About the Awards

About the awards

The Western Australian Training Awards (WATA) is the State’s premier awards program recognising excellence in vocational education and training (VET) and the outstanding achievements of our VET students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners and training providers, organisations and employers.

The WA Training Awards has eight individual categories, and five organisation categories. 

In addition to the recognition and opportunities these prestigious awards bring, as the winner in an individual category you will receive $3,000 to further your training or kick start your career. 

Organisation winners are recognised  as industry leaders and provided with marketing materials to promote their achievement.

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WA Training Awards 2020

Following extensive consultation with the VET sector and Australian Training Awards, and with consideration to COVID-19 restrictions, we are excited to announce a new streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020 that provides an opportunity to recognise VET students who have completed their training and would not be eligible to participate in next year’s program.

The impact of COVID-19 across our community has brought with it extraordinary challenges. The VET sector will be particularly relevant in the recovery period and in the rebuilding of a post COVID-19 economy. There is no better time to shine a spotlight on WA’s VET sector!

Unfortunately organisational and training provider categories  could not be included in the streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020.

Please visit our WATA 2020 page to find out more

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Individual and organisation award 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 Large Employer of the Year
    • WA Medium Employer of the Year
    • WA Industry Collaboration Award
    • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
    • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

    Winners of the WA awards may go on to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards that year.

    For full details about each of the categories, please visit the Individual awards and/or the Organisation awards section of our website. 

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    Applying for the WA Training Awards

    Which spotlight will you be in?
    The first step is to select a category, and check that you meet the eligibility requirements. 

    How will you impress the judges?
    A judging panel will read all applications to select WA Training Awards finalists. As part of your application, you will be asked to respond to specific selection criteria. Take the time to read through the selection criteria in the application guide and start thinking about how you are going to answer them. 

    Check the conditions of entry
    Ensure you meet the conditions of entry, and are aware of what is expected of you as a training ambassador should you win. 

    Be inspired by previous winners
    Take a look at the journies of previous award winners, to hear their stories.

    Further assistance

    If you have any questions about your application, the criteria or the process, don't hesitate to contact the WA Training Awards team. You can also look through our frequently asked questions

    E: watrainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au
    P: 08 6551 5952.

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    Australian Training Awards 2020

    The Australian Training Awards (ATA) are the peak national awards for the VET sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

    Western Australia has achieved great success at the ATA, with several winners and finalists in past years. The 2020 Australian Training Awards presentation will be held in Melbourne on Friday 20 November 2020.

    This year, ATA has seven awards available for direct entry, as follows. 

    • Lifetime Achievement Award
      Recognises an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET sector for more than 25 years.
    • National Achievement Award
      Presented in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian VET sector for up to 25 years.
    • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award
      Recognises innovation and excellence by an individual or organisation involved in improving LLN skills in an educational, community or workplace context.
    • Small Employer of the Year Award
      Presented to a small enterprise which has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.
    • Australian Apprenticeships — Employer Award
      Recognises employers who have made innovative improvements in training that provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.
    • International Training Provider of the Year Award
      Recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of VET to international students in Australia and overseas.
    • School Pathways to VET Award
      Eligible organisations including schools, RTOs, group training organisations, industry bodies and employers that have collaboratively delivered excellent VET programs to secondary school students.

    For full details, and how to apply, please visit the Australian Training Awards website

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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. There is a 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.
    • 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?

    Written applications are assessed by selection panels. In 2020, up to three finalists are shortlisted in each category based on written application assessments. Finalists are interviewed for approximately 30 minutes. Questions asked are based on the selection criteria. Following the interviews the panel will select 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., which is held in a different state/territory each year. All eligible individual State winners and all short listed organisation State winners will be invited to attend. All costs, including travel to the event, 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.

    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" in their print and electronic publications, and 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, which is held in a different state/territory each year. All eligible individual State winners and all short listed organisation State winners will be invited to attend. All costs, including travel to the event, 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 scope of delivery in WA you would be eligible 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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    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  true champions of the skills sector.

     

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