About the Awards

About the Awards

The WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Through celebrating these successes, the Awards continue to put our State's top achievers in the spotlight.

There are 12 categories in the WA Training Awards; eight individual categories and four organisation categories.

Individual categories:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year

Organisation categories:

  • WA Employer of the Year
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

State winners will receive $5 000 in cash or prizes, kindly provided by our generous sponsors. Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 15 September 2017.

Winners* of the WA Training Awards may be eligible to represent the Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November.

WA individuals and organisations may also apply directly to the Australian Training Awards for several other national awards listed on the Individual awards page and Organisation awards page. Find out more about the national program in the Australian Training A​wards section below.

For more information on the organisations supporting this year’s Awards program, visit the Sponsors page.

*Does not include the Cultural Diversity Training Award or International Student of the Year categories.

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From the Minister

Welcome to the WA Training Awards 2017.

In 2017, the WA Training Awards celebrate the successes of exceptional students, apprentices, trainees, trainers, training providers and businesses across 12 prestigious categories. This recognition shines the spotlight on integral and innovative work within the State’s vocational education and training sector which provides the skills Western Australia needs to remain productive and competitive on a national and global scale.

The WA Training Awards offers our most dedicated businesses and training providers a platform to promote the successes of their programs and practices and consider the impact of their organisation on a broader scale.

For the many students, apprentices, trainees and trainers who apply for the Awards each year, the opportunity to gain national recognition for their achievements is coupled with professional and personal development that lay the foundations for future success.

Each category winner will earn the honourable distinction as the best in Western Australia at what they do and will benefit from $5 000 in cash or prizes thanks to our generous sponsors.

Highlighting the value of training pathways affords an opportunity to celebrate the people and organisations behind the economic development of our State and the contribution they have made towards a bright future for WA.

A key focus of a McGowan Government is jobs and for that we must have a strong training sector. We will make training a priority in everything we do.

I congratulate all of this year’s applicants on putting yourselves and your organisations in the spotlight and wish you the best of luck for this year’s Awards.

Sue Ellery MLC

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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Attend the WA Training Awards 2017 Presentation Dinner

At this year’s WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner the State’s top achievers and contributors in the VET sector will be recognised. Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced across 12 categories.   

Presentation Dinner details

Date Friday 15 September 2017
Time 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start
Venue

BelleVue Ballroom
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dress Lounge suit / Cocktail
Bookings

Tickets are available for purchase via the booking system for $140 per person:
e.mybookingmanager.com/WATrainingAwards
RSVP by Friday 1 September 2017

 

With master of ceremonies Lisa Fernandez at the helm and quality entertainment throughout the event, it is sure to be a great night!

Booking instructions

All bookings for the WA Training Awards 2017 Presentation Dinner should be made via our My Booking Manager online booking form.

Book to attend today! 

RSVP for yourself, on behalf of a guest, or a group. List the full name of each guest in your booking, any special (medical, dietary or access) requirements and seating requests (eg near to finalists or associates or indicate table bookings).

Getting to the Awards

Download the Getting to the Awards document for information including:

  • a map;
  • parking; and
  • public transport information.

If you have any queries, please contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5609 or email trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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How to enter

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 are now closed. Applications for the 2018 program will open in early 2018.

Before you get started, here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing your application for submission.

  1. The first step is to select a category and check you meet the eligibility requirements in the relevant category application guide.
  2. Read through the selection criteria in the application guide and make sure you can answer all of the criteria. This criteria is what the judging panel will use to assess your application and determine whether you go through to the next stage. Considerations have been provided for each criterion to assist you in forming a competitive response.
  3. Ensure you meet the conditions of entry and are aware of what is expected of you as a training ambassador, should you win.
  4. Review the required attachments for individuals or required attachments for organisations so you know what you will need to prepare to upload with your application.
  5. Head to the WA Training Awards application portal to get started on your application.
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.

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Key dates – 2017

  • Individuals

    Key dates for individual applicants are as follows.

