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Overview

There are nine categories in the National Apprenticeship Awards. You can find out more about each category by clicking the tabs on this page.

The Employer of the Year categories are open to employers from all sectors and celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation.

  • SME Employer of the Year: 1 – 249 employees
  • Large Employer of the Year: 250 – 4,999 employees
  • Macro Employer of the Year: 5,000+ employees

The Recruitment Excellence Award highlights employers who demonstrate innovation in their recruitment processes, to ensure they have a diverse workforce. The winner is selected from Employer of the Year applicants.

The Apprentice of the Year categories are looking to recognise those who are working towards, or have recently completed, their apprenticeship.

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year
  • Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year

The Rising Star Award celebrates apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date and have the potential to go even further. Apprentices should be nominated for this award by their employer.

The Apprenticeship Champion of the Year identifies individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships. Applicants will be nominated by a colleague or contact and complete the application after the nomination is submitted.

Employer of the year

The Employer of the Year category is open to employers from all sectors and celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation.

There are three employer categories to acknowledge organisations of different sizes:

  • SME Employer of the Year: 1 – 249 employees
  • Large Employer of the Year: 250 – 4,999 employees
  • Macro Employer of the Year: 5,000+ employees

The judges are looking for proactive employers who can demonstrate how they have delivered an exemplary apprenticeship programme that has benefited their organisation and individual apprentices.

You can make your application stand out by including essential evidence such as quotes from clients and apprentices, statistics, comparative data and quantifiable information.

If you want to find out more before you start your application, please download the guidance document and 10 step planner available on this page.

Rising Star of the year

The Rising Star Award seeks to recognise apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date and have the potential to go even further.

Apprentices should be nominated for this award by their employer. An employer may nominate more than one apprentice for the Rising Star Award, but a separate application must be completed for each apprentice.

To be eligible for the Rising Star Award, the apprentice being nominated must either:

  • Be currently undertaking an apprenticeship at any level
  • Have completed their apprenticeship within the last two years (since 1 May 2017)
For the Rising Star category only, national finalists will go through to a public vote. Votes from the public will be combined with judges’ scores to identify the national winner.

If you want to find out more before you start your application, please download the guidance document and 10 step planner available on this page.

Apprentice of the year

To enter the Apprentice of the Year category you must either be currently undertaking the level of qualification applicable to your chosen category or have completed that level within the last 12 months (since 1 May 2018).

There are three Apprentice of the Year categories:

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year – for those who are working towards, or completed, NVQ Level 2 qualifications
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year – for those working towards, or completed, NVQ Level 3
  • Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year – for those working towards, or completed, NVQ Level 4 or higher qualifications

The judges are looking for apprentices who can demonstrate their achievements, contribution and the impact they have made within the organisation they work.

If you want to find out more before you start your application, please download the guidance document and 10 step planner available on this page.

Apprenticeship Champion of the year *

This award is for individuals who champion apprenticeships with enthusiasm. Their passion for apprenticeships is exceptional.

The award is open to all individuals. The process has changed for 2019, and the initial nomination will now come from a colleague or contact who recognises their ‘champion’ credentials. The nominator will be required to write a short reference, explaining why they think the individual is an ‘Apprenticeship Champion’.

Once the nomination has been submitted the nominee will receive an email to alert them, and they will then complete the application form.

The judges are looking for strong advocates of apprenticeships who showcase how they proactively go beyond their normal duties to promote apprenticeships as an excellent career route and a way to boost business success.

* If the person you are nominating is currently an apprentice they should only submit an entry in the Apprentice of the Year category.

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