Judges’ tips for writing an Award winning application

Putting together an application for this year’s Awards and need some advice? Who better to hear from than the panel members who’ll be assessing your application! Below are the top tips from last year’s individual and organisation judging panel members. Take these into consideration and your application could make the top of this year’s pile.

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TIPS FOR INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS

What makes an application clearly stand out and easy for you to put in the shortlist pile?

“An applicant that has clearly answered all the questions and is very clear about how their training will help them in the future.” – Kristie Carlile, individual category judge 2016.

What’s your best tip for writing an application that will get shortlisted?

“Take your time and don’t rush the application, as that is the first thing the judges see which is a representation of you. So you want to make sure you have introduced yourself, your goals and your passion articulately.” – Olivia Ruston, individual category judge 2016.

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What should applicants include in their application?

“The training awards are about training and education so we would be looking to see how applicants came to study, why they chose the course they did and how they plan to use or make a difference with the training they have received.” – Kristie Carlile, individual category judge 2016.

What should you avoid putting in your application?

“Avoid mentioning experiences from other jobs and focus on your current apprenticeship or traineeship when answering each of the questions.” – Bethany Clarke, individual category judge 2016.

TIPS FOR ORGANISATION APPLICANTS

What makes an application clearly stand out and easy for you to put in the shortlist pile?

“Program/service outcomes need to be clearly defined – it can sometimes take a judge a few reads to determine how the program/service has improved over a period of time. It is also good to understand the success of the students post the program and see a comparison percentage of outcomes against state trends. So ensure quantitative data is provided to demonstrate outcomes, rather than elaborate generalised statements and present the information in a logical and well formatted manner.” – Anne Stannard, organisation category judge 2016

What’s your best tip for writing an application that will get shortlisted?

“I would suggest the applicant carefully analyses the question being asked and answers this in a methodical and clear manner, demonstrating their experience using the strongest examples relevant to the question.” – Rhonda Jamieson, organisation category judge 2016

What should applicants include in their application?

“When reading applications it is great to see a statement backed up with clear examples. Provide relevant evidence to support your statements. Be clear which award you are applying for and ensure your answers address the selection criteria.” – Rob Mitchell, organisation category judge 2016

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What should applicants avoid in writing their application?

“Avoid being vague or assuming the judges will know what the applicant is explaining. Clearly respond to the questions and demonstrate experience.” – Rhonda Jamieson, organisation category judge 2016

 

Applications close on Friday 5 May 2017. Put yourself or your organisation in the spotlight and submit yours today! dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards

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What happens next for organisation applicants?

Congratulations to all our organisation applicants! Putting together an application for an Awards program as prestigious as the WA Training Awards does require a significant body of work and we’d just like to acknowledge all the hard work you’ve put in to get to this point.

For many of our winners and finalists, writing the application is one of the most rewarding parts of the process.

“When we were putting this application together we had to look really closely at what we did and how we do it. It was a great opportunity to show how our long term strategic planning has produced high quality outcomes for Aboriginal people though partnerships that have allowed us to focus on our most important clients; the students and the community.” Marr Mooditj, WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2014.

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So what happens next?

Shortlisting

Shortlisting is now underway for all categories. Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria for each category and panels will select up to three finalists for each Award.

When will we be notified if our organisation has been shortlisted?

By Monday 29 June, all organisation applicants will be notified in writing (letter and email) and by phone as to whether they have been selected as a finalist in their category.

What happens next if our organisation is selected as a finalist?

If you’re selected as a finalist, your judging panel’s executive officer will contact you to organise a site visit at your organisation between 13 and 31 July. You will be given a suggested outline for your site visit. You may wish to give your panel a tour of the facilities, give a presentation and then there will be question time from your panel.

WA Employer of the Year 2014 Main Roads staff in training.

WA Employer of the Year 2014 Main Roads staff in training.

What if our organisation is regionally located?

The Department will fund travel and accommodation where required for two panel members to conduct a site visit at your organisation.

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.

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.