    Date Activity
    23 January Applications open.
    5 May (5.00 pm) Applications close (no late applications will be accepted).
    12 May Applicants receive written confirmation that their application has been received.
    17 May – 7 June Applications are short listed.
    14 June All applicants are notified in writing as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist.
    7 July Semi-finalists are interviewed at North Metropolitan TAFE, Northbridge campus by selection panels following which four finalists including a winner will be selected in each category. To remain eligible, semi-finalists must participate in this judging process.
    15 September Finalists attend the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner. Winners are announced.
    20–24 November Individual winners attend Australian Training Awards Finalist Week in Canberra. (Does not include Cultural Diversity or International Student category winners.)
    23 November The Australian Training Awards are presented in Canberra.
  • Organisations

    Key dates for organisation applicants are as follows.

    Date Activity
    23 January Applications open.
    5 May (5.00 pm) Applications close (no late applications will be accepted).
    12 May Applicants receive written confirmation that their application has been received.
    17 May – 16 June Applications are short listed.
    30 June All applicants are notified in writing as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.
    17–28 July Selection panels conduct site visits with finalists.
    15 September Finalists attend the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner. Winners are announced.
    23 November The Australian Training Awards are presented in Canberra.
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Conditions of entry

To be considered for an award, the following conditions of entry must be met.

  • Individuals
    • Applications must be submitted via the WA Training Awards application portal by 5.00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017.
    • Applicants must apply for one category only.
    • Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria.
    • Applicants must personally address all criteria.
    • Applicants' overviews must be no longer than 300 words.
    • Selection criteria responses should be no longer than 400 words per criterion for student applicants and 600 words per criterion for trainer applicants.
    • All applicable sections of the application portal must be completed.
    • Applicants must attach at least one signed written reference in the application portal.
    • In addition to the required attachments, applicants may attach no more than five A4 pages.
    • By entering the Awards, finalists and winners agree for their photographs, profiles and training details to be used for promotional purposes by the Government of Western Australia. Applicants must complete and upload the Talent release form in the application portal to substantiate this.
    • Applicants must comply with Department standards in regards to training, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations matters.
    • Applicants agree to notify the WA Training Awards immediately should there be a change in an applicant’s circumstances with regard to their training or employment.
    • Semi-finalists must participate in the Semi-finalist Judging Day on Friday 7July 2017 to remain eligible.
    • Applicants must agree to abide by the decision of the selection panel and no appeals will be entered into. 
    • Category winners* must be available to attend the Australian Training Awards Finalist Week and Presentation Dinner in Canberra 20–24 November 2017 and a two day professional development session in October 2017 (dates TBC).
    • Applicants* acknowledge that should they win their WA Training Award, their original application will be submitted to the Australian Training Awards. The Australian Training Awards will allow State winners to update content only where there is new information or information has changed between May and October 2017. Applicants will not submit a new application or have the opportunity to rewrite it.

    *Does not include Cultural Diversity and International Student winners.

  • Organisations
    • Applications must be submitted via the WA Training Awards application portal by 5.00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017.
    • Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria.
    • Applicants' overviews must be no longer than 500 words.
    • Applicants acknowledge that the information submitted in their overview will be summarised and used as an organisation profile should the organisation be selected as a finalist.
    • Selection criteria responses must be no longer than 800 words per criterion.
    • All applicable sections of the application portal must be completed.
    • Applicants must attach a signed letter of endorsement from the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of the organisation in the application portal.
    • In addition to the required attachments, applicants may attach no more than 10 A4 pages.
    • By entering the Awards, finalists and winners agree for their photographs, profiles and training details to be used for promotional purposes by the Government of Western Australia.
    • Applicants must comply with Department standards in regards to training, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations matters.
    • The Department may refuse to proceed with an application at any time where an applicant is under investigation by the Department or has unresolved issues with the Department.
    • Finalists must participate in an on site visit conducted by the selection panel between 17–28 July 2017.
    • Applicants must agree to abide by the decision of the selection panel and no appeals will be entered into.
    • Should a WA Training Awards winner be shortlisted as a finalist for the Australian Training Awards, the organisation must be available to participate in the Australian Training Awards judging process and attend the Australian Training Awards Presentation Dinner in Canberra on 23 November 2017.
    • Applicants acknowledge that should they win their WA Training Award, their original application will be submitted to the Australian Training Awards. The Australian Training Awards will allow State winners to update content only where there is new information or information has changed between May and October 2017. Applicants will not submit a new application or have the opportunity to rewrite it.
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FAQs

For individuals
Can I submit more than one application?

