Individual awards

Individual award categories

The following awards are presented to outstanding individuals in vocational education and training in Western Australia. Download the application guide for your category below, to view the selection criteria, eligibility criteria, key dates and tips for applicants.

Go to the How to enter section for all the information on applying through our online application portal. You can download some tools to help you in preparing your responses to the selection criteria in the Tools section.
 

  • WA Apprentice of the Year

    The WA Apprentice of the Year 2017 is presented to an apprentice who has been outstanding in all aspects of their trade.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Apprentice of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year

    The WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part time school-based apprentice or trainee. The award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school and in the workplace.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

     

  • WA Trainee of the Year

    The WA Trainee of the Year 2017 is presented to a trainee who has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Trainee of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA Vocational Student of the Year

    The WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth recognises an outstanding student’s achievement in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

    The WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award

    The WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017 recognises the achievement of a culturally and linguistically diverse student who displays a strong understanding and knowledge of the vocational education and training system and demonstrates the relevance of lifelong learning for themselves and the migrant community.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA International Student of the Year

    The WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Department of Education Services recognises the outstanding achievements of an international student undertaking a vocational education and training course in Western Australia.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA International Student of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • WA Trainer of the Year

    The WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council will recognise innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation or in partnership with an RTO.

    Applications are now open. Download the WA Trainer of the Year 2017 application guide and apply today.

  • Australian Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

    The Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Practice Award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving LLN skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

    Applications can be made by relevant individuals or organisations (eg colleagues, professional bodies, students, employers, industry or community representatives); or through self-nomination.

    Please note: This is an Australian Training Awards category. Visit the Australian Training Awards website to apply directly for national recognition.

  • Australian Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has:

    • an established history of distinguished service to the vocational education and training (VET) sector for more than 25 years
    • made a lasting contribution to VET practice
    • exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET sector
    • positively influenced VET on a state, national or international level.

    Please note: This is an Australian Training Awards category. Visit the Australian Training Awards website to apply directly for national recognition. 

  • Australian National Achievement Award

    The National Achievement Award recognises an individual who has:

    • an established history of distinguished service to the vocational education and training (VET) sector for less than 25 years
    • made a lasting contribution to VET practice
    • exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the VET sector
    • positively influenced VET on a state, national or international level.

    Please note: This is an Australian Training Awards category. Visit the Australian Training Awards website to download a nomination form and apply for national recognition.

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Process for individual applicants

The WA Training Awards individual category selection process consists of two main parts; submitting a written application and an interview. This process is detailed below.

1 Application

Submit your application by 5.00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017 via the online application portal. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria, address all of the selection criteria in your chosen category, upload all required attachments and that you have read the conditions of entry.

2 Confirmation

You will receive written confirmation (email and letter) that your application has been received on or before 12 May 2017.

3 Shortlisting

Up to eight (8) semi-finalists will be shortlisted for each individual award category. You will receive notification in writing (email and letter) as to whether you have been selected as a semi-finalist on or before 14 June 2017. If you have been selected as a semi-finalist, we will also give you a call in the days following to discuss the Semi-finalist Judging Day.

4 Semi-finalist Judging Day

If you have been selected, you will be required to participate in an interview with the judging panel for your chosen category at North Metropolitan TAFE, Northbridge campus on 7 July 2017* from which, four finalists, including a winner, will be chosen in each category. You will be sent an information kit to help you prepare for your interview. Student finalists will also be allocated a mentor to assist with this process. You can contact the WA Training Awards team at any point if you have any queries or would like any further help.

*Travel and accommodation for regional semi-finalists for the judging day will be funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Semi-finalists who are under 18 will need to have a guardian accompany them.

5 Finalist notification

On or before 21 July all semi-finalists will be notified in writing (letter and email) as to whether they have been selected as finalists. If you have been selected as a finalist, we will give you a call in the days following to discuss the Presentation Dinner.

6 Presentation Dinner

Finalists will attend the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September 2017, where the winners of each category will be announced. Winners and finalists will receive a framed certificate. Each category winner will also be awarded a $5 000 study grant from their category sponsor on the night.

*Travel and accommodation for regional finalists for the presentation dinner will be funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Finalists who are under 18 will need to have a guardian accompany them.

7 Australian Training Awards

Eligible WA Training Awards category winners** will be directly entered into the Australian Training Awards.

These State winners will be invited to attend Australian Training Awards preparation workshops with the WA Training Awards team in October 2017. This will include mentoring, interview preparation and much more.

