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Partners in Excellence: Celebrating Outstanding Contributions and Making a Difference

What is Partners in Excellence?

Partners in Excellence is an annual event hosted by The Youth Partnership, dedicated to recognising and celebrating the exceptional achievements of Host Employers and Educators in the local community. This formal awards evening and sit-down dinner highlights the outstanding support for the work placement program in South-East Sydney. All winners are announced and awarded on the evening, recognising businesses across a range of industries and teachers from each school sector. Additionally, we take pride in announcing and celebrating our own Team Member of the Year award during this event.

When and why does the event take place?

Partners in Excellence is held toward the end of Term 1, serving as a platform to honour the achievements of the previous year. It allows us to reflect on the remarkable contributions made by our partners and express our gratitude for their commitment to our organisation.

How are finalists nominated and awarded?

The nomination process involves careful consideration of feedback received from work placement students and VET Teachers through surveys. The Youth Partnership team, along with representatives from the Department of Education, Sydney Catholic Schools, Australian Independent Schools, and TAFE, evaluate the nominees based on their support and excellence in the VET work placement program. The finalists are then selected based on a comprehensive selection criterion that recognises their overall contribution.

Who can attend the event?

Partners in Excellence is an invitation-only event. Initially, invitations are extended to all award finalists and their guests, event sponsors, representatives of our funding body, charity partners, and other key contributors to our program. We also strive to release additional tickets to Host Employers who have made significant contributions to the work placement program, even if they are not finalists this year. Please note that once we reach capacity, no further tickets will be available. This is an over 18’s event, sorry no children allowed.

How can I become a sponsor?

We warmly invite businesses to become sponsors of our highly anticipated annual event. There are various sponsorship opportunities available, ensuring that there is an option to suit every budget and level of involvement.

  1. Major Sponsor: This sponsorship level offers significant brand exposure and recognition throughout the event, showcasing your commitment to recognising outstanding achievements in the Work Placement Program.
  2. Award Sponsors: As an Award Sponsor, you can choose to sponsor a specific award category, further showcasing your dedication to excellence in a particular field.
  3. In-Kind Sponsorship: We also welcome sponsors who prefer to contribute towards the event through their organisation’s products or services. In-kind sponsors play a crucial role in helping us deliver a seamless and memorable experience for all attendees.

Partners in Excellence attracts approximately 150 local community members, including Vocational Education Teachers, Host Employers, and other important stakeholders. As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to network with key industry professionals and showcase your commitment to community engagement and the development of future talent.

Contact us to discuss the available sponsorship opportunities.

What is the dress code?

Partners in Excellence is a formal gala event, and we invite our guests to dress accordingly. We appreciate attendees dressing in formal or black-tie apparel to make a memorable red-carpet entrance, adding to the glamour and elegance of the evening.


Partners in Excellence is not just an event; it’s an opportunity to celebrate excellence, support a worthy cause, and create a lasting impact in our community. Join us for an unforgettable evening of recognition and celebration!

2023
Host Employer of the Year:

William Angliss Institute

2022
Host Employer of the Year:

Tass Construction Group

2021
Host Employer of the Year:

The Feros Group

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