No. Individuals can only apply for one WA Training Award and must not apply/accept a nomination for another state or territory’s training awards in the nominating year.

Can I apply on behalf of an individual?

No. Applications are required to be written and submitted online by the applicant.

Applicants can seek assistance from others in preparing the information but the application should be written and submitted by the applicant.

Can previous winners apply again?

Finalists in all categories may reapply for the same or other awards in subsequent years if they are eligible.

Individual winners may not apply for the same category award in subsequent years but may apply in other categories if they are eligible.

Is there any cost involved in applying?

There is no application fee for any award.

What should be considered when writing an application?

The content of the written application is very important for proceeding to the next stage of the judging process.

  • Applicants in all individual categories are asked to provide information about themselves. Applicants can seek assistance from others in preparing the information but the application should be written by the applicant. This means using first person point of view; words like 'I' or 'my', not 'he', 'she' or 'they'.
  • Consider all of the points under each main heading. Treat every one of the assessment criteria equally as they are all important.
  • Vague generalisations should be avoided. General statements such as 'I am a good team member' or 'I have an understanding of industry trends' must be supported with clear evidence and practical examples.
  • Dot points are acceptable.
  • Keep your writing clear and succinct.
  • Be mindful of the word count. The online application portal will not allow you to submit more than the word limit for each criterion (as specified in the conditions of entry).
  • Think of the application as an application for a job – emphasise what makes you stand head and shoulders above all other applicants.
  • The judges are looking for an ambassador for the training sector, someone who is passionate about what they do, has achieved great things during their training pathway and is able to inspire others to do the same.
  • Remember, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Who sits on the judging panels?

Panels at all stages of the judging process are made up of people from industry and the training sector. Category sponsors are usually also represented on judging panels as well as previous category winners. People with the appropriate experience and expertise are selected to judge each category.

Panels have four members. Care is taken to make sure there is a balance of genders and backgrounds. The decisions of the judging panels are final.

How will I know if I have reached the next stage?

All applications will be acknowledged in writing.

Applicants will be notified in writing as to whether they have been successful in reaching the next stage. Phone calls will be placed to finalists only.

How are individual winners chosen?
First stage
  • Written applications are assessed by selection panels.
  • Up to eight (8) semi-finalists are shortlisted in each category based on written application assessments.
Second stage
  • Semi-finalists are interviewed at the Semi-finalist Judging Day at North Metropolitan TAFE, Northbridge campus.
  • Semi-finalists are required to prepare a five minute presentation for the judging panel. Following their presentation they will be interviewed for approximately 30 minutes. Questions asked are based on the selection criteria.
  • Following the interviews the panel will select up to four finalists including a winner in each category. Their decision will be based upon both the written application and the interview.
If I'm a winner or finalist, will I get my picture in the paper?

Winners and finalists are ambassadors for the Western Australian training system. They receive a good deal of media attention, particularly in local press media. It is likely that as a finalist or winner your story and photo may be featured in your local or the WA state paper, that your story may be told on radio and a possibility of TV/video coverage, however, this is not assured.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development may use photographs and non confidential information from the applications in its print and electronic publications. The application includes a release for this purpose.

If I win, will I go to the Australian Training Awards?

All State winners (except the Cultural Diversity Training Award and International Student category winners) will be put forward as Western Australia’s nominations for the Australian Training Awards. There are currently no Cultural Diversity or International Student awards at the national level. 

National winners will be announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner in Canberra on 23 November 2017. All eligible individual State winners and all short listed organisation State winners will be invited to attend. All costs are covered by the Commonwealth Government.

If I win, what will be expected of me as a training ambassador?

If you are chosen as the winner of your category, you will be invited to participate in a variety of activities. Visit the Being an ambassador page for more information.

I’m of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent. Which award should I apply for?