The Australian Training Awards are held in a different city each year. In 2017 they will be held in Canberra. State winners must attend the Australian Training Awards Finalists Week and Presentation Dinner in Canberra from 20–24 November with the WA Training Awards team***.

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

***The Australian Training Awards are managed by the Australian Training Awards team . Travel and accommodation for the Australian Training Awards Finalist Week in Darwin will be funded by the Australian Training Awards. State winners who are under 18 will need to have a guardian accompany them.

8 Being an ambassador

All WA Training Awards winners will be ambassadors for training and the WA Training Awards in 2018.

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Using the application portal

Applications must be submitted online through the WA Training Awards application portal.

Register on the home page to create an account in the application portal. You can then start an application, save it and go back in and edit it at any time during the application period.

Note: You must first confirm your account via the account confirmation email from WA Training Awards. You may need to check your spam/junk email folder. 

There are five sections in the application portal. It is important that you complete all of the sections relevant to you before submitting your application.

  • 1 Choose your category

    All applicants must fill in this section. Here you’ll select the category you are applying for and name your application. For individuals, your application name is your full name.

    You must fill in this section first as the category you choose will determine which details, criteria and attachments are asked of you.

  • 2 Applicant details

    In this section, all applicants must provide their contact details.

  • 3 Training details

    Here students will provide information about the course they are completing, list a referee and provide employer details (if applicable) and/or school details (if applicable).

    Trainers must provide their Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director’s details and confirm they have endorsed their application.

  • 4 Criteria

    After selecting your category at the first tab, your selection criteria will have appeared.

    You will need to provide an overview and address each of the selection criteria in the fields provided within the word limit provided for each. Use the considerations listed under each criterion, in order to formulate a competitive response.

    Note: You can only submit text within the criterion fields. If you wish to include tables and figures you will need to refer to them in the text field and upload a Word .doc or PDF of your tables/figures in the attachments section.

  • 5 Attachments

    Upload the following attachments:

    • Training and education certificates
    • Awards and prizes (copies)
    • Reference
    • Talent release form
    • Parent/guardian declaration (for under 18s)
    • Employer declaration (apprentices and trainees)
    • School declaration (if still enrolled at school)
    • CEO/MD endorsement letter (Trainer applicants only)

    More information on these attachments is detailed in the required attachment templates section and in each of the individual category application guides.

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Required attachment templates

  • Student category applicants

    Applicants in student categories are advised to speak to their lecturer or employer about preparing a written reference.

    Apprentices and trainees must ask their employer to sign an employer declaration, and under aged students need to obtain permission from a parent/guardian to participate.

    All student applicants must also complete and return a Talent release form.

    Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to put these attachments together. To make it easier you may like to download the following templates. It is not essential you use these but it may give you a head start.

    More information on these attachments is detailed in each of the category application guides.

    • Trainer applicants

      Trainer applicants must provide a written reference from their Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director. An additional reference from a student is optional.

      Trainers must also complete and return a Talent release form, and ask their Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director to endorse their application.

      To make it easier you may like to download the below templates. It is not essential you use these but it may give you a head start.

      More information on these attachments is detailed in the application guide.

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    Being an ambassador

    As a WA Training Awards winner or finalist, you’re an ambassador for training in Western Australia. This means your success in your training and through the WA Training Awards serves as an inspiration for others to follow a vocational education and training pathway.

    As a WA Training Awards winner, you may be invited to participate in many activities over the coming 12 months, including but not limited to:

    • photo and video shoots promoting your achievements;
    • media opportunities (speaking with local press, radio and online journalists);
    • panel discussions;
    • WA Training Providers Forum;
    • national and state conferences;
    • judging for your category in 2018;
    • professional development days for 2018 winners;
    • industry/VET sector events.

    Should you also win your category at the Australian Training Awards in November, you’ll be invited to promote the sector on a national scale through a variety of additional activities.

    By sharing your experiences, advice and knowledge, you can encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to consider how vocational education and training could benefit them and potentially change their lives. In addition, you may be able to inspire employers and training providers to review their training methods and continue to make improvements.

    Ambassadors for training come in many shapes and forms. All WA Training Award finalists and winners, both in the individual and organisation categories, have a story worth sharing. You never know who might be listening and how this could expand their horizon.

    Visit the WA Training Awards blog to read more about our training ambassadors.

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    Page last updated March 13, 2017