West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards: Deadline extended in search for county's best talent and employers

There is still time left for talented individuals and star employers to enter the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards.

By Abbey Maclure
Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 4:30 pm

The deadline for entries has been extended to Wednesday April 27.

The Yorkshire Evening Post, in conjunction with the Halifax Courier and Wakefield Express, is searching for the county's best workforce talent in the first awards of its kind.

The awards will recognise the value of apprentice schemes and how they can transform lives, highlighting the opportunities from employers and training providers, as well as recognising the star apprentices who are excelling in their field.

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Harry Gration will be hosting the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards in Bradford (Photo: Simon Hulme)

To find our more information and enter the awards, visit the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards website.

Here's everything you need to know about the Awards:

Why are the Awards taking place?

With close to a million active Apprenticeships across England alone, apprenticeship schemes have fast become a route to future employment for thousands of school leavers.

Nominations can be submitted by the apprentice themselves, their employer, college or training provider or even by proud loved ones

These awards recognise and reward both the apprentices and their employers that are excelling across West Yorkshire.

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Not only does winning an award mean recognition for the apprentice, but it's also a major morale boost for the company and workforce that support them.

What categories can I apply for?

There are 11 categories in the Awards:

SME Apprentice Employer of the Year

Large Business Apprentice Employer

Diversity and Inclusion Programme - Sponsored by Zenith

Training Provider/Programme of the Year

Mentor of the Year

Intermediate or Advanced Apprentice of the Year

Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year

Professional Services Apprentice of the Year

Engineering & Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year

Health & Public Service Apprentice of the Year

Construction Apprentice of the Year

Technology & Digital Apprentice of the year

Who can make a nomination?

Nominations can be submitted by the apprentice themselves, their employer, college or training provider or even by proud loved ones.

There are also categories for employers and mentors, so businesses can nominate their own teams and trainers.

You can nominate here until April 27 and find out more information on the criteria for each category.

Who are the judges?

Nick Garthwaite is the chairman of Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance and Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, and the vice chairman of the North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

He will join the Yorkshire Post's head of business and features, Mark Casci, and Annette Hobson, regional membership manager for Yorkshire & the Humber at Make UK, on the judging panel.

Where will the Awards be held?

The glittering gala dinner and awards will be held in The McCall Suite, the home of Bradford City Football Club, on Thursday June 9.

Presenting this year’s ceremony is Yorkshire treasure Harry Gration.

Harry said: "I'm lucky enough to present lots of awards for the Yorkshire Evening Post but reckon this is one of the most important, we are playing our part in investing in the future and recognising the real talent that exists in our county.

"These awards cover every sector of industry and will give all of us a glimpse of the incredible enthusiasm of these young people so I urge all businesses supporting apprenticeship schemes and the young people that are currently in the role to submit their entries now."

You can order tickets here.