Article summary: PETA is holding their annual Apprentice of the Year Awards on 24 June at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth and nominations are now open!
As this celebration has been unable to take place for the past two years due to the pandemic, we’ve decided to come back bigger and better for 2022 by adding a number of additional business awards to the event to make this a bumper celebration.
Nominations for the apprentice awards will be made by PETA’s learning and development coaches, who will work in partnership with the apprentices’ employers to complete the application form together for submission. Nominated apprentices will be those who the coaches and employers believe have achieved above and beyond what was expected of them.
The six apprentice awards comprise:
- Business Apprentice of the Year
- ICT Apprentice of the Year
- Management Apprentice of the Year
- Engineering Apprentice of the Year (x2)
- Overall Apprentice of the Year
The application form will cover key criteria including why the apprentice is being nominated for an award and how they have contributed to the business they are working for.
For the business award categories, companies will nominate themselves by selecting the category they believe applies to them and completing the application, giving evidence where requested.
The four business awards are:
Best Apprenticeship Employer Award (SMEs - up to 250 employees)
Best Apprenticeship Employer Award (Corporates - over 250 employees)
Rising Star Award (An employee who was previously an apprentice and has progressed and excelled through the organisation)
Mentor of the Year Award (An employee who has gone above and beyond to support an apprentice.)
Organisations applying for the Best Apprenticeship Employer Award (either SME or Corporate) will need to explain why they consider themselves to be an excellent apprentice employer, what they have implemented to maximise apprentices’ opportunities, giving examples of where apprentices have excelled / orientated challenges within their organisation and why you think your organisation should win this award.
For both the Rising Star and the Mentor of the Year Awards, organisations will need to outline why they feel their nominee should be considered for the award, giving examples of where this nominee has gone above and beyond expectation and why they should win.
The closing date for applications is:
Friday 22 April for Apprenticeship Awards
Friday 29 April for Business Awards
Members of the PETA senior management team will make up the judging panel and those shortlisted will be informed by 12 May 2022. Shortlisted apprentices will each receive an additional two free places at the dinner to enable their employer and a family member or colleague to accompany them. The business award finalists will be invited to book their own places at the ceremony.
The evening itself will commence with drinks, followed by a three-course dinner, with the award presentations after the meal. Winners will receive certificates and trophies to mark their achievement. The awards will be presented by guest speaker, Jack Parsons of The Youth Group. Jack is an award-winning young entrepreneur, public speaker and subject expert on youth, and is known as the UK’s Chief Youth Officer.
Alongside running The Youth Group and leading on youth empowerment, employment and digital skills, Jack is a global ambassador for mental health awareness in the workplace and education. The impact he has is far reaching, with 1.1 million young people empowered by him and 8.4 million impressions on social media every month.
PETA’s Head of Sales Jamie Garrett said: “This year’s awards are set to be the biggest yet! It’s exciting to be hosting such a prestigious event at an external venue and we’ve added business awards to the listing this year, which will allow employers to get more involved too. The three-course dinner, along with the words of guest speaker Jack Parsons, will truly allow us to celebrate our apprentices’ achievements to the full.”
PETA offers a suite of apprenticeship programmes in the areas of business and leadership, administration, IT, engineering, marketing, sales and customer services. PETA is great at not only delivering exceptional apprenticeship training, but also creating successful partnerships between employers and apprentices.
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