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Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council have announced that the popular apprenticeship celebration event, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards are returning in 2022.

Entries to the awards have now opened with apprentices, employers, schools and training providers in Worcestershire being encouraged to submit their entries or nominations via the online nomination process, before the 15 July deadline.

After the virtual success of the awards in 2021, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships team have confirmed that this year’s awards will be returning to the physical awards evening on 17th November, at the West Midland Safari Park. 

Previously the awards have consistently attracted audiences of over 300 people each year with the virtual awards celebration reaching over 600 views during the week across the three-day celebration.

The 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards will celebrate the most successful apprentices, employers, schools, and training providers across 12 categories over the last year.

The 2022 award categories are:

Apprentice Awards

  • Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year
  • Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year
  • Higher Level Apprentice of the Year
  • Degree Level Apprentice of the Year

Employer Awards

  • Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (< 50 employees)
  • Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (50 – 249 employees)
  • Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (> 250 employees)

Support Awards

  • School of the Year
  • Training Provider of the Year
  • Apprentice Champion of the Year

The popular celebration event will culminate in the two illustrious overall awards of ‘Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’, and ‘Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year’.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “To conclude National Apprenticeship Week, I am thrilled to open entries for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. Delivering the awards virtually was a huge achievement and allowed us to continue celebrating apprenticeships, even with the risk of COVID-19.

“I strongly encourage any organisations who employ and support apprentices to enter the awards as it is a great way to recognise the hard work that you do to support the local economy and build your future workforce.”

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economy and Skills, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the 2021 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards and am delighted to see them return for 2022. Apprenticeships are a recognised route to help both people and organisations and all the hard work involved should be celebrated.”

“If you are, know, support, or employ an apprentice, I would strongly urge you to get involved with the Worcestershire Apprenticeships awards and I look forward to celebrating this year’s winners in November.”

Celebrate the impact of someone you know in apprenticeships and submit entries or nominations for the Awards before the 15 July deadline, by visiting the Worcestershire Apprenticeships webpage – https://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/worcestershire-apprenticeships-awards-2022/

Don’t miss any of the conversation about the Awards by following the #WorcsApprentice hashtag and @WorcsApprentice account on social media.