Thank you ever so much to those who were able to connect onto our Q&A Conference Call ealier this afternoon.
I hope you found the information discussed useful, allowing you all to make some positive headway with the rest of your application(s).
To those who were unfortunately unable to make the conference call, do not fear!
The below will most certainly be more beneficial to you as this covers the bulk of what was discussed during the call;
Judges top tips: So, what are the judges’ top tips?
- All companies are judged on their own journey. Whether you are an SME or a large multinational, your success in business growth or innovation or developing future talent will all be judged relative to the size and scope of your company.
- The same is true for apprentices. You are being grouped into relevant categories depending on where you are at in your apprenticeship.
- Include quantifiable data. Your results need to be measurable and objective. The more facts and figures you can include the better the judges will be able to judge and mark your success. This is true for both business and apprentice entries.
- Strong storyline/theme that runs through the case. What has been achieved, who was engaged, how long did it take, etc all need to link together. The judges need to be able to visualise where you were when you started and where you are now.
- Remember, the judges don’t know you or your business so don’t assume any prior knowledge.
- Winning entries may often be really simple or low cost. The reason why they win is they bring out energy and graft over multiple years that people think "I would have liked to be part of that". And SELL IT. If the project took blood, sweat and tears, then tell them!
- For Business Entries: Present why your achievement is above and beyond what a business of your size is expected to do. Try to distinguish between what is expected practice versus what shows a really proactive approach. A good example would be in Health & Safety, it’s great to know that you are compliant with but the judges are looking for examples where you have gone above and beyond.
- For Apprentice Entries: Again, distinguish between the requirements of your apprenticeship versus areas where you have gone above and beyond what is expected.
- Remember you can start your entry and come back to it. The best advice is to start by jotting down your answers as bullet points. Share it with your colleagues and make sure you have included the key points, then go back to your bullet points and turn it into prose.
- Make use of the “Entry Guidance documents” which you can download from the portal.
- Don’t feel shy to talk about any challenges you encountered. It can show real perseverance and dedication to the project if these were overcome or worked around.
- Make use of the supporting documents. It not only shows a thoroughness to your application, but it also helps bring the story to life and allows the judges to visualise what you went through. A short video clip, a photograph of your product/community event/, a graph highlighting your business growth, a letter of thanks from a customer/supplier. It all helps to bring your case to life, and adds evidence to your piece.
- My biggest piece of advice – submit your entry before 1st July! If we received it before that date then my team will have time to read over it and come back to you with suggestions. If it’s submitted on 30th/1st then realistically we won’t have time to support you further.
Common mistakes to avoid:
- Don’t spend too much time writing beautiful prose. It should be coherent and grammatically correct, but the judges are most impressed with the story you are telling rather than the way it is written.
- Avoid speaking to generally “incident rates were reduced”… but from what figure to what figure? “Our department headcount expanded to 20 people”… what is that as a percentage increase.
- Don’t miss out sections of the application form. This will go against you!
- As an apprentice manager, don’t just copy and paste the same statement for each apprentice. Really tailor it for each individual application.
- The same goes for entering multiple categories. Your introduction about your company will be similar, but you should tailor the content to the individual category. “Why does this activity display excellent Innovation” versus “Why does this activity show we have a sustainable business model”
We hope you have found the above material useful however if you have any further or specific questions, please contact the Awards Team on email@example.com
12-06-2019, 03:06 PMGrace MillarHow to Write a Winning Awards Entry
18-06-2019, 11:25 AMGrace Millar
We have shared our top tips on how to be part of an Award Winning Company.
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