National Apprenticeships Awards 2020: Applications Now Open!

Written by Calvin Bowers

Applications for nominations close at 5pm on 25th September, for more information visit their website.

Now in its 17th year, the annual National Apprenticeships Awards aim to celebrate the achievements of the many sectors who have engaged with apprenticeships. There are a variety of categories for both employers and employees to applaud organisations and individuals that have excelled this year, showcasing just how great apprenticeships can be.

The awards are for those individuals who have championed apprenticeships and their inclusive ethos across England. They are a chance to show the positive impact apprenticeships are having on both the UK employment sector and individuals’ lives. These awards are open to people of all ages, including adult apprenticeships.

This year’s awards ceremony will be celebrated virtually. The Covid-19 pandemic has radically shifted the way people can work and train, and there have been many unprecedented challenges to overcome. This year’s awards provide the chance to celebrate some of the fantastic people who have gone above and beyond to help others through this challenging time or have managed to shine through despite the setbacks.

This year’s categories are split into two main sections: Employer of the Year and Apprentice of the year. The categories are as follows:

Employer of the year

Apprentice of the year

SME Employer of the year (for organisations with 1 to 249 employers) Intermediate Level (Level 2)
Large Employer of the year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employers) Advanced Level (Level 3)
Macro Employer of the year (for organisations with over 5,000 employers) Higher or Degree Level (Level 4 or higher)
Recruitment Excellence (The winner is chosen from all employer of the year entries and is awarded to an organisation that has recruited a diverse and high-quality apprenticeship workforce) Rising star (This award is nominated by your employer and is awarded to apprentices that have made impressive progress so far, and have the potential to go even further)
Apprentice champion (Somebody who goes above and beyond the challenge apprentices, nominated by colleagues or a relevant contact such as a training provider)


To nominate somebody for an award you can fill out an application via the National Apprenticeship Award website. On their website, you can find information packs and webinars on how to create a strong application alongside tips for success. After registering an account, you will have access to the application documents.

For information on apprenticeships, visit our dedicated webpage for Employing an Apprentice.

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Last Updated: Tuesday June 28 2022
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