Award Categories


SME Apprentice Employer of the Year

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Open to a business with (1-249) employees offering apprenticeships. We are looking for an overview of  the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and the apprenticeship training pathway within your organisation or training provider.

Large Business Apprentice Employer

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Open to a business with 250+ employees offering apprenticeships. We are looking for an overview of the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and your partnership with the training provider.

Diversity and Inclusion Programme

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Open to employers who embrace equality and diversity in their Apprenticeship programme. We are searching for the excellent commitment an employee has made to actively develop an inclusive workplace for apprenticeships – where fairness, respect, equality, dignity, and autonomy are at the forefront of their values and promoted as part of their everyday goals and behaviour.

Training Provider/Programme of the Year

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The winner of this category can be a college, organisation or business that provides apprenticeship training courses. Entries should include details of how you effectively work with employers and the course you provide.

Mentor of the Year

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This category is for an individual who has helped and inspired apprentices in the first steps in their careers. Mentors can be the line manager or someone within the organisation that has contributed to the individual’s development. Entries should be completed by either the apprentice or the mentor 

Intermediate or Advanced Apprentice of the Year

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Intermediate/advanced apprenticeships are designed to train a school leaver for work. There is a focus on imparting key employability skills, as well as more specific training for a job within a company. Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021. An intermediate will be studying for a NVQ level 2 or 3 apprenticeship, is the first level of the modern apprenticeship. Intermediate apprentices work full-time with an employer, and spend time studying towards qualifications at a college or training provider.

Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year

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Degree apprenticeships are offered by some universities. The aim is for students to achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. Higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain Level 4 qualifications or above, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (which is postgraduate degree level). Higher and Degree apprenticeships are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at studying and the rest with their employer

Professional Services Apprentice of the Year

Open to apprentices working within either the Professional Services sector. Examples include: business consulting, accountancy, actuarial, data analytics, legal, advertising, web design, architecture, recruitment, financial services and HR To apply apprentices should be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021.

Engineering & Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year

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Open to apprentices working within the Engineering or Manufacturing sector. The entry should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer. Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021. 

Health & Public Service Apprentice of the Year

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Open to apprentices working within either the Health or Public Service Sector The entry should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer and have been enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021.

Technology & Digital Apprentice of the year

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Open to apprentices working within either the IT or Digital Marketing Sector Your entry should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer and have been enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021. Judges will be looking for individuals who have made change. This could be from a company or personal perspective.

Construction Apprentice of the Year

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Open to apprentices working within the Construction sector. The entry should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer. Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme before June 2021.