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ENTRY TO THE 2020 NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS IS NOW CLOSED

The National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, and the success stories of those who have embraced apprenticeships with passion.

Apprenticeships are helping employers to thrive and apprentices to follow their dreams. The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the very best employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions across the country.

ENTRY FAQs

A full Q & A document is available to download below. If you still have any questions or issues with the online form you can get in touch using our webform, by emailing entries@appawards.co.uk or by telephone on our freephone line 0800 954 88 96. The helpline opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

You must ensure your application is submitted by 5:00pm on 25 September 2020. We will email you a confirmation of receipt. If your application requires a reference (Apprentice and Champion categories only) or apprentice declaration (Rising Star category only) this must also be complete by 5:00pm on 25 September 2020.

 

Update 25.9.20 11:30am ...

DEADLINE EXTENSION ... The site experiences a large amount of activity on the closing day so you may experience the application site running slower than we would normally expect. To help applicants submit their application, the site will remain open until Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 12 noon.

The Rising Star category requires the employer to nominate their apprentice and submit an application on their behalf.

Applications for the Apprenticeship Champion of the Year category have changed this year, and the entrant must initially be nominated by a colleague/contact. The main application will be completed by the individual nominated.

For Employer and Apprentice of the Year categories you can submit an entry on behalf of the entrant, however, remember that you will need their permission as the application requires the entrant’s personal details. The answers need to be written in the words of the entrant.

The National Apprenticeship Awards are a competitive process and progression is made through several stages:

  • Firstly, all applications are read and sifted to find the highest scoring category entrants in each region
  • These proceed to moderation where a decision is made on the category finalists
  • Regional finalists will be publicly announced
  • The regional winners automatically progress to the national judging stage and will be invited to the final virtual ceremony
  • The national judging panel will select from the country’s elite one national winner and two highly commended in each category
  • The National Apprenticeship Award winners will be announced at a virtual national celebration event.

Are the Awards free to enter – Yes, there is no charge to register or submit an entry.

Biography photo – Workplace background can be you standing in front of your organisation branding/logo or with a plain background. Please only upload a head and shoulder photo of yourself and not with colleagues.

Key Dates – Closing date for entries is Friday 25 September at 5.00pm. All entrants who submitted an entry will be notified on, or just after, Monday 26 October advising on progression following assessment/moderation stage. There will be virtual regional ceremonies taking place between Monday 2 to Friday 6 November for those shortlisted where 1 Regional Winner and 1 Highly Commended is awarded per category. Each Regional Winner will automatically become a national finalist, competing with the country’s elite to become a national winner. The virtual national ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 November.

Photo and Table Attachment – In addition to the onscreen guidance it is important to remember that all text and numbers contained in the supporting evidence document should be counted. This includes axes text and key/legend text on charts/graphs and captions accompanying photographs. Examples of words to be counted: February 2020 = 2 words; 90% = 1 word; £5,000.00 = 1 word. Two photographs may be included and these can comprise of a collage of images. Assessors and Judges are not allowed to click on hyperlinks to websites or videos so please do not include in any part of your entry. Please only upload either a Word .docx or pdf file type.

Postcode not recognised for judging region – If your postcode is not recognised please check that it has been entered correctly for example typing a capital “O” where it should be a zero. If postcode entered correctly and no judging region is allocated when page is saved after entering postcode then please email entries@appawards.co.uk with your application reference ID and correct postcode.

Resubmissions – A resubmission is an entry which describes an apprenticeship and associated benefits which have been used as part of a previous entry within the past two years. Resubmitted entries are considered for another award based upon the progression made since the previous Award was received (if applicable). If you submitted an entry for Apprentice of the Year in 2018 or 2019 then you will need to complete this section. This also applies if your previous entry was at a different level, for example, if previous entry was for Intermediate category and this year you have progressed to Advanced category.

Save frequently – Please use the Word planning document available to download from the Categories section of the website to plan your responses offline and when finalised copy and submit entry online. This is strongly recommended as if you compose text online and don’t save frequently then you may lose unsaved text. The website times out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Twitter handle – Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Twitter handle.

Unique Learner Number – The Unique Learner Number is a 10-digit number. Please contact your learning provider if you do not have your Unique Learner Number.

Are the Awards free to enter – Yes, there is no charge to register or submit an entry.

Biography Details section not complete – Please check that you have included a mobile telephone number and that you have ticked the box below End-Point Assessment 5 to confirm that you have checked details are correct.

Company Registration Number – This can usually be found on your organisation letterhead, email footer or website. Public sector organisations such as councils and NHS Trusts would not have a Company Registration Number. Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Company Registration Number.

Confidentiality – No part of the entry would be made public apart from the biography which would be used for PR if the entry is shortlisted. The main redacted entry (excluding biography) would be read by assessors and, if shortlisted, also read by judges.

Employer unable to edit Apprentice of the Year sub-account entry following reference request – Please check if the same email has been used to register the entry as used for the reference request. If same email used please revoke the referee request email and replace with alternative email address.

