Need assistance with your WA Training Awards application?

The countdown is on to submit your application for this year’s WA Training Awards 2017. If you really want to put yourself in the spotlight but you’re finding answering the selection criteria a little bit difficult, ask for help! Here are a few places you can go for assistance.

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Consult the WA Training Awards team or website

The WA Training Awards website has a wealth of information to help you with your application. The best place to start is the Tools page – here you’ll find examples of award winning applications so you can see how others have answered the criteria and you can check out the evidence guides to give you more information on what kinds of examples and evidence you can use to answer each criterion.

If you’re having trouble understanding the criteria or have any other queries, contact the WA Training Awards team by emailing trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Talk to your employer, lecturer or VET Coordinator

Your employer and lecturer are people who work in your industry. They may be able to help you with information on the latest industry trends, regulations and new developments in your industry or workplace that may be relevant in the context of your application.

If you’re still at school, your VET Coordinator will be able to give you a good understanding of the VET sector and assist you in understanding the selection criteria.

Your employer, lecturer or VET Coordinator may also be able to assist in brainstorming examples of times during your training or work that you have demonstrated certain skills outlined in the criteria and achievements you’ve gained throughout your training.

Contact student services at your training provider

If your TAFE/training provider has a student services team, contact them to see if they can offer any advice and assistance in writing a winning application. They may also be able to point you in the direction of further assistance from lecturers or other industry contacts.

Talk to your industry training council

There are nine training councils in WA covering all industry areas. The training councils are industry bodies providing strategic advice to the Department of Training and Workforce Development on industry skill needs. They can assist you with information and advice on training needs, current issues and skills shortages within your industry and much more. Visit the State Training Board website for a list of industry training councils and contact details.

Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need to broaden your understanding and submit the best possible application for this year’s WA Training Awards. Applications close on Friday 5 May 2017. Visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards for more information or to submit your application today.

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Where can I get support for my WA Training Awards application?

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Writing an Awards application can be a complex process. Our judging panels want to know quite a lot about you, your training, how you work in teams and on the job, your understanding of the VET sector and your industry and what other activities you do outside of your work and studies. Your response to the selection criteria does need to be written by yourself, after all, it’s your story and no one knows it better than you do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Here are five support avenues to assist you with your application.

Lecturer, trainer or employer

Your lecturer, trainer or employer can offer a wealth of knowledge about your industry. It’s their business to know about current industry trends, rules and regulations, new technologies and strategies to keep up with industry shifts and changes.

They will also have a good understanding of your work ethic, skills and knowledge and may be able to assist in coming up with some real work examples to use in answering your selection criteria.

VET Coordinator

If you’re still at school, talking to your VET Coordinator is a great place to start in helping you to understand the criteria and brainstorm your unique qualities to answer the selection criteria. Your VET Coordinator will have a good understanding of the VET sector, the benefits of school-based vocational education and training and a good knowledge of your achievements and progress to date.

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Training council

There are 10 training councils in WA covering all industries. The training councils provide strategic advice to the Department of Training on industry skills needs. The training councils have broad networks of employers, training providers and industry bodies and work with these networks to develop strategies to assist them through training recommendations.

Your industry’s training council can provide you with information and advice on industry training needs, any current issues to be aware of in your industry, where skills shortages lie and much more.

Mentor

If you’re applying for one of the following categories, the WA Training Awards can provide specialist mentors to assist you with your application:

  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Provider of the Year
  • WA International Student of the Year

Award winning application examples

On the WA Training Awards website, you can find examples of Award winning applications for the student categories. Use these to help give you an idea of what to include in your application. They may well spark some ideas for you about examples from your training and work that you can use in your responses or point you in the direction of information you may need to research about your industry.

Of course, if you have any questions about the criteria, you can also contact the friendly WA Training Awards team to talk you through it.

Our judges want to see the best possible applications, so give yourself enough time, do a little research and ask for assistance where you need it. A well-structured and researched application will make all the difference when it comes to shortlisting.

Building your industry and VET sector knowledge

Part of the selection criteria for individual applicants refers to your knowledge of industry trends and the vocational education and training system and how you can be an effective ambassador for both.

It’s important to do your research to better understand what’s happening in your industry and the broader VET sector in addressing these criteria.

So how can you build your knowledge in these areas?

Talk to your lecturers/employer

This is a great place to start. Most VET lecturers started out in industry before becoming a lecturer and may have many years of experience in the workplace, giving them the added perspective of training people for industry.

They will have first-hand knowledge of current trends as it is part of their job to keep abreast of changes in technology, rules and regulations. This helps them to make sure their students are industry-ready.

Your employer may also be able to give you information on what is happening in your industry from a first-hand perspective, and be able to tell you what they do to keep up with progress or cope with change to ensure the success of their business.

It never hurts to ask questions and not only does it show interest in your industry, but your willingness to learn more. Remember, your lecturer or employer probably started out just like you and would be happy to share their experiences.

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Your industry training council

Training councils provide information and advice on industry workforce development and training needs, and make recommendations to support those needs.

There are 10 training councils in WA, covering every industry imaginable, and they each have a wide network of employers, employees, training providers and industry organisations that they interact with.

Each of the training councils produces an Industry workforce development plan which profiles current industry analysis and trends.

Most importantly, the training councils will be shortlisting your application (school based apprentice, trainee, vocational student and apprentice categories only) so it pays to make contact and get their advice on industry trends and knowledge.

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Skilling WA

Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia is a comprehensive State Government plan which aims to build, attract and retain a responsive, flexible and diverse workforce for Western Australia.

Updated with a second edition in 2014, this document outlines the strategic direction of workforce planning and development in WA and is available from the Department website.

The plan contains useful statistics and outlines the State Government’s key areas of focus based around five strategic goals. Each of these have priority actions, which support the State Government’s overall aim of building the economic and community development needs of Western Australia.

Department of Training and Workforce Development website

The Department website contains more useful information than you can poke a stick at! There are latest news items and links to publications produced by the Department, such as the State Priority Occupation List and Regional workforce development plans. Visit the Workforce planning and development section for comprehensive information on workforce trends and the State’s workforce needs. There are also reviews, studies and reports to read and links to the Department’s many sub-sites, including ApprentiCentre and Career Centre. It’s a mine of information!

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Your knowledge of your industry and the VET sector, could be the difference between being shortlisted and not being shortlisted for your category, so it’s important to do your research. To apply for a WA Training Award today, visit our website for everything you need.