least one student who meets the above criteria.


Nominations must be made by a person other than the individual being nominated.  Nominations for any category could be made by a:

  • Teacher/Trainer
  • Employer
  • Student
  • Parent/Carer

Judging Process

The ALAs will be judged by independent representatives from a range of professional bodies associated with Applied Learning.  These may include, but are not limited to; the Department of Education, Catholic Education Office, TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations, local government, industry associations and other community organisations.

  • Nominees will be assessed on the basis of information provided on the nomination form.
  • Winners will be selected in accordance with principles of equal opportunity.
  • Judging panel decisions cannot be appealed.

Award Distribution

Awards will be distributed through participating schools.  Wherever possible, judges or representatives from Stride Education will present awards to the winners as part of a school assembly or presentation event in collaboration with the school.

The following recognition will be provided to award winners and nominees:

  • All students receiving an award will receive a letter, certificate and monetary prize.
  • All support persons receiving an award will receive a letter and a plaque detailing their award.
  • All nominated individuals will receive a letter and certificate of nomination.

A list of award winners will also be published on the Stride Education and Youth Connect websites.

For further details email: [email protected]

ALA Coordinated by Stride Education

Supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia & Youth Connect

Proudly sponsored by the Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Rotary Club