The importance of proofreading your WA Training Awards application

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Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 close in just two days, so now is the time to put the finishing touches on your application.

One of the most important things you can do over the next few days is set aside some time for proofreading.

To put your best foot forward, you want to make sure that your application is easy to read and presents you or your organisation in the most positive light possible.

Below are a few things to check when proofreading your application.

Does it make sense and have you answered the question?

Working on an application over time, we often rewrite things, delete paragraphs and sentences and add content as we go. Take the time to ensure you haven’t left any half sentences hanging when you’ve been chopping and changing information around.  Confirm that what you have written makes sense and your response to each criterion answers the question being asked of you. The judging panel should be able to easily understand what you have written without ambiguity so make sure it is as clear as possible.

Spelling and grammar

The WA Training Awards judging panels recognise that awards applications are not easy things to write and sometimes little mistakes slip through. However, continual spelling and grammatical errors in an application tend to give the panel the impression that you may not have given the application the attention it deserves. When an application is poorly written it undermines the hard work and determination you’ve put in to doing your best in your training.

One of the criteria for students is about communication skills. It is important to make sure that your application is written well and your messages and responses are clear.

You want the panel to recognise the work you’ve put in to this application, the dedication you have to the process and your committment to a role as an ambassador for the training sector.

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Eliminate jargon and explain things clearly

Don’t assume that the panel understand what is involved in your job or training specifically, as they may work in completely different industries. When using examples from your training and work, it’s important to clearly explain to the panel what was involved in that particular process or part of your job/training in order for them to understand the significance of the example.

Are there areas that can be improved?

Sometimes when we make the time to read over what we have written, we realise there is a much simpler way of saying something or we see where something could be communicated better.

Take the time to think about what you have written and whether you can make any improvements or add more hard hitting examples before you press that submit button.

Proofreading improves the quality of your application and may be just what you need to transform your application from middle of the pack to the top of the pile.

Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close on Friday 5 May 2017. Put your best foot forward and submit your application today. Visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards for further information.

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Ambassadors at the Training Providers Forum

The Training Providers Forum is WA’s leading forum on training and workforce development. Held over two days on 30 and 31 May 2016, the forum was attended by over 350 trainers, representatives and industry decision makers from private training providers, TAFE, industry training councils, schools, universities and government departments.

Each year, several WA Training Awards ambassadors attend the Training Providers Forum; an opportunity that allows our ambassadors to network with training professionals and inspire the audience with their stories and training journeys. This year Sandra Van Der Gaag – WA and Australian Trainee of the Year 2015, Jared Stone – WA and Australian Apprentice of the Year 2015 and Taylor Wood – WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2014 and runner-up Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2014 participated in the Training Providers Forum.

“I was excited to be asked to speak at the WA Training Providers Forum. It’s a venue where real change can happen and I was pleased that the forum wanted to hear from students about our experiences and our training journey. Too many people still think that if you want to be a professional then you have to go to university. VET has a number of training pathways that can lead to management positions and professional career paths in corporate and industry roles,” said Sandra Van Der Gaag.

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Jared, Sandra and Taylor took part in a valuable panel discussion on Student perspectives of VET and what can be done to improve the student experience.

“The panel was a great way to see diversity between the different pathways that vocational education and training has to offer. There needs to be major change in the VET sector in regards to how people view the training. I believe it starts with schools. We need to educate people more about the VET sector, from there we expand out to parents and the wider community,” said Taylor Wood.

“The panelists all shared similar positives about their training like employment opportunity and growing as a person. And at the same time we shared basically the same opinion about what could be done better, things like the stigma surrounding VET as a ‘2nd best’ option in comparison to tertiary pathways, with its need to be dispelled,” commented Jared Stone.

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Organisation winners Crown Perth – WA and Australian Employer of the Year 2015, Newton Moore Education Support Centre – WA School Pathways to VET 2015 and Central Regional TAFE (formerly Durack Institute of Technology) – WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2015 also took led various sessions at the forum, showcasing best practice and innovation in the training sector.

Winning a WA Training Award positions you as an ambassador for the training sector. Forums and events such as the Training Providers Forum are opportunities for our winners to share their stories, knowledge and insight on the benefits of training and what improvements can be made for the future.

“Invariably the feedback we get from our delegates is that they love to hear the award winners’ stories; especially from the students. The passion and enthusiasm for training that the award winners demonstrate can remind our delegates why they got into teaching in the first place,” said Robert Couzens – one of the Training Providers Forum organisers.

Applications are currently being shortlisted and we look forward to meeting our next ambassadors later in the year. Visit the Being an ambassador page on the WA Training Awards website or read our post What does it means to be a training ambassador? featuring 2014 winners Kathryn Schache and Geoff Franklin to find out more.