If you are an apprentice, trainee, vocational student or school-based apprentice of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, keep in mind that the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award is not the only one you may be eligible to enter. You may find one of the other award categories more appropriate to you, but you can only apply for one.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have access to assistance in preparing an application.
Find out more
E: trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au
T: 6551 5609

I’m interested in applying for the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award but migrated to Australia more than five years ago. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately no. Applicants for the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award must have migrated to Australia from overseas after 1 January 2012 and reside in Western Australia. Migrants who arrived in Australia before this date will not be eligible to apply in this category but may apply in another of the student categories if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Culturally diverse students have access to assistance in preparing an application.
Find out more
E: trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au
T: 6551 5609

I’m a VET in School student. Which category should I apply for?

As a VET in School student you can apply for Vocational Student of the Year (given you meet all other eligibility requirements).

There is no restriction on qualification level in the vocational student category. If you are a school-based apprentice or trainee however, you should apply for the School-based Apprentice of the Year. 

I completed a pre-apprenticeship. Which category should I apply for?

If you are completing or have completed a pre-apprenticeship you can apply for Vocational Student of the Year (given you meet all other eligibility requirements). There is no restriction on qualification level in the Vocational Student category.

I’m a school-based trainee. Which category should I apply for?

The School-based Apprentice of the Year award is open to both school-based apprentices and trainees. You must have completed or be completing a Certificate II qualification or above and meet all other eligibility requirements.

I’m an apprentice/trainee. How do I know what my completion date is?

Contact Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54 to confirm your completion date. This is the total period of time which you are indentured as an apprentice/trainee, not just the date you have completed your training component.

I’m an apprentice/trainee employed through a group training organisation. Who should provide my reference – the group training organisation or my host employer?

Either party can provide a reference however you should select an individual within these organisations who best knows you and can provide an appropriate reference.

For organisations 
Can we apply for more than one category?

Organisations may apply for more than one category provided they meet the eligibility criteria and clearly differentiate the information in their applications between each category. Seperate applications must be submitted for each category an organisation intends to apply for.

Can I apply on behalf of another organisation?

Applications should be written by the organisation and signed off by the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director. It is not advised to outsource the writing of your application. No one knows your organisation the way its management and staff do.

Can part of an organisation apply?

In the case of employers and training providers with activities in more than one state, only the training activities in Western Australia will be considered for the award.

Where an organisation has more than one workplace in Western Australia it must choose to apply as a state-wide business or as an individual workplace. If an organisation applies as an individual workplace it must lodge separate applications for each workplace that may decide to apply.

In the case of registered training organisations, Western Australia must be the primary state of registration and the application should be for the entire Western Australian operation.

Can previous winners apply again?

Both organisation finalists and winners in all categories may reapply for the same award or another award in subsequent years if they are eligible.

Is there any cost involved in applying?

There is no application fee for any award. The only cost involved is related to time and effort required to complete the assessment criteria and site visit.

What should be considered when writing an application?

The content of the written application is very important for proceeding to the next stage of the judging process.

  • Applicants in all organisation categories are asked to provide information about their organisation. Applications should be written by the organisation, using first person point of view; words like ‘we’ or 'us', not 'them' or 'they'.
  • Cover all of the selection criteria and consider all of the points under each main heading. Treat every criterion equally as they are all important and are weighted evenly during the judging process.
  • Vague generalisations should be avoided. General statements such as 'the organisation has various strategies in place to encourage participation by all students’ or 'training is fundamental to the success of our business' must be supported with clear evidence and practical examples.
  • Dot points are acceptable.
  • Keep your writing clear and succinct.
  • Be mindful of the word count. The online application portal will not allow you to submit more than the word limit for each criterion (as specified in the conditions of entry).
  • Think of the application as an application for a contract — emphasise what makes your organisation stand head and shoulders above all other applicants.
  • Remember, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Who sits on the judging panels?

Panels at all stages of the judging process are made up of people from industry and the training sector. Category sponsors are usually also represented on judging panels as well as previous category winners. People with the appropriate experience and expertise are selected to judge each category.

