An engineer and a hairdresser were among the apprentices to be recognised at the awards last night (Tuesday 26 January), along with small and large employers from across the country.

The ten winners, including six employers, three apprentices and an apprenticeship champion, battled it out against over a 1000 other applicants to reach the top spots in their categories.

 

The 2015 awards, now in their twelfth year, recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own apprentice talent and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace. They look specifically at small, medium and large employers, newcomers to the sector and apprentices at intermediate, advanced and higher levels.

 

Nadhim Zahawi, the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Adviser, who presented the awards, said:

“The Prime Minister has set a target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 and I am excited to have a role in helping to deliver this goal, while pushing to revolutionise the skills of our workforce in Britain. Good quality apprenticeships create a fairer society by giving hard working young people the chance to aim for their dream job whilst playing their part in building a stronger economy for Britain.

“There are many examples of excellent apprenticeship and apprentices in England and these winners are the best of the best. It’s an honour to have been part of these awards; to play a small part in recognising the effort of so many great businesses and to reward apprentices for their hard work and dedication. All this year’s winners should shout from the rooftops about what taking an apprenticeship has done for them or what hiring an apprentice has done for their business. I am determined that apprenticeships should be given the recognition they deserve, because they absolutely do deserve it.”

Along with the awards, this year’s Top 100 Apprentice Employers list was announced. The list identifies the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories.

Nadhim Zahawi added: “The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers highlight the important role apprenticeships have in building successful businesses. I hope that any businesses not engaged will be inspired to get involved and see for themselves how apprenticeships can help them to build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce. I congratulate this year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers – they should be proud of their achievement.”