How to write a winning WA Training Awards application

At the WA Training Awards, we’re looking for exceptional ambassadors for the training sector – the best of the best. Your written application needs to reflect your contribution, dedication and outstanding achievements in the State’s vocational education and training sector.

Your application will be assessed by a judging panel, along with many other applications. Only four individual finalists and three organisation finalists will be selected in each category, so you want to make sure your application stands out from the pack!

Below are some handy tips to help you put together an impressive application.

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Addressing the selection criteria

In your written application you will need to address selection criteria relevant to your category, to demonstrate why you are the best in the State at what you do. It’s your responses to these criteria that will get you to the next stage – interviews or site visits.

If you’ve never addressed selection criteria before, this prospect may be a little daunting, but don’t worry – we’ve made it as easy as possible for you.

There are two main techniques you can use to address selection criteria; the SAO technique and the STAR technique.

SAO technique STAR technique
Situation: What was the situation? Set the context.

Action: What did you do and how did you do it?

Outcome: What was the result of your actions?

Situation: What was the situation? Set the context.

Task: What was your role?

Action: What did you do and how did you do it?

Result: What was the result of your actions? What did you achieve?

Whichever technique you use, make sure you take the considerations into account and most importantly use examples in your response.

To view the selection criteria for your category, download an application guide from our website:

“Ensure you detail precisely how your training is breaking new ground and really showing innovation in its field.” Neil Fernandes, Central Institute of Technology, WA Training Initiative 2015

Some general tips

  • Write your application in your own words, with real world examples from your personal/organisation’s experience.
  • Sell your achievements! If you don’t put it in your application – the judges won’t know you’ve done it so be sure to explain your achievements as they relate to the selection criteria.
  • Seek assistance if you need it. Speak to your colleagues, your employer, your referee, and to the WA Training Awards team if you have questions.
  • Make use of all the tools on the WA Training Awards website (such as evidence guides, example applications for individual award categories, checklists, and FAQs).
  • Participate in one of our webinars where you will be able to ask questions live and get responses from the WA Training Awards team, past winners and judges. The webinar for individual categories will be held on Tuesday 22 March at 10.00 am and the webinar for organisations will be held on Wednesday 23 March at 10.00 am. Register your interest by emailing trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

“Think about what overall message you would like to get out there if you were the winner for 2016, and then incorporate this into your application. By doing this your message will stick in the judges’ minds and they will remember you – which is always a plus!” Sandra Van Der Gaag, WA and Australian Trainee of the Year 2015

Applications close on Friday 13 May 2016 – get your application in today to be in the running for this year’s competition.

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