National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 – OPEN FOR ENTRIES UNTIL 25TH MAY

The National Apprenticeship Service are pleased to announce the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 are open for entries from 18th April until 25th May. Further information can be found on our application website:

Categories: open to apprentice employers and apprentices include:

Employer of the Year categories:

  •  SME of the Year: 1 – 249 employees
  • Large Employer of the Year: 250 – 4,999 employees
  • Macro Employer of the Year: 5,000+ employees

Apprentice of the Year categories:

  • Intermediate Level (level 2)
  • Advanced Level (level 3)
  • Higher or Degree Level (level 4 or higher)

Apprenticeship Champion of the Year

  • Recognises individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ to champion apprenticeships.

New awards for 2018

Recruitment Excellence

The Recruitment Excellence Award.  The winner will be selected from Employer of the Year award entries, and will be awarded to an organisation that has recruited a diverse and high quality apprenticeship workforce.

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award will recognise apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date, and have the potential to go even further. Apprentices will be nominated for this award by their employer, and the selection of the national winner will include a public vote.

Special Recognition Award

The Special Recognition Award, which will be awarded to an individual who has made a special contribution to the promotion and delivery of apprenticeships. The winner of this category will be selected by the National Apprenticeship Service.


As in previous years, the National Apprenticeship Service are offering a series of webinars to help explain the application process. There are two types of webinar available, and both are available on various dates. Each webinar will last approximately 30 minutes.

  • National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 Employer Awards and Rising Star Award Information Webinar
  • National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 Apprentice of the Year and Apprenticeship Champion Information Webinar

The webinars are presented by the Awards Quality Assurance Manager working on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service. Delegates will find out about the entry process, understand what evidence and metrics to include and find out about the additional support and guidance available. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions they may have via the online chat option.

Employer and Rising Star Award Information Webinars

  • 24 April – 2.00-2.30
  • 26 April – 10.30-11.00
  • 1 May – 2.00-2.30
  • 3 May – 10.30-11.00
  • 9 May – 2.00-2.30

Apprentice and Apprenticeship Champion Award Information Webinars

  • 24 April – 3.00-3.30
  • 26 April – 11.30-12.00
  • 1 May – 3.00-3.30
  • 3 May – 11.30-12.00
  • 9 May – 3.00-3.30

The webinars are free to attend, and a link to register is available on

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