What happens next for individual applicants?

So you’ve done it! You’ve completed your application for the WA Training Awards 2015 to have the chance at putting yourself and your achievements in the spotlight. Congratulations!

You’ve had two weeks to breathe a sigh of relief that your application is done, but what happens next?

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It might feel a bit like a waiting game for you, but with judging having just commenced – it is an exciting time for our judging panels who as we speak, are being inspired by your applications.

Shortlisting is now under way across all Awards categories. During this process, your application will be assessed against the selection criteria for your category and the top applicants will be selected as semi-finalists.

Shortlisting by training councils

For applicants in the Apprentice, Trainee, School Based Apprentice and Vocational Student of the Year categories, your applications will be shortlisted by the training council for your industry area. Each training council will select one applicant from each industry area in each category. During this shortlisting process, your training council may contact you to come in for an interview in order to select the best applicants going forward. This process results in a maximum of 10 shortlisted applicants for each of these categories.

Shortlisting by panels

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Trainer categories, your applications will be shortlisted by your category panel and up to 10 applicants in each category will be shortlisted.

When will I be notified if I have been shortlisted?

By Friday 12 June 2015, you will be notified in writing (email and letter) and by phone as to whether you have been shortlisted as a semi-finalist for your category.

What happens next if I am a semi-finalist?

If you are shortlisted as a semi-finalist you will be required to attend the Semi-finalist Judging Day on Friday 17 July 2015 at Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge. You will be provided with an interview preparation pack to help you prepare and student semi-finalists an allocated mentor for your category or industry area to support you through the process.

What if I live in a regional area?

The Department will arrange travel and accommodation for regional semi-finalists to attend the Judging Day.

For more information on the WA Training Awards process visit our website or contact the WA Training Awards team by email at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to help you with any enquiries.

Why you should get feedback regardless of the outcome

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2015 closed on Friday 8 May. We were thrilled to see so many applications this year and our judging panels are itching to get their hands on them to discover what incredible individuals we have in training this year and what innovative training organisations have been up to this year.

Over the next seven weeks, all of this year’s applications will be assessed and applicants will be shortlisted. Individual applicants will be advised as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist for interviews by Friday 12 June. Organisation applicants will be advised as to whether they have been selected as a finalist for site visits by Monday 29 June.

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It’s important to get feedback on your application regardless of the outcome.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s important that you seek feedback on your application. Without feedback, you have no basis on which to improve, but you also might discover it was only the finest of lines between you and another applicant for the Award.

We encourage unsuccessful applicants to gain feedback at each stage in the process. This is an opportunity for you to improve on your skills for the next job application, grant letter or award application you write.

We also encourage our winners to seek feedback on their applications and interviews/site visit presentations following the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner in September. This will not only put you in good stead for the Australian Training Awards if you’re in a direct entry category – it will also help you to understand where your strengths are so you can play to them in future, or if there are any areas you could further improve on.

At each point in the selection process, you will be prompted to contact the WA Training Awards team for feedback. We hope to hear from you.

We want your feedback too!

At the WA Training Awards, we are always trying to improve our processes to deliver the best program we can each year. Shortly applicants will be emailed a quick survey to provide feedback on the application process. We’ll also request your feedback following the Semi-finalist Judging Day and the Presentation Dinner. Your feedback is imperative to the continuous improvement of the WA Training Awards program. We do hope you’ll take the time to respond.

If you have any questions about the Semi-finalist Judging Day or the site visit process, please direct them to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au or call 6551 5609.

Putting on the finishing touches

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Applications for the WA Training Awards 2015 close this Friday 8 May at 5.00pm!

If you’re currently working on an application, use the next few days to put on the finishing touches to ensure your application shines bright for the judges.

Finalising your selection criteria

Ensure you’ve responded to all selection criteria for your category in the online application portal. If a criterion has a), b) and c) within it – you need to address a), b) and c) in your response. Your application will be marked against each of these points, so double check your responses to the selection criteria and ensure you’ve covered each point sufficiently.

Have you got your reference/endorsement letter?

If you haven’t got your reference or endorsement letter yet, now is the time to contact the appropriate person to provide it. You want to ensure you give them time to write the reference or sign the endorsement letter so send it to them as soon as possible so you can submit your application on Friday. You can find templates for these in the Tools for applicants section on our website.

Scan in and upload your attachments

Don’t forget about your attachments – check your category guide for details on the attachments required. You can also find a list of required attachments in Section 3 of the online application portal for both individuals and organisations. So if you need to scan in training certificates or awards, don’t leave it until Friday. Getting it done now will mean much less stress come submission day.

Do a final page count check

Copy and paste your application into a word document at 12pt Arial font and check the length of your application. Application lengths should be no longer than the following.

  • Student applicant’s responses to the selection criteria must be a maximum of five pages.
  • Trainer applications must be a maximum of 15 pages including attachments.
  • Organisation applicant’s responses to the selection criteria must not exceed 20 pages.

Get your application in today!

Once you’ve done all of that and filled in the appropriate sections in the online application portal – press the submit button! We can’t wait to receive your application, so get it in today!

Use the checklists available in the Tools for applicants section on our website to make sure you’ve included everything required of you and if you have any final questions, contact us on 6551 5609 or email trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.