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We will be handing out awards in the following categories.

Small Employer of the Year

Open to a business with 1-24 employees offering apprenticeships. Firstly give an overview of the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and your partnership with the training provider.

  1. Provide evidence of the benefits that the apprenticeships have brought to the organisation as well as how the apprentices benefit from training with your organisation.
  2. Detail what you think makes your apprenticeship programme(s) better than the rest.
  3. Demonstrate your on-going commitment to providing opportunities to apprentices and plans for the future of the apprenticeship programme(s).

Medium Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Vision Business)

Open to a business with 25 – 249 employees offering apprenticeships. Firstly give an overview of the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and your partnership with the training provider.

  1. Provide evidence of the benefits that the apprenticeships have brought to the organisation as well as how the apprentices benefit from training with your organisation.
  2. Detail what you think makes your apprenticeship programme(s) better than the rest.
  3. Demonstrate your on-going commitment to providing opportunities to apprentices and plans for the future of the apprenticeship programme(s).

Large Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Learning Unlimited)

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

  1. Provide evidence of the benefits that the apprenticeships have brought to the organisation as well as how the apprentices benefit from training with your organisation.
  2. Detail what you think makes your apprenticeship programme(s) better than the rest.
  3. Demonstrate your on-going commitment to providing opportunities to apprentices and plans for the future of the apprenticeship programme(s).

SME Newcomer of the Year (Sponsored by Polypipe)

Open to a business with up to 250 employees that has taken on apprentices for the first time* since 1st May 2015. Firstly give an overview of the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and your partnership with the training provider.

  1. Demonstrate the immediate benefits that the apprenticeships have brought to the organisation as well as how the apprentices have benefited from training with your organisation.
  2. Give examples of best practice and how you can be considered a role model for other employers thinking of taking on apprentices.
  3. Explain how you plan to develop your apprenticeship programme in the future.

*or after a time lapse of more than 5 years

Large Newcomer of the Year (Sponsored by Polypipe)

Open to a business with over 250 employees that has taken on apprentices for the first time* since 1st May 2015. Firstly give an overview of the apprenticeship programme(s) you offer, the number of apprentices you employ and your partnership with the training provider.

  1. Demonstrate the immediate benefits that the apprenticeships have brought to the organisation as well as how the apprentices have benefited from training with your organisation.
  2. Give examples of best practice and how you can be considered a role model for other employers thinking of taking on apprentices.
  3. Explain how you plan to develop your apprenticeship programme in the future.

*or after a time lapse of more than 5 years

Sheffield’s Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Sheffield College)

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Sheffield as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

 

Chesterfield’s Apprentice of the Year – (Sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council)

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Chesterfield as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

Mansfield / Ashfield’s Apprentice of the Year

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Mansfield or Ashfield as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

Doncaster’s Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Doncaster College & University Centre)

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Doncaster as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

Barnsley’s Apprentice of the Year

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Barnsley as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

Rotherham’s Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre)

The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.  Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Rotherham as of January 2017.

  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

Mentor of the Year (Sponsored by Interserve)

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 and should include information on how they meet the criteria below:

  1. Mentors will have had a positive impact on the personal and professional development of the apprentice.
  2. Judges will be looking for evidence of the commitment the mentor has to aiding personal development.
  3. Mentors will be approachable and accessible and understand how best to support their mentee.

If the entry is completed by the mentor, an additional 300 word testimonial from at least one apprentice should also be submitted detailing the support and guidance they have received.

Training Provider of the Year

The winner of this category can be a college, organisation or business that provides apprenticeship training courses. Entries should include details of how they meet the criteria below:

  1. Show how your organisation effectively works with a range of employers (if applicable) to offer quality training courses.
  2. Demonstrate ways in which apprentices can gain qualifications and develop skills through the schemes that you offer.
  3. Entries should include testimonials from apprentices or employers that have used your services.

Apprenticeship Champion

This award is open to past apprentices that have made exceptional achievements since completing their course. Entries must be completed by the applicant with testimonials provided by a current or past employer.

  1. Detail your achievements and contributions since completing the apprenticeship.
  2. Evidence of why you are a strong advocate of apprenticeships as an excellent career route.
  3. Show how the apprenticeship has positively affected you and how you have positively impacted others.