Key Dates – Closing date for entries is Friday 25 September at 5.00pm. All entrants who submitted an entry will be notified on, or just after, Monday 26 October advising on progression following assessment/moderation stage. There will be virtual regional ceremonies taking place between Monday 2 to Friday 6 November for those shortlisted where 1 Regional Winner and 1 Highly Commended is awarded per category. Each Regional Winner will automatically become a national finalist, competing with the country’s elite to become a national winner. The virtual national ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 November.

Learning provider details if more than 5 – If your organisation has more than 5 learning providers then it is the entrant’s choice to the 5 that are submitted in the entry.

Photo and Table Attachment – In addition to the onscreen guidance it is important to remember that all text and numbers contained in the supporting evidence document should be counted. This includes axes text and key/legend text on charts/graphs and captions accompanying photographs. Examples of words to be counted: February 2020 = 2 words; 90% = 1 word; £5,000.00 = 1 word. Two photographs may be included and these can comprise of a collage of images. Assessors and Judges are not allowed to click on hyperlinks to websites or videos so please do not include in any part of your entry. Please only upload either a Word .docx or pdf file type.

Postcode not recognised for judging region – If your postcode is not recognised please check that it has been entered correctly for example typing a capital “O” where it should be a zero. If postcode entered correctly and no judging region is allocated when page is saved after entering postcode then please email entries@appawards.co.uk with your application reference ID and correct postcode.

Referee unable to type into reference response box and red warning icon appears – If you have multiple logins please ensure that you log out between account access and that you don’t have multiple browser tabs open. If you have not validated your email address you will see a warning message at the top of your screen. You will need to verify your email address before you can start the reference by using the email link sent to you when you registered your account. To continue, click the “Accept Reference” button towards the top of the screen and then click “Leave Reference” button on the green bar.

Resubmissions – A resubmission is an entry which describes an apprenticeship and associated benefits which have been used as part of a previous entry within the past two years. Resubmitted entries are considered for another award based upon the progression made since the previous Award was received (if applicable). If your organisation submitted an Employer of the Year entry in 2018 or 2019 then you will need to complete this section.

Save frequently – Please use the Word planning document available to download from the Categories section of the website to plan your responses offline and when finalised copy and submit entry online. This is strongly recommended as if you compose text online and don’t save frequently then you may lose unsaved text. The website times out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Sub-account – An employer can create a sub-account if they wish to help an apprentice with their Apprentice of the Year entry. To create a sub-account log in to your Employer account and on the “My 2020 Applications” screen scroll to bottom of page and click on the blue “Create new sub-account create account” box. Enter the name and email of the apprentice – this sends an email to the apprentice to create their own account and add a password. The employer will then click “new application” button by the side of the apprentice’s name on the list below the “Create new sub-account” box. This gives dual access to the entry but please do not edit the entry at the same time as the apprentice. Important – if the employer who created the sub-account also wants to act as referee then they must use a different email address when completing the “Referee Request” section in the entry.

Twitter handle – Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Twitter handle.

Apprentice of the Year submission and Rising Star Nomination – You can nominate the apprentice in the Rising Star category – this is where the employer completes the majority of the entry form and talks about the apprentice. The apprentice would need to complete the declaration to say that it is OK to share their information within the entry. The Apprentice of the Year category is where the apprentice can register and complete the form themselves (apart from the reference). If you want to help the apprentice to complete an Apprentice of the Year entry then you can create a sub-account in your Employer login. An organisation can submit multiple Rising Star category entries but only one per apprentice. The apprentice can be nominated in the Rising Star category and also submit an entry themselves into the Apprentice of the Year category. Please check the different eligibility date criteria for each category.

Are the Awards free to enter – Yes, there is no charge to register or submit an entry.

Biography photo - Workplace background can be you standing in front of your organisation branding/logo or with a plain background. Please only upload a head and shoulder photo of yourself and not with colleagues.

Company Registration Number – This can usually be found on your organisation letterhead, email footer or website. Public sector organisations such as councils and NHS Trusts would not have a Company Registration Number. Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Company Registration Number.

Confidentiality – No part of the entry would be made public apart from the biography which would be used for PR if the entry is shortlisted. The main redacted entry (excluding biography) would be read by assessors and, if shortlisted, also read by judges.

Key Dates – Closing date for entries is Friday 25 September at 5.00pm. All entrants who submitted an entry will be notified on, or just after, Monday 26 October advising on progression following assessment/moderation stage. There will be virtual regional ceremonies taking place between Monday 2 to Friday 6 November for those shortlisted where 1 Regional Winner and 1 Highly Commended is awarded per category. Each Regional Winner will automatically become a national finalist, competing with the country’s elite to become a national winner. The virtual national ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 November.

Photo and Table Attachment – In addition to the onscreen guidance it is important to remember that all text and numbers contained in the supporting evidence document should be counted. This includes axes text and key/legend text on charts/graphs and captions accompanying photographs. Examples of words to be counted: February 2020 = 2 words; 90% = 1 word; £5,000.00 = 1 word. Two photographs may be included and these can comprise of a collage of images. Assessors and Judges are not allowed to click on hyperlinks to websites or videos so please do not include in any part of your entry. Please only upload either a Word .docx or pdf file type.

