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Nominations are now open for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The awards recognise the best apprentices and apprentice employers across the length and breadth of the country.

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

The outstanding work of instructors will be recognised for the first time, while a new Graduate Apprentice category is also included.

Employers of all sizes will also be in the running for recognition, including those who can demonstrate diversity in their recruitment.

SDS’s Director of National Training Programmes, Katie Hutton, said: “The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is an opportunity to recognise the success of talented individuals and the commitment of employers investing in work-based learning.

“New categories this year help recognise contributions to the success of apprenticeships.

“We know that 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 a Graduate Apprenticeships category is an opportunity to celebrate this new work-based learning career path.”

“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 tome, their dedicated training champions.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP has given his support to the Awards.

He said: “Apprenticeships are life-changing opportunities that provide young people with the opportunity to work and earn while achieving and 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 tome, their dedicated training champions.”

Award winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Perth on Thursday 15 November, including Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year 2018.

More information

Find out more about this year’s categories and nominate online at apprenticeships.scot

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