Panels have four members. Care is taken to make sure there is a balance of genders and backgrounds. The decisions of the judging panels are final.

How will we know if we have reached the next stage?

All applications will be acknowledged in writing.

Applicants will be notified in writing as to whether they have been successful in reaching the next stage.

How are organisation winners chosen?

The judging panel for each category evaluates all written applications and selects up to three finalists.

The judging panel then visits organisations for further information and selects a winner (announced at the presentation dinner).

If we're a winner or finalist, will we get our picture in the paper?

Winners and finalists are ambassadors for the Western Australian training system. They receive a good deal of media attention, particularly in local press media. It is likely that as a finalist or winner your story and photo may be featured in your local or the WA state paper, that your story may be told on radio and a possibility of TV/video coverage, however, this is not assured.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development may use photographs and non confidential information from the applications in its print and electronic publications. The application form includes a release for this purpose.

As an organisation, if we win, can we advertise our achievement?

Winners and finalists in organisation categories are encouraged to promote themselves as a "Winner/Finalist WA (award) of the Year 2017" in their print and electronic publications, on their website and social media platforms.

An email signature graphic will be supplied to all organisation winners and finalists for this purpose.

If we win, will we go to the Australian Training Awards?

All WA Training Awards organisation winners will be put forward as Western Australia’s nominations for the corresponding Australian Training Award. Organisation nominations are then assessed by a national judging panel and up to three finalists will be selected for each organisation award category. Finalists will have to participate in an interview/presentation with their national panel, from which a winner will be chosen.

National winners will be announced at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner in Canberra on 23 November 2017. All eligible individual State winners and all short listed organisation State winners will be invited to attend. All costs are covered by the Commonwealth Government.

Our organisation is a registered training organisation. Which category should we apply for?

Being a registered training organisation does not necessarily mean that a training provider category is the most appropriate one to apply for. The answer depends on your organisation's primary role.

  • If the primary role of your organisation is training then you should apply for a training provider category.
  • If the primary role is something other than training (eg selling products or services) then you should consider applying for the employer category.
Our organisation operates nationally with over 50 courses delivered but in WA we have fewer than 50 courses on our scope of delivery. Which category should we apply for?

You may only apply in regards to the training delivered in WA (answers to selection criteria should only discuss what is delivered in WA).

The category you should apply for is dependent on the amount of courses on your scope of delivery in WA. Therefore if you have fewer than 50 qualifications on your scope of delivery in WA you would be eligible to apply for the Small Training Provider of the Year award. If you have 50 or more qualifications on your schope of delivery in WA you would be eligble to apply for the Large Training Provider of the Year award.

How do we apply for one of the direct entry Australian Training Awards categories listed on your website?

There are four (4) organisation award categories listed on the organisation awards page that are Australian Training Awards categories. These are open to eligible WA applicants and we encourage you to apply, however they are not run in WA. For these categories, please follow the links within the category description to the Australian Training Awards website to download application information.

If you would like any assistance or advice, please don't hesitate to contact the WA Training Awards Coordinator on 6551 5608 or trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

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Australian Training Awards

​​​The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national Awards for vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising organisations, training providers and individuals for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Winners* from the WA Training Awards (in aligned categories) will have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to be named the best in Australia at the Australian Training Awards.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event will be held in Canberra on 23 November.

Find out more
W: australiantrainingawards.go​​​​​v.au
T: 02 6240 9874
E: australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au
Follow: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

*Does not include the Cultural Diversity Training Award or International Student of the Year categories.

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Australian Training Awards direct entry categories

To find out how you/your organisation can apply directly to the Australian Training Awards visit the Australian Training Awards website or phone 02 6240 8155.

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Real Stories Real Achievements

Featuring past winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, these inspiring stories prove that investing in a nationally recognised qualification can lead to greater employability, greater job security, greater earning potential, greater choices for work options and, for many individuals, a better life!

For Australian businesses, the videos share evidence of best practice in training and how business, both large and small, have increased their ‘bottom line’ and enjoyed sustainable growth through the provision of nationally recognised training to their employees.

The people and organisations involved in the Australian Training Awards are the true champions of the skills sector.

 

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