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Deadline extended for Apprenticeship Awards Cymru entries

Swansea Bay University Health Board Apprentice Academy Manager Ruth Gates (second from left) with apprentices Emily Hains, Luke Radford, Jacob Davies and Natasha Davies at Morriston Hospital.

Successful employers, inspirational learners and dedicated work-based learning practitioners across Wales have been given an extra two weeks to enter the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021.

The closing date for entries has been extended to noon on Friday, November 13 by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), joint organisers of the awards. Application forms may be downloaded from gov.wales/apprenticeshipawardscymru.

Highlight of the of the work-based learning calendar, the awards showcase businesses and individuals who have excelled on the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes and gone the extra mile to achieve success during these unprecedented times.

From the applications, finalists in 12 categories will be shortlisted for awards. An employability category includes awards for Traineeship Learner of the Year for Engagement and Level 1.

There are also awards for the Foundation Apprentice, Apprentice and Higher Apprentice of the Year.

Introduced last year, the “Tomorrow’s Talent” category asks employers to nominate a current apprentice who has ‘demonstrated significant personal progress’ and made ‘a tangible and positive impact on the employer’s organisational performance.’

Successful businesses are recognised with awards for small (1 to 49), medium (50 to 249), large (250 to 4,999) and macro (5,000 plus) employer of the year, while work-based learning practitioners compete for assessor and tutor of the year.

Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates said: “We have seen the talent and on-going commitment of our businesses, providers and learners shine through during what continues to be an incredibly difficult time.

“I encourage everyone involved in our programmes to get involved with Apprenticeship Awards Cymru and share their experiences and learning journeys which can inspire others to follow their example.”

A commitment to apprenticeships through an Apprentice Academy, which is unique in Wales, saw Swansea Bay University Health Board win the Macro Employer of the Year at last year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

Kay Myatt, the health board’s head of learning and organisation development, said: “We were delighted to win the award which was a fantastic way to showcase the apprentices working within Swansea Bay Health Board, the wide range of apprenticeships we offer, our strong partnerships with higher education institutions and the overall commitment to developing our workforce of the future.

“As an NHS employer, we are proud to showcase our award, proving that our Apprentice Academy really can compete with the FTSE 100 private sector employers and offer an experience that can really change people’s lives.”

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.