Six strategies for completing your application

Need a bit of a push to jump start your WA Training Awards 2015 application? Here are six strategies to help you put together an Award winning application.

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1. Ensure you are eligible
Putting together an application for the WA Training Awards is a significant body of work, so before you start writing page upon page to address the selection criteria – ensure you’ve read and meet the eligibility for your chosen category. Depending on your category, eligibility may include specific certificate qualifications and specific dates during which you need to complete your qualification to be eligible this year. All individuals must also be a permanent resident of Australia and reside in Western Australia. Check the eligibility criteria for your relevant category at the Awards for individuals or organisations pages on the WA Training Awards website.

2. Give yourself plenty of time
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to put together your responses for the selection criteria. Do a bit of a brainstorm and write down some ideas you may have for each of the relevant criteria early on. Also make a note of the things that you may need to research further or ask someone about. Your application is due by 5.00pm Friday 8 May so you still have plenty of time to make yours an award winning application. You might like to write your responses in a word document first so you can easily edit them and ask others around you for feedback before you submit them in the online application system. Always allow some time at the end to proof read your application to make sure it’s the very best it can be.

With all the focus on your selection criteria, don’t forget to fill in the relevant information in the Details, Attachments and either Individual applicants or Organisation applicants sections of the online application system as well. This is important information the WA Training Awards needs from you as an applicant.

3. Read the criteria thoroughly
In all selection criteria there are certain key words that you can use in your responses. For instance, if Criterion 2 is Communication, team and leadership skills and 2a) is effective oral and written communication, you should make sure you address oral communication skills and then your written communication skills and how you use them in your training/workplace to work as an effective member of your team and in leadership.

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4. Gather your attachments early
Responding to the selection criteria is your key focus, because without that, the judges can’t assess whether you’re the best candidate for the Award. However, don’t make the mistake of leaving your attachments until the application closing day. Most applicants are required to submit a reference or endorsement letter. You will need to give your referee plenty of time to do this. You also need to gather any awards, prizes and training/education certificates, scan them, save them and attach them in the online application system. You don’t want to risk your scanner not working at the last minute or forgetting where you’ve put your Certificate IV qualification at 4.45pm on Friday 8 May. Gather your attachments early and give your referees plenty of time to write your references/endorsements so you won’t be racing against the clock later.

5. Download some tools to help you
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The WA Training Awards website should be saved in your web favourites. It has all the information you need to put together that Award winning application including tools to help you with your written application.

  • Award winning applications – Read examples of award winning applications to give you an idea of what you should include in your application.
  • Evidence guides – use the evidence guides to give you ideas as to what examples you could use to address each of the selection criteria.
  • Reference/endorsement templates – we’ve made it really easy for you to get a reference/endorsement, simply download the template and send it on to you referee.
  • Checklist – Use the checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything in your application.

6. Attend our webinar
The Department of Training and Workforce Development will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 10.00am.

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, hear from our judges and gather valuable information on the judging process to help you complete your application and give you a competitive edge. We’ll also give you an insight to the WA Training Awards presentation dinner and what to expect at the Australian Training Awards if you’re a WA Training Award winner in September.

Register your attendance by emailing trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au and we’ll send you the instructions to log in closer to the session.

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Still have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask – we want your application to be a success! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse students also have access to assistance in preparing an application. Email the WA Training Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au or call us on 6551 5609.

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