Award Categories

Apprenticeship Awards Categories

Route Awards

These awards recognise excellence in the delivery of apprenticeships in that sector. They are open to all types of apprenticeship providers in these sectors. The Awards recognise activity up to the end of July 2020.

There are 15 awards of this type, one each for the following subjects:

  • Agriculture, Environmental & Animal Care Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Business & Administration Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Care Services Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Catering & Hospitality Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Construction Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Creative & Design Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Digital Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Education & Childcare Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Hair & Beauty Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Health & Science Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Legal, Finance & Accounting Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Protective Services Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Sales, Marketing, Procurement Apprenticeship provider of the year
  • Transport & Logistics Apprenticeship provider of the year

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • High levels of engagement with employers and apprentices
  • Sustained commitment to working with employers in your sector, particularly how your provision adapts to meet employer requirements
  • Evidence of high levels of learner retention, progression and positive outcomes
  • Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be provider of the year
  • Evidence of high quality teaching/tutoring throughout

National Awards

Promoting Apprenticeships campaign of the year

This award recognises outstanding activity during the year to promote apprenticeships. The targeted audience for this activity or campaign in this award is broad, however, the judges would be particularly interested in campaigns that demonstrate good practice or innovation in promoting apprenticeships within schools and/or in the provision of information, advice and guidance to groups that would not otherwise have considered apprenticeships.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • A coordinated activity or campaign to promote apprenticeships to any audience
  • Evidence of increased engagement from the activity or campaign’s target audience
  • Demonstrating consistently high levels of retention and achievement rates for learners, where applicable
  • Effective partnerships to deliver campaign outcomes

Apprenticeship Diversity Award

This award recognises apprentice employers and/or providers who’ve made an outstanding effort to increase the diversity of apprentices they work with. This award focusses on those organisations who can evidence a commitment to increasing their efforts to recruit a diverse workforce and demonstrate positive results. This award covers age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, religion & faith.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • A coordinated activity or campaign to promote apprenticeships to a single or diverse group which is or was underrepresented
  • Evidence of increased engagement from the activity or campaign’s target audience
  • Demonstrating consistently high levels of retention and achievement rates for learners, where applicable

SEND Apprenticeship Champion Award

This award recognises the efforts of apprentice employers and/or providers who are committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities for people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Positive outcomes for apprentices with SEND through outstanding provision and support
  • Evidence of the organisation targeting potential learners with SEND
  • Evidence of support structures and systems put in place to allow successful completion of apprenticeship and progression

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (individual)

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual to the development of apprenticeships. This could be from any perspective, local to national, subject-specific to sector-wide.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Explanation of the reason for nominating this person
  • Evidence of the contribution the individual has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year or over the course of a career

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (employer)

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of an employer to the development of apprenticeships. This could be from any perspective, local to national, subject-specific to sector-wide.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Explanation of the reason for nominating this employer
  • Evidence of the contribution the employer or provider has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year.

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (provider)

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a provider to the development of apprenticeships. This could be from any perspective, local to national, subject-specific to sector-wide.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Explanation of the reason for nominating this provider
  • Evidence of the contribution the employer or provider has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year

Apprenticeship Provider of the year

This award will recognise excellence in the delivery of apprenticeships from a single provider. It is open to all types of apprenticeship provider, not limited to the sectors covered by the subject awards.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • High levels of engagement with employers and apprentices, across all apprenticeship provision
  • Sustained commitment to working with employers, particularly how your provision adapts to meet employer requirements
  • Evidence of high levels of learner retention, progression and positive outcomes
  • Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be the provider of the year
  • Evidence of high quality teaching/tutoring throughout.

Apprentice Employer of the Year

This award recognises outstanding commitment to apprentices and apprenticeships within an organisation. It is open to employers from all sectors and all sizes.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of commitment to apprenticeships within your whole organisation, including an overview of how your apprenticeship programmes are embedded within the organisation
  • Explanation of the success apprenticeships have brought to the organisation and the benefits of your apprenticeship programme
  • Evidence of how you support your apprentices, particularly where this is beyond the baseline requirements of the relevant apprenticeship framework(s)/standard(s)
  • Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be apprentice employer of the year

Lifetime achievement award

This award will be given to the individual who, in the opinion of the judging panel, deserves to be honoured for his or her contribution to development and success of apprenticeships in the UK above and beyond their own work interests. Organisations and individuals are welcome to submit nominations for consideration.