Nominations for the 2021 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards are now open.
London Councils is seeking entries from every London borough to the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards, to recognise and celebrate the contribution of apprentices to London’s local authorities and communities, and the innovative work happening across London to create new apprenticeships.
This is your opportunity to show the value of apprenticeships to your local authority and also to the contractors that you work with directly, how your staff have contributed to apprentices’ success, and how you are maximising the apprenticeships that are created with your contractors and suppliers.
Entries are sought in five categories:
1. Best contribution by a new apprentice
This category is for apprentices taking their first apprenticeship in the council. The apprentices can be new to the council or can be existing members of staff who have started an apprenticeship. The award recognises the outstanding contribution they have made to their borough in that time. Please note this category does not include schools.
2. Best progression by an apprentice
This category is for apprentices who have completed their first apprenticeship with the council and have moved on to an advanced or higher apprenticeship (Level 3 or above) or into employment in the council. Nominees must have completed their first apprenticeship no more than five years ago. Please note this category does not include schools.
3. Best apprentice working in the supply chain or in schools
This category is for outstanding achievements or contributions by someone working for a council contractor, supplier or for a school. This award recognises the many apprenticeships created in schools and through councils’ supply chains and celebrates the impact they have made.
4. The Andy Scott award for best manager or mentor
This category is for the most inspirational, hard-working, supportive or creative manager or mentor within the council. Nominations must include a quote or evidence from at least one apprentice that has been mentored/managed. It is named in memory of Andy Scott, the former chair of London Councils’ Apprenticeship Subgroup who sadly passed away in 2019. Please note this category does not include schools.
5. Best work with supply chains and local businesses to create new apprenticeships
This is an award for the local authority that has undertaken the best work with contractors and local businesses to get them to commit to creating apprenticeships in their workforce. Applicants are encouraged to focus on activities and achievements in the last year.
An additional award – London Councils’ Apprentice of the Year – will be awarded to one of the shortlisted nominees in categories one and two. You can find out more about the winners of last year’s Apprenticeship Awards here.
Applications open on Monday 10 May and will be accepted up until midnight on Friday 11 June 2021. Shortlisted entries will be announced in July. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 September at Painters’ Hall.
If you have any queries, or would like more information, please contact Tim Gallagher at [email protected]