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Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

Each year, we celebrate apprentices, employers, training providers and school/college careers leads through the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards.  

The awards are managed on a not-for-profit basis by OxLEP Skills and – since they were launched in 2017 – have shone a tremendous light on our county’s apprentices and the schools/colleges, employers and training providers who support them on their journey. 

The categories are judged and awarded by sponsoring organisations.  We are delighted to have the support of Oxford North as the 2024 headline sponsor, who will select the overall Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year from the winners of the five apprentice award categories. 

Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024

Key dates:

  • Awards open: 16 November 2023 
  • Awards close: 19 February 2024 (at midnight) 
  • Finalists announced: 18 April 2024 
  • Awards celebration evening: 16 May 2024

How to enter:

  • Download an entry OR nomination form for each category you would like to enter, complete all sections and return via email to skills@oxfordshirelep.com by midnight on the evening of Monday 19 February 2024
  • Please note: individual awards – you can enter yourself OR nominate someone – you don’t need to complete both forms

 

Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024 Categories

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Grundon

To recognise level 2 apprentices who have been in post for at least 9 months and have excelled in their work, learning and development and made exceptional contributions to their workplaces.  

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Advanced Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

To recognise level 3 apprentices who have been in post for at least 9 months and have excelled in their work, learning and development and made exceptional contributions to their workplaces. 

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Higher / Degree Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Blenheim & Pye Homes

To recognise level 4 and above apprentices who have been in post for at least 9 months and have excelled in their work, learning and development and made exceptional contributions to their workplaces. 

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by Milestone Infrastructure

To recognise apprentices at any level who have been in post for at least 9 months and have achieved in overcoming significant challenges or barriers to learning or work.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Rising Star Award

Sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care

To recognise apprentices who have been in post for less than 9 months and have already excelled in their work, learning and development and made exceptional contributions to their workplaces.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Shining Star Award

Sponsored by IST INTECH

To recognise individuals who have made outstanding progress in their career since completing their first apprenticeship and have the potential to achieve even more.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Apprenticeship Ambassador Award

Sponsored by Hill

To recognise individuals who go the extra mile to champion and promote apprenticeships in Oxfordshire.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Careers Champion Award

Sponsored by The Engineering Trust

To recognise careers colleagues in local secondary schools and colleges who make a significant contribution to promoting apprenticeships to students and their parents/guardians as part of a wide ranging and inclusive careers programme.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Inspiring the Future Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by Oxford Professional Education

To recognise employers in Oxfordshire who have gone the extra mile to inform and inspire the next generation, including engaging with local schools and colleges.

Download an entry form

Training Provider Individual Award

Sponsored by NielsenIQ

To recognise individuals working for organisations that provide apprenticeship training in Oxfordshire (colleges, universities, employer providers and independent training providers) who go the extra mile to support and encourage apprentices and enable individuals to achieve to their potential.

Download an entry form OR Download a nomination form

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (Less Than 250 Employees)

Sponsored by Assure UK

To recognise small and medium sized apprenticeship employers in Oxfordshire that have exceeded normal standards and expectations in providing a high-quality apprenticeship experience.

Download an entry form

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (250 or More Employees)

Sponsored by Owen Mumford

To recognise large apprenticeship employers in Oxfordshire that have exceeded normal standards and expectations in providing a high-quality apprenticeship experience.

Download an entry form

Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year

Chosen by headline sponsor Oxford North

To recognise the apprentice who has reached the highest levels of excellence and achievement. Chosen by the headline sponsor from the winners of the five apprentice award categories.

With thanks to our other 2024 awards sponsors and supporters

Abingdon & Witney College logo
Jonas software logo
Olamalu logo
Activate Learning Logo
Olamalu logo
Siemens Healthineers logo
Oxfordshire Advanced Skills logo
University of Oxford rectangle logo
Oxfordshire County Council logo
Williams Racing

If you are interested in sponsoring the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024, please see our sponsorship pack for details.

Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024 Guidance

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Why you should enter the awards


Sarah Jaycock, Co-Founder and Director of High Spec Composites, Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards host, committee member and sponsor and apprenticeship award winner, shares the benefits of entering and her top tips for writing a winning entry.

Phil Raven circle

“Being an awards sponsor is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to supporting apprenticeships and developing new and existing staff to make your business successful. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships outside of your sector, as well as promote your own apprenticeships.” 

Phil Raven
Milestone Infrastructure

 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023


Watch the highlights from the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023, which took place on 18 May at the spectacular Williams F1 Conference Centre with our headline sponsor JDE Banbury. Read our article for a list of winners.

Information on Apprenticeships

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