Entry rules

2019 Entry Rules

Entries for the awards must be fully compliant with the entry rules. Please ensure you read these carefully.

  • Entries will only be accepted for apprenticeships (regulated by SDS operating rules) taking place in Scotland that are funded by Skills Development Scotland/Scottish Government
  • Organisations are eligible to enter as many categories as they wish
  • By submitting an entry, you give Skills Development Scotland full permission to proceed with all media activity, including filming and photography
  • Any conflict of interests must be declared on the online entry form
  • Entries will only be accepted via the online system
  • No entry fee will be charged for entering
  • The Foundation Apprentice of the Year, Modern Apprentice of the Year and Graduate Apprentice Rising Star categories are not open to past entrants
  • Foundation Apprentice of the Year and Modern Apprentice of the Year categories are open to apprentices who have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship by 30 September 2019 or who were certificated no earlier than 1 October 2018. 
  • The Graduate Apprentice Rising Star category is only open to apprentices who were registered on their course by 30 September 2018 and who are currently employed and working towards their qualification. 
  • Graduate Apprentices should be fully registered with a College or University delivery partner and with Skills Development Scotland.
  • The Graduate Apprentice should be fully up to date with all university or college academic study and be on track to gain their qualification. (The University or College Academic Mentor or Employer Workplace Mentor should have no concerns regarding an individual’s progress)
  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed
  • The Apprentice Ambassador of the Year category is only open to former Modern Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship and who were certificated before 1 October 2018 (meaning you cannot enter an individual into both Apprentice of the Year and Apprentice Ambassador of the Year categories). 
  • The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • Entries cannot be amended after the closing date for applications has passed
  • Finalists will be announced in August 2019
  • All Finalists and their employers will be required to participate in photography. Dates will be coordinated following the announcement of Finalists
  • Finalists in the Foundation Apprentice of the Year, Modern Apprentice of the Year SCQF Level 5 & 6+ and the Graduate Apprentice Rising Star categories will also be required to participate in filming. Dates for filming will be coordinated following the announcement of Finalists. A validation of entries will also be undertaken during this period
  • Winners will be announced at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards ceremony in November 2019 - date announced soon
  • The Judges decision will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the selection of Finalists and Winners