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The outstanding work of apprentice instructors will be recognised for the first time at this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Their contribution will be commended amongst a number of new award categories announced by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

There will also be the opportunity to recognise the nation’s first Graduate Apprentices.


The search will soon be on for the nation’s best apprentices and their employers.

Now in its 17th year, the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards will see apprentices, employers and training providers from the length and breadth of Scotland gather to celebrate the contribution apprenticeships make to the economy.

As well as recognising the achievements of the apprentices themselves, awards will applaud individuals who champion apprenticeships.

Employers of all sizes will also be awarded, including those who can demonstrate diversity in their recruitment of apprentices.

Keep an eye on for more details about this year’s event. Nominations and entries for the awards will soon be open with a link to entry forms.

Winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in November; one of which will be named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year 2018.


Last year’s Apprentice of the Year, Hospitality Modern Apprentice Rosie Wilkins, joined SDS chief executive, Damien Yeates, at an Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland event during Scottish Apprenticeship Week to officially announce the new award categories.

Damien Yeates said: “The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is an opportunity to recognise the success of talented individuals and the commitment of employers in supporting them through work-based learning.

“New categories this year help to provide a greater view of what and who is contributing to the success of apprenticeships.

“We know there are many individuals who have become invaluable mentors to apprentices over the years and it’s important to recognise their efforts and commitment.

“The introduction of Graduate Apprenticeships from 2016 means we are now starting to see the successes of our first uptake.”

Opportunity to celebrate contribution and achievements

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP has given his support to the Awards for another year. He said: “Apprenticeships are life changing opportunities that provide young people with the opportunity to work and earn while achieving an industry recognised qualification to support their future career ambitions.

 “The 17th Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is an opportunity for us to celebrate the continued contribution apprentices, employers and training providers make to our economy, as well as allowing us to recognise the achievements of the talented apprentices themselves and for the first time, their dedicated training champions.”

Winning an award has become even more prestigious, as the number of apprentices in Scotland continues to grow.

There are currently around 26,000 Modern Apprentices employed across the country and Foundation Apprenticeships for school pupils are now available in every local authority in Scotland. In addition, the new Graduate Apprenticeships are available across 12 universities.


On becoming 2017’s Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year, Rosie Wilkins from Wester Ross in Highland said: “It is overwhelming and I was really shocked to hear my name but so happy. My biggest supporter is my employer Rohaise Rose-Bristow who has encouraged me since day one. She told me I could have a future in the business and has been behind me all the way.”

You will soon be able to enter into the following categories for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018:

  • Apprentice Ambassador of the Year
  • Foundation Apprentice of the Year
  • Modern Apprentice of the Year – SVQ Level 2
  • Modern Apprentice of the Year – SVQ Level 3+ - NEW
  • Graduate Apprentice Rising Star – NEW
  • Apprentice Instructor of the Year - NEW
  • SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 1 – 249 employees including public sector)
  • Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with more than 250 employees including public sector)



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