This year we’re expanding the awards and accepting nominations for apprenticeship champions.


Smart Apprentices is pleased to host the SA Apprenticeship Awards for the second year running. See full details below.



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What to expect?


Smart Apprentices is pleased to host the Apprenticeship Awards for the second year running.

We’re expanding the awards and accepting nominations for anyone involved in apprenticeship delivery, not just learners. You can now nominate a member a staff who went above and beyond for the delivery of an apprenticeship program: ‘an Apprenticeship Champion’, but like last year, we’d still like to showcase learner stories, and will accept nominations for a learner who has shown talent or perseverance.

This award is open to End Point Assessment Organisations where nominators demonstrate the relevant nomination criteria.

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make your nomination count

This is an opportunity for you to showcase the best delivery across the country. We’re looking for stories that stand out:

Apprenticeship Champion Nomination

As an apprenticeship champion we’re looking for high levels of engagement with employers and apprentices, as well as evidence of high levels of learner retention and teaching quality, or a demonstrable positive impact on the management of a program.

Nominating a Learner Apprentice

If nominating a learner, we’re looking for interaction with the wider community and the apprenticeship program, or the employer and industry.


If you’re candidate is chosen as a finalist, we’ll put together a quick video about your nomination to showcase your stories. You can see last year’s finalists’ below.

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Our entry window is open. The nomination deadline is 28th October 2022.

There will be one lucky winner who gets £1000 in vouchers to spend on an item of tech of choice and a nominator who wins £50.

Our winner will be announced in November 2022, ahead of Christmas.

Finalists: Announced through the year

We’ll release details of successful finalists throughout the course of the year. We anticipate five front-runners, one of whom will be our lucky winner.

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Apprenticeship Programmes and the Apprenticeship Awards Webinar

Kirklees college discuss their apprentice programme, its development and more. We also discuss the awards, and our own experience of apprenticeship programmes. Register below.


7th Oct 11:00


Online, Webinar



11:00 – 12:00




We had some fantastic nominations last year, we shortlisted FOUR finalists. All stood a chance to win a £1000 to put towards their education. Below are their amazing success stories. The final winner was announced at our Future of Learning Event Two: Catching the Next Wave on 24th June 2021, and was Rebecca Reeves.

Roll over the images below to find out more about Emily, Kelsey, Jaiden and Rebecca.

Emily Borg: Early Years Practitioner

Nominated By Cheryl Head, Head of Learning at Dynamic Training.

Despite numerous personal hurdles, including challenging learning circumstances and family health issues, Emily committed herself to her studies and worked hard in all aspects of her apprenticeship. Even though she needed to shield herself during the Covid-19 pandemic, she found ways to support the nursey she worked at, creating innovative pieces of guidance for the team. She’s been “a creative superstar! Rising to any challenge!”

Kelsey Corps: Customer Service Apprenticeship

Nominated by Clare Chambers, Work Based Training Co-ordinator at Lancaster and Morecambe College.

Prior to lockdown Kelsey was a receptionist at a leisure centre. Once the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, Kelsey's job role changed, which resulted in her playing a big part supporting vulnerable people in her community. Kelsey became involved in the running of a food bank warehouse, packing food parcels and assisting vulnerable people in the community. “Whilst contacting those in need, she encountered quite emotional situations that not everyone would find easy to deal with. Kelsey can be proud of the part she played during this pandemic, supporting people in so many ways.”

Jaiden Butcher: IT Apprentice

Nominated by Chris Bissell, IT Assessor at Weston College.

Working as an IT administrator at a secondary school, Jaiden supported students with their educational needs during the pandemic, making sure they were able to access learning. Having to work while shielding due to others in the household being in a high-risk category, Jaiden found ways to work remotely, supporting via phone, email and video conferencing. He wrote user guides for all aspects of remote teaching. Once allowed, Jaiden went back into the workplace so that any major jobs and IT upgrades could be completed before students returned to the school.

Rebecca Reeves: RAF Business Administrator Apprentice

Nominated By Teresa Povey and Leah Wright Senior Programme Manager at Pearson TQ.

Rebecca faced many challenges while on her programme. She was a single parent, home schooling her two young children whilst her serving husband was deployed. Despite this she kept on top of her RAF duties and managed a Covid-19 tracker that mapped the wellbeing of 14,000 members of staff, while still finding time for her apprenticeship. Rebecca completed her qualification on time and with excellent results. “She is a real inspiration and is very worthy of recognition, showing resilience and commitment to her own personal development.”