National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 open for entries 03 February 2014

The search is now on to find the UK's top apprentices and apprentice employers, with the National Apprenticeship Service now accepting entries for the annual awards.

Apprentice categories for the 2014 awards are: intermediate apprentice of the year; advanced apprentice of the year; higher apprentice of the year; and City & Guilds apprenticeship champion of the year.

Employer categories are: small, medium, large and macro employer of the year, and two newcomer categories – one for SMEs, the other for large employers.

"The National Apprenticeship Awards are a real opportunity for employers and individuals to gain the recognition ... for their commitment to apprenticeships, and the hugely positive example they set for other individuals and organisations to follow," states Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock.

Last year's winners included former IT apprentice Chloe Gailes from Barclays, who was crowned City & Guilds national apprenticeship champion of the year 2013.

"The Barclays apprenticeship has proved to be an excellent platform for the progression of my career, allowing me to join a company where progression opportunities are abundant," comments Gailes.

"Winning this title means I can build on the fantastic job the 2012 champion, Jenny Westworth from BAE Systems has done, and it will enable me to support the growth of apprenticeships, becoming a role model for other apprentices," she adds.

Walter Smith Fine Foods, from Birmingham, scooped the Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Medium Employer of the Year 2013 award.

"By training apprentices on and off the job we are able to mould and shape them in the ways we want and need them to behave," says Paul Cadman, HR director of Walter Smith Fine Foods said:

Entries close on Friday 28 March 2014

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Brian Tinham

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