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Apprenticeship Awards: Call For Entries

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TRS Training is encouraging apprentice employers to enter the forthcoming national AAC Apprenticeship Awards to gain national recognition for their involvement with apprenticeships.

Apprentice employers have the opportunity to gain national recognition for their in-house apprenticeship programmes. In addition, they will be invited to a parliamentary reception if they make the shortlist. 

Celebration of excellence in apprenticeships

The FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK. In particular, they provide an opportunity to give the recognition employers and providers deserve. The awards were established in 2017 as a joint project by FE Week and AELP. The national awards ceremony will take place at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner. Pleast note that nominations for the 2020 awards are now open. Importantly, they close at 18:00 on Friday 1st November.

TRS Training is encouraging the companies they partner with for apprenticeships to enter one of the employer categories. To clarify, these include:

Apprentice Employer of the Year

This award recognises outstanding commitment to apprenticeships within an organisation. And it is open to employers from all sectors and all sizes. 

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (employer)

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of an employer to the development of apprenticeships.  So this could be from any perspective. For example local to national, subject-specific to sector-wide.

Lifetime achievement award

This award will be given to the individual who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made a significant contribution to the development and success of apprenticeships in the UK. Specifically, this should be above and beyond their own work interests. Organisations and individuals are welcome to submit nominations for consideration.

Apprenticeship Diversity Award

This award recognises apprentice employers and/or providers who’ve made an outstanding effort to increase the diversity of apprentices they work with. It’s for organisations who demonstrate a commitment to recruiting a diverse workforce. In particular, this award covers age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, religion & faith.

SEND Apprenticeship Champion Award

This award recognises the efforts of organisations who are committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities for people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.

Please submit applications by close of business on Friday 1st November 2019 using the online process. Entry is free and the AAC Gala Dinner and Awards Evening will take place in March 2020 at Birmingham’s ICC.

Reasons To Get Involved

– Firstly, raise your company’s profile as an organisation who values staff and commits to their development..

– Additionally, get included in national press coverage on digital and in print.

– Also, get invited to parliamentary reception if you are shortlisted.

Beverley Ellis, operations director at TRS says:

We strongly encourage the employers we partner with to enter one of these award categories. This is because all the companies we work with demonstrate a strong commitment to apprenticeships with many examples of best practice in the logistics and manufacturing sectors

For the 2020 awards, there is a new style of entry. Specifically, the nominator is advised to write short explanations for each criterion as opposed to writing a 1000 word entry as in previous years. Consequently, this will make applying a simpler process.

TRS is happy to offer support and advice to any of the employers it works with who are considering entering the awards. Please get in touch with us by emailing

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