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Talented apprentices along with their employers and learning providers are set to be at the heart of the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards. 

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, the awards will celebrate the achievements and continued resilience of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices, employers and learning providers across the country.  

This year, the awards will showcase apprentices and employers working hard to support Scotland’s climate change ambitions and target of net zero emissions by 2045 with the introduction of two new categories – Supporting Net Zero Apprentice Employer of the Year and Supporting Net Zero Apprentice of the Year.  

The event will culminate with the announcement of Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year. 

Investing through the pandemic

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell said: “Since the pandemic changed all our lives, we have seen extraordinary commitment from apprentices working to support their employers and Scotland’s economic recovery. 

“Throughout the pandemic employers have recognised the benefits of investing in apprenticeships to adapt and sustain their business. 

“Learning providers have worked hard and innovated to continue to support apprentices in training. 

“The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is the platform to acknowledge the resilience and hard work of apprentices and shine a spotlight on all those who champion apprenticeships. 

“New categories credit the contribution apprentices, and their employers can make to support the country’s commitment to tackling climate change.” 

"Since the pandemic changed all our lives, we have seen extraordinary commitment from apprentices working to support their employers and Scotland’s economic recovery."

Frank Mitchell, Chair of Skills Development Scotland

Supporting the Young Person's Guarantee

Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, Jamie Hepburn said:  

“As Scotland moves towards economic renewal and transition, it’s never been more important to celebrate the efforts of apprentices, their employers and supporters. 

“Apprenticeships and work-based learning directly support the Young Person’s Guarantee, providing thousands of opportunities every year to help build the skills Scotland needs to support economic recovery. 

“These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the voices of apprentices and their employers from across the length and breadth of the country.” 

Visit to find out more about the new categories, use the new nominations platform and to submit nominations.

The deadline for nominations is noon on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 and winners will be revealed during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 7-11 March 2022.

More information

To find out more about the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, view the categories and nominate visit

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