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.
To help you to impress the judges, here are a few tips to help you write a stand-out entry:
1. 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 5pm, Monday 8 April 2019. Ensure you determine how much time you need to allocate to each criterion to get your application completed by this date.
2. Tell your story: Read the general conditions of entry and the selection criteria carefully. Make sure you address all the selection criteria for the relevant category. 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?
- Your ability to be an Ambassador (representative) for training in Australia
Before you fill in the gaps, give it to your employer, RTO or a family member to review, then go through each criterion one by one and fill out the dot points.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Think big: Remember that winning one of the South Australian Training Award categories and progressing to the Australian Training Awards means you become an Australian Training Awards finalist, representing the State.
9. Australian 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. When you write your application, remember it will compete with other state/territory finalists’ applications, if you are the State winner.
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 and agree to the conditions of entry.