How to Enter the 2016 SA Training Awards
Preparing your nomination
- Review the criteria and eligibility at About the awards
- Ensure you are nominating in the correct category
- Read and agree to the conditions of entry
- Register on the homepage of Award Force to create an account
- Gather relevant details and start building your application
- Address the selection criteria
• Prepare your nomination addressing Section A, Overview and Section B, Criteria
• Nominees must submit an overview and respond to each criteria, within the word limit with the option to include attachments
• Completed nomination form must be submitted online
- Nominations forms must be submitted by 11.30pm, Sunday, 1 May 2016
Completing and submitting your nomination form
In 2016, all applications must be submitted online via the online Award Force nomination portal.
Nominees must register on the home page to create an account in the Award Force nomination portal. You will receive a confirmation email and must verify your email address before you can begin the application. Once you have confirmed your email you can start your application, save it and go back in and edit it at any time during the application period.
It is important that you complete all of the sections relevant to you before submitting your application. Once you submit the application, you cannot make any additional changes.
You will receive a confirmation via email on receipt of your nomination.
Attachments can be included for both individual and organisation award applications.
Please ensure copies of your training and education certificates, certificates of completion, copies of certificates and awards that support your nomination and/or letters of reference are included with your submission.
No multimedia items or discs will be accepted with nominations
Any material exceeding the maximum number of attachments will not be passed on to the judging panels.
Total number of attachments:
- Individual categories: Up to five (5) single A4 page attachments are permitted
- Organisation categories: Up to ten (10) single A4 page attachments are permitted
Note: The application you submit for the South Australian Training Awards will be used in the national judging and you won’t be able to make changes or amendments to your application. So when you write your application, remember it will compete with other state/territory finalists’ applications.
Tips for preparing an application
The key to success is making your application stand out from others.
Local and national judges are experienced at identifying individuals and organisations that stand out from the crowd. That means a quality application—clear and concise with all selection criteria addressed.
Remember the judges don’t know you or your organisation and you have to convince them that you are a worthy winner.
So what makes a good application? To help you to impress the judges, here are a few tips to help you write a stand-out entry:
- Start today: Give yourself enough time to write the entry—don’t leave it until the last minute! A rushed application won’t show you at your best. Applications close 11.30pm, Sunday 1 May 2016. Ensure you determine how much time you need to allocate to each criterion to get your application completed by this date.
- Tell your story: Read the general conditions of entry and the selection criteria carefully. Make sure you address the selection criteria for the relevant category. All criteria. All the questions in the application are crafted to allow you to tell your training success story.
Consider the points you want to raise and draft an outline of what you want to cover under each criterion. For example:
• What have you done?
• How have you achieved it?
• What practical examples/evidence do you have to support it?
• Any other achievements?
• What gives you the edge over other nominees?
Before you fill in the gaps, give it to your employer, RTO or a family member to review.
Once you’ve done that, go through each criterion one by one and fill out the dot points.
- Pay attention to the word and attachment limit: Check the specific conditions of entry to see how many words you can use for each criteria and the total quantity of supporting documents you can submit. Keep your answers concise. Focus on giving practical examples and evidence to support your statements.
- Language: Don’t use slang or jargon or too many acronyms. Keep your language simple, clear and concise. Use plain English—that is, everyday language — and don’t overuse capitals, italics, or underlined/bold text.
- Proofread: Show the first draft of the full application to your employer/RTO or staff members and ask them to be critical and honest. Ask someone to check the final draft for spelling and grammar errors. Do a final check for spelling and grammar mistakes before you submit it.
- Pick strong supporting documents: Choose supporting documents—a letter, certificate, photo, etc—that supports the claims in your application. Make sure any attachments are high quality.
- Avoid repetition: Check your application to make sure you’ve answered the questions without repeating the same information—and don’t cut and paste from another criteria.
- Think big: Remember that winning one of the SA Training Awards categories and progressing to the Australian Training Awards means you become a national finalist, representing South Australia.
- National Training Awards: The application you submit for the South Australian Training Awards will be used in the national judging and you won’t be able to make changes or amendments to your application. So when you write your application, remember it will compete with other state/territory finalists’ applications.
Before you submit your application check:
• you have checked your eligibility for your category and provided all certification required
• you have addressed all the selection criteria relating to the category you are applying for
• you have all the information to submit your application including your attachments
• you understand agree to the conditions of entry.