Individual awards

Individual awards

The following awards are presented to outstanding individuals in vocational education and training in Western Australia. Take a look at the following information for each category, and read thorough the application guide to view selection criteria, eligibility criteria, key dates and tips for applicants. 

Application dates for the WA Training Awards 2021 will be announced later this year.

Please email trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to register your interest to receive information on the 2021 program, or follow us on social media for all the latest news and information.

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Individual award categories

Please note: The application guides and document templates for the 2021 awards are not yet available; however you can view the 2020 guides via the links provided. Some minor changes may be made for 2021.

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Selection process

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

Applications are submitted via an 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.

Please note: The application guides and document templates for the 2021 awards are not yet available; however you can view the 2020 guides on the Individual awards or Organisation awards pages here on our website. Some minor changes may be made for 2021.

2 Confirmation

You will receive email confirmation hat your application has been received.

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. 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, 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 parent or guardian accompany them.

5 Finalist notification

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, where the winners of each category will be announced. Winners and finalists will receive a framed certificate. Winners in individual categories will also receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. 

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 and invited to attend Australian Training Awards preparation workshops with the WA Training Awards team. This will include mentoring, interview preparation and much more.

The Australian Training Awards are held in a different city each year. State winners must attend the Australian Training Awards finalists week and presentation dinner with the WA Training Awards team, where winners are announced. Travel and accommodation for the Australian Training Awards finalist week will be funded by the Australian Training Awards. State winners who are under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian accompany them.

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

8 Being an ambassador

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

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Using the application portal

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

Once applications open in 2021, you can register on the portal 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.

  • 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. Please note: The application guides and document templates for the 2021 awards are not yet available; however you can view the 2020 guides on the Individual awards or Organisation awards pages here on our website. Some minor changes may be made for 2021.

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Required attachment templates

To support your application, you will need to complete some additional documents such as a reference from your teacher/trainer or employer. 

Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to put these documents together. To make it easier, you may like to download the following templates. It's not essential you use these templates, but they could give you a head start. Please note: The document templates for the 2021 awards are not yet available; however you can view the 2020 documents on the Individual awards or Organisation awards pages here on our website. Some minor changes may be made for 2021.

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Being an ambassador

As a WA Training Awards winner or finalist, you’re an ambassador for vocational education and training in WA. Your success in your training and through the WA Training Awards will be an inspiration for others to follow a VWT pathway. As a WA Training Awards winner, you may be invited to participate in activities, 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 forums;
  • national and state conferences;
  • judging for your category;
  • professional development days for award winners; and
  • industry/VET sector events.

Should you also win your category at the Australian Training Awards, 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. 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 horizons.

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Page last updated March 13, 2017