Apprentices, employers and individuals who champion apprenticeships can now enter to win an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020. Entries are open between 1 and 25 September and as a change for this year, the event will host and broadcast national and regional ceremonies online. The National Apprenticeship Awards give those entering an opportunity to showcase how they have gone above and beyond, despite challenges faced during COVID-19. The ceremonies will not only honour the winners, but also champion employers, apprentices and others involved in apprenticeships from all sectors, including beauty, education, digital, healthcare and science, manufacturing and engineering – all of whom are encouraged to enter. Peter Mucklow, Director Of Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: “We are pleased to announce that entries to the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are open. It is important that we continue to recognise the employers of all sizes, apprentices and those who champion apprentices during this unprecedented time. We are excited to announce that for the first time, the winners and highly commended will be announced at regional and national virtual ceremonies. This will allow an even wider audience to celebrate the success, commitment and investment in apprenticeships, and the impact they have.” Categories for the awards are:
Employer of the Year categories
- SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 1 to 249 employees)
- Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employees)
- Macro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 5,000+ employees)
- Recruitment Excellence (the winner is selected from Employer of the Year award entries, and will be awarded to an organisation that has recruited a diverse and high quality apprenticeship workforce).
Apprentice of the Year categories
- Intermediate Level (level 2)
- Advanced Level (level 3)
- Higher or Degree Level (level 4 or higher)
- Rising Star (nominated by their employer, this award recognises apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date, and have the potential to go even further).
- Apprentice Champion (recognises individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ to champion apprenticeships. The nomination is made by a colleague or contact who recognises an individual’s ‘champion’ credentials).