Award nomination rules

Read the full nomination entry rules for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Entries for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards must be fully compliant with all entry rules on this page. There are general rules for entering the awards and specific rules for each nomination category. Please ensure you read the whole page carefully before submitting your nomination(s).

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 (SFC). 

Organisations are eligible to enter as many categories as they wish.

A separate entry must be submitted for each individual or organisation being nominated.

Nomination entries will only be accepted via the Apprenticeships.scot online system.

No entry fee will be charged for entering. 

Category rules

Apprentice Ambassador of the Year


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

  • The category is only open to individuals who have completed their apprenticeship and who were certificated before 31 December 2021.

  • You cannot enter an individual into both Apprentice Ambassador of the Year and Apprentice of the Year categories.

  • The nominee’s apprenticeship must have been funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) or the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

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


Nominate now for Apprentice Ambassador of the Year

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.

  • This category is open to apprentices who will complete their Foundation Apprenticeship and achieve certification between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022.

  • The Foundation Apprenticeship qualification may be completed at SCQF Level 4, 5 or 6.

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


Nominate now for Foundation Apprentice of the Year

Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 5


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

  • This category is open to apprentices who will complete their Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 and achieve certification between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022.

  • The Modern Apprentice of the Year SCQF Level 5 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.


Nominate now for Modern Apprentice of the Year - SCQF Level 5

Modern Apprentice of the Year – SCQF Level 6+


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

  • This category is open to apprentices who will complete their Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6+ and achieve certification between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022.

  • The Modern Apprentice of the Year SCQF Level 6+ 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.


Nominate now for Modern Apprentice of the Year - SCQF Level 6+

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 open to apprentices who were registered on their course by 30 September 2021 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 university delivery partner and with Skills Development Scotland.

  • Current Graduate Apprentices should be fully up to date with all university academic study and be on track to gain their qualification (the university 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.


Nominate now for Graduate Apprentice of the Year

SME Employer of the Year


  • Nominations for SME Employer of the Year should be completed by an employer, or a learning provider working in partnership with the employer they are nominating.

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

  • Nominations in this category must be for an organisation and not a department or team within an organisation.

  • Nominations submitted into this category are also automatically entered into the SME Employer of the Year – Promoting Diversity category.


Nominate now for SME Employer of the Year

Large Employer of the Year


  • Nominations for Large Employer of the Year should be completed by an employer, or a learning provider working in partnership with the employer they are nominating.

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

  • Nominations in this category must be for an organisation and not a department or team within an organisation.

  • Nominations submitted into this category are also automatically entered into the Large Employer of the Year – Promoting Diversity category.


Nominate now for Large Employer of the Year

Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year


  • Nominations for Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year should be completed by an employer, or a learning provider working in partnership with the employer they are nominating.

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

  • Nominations in this category must be for an organisation and not a department or team within an organisation.


Nominate now for Supporting Net Zero Employer of the Year

Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year


  • Nominations for Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year should be completed by the apprentice’s employer or learning provider.

  • 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 2022.

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


Nominate now for Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year

Closing dates and what happens next

 

  • The closing date for receipt of all completed applications was 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October 2022.
  • Entries cannot be amended after they have been submitted or after the closing date for applications has passed.
  • Nominations that do not meet the entry rules, that contain incorrect information or that are 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 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.
  • It is the nominator's responsibility to inform the nominee that they are submitting a nomination before they submit.
  • All finalists and their employers must be available between 9 January 2023 and 24 February 2023 for filming and/or photography. This content will be used during the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards show and in event-related media activity. All activity will take full account of the latest COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Skills Development Scotland will separately seek consent from shortlisted nominees regarding the collection and use of data relating to photography, filming and media.
  • A validation of entries will also be undertaken during this period.
  • Winners will be announced during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 6 to 10 March 2023.
  • The judges' decisions are 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 Skills Development Scotland (SDS) for 12 months.  

We will use the data to verify the eligibility of your entry. It will also enable SDS and our event-management partners to contact you and your nominee in the lead-up to the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards with key event-related information.  

We are always interested in following our apprentices' next steps after the Awards. SDS may contact nominees for this purpose and to highlight opportunities to join future apprenticeship events or activities. All apprentice nominees will also be invited to join Scotland’s Apprentice Network.  

The data you submit will be used solely for these purposes and only within the stated 12-month timeframe.  

If you are a nominee and wish to withdraw the information provided in your nomination, please contact the SDS Data Protection Team at DPO@sds.co.uk to discuss this further.

Conflict of interest

 

In the event of any potential conflict of interest, please seek clarification in advance of submitting the entry. In the first instance, contact lucy.hamill@sds.co.uk.