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The 2025 Apprenticeship Guide Awards will to submissions in autumn 2024!

The Apprenticeship Guide Awards categories are designed to encourage submissions from all employers and learning providers, while also offering a range of individual and team awards for apprentices to be recognised too. We want to enable the very best to be recognised and rewarded.

Find the categories and criteria, key information and links below. Good luck!

Individual & Team Awards

  • Apprentice of the Year

    Description: This award recognises an individual apprentice who has demonstrated exceptional skills, dedication, and growth throughout their apprenticeship. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Is the Nominee currently enrolled as an apprentice at any level (Level 2 to 7)? 
    • Can you provide specific examples of the exceptional skills they have demonstrated in their industry or field of apprenticeship? 
    • How have they consistently demonstrated dedication and commitment to their apprenticeship beyond the standard requirements? 
    • Can you highlight instances where they have shown significant growth in their knowledge, skills, and competencies during their apprenticeship? 
    • In what ways have their contributions positively impacted the workplace or industry? 
    • Have they undertaken any additional training, certifications, or workshops to further their professional development during their apprenticeship? 
  • Mentor of the Year

    Description: This award honours an individual who has provided exemplary mentorship and guidance to apprentices, contributing significantly to their development. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • How long has the nominee been serving as a mentor to apprentices? (number answer) 
    • Can you provide specific examples of how they have demonstrated exemplary mentorship and guidance to apprentices throughout their development? 
    • How have they contributed to the professional growth and success of the apprentices they have mentored? 
    • In what ways have they gone above and beyond to support the personal and professional development of the apprentices under their guidance? 
    • How do they create a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters learning and growth for apprentices? 
  • Leadership in Apprenticeships Award

    Description: This award acknowledges an individual who has shown exceptional leadership in overseeing and managing apprenticeship programmes within their organisation. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • How long has the nominee been responsible for overseeing and managing apprenticeship programmes? (number answer) 
    • Can you provide specific examples of how they have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the design, implementation, and management of the apprenticeship program? 
    • How have they contributed to the strategic development and growth of apprenticeship initiatives within their organisation? 
    • In what ways have they ensured that the apprenticeship programme aligns with the organisation’s overall goals and objectives? 
    • Have they successfully navigated any challenges or obstacles related to apprenticeships, and if so, how did they address them? 
    • How have they promoted a culture of learning, development, and inclusivity within the apprenticeship programmes they oversee? 
  • Excellence in Training Delivery

    Description: This award recognises an individual or team that has consistently delivered high-quality training and educational support to apprentices. This category is open to training providers, colleges, and universities. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you provide specific examples of how you or your team have consistently delivered high-quality training and educational support to apprentices? 
    • How have you ensured that the training provided meets or exceeds industry standards and best practices? 
    • In what ways have you tailored training programmes to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of apprentices? 
    • Have you collaborated with employers or industry partners to align training with current industry trends and demands? 
    • How have you monitored and assessed the progress and performance of apprentices throughout their training? 

Sector Awards

  • Best Apprenticeship in Engineering/Manufacturing

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the engineering or manufacturing industry. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the engineering/manufacturing industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 

     

  • Best Apprenticeship in IT

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the Information Technology industry. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the IT industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Healthcare

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the Healthcare industry including hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the Healthcare industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Financial Services

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the Financial Services industry including banking, insurance, and investment firms. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the Financial Services industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Creative Industries

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the Creative Industry in fields such as design, media, advertising, or entertainment. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the creative industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Tourism

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the hospitality and tourism industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Construction

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the construction industry, including builders, contractors, and skilled trades;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the construction industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Retail

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the retail sector, including stores, supermarkets, and e-commerce;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the retail industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Energy and Utilities

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the energy and utilities sector, including renewable energy, oil and gas, and water management;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the energy and utilities industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Automotive/ Transport

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the automotive & transport industry, including vehicle manufacturers, dealerships, and repair shops as well as buses & trains;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the automotive industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Education

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the education sector;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the education sector? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Agriculture and Food Production

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the agriculture, farming, food processing, or food production industries;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the agriculture and food production industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship in Professional Services

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the fields of law, accountancy and consultancy services;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the professional services industry? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship Programme in Hair & Beauty

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the hair & beauty, skin care & cosmetics, or wellbeing services;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the hair & wellbeing sector? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 
  • Best Apprenticeship Programme in Public Services