Postcode not recognised for judging region – If your postcode is not recognised please check that it has been entered correctly for example typing a capital “O” where it should be a zero. If postcode entered correctly and no judging region is allocated when page is saved after entering postcode then please email entries@appawards.co.uk with your application reference ID and correct postcode.

Judging Regions – As the Rising Star category judging region is allocated based on the postcode of the apprentice’s workplace, a multi-sited organisation can submit multiple applications across all regions where applicable.

Resubmissions – A resubmission is an entry which describes an apprenticeship and associated benefits which have been used as part of a previous entry within the past two years. Resubmitted entries are considered for another award based upon the progression made since the previous Award was received (if applicable). If the apprentice was nominated for Rising Star of the Year in 2018 or 2019 then you will need to complete this section.

Twitter handle – Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Twitter handle.

Unique Learner Number –The Unique Learner Number is a 10-digit number. Please contact your learning provider if you do not have the apprentice's Unique Learner Number

Are the Awards free to enter – Yes, there is no charge to register or submit an entry.

Biography photo – Workplace background can be you standing in front of your organisation branding/logo or with a plain background. Please only upload a head and shoulder photo of yourself and not with colleagues.

Can I nominate myself – No, you will need to have an initial nomination from another person.

Group or team nominations – You are only able to nominate an individual person for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year. We are unable to accept group or team nominations for multiple people on one entry.

Key Dates – Closing date for entries is Friday 25 September at 5.00pm. All entrants who submitted an entry will be notified on, or just after, Monday 26 October advising on progression following assessment/moderation stage. There will be virtual regional ceremonies taking place between Monday 2 to Friday 6 November for those shortlisted where 1 Regional Winner and 1 Highly Commended is awarded per category. Each Regional Winner will automatically become a national finalist, competing with the country’s elite to become a national winner. The virtual national ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 November.

Portfolio – In addition to the onscreen guidance it is important to remember that all text and numbers contained in the supporting evidence document should be counted. This includes axes text and key/legend text on charts/graphs and captions accompanying photographs. Examples of words to be counted: February 2020 = 2 words; 90% = 1 word; £5,000.00 = 1 word. Three photographs may be included and these can comprise of a collage of images. Assessors and Judges are not allowed to click on hyperlinks to websites or videos so please do not include in any part of your entry. Please only upload either a Word .docx or pdf file type.

Postcode not recognised for judging region – If your postcode is not recognised please check that it has been entered correctly for example typing a capital “O” where it should be a zero. If postcode entered correctly and no judging region is allocated when page is saved after entering postcode then please email entries@appawards.co.uk with your application reference ID and correct postcode.

Save frequently – Please use the Word planning document available to download from the Categories section of the website to plan your responses offline and when finalised copy and submit entry online. This is strongly recommended as if you compose text online and don’t save frequently then you may lose unsaved text. The website times out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Twitter handle – Please insert “N/A” if your organisation does not have a Twitter handle.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

The National Apprenticeship Awards are open to apprenticeship employers, apprenticeship champions and apprentices (or those who have completed their apprenticeship since September 2019) in England. Submissions from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not eligible unless the apprenticeship has taken place in England.

The awards are free to enter, and details on the application criteria for each award is included on the awards category pages of this website.

 

 

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

We want to celebrate the achievements of exceptional apprentices, employers and apprenticeship champions. By entering the awards, you can demonstrate your commitment to apprenticeships, and receive the recognition you deserve.

The application process is a great opportunity to take stock and put in writing all your achievements to date. If you’re successful as a regional or national finalist, you can use the accolade to boost your company profile or CV.

 

 

The National Apprenticeship Awards challenge top apprenticeship employers, apprentices and those who champion apprenticeships across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

The Benefits of Applying

Employers

Employers who are recognised through the National Apprenticeship Awards receive a range of benefits:

  • A top accolade for all their hard work and commitment to apprenticeships
  • Public recognition through national, regional and sector media channels
  • Invites to and Speaking opportunities at high profile events
  • Enhanced reputation plus a motivated workforce and increased staff morale
  • Regional Finalists invited to a virtual Regional Ceremony
  • All Regional Winners become National Finalists and are invited to a virtual national celebration event.

Apprentices and Champions

Apprentices and Apprenticeship Champions who are recognised at the National Apprenticeship Awards will receive the following benefits:

  • A top accolade for all the hard work you have put into your apprenticeship or promoting apprenticeships
  • The honour of being named one of the best apprentices or Champions in England, and an exemplar for your outstanding achievements. It looks great on your CV!
  • Public recognition through national, regional and sector media channels
  • Invites to and Speaking opportunities at high profile events
  • Regional Finalists invited to a virtual Regional Ceremony
  • All Regional Winners become National Finalists and are invited to a virtual national celebration event.

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