AAC APPRENTICESHIP

AWARDS 2019

A celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery

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About the awards

  • New award categories for 2019
  • National and regional winners
  • Fifteen apprenticeship route awards & nine national awards
  • Celebrating apprenticeship providers & employers

The FE Week and & AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards are back for a second year and next year’s awards are set to be our biggest yet. The 2018 awards saw over 350 nominations submitted, the calibre was exceptional and the awards evening provided an overwhelming celebration of the apprenticeship sector. These awards are all about recognising outstanding achievements by apprenticeship employers and providers.

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FE Week & AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2019 Information 

 

FE Week & AELP are delighted to announce the return of the AAC Apprenticeship Awards. Following the success of the inaugural awards earlier this year we have expanded the number of awards for 2019. These awards are designed to celebrate the contribution made by apprenticeship employers and providers in delivering world class apprenticeships.

This year we will be running two types of awards: Route Awards and National Awards. 

We have introduced 15 new awards to recognise all apprenticeship route sectors. Award winners will be crowned “Apprenticeship provider of the year” for their given route. 

Our national award categories will have a regional and national stage to them. Regional winners will become finalists for the national award. 

There will once again be two prestigious awards ceremonies in 2019. On March 4th we will host an awards reception in Parliament, kindly hosted by the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP. This reception will see us announce the winner of the 15 route awards and regional winners of the national awards. The national awards ceremony will take place at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner on March 28th at the ICC, Birmingham, where national award winners will be announced. 

Am I eligible to the AAC Apprenticeship Awards?

Entries will only be accepted from employers, providers and individuals involved in the development or delivery of recognised apprenticeships in the UK.  Apprenticeships can either be frameworks or new Apprenticeship Standards.

What is the closing date for entries?

You must ensure your application is submitted by 17:00 on Friday 21st December 2018. We will email you a confirmation of receipt. 

How do I apply?

Applications should address the award criteria and include any relevant data or supporting evidence. Applications should be submitted via the online portal.

The application form – confirming the details of the organisation or individual being nominated and confirming which award is being applied for.  Each nomination should complete a separate form.  It should also provide a brief summary of the how you meet the criteria and include any case studies, data or testimonials that you wish to include.  Submissions are limited to a 150 word brief summary and 1,000 word full submission. 

The application should be submitted via our application system. This can be accessed via https://www.judgify.me/AACAwards2019.

What are the award categories and associated criteria?

The criteria are per award and are listed below:

Route Apprenticeship provider of the year

These awards recognise excellence in the delivery of apprenticeships in that sector.  It is open to all types of apprenticeship providers in these sectors.

There are 15 awards of this type, one each for the following subjects:

Agriculture, Environmental & Animal Care Apprenticeship provider of the year

Business & Administration Apprenticeship provider of the year

Care Services Apprenticeship provider of the year

Catering & Hospitality Apprenticeship provider of the year

Construction Apprenticeship provider of the year

Creative & Design Apprenticeship provider of the year

Digital Apprenticeship provider of the year

Education & Childcare Apprenticeship provider of the year

Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeship provider of the year

Hair & Beauty Apprenticeship provider of the year

Health & Science Apprenticeship provider of the year

Legal, Finance & Accounting Apprenticeship provider of the year

Protective Services Apprenticeship provider of the year

Sales, Marketing, Procurement Apprenticeship provider of the year

Transport & Logistics Apprenticeship provider of the year

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

High levels of engagement with employers and apprentices

Sustained commitment to working with employers in your sector, particularly how your provision adapts to meet employer requirements

Evidence of high levels of learner retention, progression and positive outcomes 

Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be provider of the year

Evidence of high quality teaching/tutoring throughout.

 

NATIONAL AWARDS

Lifetime achievement award

This award will be given to the individual who, in the opinion of the judging panel, deserves to be honoured for his or her contribution to development and success of apprenticeships in the UK above and beyond their own work interests. Organisations and individuals are welcome to submit nominations for consideration.

Promoting Apprenticeships campaign of the year 

This award recognises outstanding activity during the year to promote apprenticeships.  The targeted audience for this activity or campaign in this award is broad, however, the judges would be particularly interested in campaigns that demonstrate good practice or innovation in promoting apprenticeships within schools and/or in the provision of information, advice and guidance to groups that would not otherwise have considered apprenticeships.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

A coordinated activity or campaign to promote apprenticeships to any audience

Evidence of increased engagement from the activity or campaign’s target audience

Demonstrating consistently high levels of retention and achievement rates for learners, where applicable

Effective partnerships to deliver campaign outcomes

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. This award focusses on those organisations who can evidence a commitment to increasing their efforts to recruit a diverse workforce and demonstrate positive results. This award covers age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, religion & faith. 

For this award the judges will be looking for:

A coordinated activity or campaign to promote apprenticeships to a single or diverse group which is or was underrepresented.  

Evidence of increased engagement from the activity or campaign’s target audience

Demonstrating consistently high levels of retention and achievement rates for learners, where applicable

SEND Apprenticeship Champion Award

This award recognises the efforts of apprentice employers and/or providers who are committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities for people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities. 

For this award judges will be looking for:

Positive outcomes for apprentices with SEND through outstanding provision and support

Evidence of the organisation targeting potential learners with SEND

Evidence of support structures and systems put in place to allow successful completion of apprenticeship and progression 

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (individual)

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

For this award, the judges are looking for:

Explanation of the reason for nominating this person 

Evidence of the contribution the individual has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year or over the course of a career

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (employer)

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

For this award, the judges are looking for:

Explanation of the reason for nominating this employer 

Evidence of the contribution the employer or provider has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year.

Outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships (provider)

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a provider to the development of apprenticeships.  This could be from any perspective, local to national, subject-specific to sector-wide. 

For this award, the judges are looking for:

Explanation of the reason for nominating this provider 

Evidence of the contribution the employer or provider has made to the development of apprenticeships either during the year

Apprenticeship Provider of the year

This award will recognise excellence in the delivery of apprenticeships from a single provider.  It is open to all types of apprenticeship provider, not limited to the sectors covered by the subject awards.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

High levels of engagement with employers and apprentices, across all apprenticeship provision

Sustained commitment to working with employers, particularly how your provision adapts to meet employer requirements

Evidence of high levels of learner retention, progression and positive outcomes 

Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be provider of the year

Evidence of high quality teaching/tutoring throughout.

Apprentice Employer of the Year

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

For this award, the judges are looking for:

Evidence of commitment to apprenticeships within your whole organisation, including an overview of how your apprenticeship programmes are embedded within the organisation 

Explanation of the success apprenticeships have brought to the organisation and the benefits of your apprenticeship programme

Evidence of how you support your apprentices, particularly where this is beyond the baseline requirements of the relevant apprenticeship framework(s)/standard(s)

Explanation of why you believe your organisation should be apprentice employer of the year

 

Are there any sponsorship opportunities for the Awards?

There are a number of different sponsorship opportunities available for the Awards. You can download our sponsorship options brochure here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at aac@feweek.co.uk

Good luck with your applications!

 

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