    Description: This award recognises outstanding apprenticeship programmes within the police, armed forces, fire services or civil services;

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you outline the specific objectives and focus areas of the apprenticeship programme in your organisation? 
    • How long is the apprenticeship program, and what is the overall structure, including any phases or modules? 
    • Describe the curriculum and learning materials used in the apprenticeship program. How are they tailored to the needs of the public services sector? 
    • What specific skills and competencies do apprentices gain through your apprenticeship program? 
    • How has the apprenticeship programme contributed to the advancement or development of your organisation and the wider industry? (testimonials welcome) 
    • What measures have been taken to continuously improve and enhance the apprenticeship programme in response to feedback and evolving industry needs? 

Organisation Awards

  • Best Employer (small)

    Description: Open to all businesses with employee numbers of between 1-250;

    • How has your organisation developed professional training and advancement for employees?
    • What initiatives has your organisation undertaken or implemented to boost morale and physical and mental health?
    • Has your organisation created jobs in your jurisdiction? If so, how many, in what areas and to what end?
    • What outreach does your organisation undertake, in order to attract talent and raise awareness about your business?
    • What recognition has your organisation received from third parties for its efforts as an employer?
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named best SME employer for apprentices in 2024?
  • Best Employer (medium)

    Description: Open to all businesses with employee numbers between 251-1000;

    • How has your organisation developed professional training and advancement for employees?
    • What initiatives has your organisation undertaken or implemented to boost morale and physical and mental health?
    • Has your organisation created jobs in your jurisdiction? If so, how many, in what areas and to what end?
    • What outreach does your organisation undertake, in order to attract talent and raise awareness about your business?
    • What recognition has your organisation received from third parties for its efforts as an employer?
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named best medium sized employer for apprentices in 2024?
  • Best Employer (large)

    Description: Open to all businesses with over 1000 employees;

    • How has your organisation developed professional training and advancement for employees?
    • What initiatives has your organisation undertaken or implemented to boost morale and physical and mental health?
    • Has your organisation created jobs in your jurisdiction? If so, how many, in what areas and to what end?
    • What outreach does your organisation undertake, in order to attract talent and raise awareness about your business?
    • What recognition has your organisation received from third parties for its efforts as an employer?
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named best large employer for apprentices in 2024?
  • Best Training Provider

    Description: This award recognises the best training provider for apprenticeships. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • What types of apprenticeship programmes does your training provider offer? Please provide a brief overview. 
    • Which industry sectors do your apprenticeship programmes cover? Please list the relevant sectors. 
    • How long has your training provider been offering apprenticeship programmes, and can you highlight any significant achievements or milestones over the last 12 months? 
    • Approximately how many apprentices have been supported by your training provider over the past year? 
    • How do you tailor apprenticeship programmes to meet the specific needs and requirements of both apprentices and employers? 
    • Can you share success stories or testimonials from apprentices who have completed programmes with your training provider? 
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named best training provider for 2024?
  • Best College for Apprenticeships

    Description: This award recognises the best college for apprenticeships. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you provide an overview of the apprenticeship programmes offered by your college, including the types of industries they cover? 
    • Approximately how many apprentices have been supported by your college over the past year? 
    • Can you highlight any strategic partnerships your college has with employers, industry bodies, or other stakeholders that enhance apprenticeship offerings? 
    • What is the success rate of apprentices who complete programmes through your college? 
    • How do you measure and ensure high levels of satisfaction among employers who engage with your apprenticeship programmes? 
    • What quality assurance measures does your college have in place to ensure the highest standards in apprenticeship delivery? 
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named best College for Apprentices in 2024?
  • Best University for Apprenticeships

    Description: This award recognises the best university for apprenticeships. 

    Entry criteria questions: 

    • Can you provide an overview of the apprenticeship programmes offered by your university, including the types of industries they cover? 
    • Approximately how many apprentices have been supported by your university over the past year? 
    • Can you highlight any strategic partnerships your university has with employers, industry bodies, or other stakeholders that enhance apprenticeship offerings? 
    • What is the success rate of apprentices who complete programmes through your university? 
    • How do you measure and ensure high levels of satisfaction among employers who engage with your apprenticeship programmes? 
    • Tell us why you deserve to be named Best University for Apprenticeships 2024? 

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