2019 nesa awards for excellence

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Achiever of the Year


Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria: applicable to all Award categories​

 All Awards relate to activities undertaken during the qualifying period 2018 – 2019 financial year

 All Awards are open to current NESA members and the job seekers and employers assisted by them

 Nominees must also meet the specific eligibility requirements for the Award category in which they are nominated

 All submissions and supporting information is treated as confidential

 Assessment of nominations is managed according to the NESA Awards for Excellence Judging Process

 Multiple nominations are permitted and encouraged with a separate submission required for each nomination

 Where a team is eligible to be nominated in an Award category, “team” is defined as:

• At least 2 people working together to achieve specified outcomes

• An entire branch or office

• A geographically based group i.e. regional or employment area

• A work group with an ongoing role in the organisation, or a time-limited group formed to achieve a specified purpose or outcomes e.g. project team

Category Description:

This Award recognises a former job seeker who has overcome extraordinary disadvantage to achieve employment.

Category Eligibility:

Covers all applicable elements of the Overarching Award Eligibility Criteria. as per above.

In addition, open to former job seekers:

  • who received employment assistance from a provider of a program or service managed by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, and
  • who achieved substantive employment resulting in achievement of a full employment outcome since July 2017 **
  • who is in sustained substantive employment on the date of the awards – 31 July 2019

“Substantive employment” is defined as employment in one or more concurrent jobs with sufficient hours and/or income to qualify for a full employment outcome.

“Full employment outcome” is in accordance with the requirements of the program/service in which the job seeker was engaged at placement into employment.

** For clarity the job seekers placement may have occurred prior to July 2017 but the outcome must have been achieved during the Awards qualifying period.

Category Criteria

Please ensure selection criteria responses focus on the former job seeker (rather than the organisation or Consultant assisting them). The former job seeker must be aware of their nomination and we recommend that completion of the submission occur in partnership with them.

Introduction to the Nominee - Up to 600 words - Unscored but essential to providing background to judges

 Provide an overview of the nominee.

This could include information such as but not limited to their age, length of unemployment, employment history, qualifications, living conditions, socio-economic environment, personal circumstances and disadvantages when they commenced in employment services with your organisation. Please include which program/service the job seeker was assisted by.

Criterion 1 – Up to 400 words – Weighted 30%

 Describe how the nominee demonstrated commitment to overcoming barriers to achieve and retain employment providing a timeline of the actions undertaken.

(For example, but not limited to, how they engaged with their employment consultant, training and skills development, other vocational activities and/or activities to address non-vocational barriers, enhanced their health and wellbeing or how they responded to setbacks and challenges).

Criterion 2 – Up to 500 words – Weighted 30%

 Provide example(s) that illustrate how the nominee demonstrated initiative, self-determination and resilience in their job search.

Criterion 3 – Up to 400 words – Weighted 10%

 Describe how achieving employment has changed the nominee’s circumstances and what actions they are taking to continue to pursue their current personal and/or vocational aspirations.

Vocational aspiration is about the nominee’s work goals and may be, for example, focused on continuing to retain employment, improving or advancing in their current role, changing role or gaining promotion. In your response, please provide examples that support your claims and show how the nominee is making progress. (Examples include, but are not limited to, undertaking additional training, new responsibilities in the workplace, community or voluntary work and otherwise continuing to improve their vocational skills and/or personal development).

Criterion 4 – 1 A4 page – Weighted 15%

Attach a short statement from the nominated job seeker’s employer outlining in what ways they are a valued employee.

Criterion 5 – 1 A4 page – Weighted 15%

Provide a short statement from the nominee about their journey to employment, including what they gained from overcoming barriers to employment and how achieving employment has improved their life.

Supporting Material (Optional) - Unscored

You may provide up to five A4 pages of evidence to support the claims made in the nomination. Cross-referencing supporting material in the criteria response is essential. Supporting information may include, but is not limited to, photos, data, graphs, and copies of commendations or other letters of recognition.