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Welcome to the virtual programme for the Apprenticeship Guide Awards 2024!

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the awards ceremony, from who’s hosting and what’s on the menu, to the all-important shortlist. Good luck to each and every finalist!

Host | Menu | Timings | Entertainment

Sponsors | Judges | Shortlist

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Kicking off the programme below is an introduction from Lucy Hunte, national programme manager for apprenticeships for the NHS, who chaired our independent judging panel.

Headshot of Lucy Hunte, head judge at the Apprenticeship Guide Awards

“Today, I find myself in a privileged position. As Head Judge, I had the privilege of reading and evaluating the applications for the first ever Apprenticeship Guide Awards. It was both an honour and a joy to witness the outstanding contributions of individuals and teams across the categories, each exemplifying excellence and innovation in the apprenticeship sector.

“Tonight, as we gather to celebrate the achievements of the finalists and winners, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Apprenticeship Guide Team for organising what is sure to be a spectacular evening, it is events like these that inspire us all to strive for excellence.”


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19:00 Welcome reception

19:45 Dinner

21:45 Awards

23:00 After party

00:00 Carriages

Image of a menu for the Apprenticeship Guide Awards. The standard menu includes a starter confit duck leg with chicken terrine with carrot and apricot chutney, spiced cumin dressing. A main of braised daube of British beef with bean and pancetta casserole, button mushroom, beef fat rosti, roast swede, beef jus. A dessert of caramelised white chocolate and citrus tart with lemon curd, white chocolate crumble. The vegetarian and vegan menu includes a starter of caramelised fig and beetroot salad with balsamic, coconut labneh orange dressing and linseed cracker. A main of cauliflower katsu with coconut curry sauce, golden raisin, pickled carrot. A dessert of baked New York cheesecake with banana and miso, caramelised popcorn.

The host

Lucy Porter

Lucy Porter is a comedian, actress, and podcast host with a strong following and a track record of sell-out Edinburgh shows. A finalist on Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny?, Lucy is a regular on Radio 4 panel and comedy shows, and has also appeared a number of times on Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week. She has also appeared on NewsnightThe Culture Show, and Richard Osman’s House of Game.

Lucy is a skilled quizzer: she has won Celebrity Mastermind and The Chase.  Lucy also presents the quizzing podcast Fingers on Buzzers alongside The Chase‘s Jenny Ryan.

The band

Dramatic photo of the band Hipster against a white backdrop surrounded. by musical instruments and amps


Hipster bring their unique blend of classic rock, pop and indie for the very best entertainment. Formed in 2000, the foursome have performed well over a thousand times together across the UK, and internationally. They’ve even played for Prince Harry!


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