AACApprenticeship Awards 2021
Part of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference
A celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK
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The awards were established in 2017 as a joint project by FE Week and AELP.
Award Sponsors
Thank you to our award sponsor who help enable the AAC Awards.
National Finalists Ceremony
Watch the ceremony, hosted by Rory Bremner, on Thursday 29th April at 18:15 and find out who this year's National Finalists are.
About AAC Apprenticeship Awards
The FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to give the recognition employers and providers deserve.

National awards for all apprentice employers & providers in the UK


Over twenty award categories covering a range of areas


National awards ceremony and gala dinner evening on Thursday 8 July


There is no entry fee for any of our awards

The Awards were established in 2017 as a joint project by FE Week and AELP, with the national awards ceremony taking place the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2021 ceremony & Gala Dinner will take place at the ICC, Birmingham on Thursday 8 July.

Open to all apprenticeship providers and employers in the UK, the apprenticeship awards are a competitive process with two types of awards, Route Awards and National Awards. The Awards recognise activity up to the end of July 2020.

National finalists will be announced during an online presentation on Thursday 29 April at 18:15, hosted by Rory Bremner. Watch here.

Awards 2021 Juding panel
An enormous thank you to our incredible judges.

Rt Hon Anne Milton, former skills minister

Jane Hickie, AELP

Val Braybrooks, Lincoln University

John Cope, UCAS

Jane Hadfield, Health Education England

Jason Holt, Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Rob Colbourne, Performance Through People Training

Sharron Robbie, Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network

Patrick Craven, City & Guilds

Stewart Segal, AELP Board

Sharon Blyfield, Coca-Cola European Partners

Sue Taylor, Association of Learning Providers Surrey

Neil Bentley-Gockmann, WorldSkills UK

Awards Timeline
The key dates for AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2021
  • Nominations Open

    The search for the winners of the 2021 AAC Apprenticeship Awards officially commences, with a  call for nominations. Entry to the awards is free of charge and submissions can be submitted through our online platform.

    October 9, 2020
  • Nominations Close

    All nominations must be submitted, in full, by the end of Friday 12 March 2021. Stage one of the awards process for 2021 is complete.

    March 12, 2021 23:59
  • Review Process Commences

    All nominations will be reviewed to ensure they’ve been completed correctly and met key award criteria. A long-list will then be created in advance of a review from our judges.

    March 13, 2021
  • Judging Panel Convenes

    Judges will meet to fully review this year’s nominations. During the day judges will select a shortlist and elect winners for each category.

    April 1, 2021
  • Shorlist Announced

    A shortlist will be announced during the Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2021.

    April 28, 2021
  • Gala Dinner & Awards Evening

    The AAC Apprenticeship Awards Gala Dinner & Awards evening will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 8th July. Tickets are now on sale.

    July 8, 2021
Book Tickets
Tickets for our spectacular Awards Evening are now available.

The AAC Apprenticeship Awards Gala Dinner & Awards is always a highlight of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference. The awards evening traditionally takes place at the end of the conference however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year’s awards evening will take place as a standalone event.

Following the latest Government guidance, we’re delighted to finally be able to confirm a date for when the event will take place.

On Thursday 8th July we will hold our Gala Dinner and Awards Evening at the ICC, Birmingham.

Alongside the announcement of the winners of this year’s AAC Apprenticeship Awards, we will also be holding a variety of fundraising activities on the night. We will announce our chosen charity in April.

Coronavirus refund policy

In the event we are unable to host this event due to a change in government regulations ticket buyers will be offered a 100% refund or a credit note towards the 2022 Gala Dinner Evening.

Awards Gallery
A snapshot from the AAC Apprenticeship Awards Evening 2020