Employers who ignite their businesses with apprenticeships.
Inspirational apprentices who blaze their own trail, and rising stars with the drive to succeed.
Individuals who champion apprenticeships with passion.
The National Apprenticeship Awards are here to celebrate them all.Find Out More
The National Apprenticeship
ENTRY TO THE 2021 NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS IS NOW CLOSED
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 18th year, have been designed to recognise and reward the achievements of exceptional apprentices, apprenticeship champions and apprenticeship employers.
Apprenticeships help shape successful lives and build successful businesses across a large and diverse range of sectors. The Awards give both individuals and businesses the chance to showcase the very best in practice across the country.
Wednesday 29 September – Regional invitations sent
Tuesday 19 October 11:00 – Yorkshire and The Humber
Tuesday 19 October 14:00 – North West
Wednesday 20 October 11:00 – West Midlands
Wednesday 20 October 14:00 – East Midlands
Thursday 21 October 11:00 – East of England
Thursday 21 October 14:00 – South East
Friday 22 October 11:00 – London
Friday 22 October 14:00 – South West
Monday 25 October 14:00 – North East
(Regional winners will automatically be shortlisted for the national stage. This shortlist will undergo a second tier national judging process where the national finalists will be selected. Only national finalists will be invited to the national awards ceremony.)
Friday 12 November – National finalists announced
Wednesday 1 December – National ceremony
until the first regional ceremony
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There are three Apprentice of the Year categories: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher or Degree.
These awards recognise apprentices who have made a real difference to their workplace and used an apprenticeship to boost their career.
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There are three categories, dependant on the size of the organisation: SME, Large and Macro.
These awards recognise employers who have put apprenticeships at the heart of their business and reaped the benefits.
The Recruitment Excellence Award 2021 winner will also be selected from entries across the three categories. This award identifies employers who use innovative recruitment processes to ensure diversity in their workforce.
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The Rising Star category seeks to identify apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date and have the potential to go even further. Rising Star entrants are nominated by their employer.
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This award is for individuals who champion apprenticeships with enthusiasm. Their passion for apprenticeships is exceptional. The award is open to all individuals, and the initial nomination will come from a colleague or contact who recognises their "champion" credentials.
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“With such strong competition in businesses right across the country, the winners of this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards should hold their heads up high. Each and every apprentice is vital to the national effort to recover from the pandemic and build back better.”Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer
“We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised through the National Apprenticeship Awards for our commitment to apprenticeships across our organisation. Being the first Fire and Rescue Service in the country to offer Firefighter apprenticeships and to see our programme be successful make us feel extremely proud.”County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Winner – The Accenture Award for Recruitment Excellence 2020
"The National Apprenticeships Awards are a brilliant opportunity to showcase the power of apprenticeships to transform lives and businesses, while helping people of all ages and backgrounds to get ahead."Gavin Williamson
“The number and quality of entries in 2020 was outstanding, demonstrating the importance of apprenticeships for employers and individuals alike. I thank all entrants for taking time to share their apprenticeship journey, whilst congratulating those who have won, or were highly commended.”Peter Mucklow
Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency