Applications are officially open – so now what?

Want to prepare an impressive application for this year’s WA Training Awards? Here is a handy guide to making the most of the resources available on the WA Training Awards website. Check out the useful tools, tips and templates and get started on your application today!

The Awards process

If you’re considering applying for a WA Training Award and want to know exactly what is involved, the Awards process page is a great place to start. The process for individual category applicants and organisation applicants is outlined in detail, from the written application, to the judging process and the WA and Australian Training Awards presentation dinners.


Application guides

Check out the application guide for the category or categories that interest you. Application guides include details on eligibility and selection criteria, key dates, how to use the application portal and other tips for applicants. Download the application guide for your category.

Individual categories
Organisation categories

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Application portal

Applications must be submitted online through the WA Training Awards application portal. Register to create an account in the application portal early on so you can familiarise yourself with the portal and start an application when you’re ready.

You can save an application and go back in and edit it at any time during the application period. Be sure to submit your completed application before 5pm on Friday 13 May 2016!

Note: Once you register on the application portal, you must first confirm your account via the account confirmation email from WA Training Awards. You may need to check your spam/junk email folder.


Tools for applicants

Check out the Tools for applicants page of the WA Training Awards website for:

  • examples of award winning applications (individual categories only);
  • evidence guides – examples of evidence you can supply to support your responses to the selection criteria; and
  • useful checklists to make sure you haven’t missed any important steps.

Required attachment templates

To make things easier we have created a range of useful templates and forms you may be required to fill in and submit with your application. Depending on the category you apply for, these templates include a:

  • reference template;
  • employer declaration template;
  • parent/guardian declaration template;
  • CEO/MD endorsement template; and
  • talent release form.

Ensure you give yourself and your referees, employers or parents plenty of time to complete these attachments.

Key dates

Check out the Key dates page for a list of important dates to add to your calendar.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions? We have compiled a list of FAQs for individual category applicants and organisation applicants.

Online information session – register now!

We will be holding two webinars in March 2016 for organisation and individual applicants. In the webinars you’ll hear from judges, previous winners and our Awards team to help you through the process. Register you interest by emailing

Further assistance

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student, International Student and Cultural Diversity applicants have access to assistance in preparing an application. Contact us to find out more.

Contact us

If you need more information get in touch with the WA Training Awards team! We’re always happy to help!
T: 6551 5609

Best of luck with your application!


Changing directions – Sandra’s story

For some people, deciding which career to pursue after high school comes quite naturally, but for others it takes a journey of discovery with bumps and twists in the road to find out which career path best utilises their passions, interests and strengths.

For Sandra Van Der Gaag, WA and Australian Trainee of the Year 2015, it was not the most traditional pathway that led her to her dream job as a Process Plant Operator at Woodside. Sandra shares her training journey with us, as well as some tips on what she’ll be looking for on the judging panel for this year’s WA and Australian Trainee of the Year.

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Journey of discovery

I currently work as a Process Plant Operator in the Pilbara region of WA, as a fly-in fly-out shift worker. The way I came to work in the Oil and Gas industry was not a traditional path.

I finished high school many years ago, completing subjects with a focus on the arts, such as music, ancient literature and history. I had been accepted into university to study a Bachelor of Asian Studies; however I wasn’t sure this was what I wanted to do.

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After travelling through Asia and volunteering for six months, I returned to Australia and worked in retail for a while before moving to Tasmania to study a Bachelor of Arts.

After one year I was still unsure if this path was right for me so I moved to North Queensland to be close to my family. In a small town which relied heavily on tourism, I decided to try something completely different and out of my comfort zone. I started working on charter and fishing boats as a hostess and later as a deckhand. From that point on everything fell into place.

Working in a practical field, I started to appreciate the important role maths and science play in everyday life. I started learning about engines and machinery; and it fascinated me!

I wanted to explore this type of work further. At 25 years old I travelled to Darwin to complete my first Vocational Education Training course as a Coxswain, where I learned how to drive small boats.

I enjoyed the practical aspect of the training and the way the theory based learning helped to consolidate my field skills. I ended up enrolling in a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, which required me to complete a one year bridging course in maths and science. Over the next seven years I completed the degree, while continuing to work full time.

During my studies I received a two year scholarship with ConocoPhillips which was my introduction into the Oil and Gas industry. I completed a work placement and began to learn the role of Engineering and also of Process Plant Operations.

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Through my journey I discovered I am a practically-oriented person and needed a career that would be technically challenging, in a hands-on environment with plenty of scope for career progression.

I completed a two year traineeship in Perth and now have a permanent position with Woodside as a Process Plant Operator. It’s certainly been a long journey but I’m glad I have found the right career path for me.

Hot tips for WA Training Awards 2016 applicants

Winning the WA Training Award was a really proud moment for me. It was great to be recognised for the hard work I put into learning something new and shaping my future the way I want it to be.

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As a member of the judging panel for this year’s WA and Australian Trainee of the Year I will be looking for someone who can convey their passion for their chosen industry and is keen to share their story with others.

Part of being an ambassador for skills training is about motivating people to be the best they can be and to encourage others to move through any perceived barriers so they can achieve their career goals.

I look forward to meeting the candidates for the 2016 awards and would encourage trainees from a broad spectrum of industries to apply.

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Five reasons to enter in 2016

The WA Training Awards give organisations and individuals the opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight and be recognised for their contribution and dedication to vocational education and training.

Benefits for individuals

  1. $5000 from your category sponsor to help kick start your career or further your training.
  2. You’ll have the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin this November.*
  3. As a winner or even a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other high achievers, potential employers and training industry decision makers at a State and National level.
  4. Employers will value your dedication and achievement.
  5. With recognition as the best in the State, you’ll become an ambassador for WA and potentially the national training sector with opportunities to promote your success and encourage others to get into training.

*Does not include Cultural Diversity or International Student categories, these are unique to WA.

“Winning the WA Trainer of the Year has created a plethora of professional contacts for me, both in the early childhood education and care industry and the VET sector.”
Danni Grundy – WA Trainer of the Year 2015


“It means so much to me. Being an Aboriginal person and a WA Police Cadet, it means that Aboriginal people are being heard through awards like this, heard within our organisations and in a broader way through our communities.”
Kahli King Elliott ­– WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2015


Benefits for organisations

  1. A prize to the value of $5000 from your category sponsor.
  2. Recognition from your peers as the best in the State!
  3. You’ll have the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin this November.
  4. As a winner or finalist you’ll benefit from publicity and promotional opportunities for your organisation.
  5. Increased profile to potential students, apprentices, trainees, employees, clients and partner organisations.

“The benefits of winning this award are going to be increasing our exposure across the market, introducing us to people and to clients we might not have had the opportunity to come across before.”
Jessica Pitt, Scope Training – WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2015

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“The benefits of winning this award are that we are able to market Durack in a lot more progressive way and encourage our community to come to the best training provider in the Mid West and Gascoyne region.”
Bill Swetman, Durack Institute of Technology – WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2015


Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards open on Monday 22 February 2016. Register your interest on our website to receive updates as soon as they become available.

Thank you to our sponsors

We’d like to say a big welcome and thank you to this year’s WA Training Awards sponsors, whose contributions are instrumental in making this prestigious program a success.