Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018

The search is on for the nation’s best apprentices and their employers.

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Now in its 17th year, the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards brings together apprentices, employers and training providers from all over Scotland to celebrate the contribution apprenticeships make to the economy.  

The outstanding work of apprentice instructors will be recognised for the first time at this year’s awards. Their contribution will be commended alongside a number of new award categories, including the opportunity to recognise the nation’s first Graduate Apprentices.

As well as recognising the achievements of the apprentices themselves, awards will applaud individuals who champion apprenticeships. 

Employers of all sizes will also be awarded, including those who can demonstrate diversity in their recruitment of apprentices.  

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 15 November at Perth Concert Hall. One will be named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year 2018. 

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

To make a nomination(s), please use our online form. Nominations will close on Wednesday 27 June.

If you would like to book a place at the event, tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are available here.

To support you with the entry process, we are hosting a workshop on Monday 14 May in Glasgow. Details and registration can be found here.

A winning combination

Training provider, Train Shetland has been submitting successful nominations to the Awards for around a decade, with many apprentices winning category awards and two winning the overall title of Scottish Apprentice of the Year.

Collaboration is vital in developing a nomination, according to Train Shetland tutor, Janice Leask.

Janice said: “Our submissions have a partnership approach because it’s important to get the backing and input from the employers of each apprentice. We make the effort to visit the employer and work out what they think about that apprentice."

Janice also ensures partner support for nominees is demonstrated in the form, by including quotes from Train Shetland, the employer and the college.

Strong candidates are those that go the extra mile. Janice explained: “When we consider apprentices to nominate, we look at what individuals are doing for their company, rather than those that are simply doing their job. We are looking for apprentices that are hard-working, putting in the extra effort and going through their qualifications well.

"Preparation has been really important for us. We won’t rush getting nominations out in half a day. There is only a limited amount of space for each section of the form, so it’s important that every word is meaningful.”

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