Prize giving

In November, our Annual Apprentice Awards Evenings are held in Hereford and Worcester to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices.  This is attended by apprentices, their parents and employers.

For the past few years, the Hereford event has been held at the Courtyard Theatre and the Worcester event at the Sixways Stadium.

NVQ and completion certificates are presented to our First and Final Year Engineering Apprentices and Level 2, 3 and 4 completion certificates are presented to our Commerce apprentices.

As well as this, a number of awards for special achievements are awarded to apprentices as follows:

Endeavour Award

  • An individual who has achieved beyond expectations
  • An individual who had shown exceptional commitment to personal and professional development
  • An individual who may have overcome hardship/disadvantage or barriers to learning
  • A learner from any programme

Commerce – Excellence in Accountancy Award

  • An AAT learner (usually level 3) who has shown an outstanding approach to:
  • Their employer
  • Their qualification
  • They may have made a significant contribution to their employer
  • Their performance at college will also be considered

Personal Development Award

Someone who has excelled themselves on the residential week or in non “academic activities” showing some or all of the following:

  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Determination
  • Personal sacrifice

This individual will have made significant steps to develop themselves on a personal level alongside their professional development during their apprenticeship

Commerce – Apprentice of the Year – Level 2

A level 2 learner who has shown an outstanding approach to:

  • Their qualification
  • Personal development (including performance at residential where appropriate)
  • Their performance at their employer
  • Support to the Association and apprenticeship programme (where appropriate)
  • The winner will have normally completed their level 2 framework prior to the award
  • The winner will not normally be an AAT learner but can be considered if exceptional

Commerce – Apprentice of the Year – Level 3

A level 3 learner who has shown an outstanding approach to:

  • Their qualification
  • Personal development (including performance at residential where appropriate)
  • Their performance at their employer
  • Support to the Association and apprenticeship programme (where appropriate)
  • The winner will have normally completed their level 3 framework prior to the award
  • The winner will not normally be an AAT learner but can be considered if exceptional

Engineering – First Year Apprentice of the year

A first year learner who has shown an outstanding approach to:

  • Their qualification
  • Personal development (including performance at residential where appropriate)
  • Their performance at their employer (where appropriate)
  • Support to the Association and apprenticeship programme (where appropriate)

The winner will have normally completed their 1st year off the job training prior to the award

Engineering – Craft Apprentice of the Year (post 1st Year)

A post 1st year learner who has shown an outstanding approach to:

  • Their qualification
  • Personal development (including performance at residential where appropriate)
  • Their performance at their employer
  • Support to the Association and apprenticeship programme (where appropriate)

The winner will have normally completed their level 3 framework prior to the award.  Maintained commitment and enthusiasm for the duration of their programme, often helping others achieve their best.

Engineering – Technician Apprentice of the year (post 1st Year)

A post 1st year learner who has shown an outstanding approach to:

  • Their qualification
  • Personal development (including performance at residential where appropriate)
  • Their performance at their employer
  • Support to the Association and apprenticeship programme (where appropriate)

The winner will have normally completed their level 3 framework prior to the award.  Maintained commitment and enthusiasm for the duration of their programme, often helping others achieve their best.


As well as recognising the achievements of apprentices, the support and commitment of our Employers is also rewarded with the following awards.

Apprenticeship Champion Award

The recognises someone that understands the strong link between developing skills in young people and business success and then champions this both at a strategic and operational level.

Employer

An Employer that has excelled in terms of its support and commitment to the apprenticeship programme.   Always supporting the Association in all aspects they regularly attend promotional evenings, feedback meetings and other events, seeing their role in the apprenticeship process as a true partnership with HGTA and the trainee.   Taking apprentice development very seriously, they dedicate a lot of staff time and resource to apprentice support and development.  Seeing investment in apprentices as investment in the future of the business.


Each year, the awards are presented by a specially invited guest speaker and in 2012, we welcomed Paralympic Gold Medallist, Sarah Storey, OBE, who spoke of the need to train and develop skills in order to achieve your chosen goals and the need for a support network, a message strongly endorsed by HGTA for many years. She mentioned the challenges she had faced and some of her low points and how she overcame them, once more triumphing and securing more medals.

In previous years, the presenters have included swimmers, Mark Foster, Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis, athlete, Sally Gunnell and singing coach, David Grant.