Award nomination rules

Read the full nomination rules for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

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

 

Entering the awards

 

  • Entries will only be accepted for apprenticeships taking place in Scotland that are funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) or the Scottish Funding Council. 
  • Organisations are eligible to enter as many categories as they wish. 
  • Skills Development Scotland will separately seek consent from the individual nominees regarding the collection and use of data relating to photography, filming and media.  
  • Entries will only be accepted via the online system. 
  • No entry fee will be charged for entering. 

Categories

Apprentice Ambassador of the Year


  • Nominations for Apprentice Ambassador of the Year should be completed by an employer or training provider  

  • Entries to this category are open to all apprentices who have completed an apprenticeship funded by Skills Development Scotland

  • The category is only open to individuals who have completed their apprenticeship and who were certificated before 31 December 2020 (meaning you cannot enter an individual into both Apprentice of the Year and Apprentice Ambassador of the Year categories)

  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed

Foundation Apprentice of the Year


  • Nominations for Foundation Apprentice of the Year should be completed by the Foundation Apprentice’s learning provider, a school representative or their employer

  • The Foundation Apprentice of the Year category is open to those individuals who have completed or are due to complete their Foundation Apprenticeship by 31 December 2021 or who were certificated no earlier than 1 January 2021

  • The Foundation Apprentice of the Year category is not open to past entrants

  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed

Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 5


  • Nominations for Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 5 (SVQ Level 2) should be completed by the Modern Apprentice’s employer or learning provider

  • This category is open to individuals who have completed or are due to complete their Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 (SVQ Level 2) by 31 December 2021 or who were certificated no earlier than 1 January 2021

  • The Modern Apprentice of the Year category is not open to past entrants

  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed

Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 6+


  • Nominations for Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 6+ (SVQ Level 3+) should be completed by the Modern Apprentice’s employer or learning provider

  • This category is open to individuals who have completed or are due to complete their Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6+ (SVQ Level 3+) by 31 December 2021 or who were certificated no earlier than 1 January 2021

  • The Modern Apprentice of the Year category is not open to past entrants

  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed.

Graduate Apprentice of the Year


  • Nominations for Graduate Apprentice of the Year should be completed by the Graduate Apprentice’s employer or learning provider

  • The Graduate Apprentice of the Year category is only open to apprentices who were registered on their course by30 September 2020 and who are currently employed and working towards their Graduate Apprenticeship qualification, or who have successfully completed their Graduate Apprenticeship

  • The Graduate Apprentice of the Year category is not open to past entrants

  • Current Graduate Apprentices should be fully registered with a College or University delivery partner and with Skills Development Scotland

  • Current Graduate Apprentices 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

SME Employer of the Year


  • The SME Employer of the Year category is only open to employers, including public sector, with fewer than 250 employees

Large Employer of the Year


  • The Large Employer of the Year category is only open to employers, including public sector, with 250 or more employees

Apprentice Instructor of the Year


  • Nominations for Apprentice Instructor of the Year should be completed by an employer or training provider 

Innovation in Learning Provision


  • The Innovation in Learning Provision category is only open to learning providers that are funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) or the Scottish Funding Council

Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year


  • The Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year category is open to employers of any size, including public sector

Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year


  • This category is open to individuals who are currently completing an apprenticeship and working towards their qualification, or who were certificated no earlier than 1 January 2020  

  • Nominations for this category should be completed by the apprentice’s employer or learning provider

  • All apprentices must be employed in a role that links directly to the Apprenticeship framework achieved and not self-employed

Closing dates and what happens next

 

  • The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th October 2021.  
  • Entries cannot be amended after they have been submitted or after the closing date for applications has passed.  
  • Any nominations entered in an incorrect level or category will be automatically disqualified.  
  • SDS reserves the right to withdraw candidates who are no longer with their employers at the time of the Awards.  
  • It is the nominators responsibility to inform the nominee that they are submitting a nomination before they submit. 
  • All Finalists and their employers must be available between 12 January 2022 and 20 February 2022 for filming and/or photography. Any activity will take full account of the latest COVID-19 guidelines.  
  • A validation of the entry will also be undertaken during this period.  
  • Winners will be announced during Scottish Apprenticeship Week in March 2022.  
  • The Judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the selection of finalists and winners.

Privacy notice 

 

Please note the data you are submitting with your entry will be held securely by SDS for 12 months. The data will be used to enable us and our event-management partner to contact you and your nominee in the lead up to the Awards with key events-related information. We are always interested in following our apprentices' next steps after the awards and SDS may make contact with nominees for this purpose and to highlight any opportunities to join future apprenticeship events or activities. All apprentice nominees will also be invited to join Scotland’s Apprentice Network

SDS collects your National Insurance number in order to accurately ensure that you are carrying out an apprenticeship funded by SDS. Once we have completed this check, we will delete this specific collection of your NI number.    

The data you are submitting will be used solely for these purposes, and only within the stated 12-month time-frame. If you are a finalist and wish to withdraw the consent you provided for the use of your image and likeness, please get in touch with the SDS Data Protection Team at DPO@sds.co.uk so that we can securely destroy your data 14 days after the winners are announced.  

Conflict of interest

 

In the event of any potential conflict of interest, clarification should be sought in advance of submitting the entry. In the first instance, please contact emma.milroy@sds.co.uk