How to enter



There are 11 categories to choose from and you can enter a maximum of three categories per business.

Please read through the category descriptions below, select the category you wish to enter from the list, then click ENTER NOW . You'll need to register and set up your account the first time you do this.

Registering your account

When registering, you will receive an email which will have a click-through link and a validation code to validate your account. You will need to complete this step before you can start your nomination. If you do not receive the validation email, please email simone.joynes@reachplc.com.

Completing your entry

You can save draft entries and return to edit them as often as you wish before submitting. All you need to do is click on the YOUR ACCOUNT tab on the menu banner and this will take you through to your dashboard where you will find all your draft entries and submitted entries.

When you have finished writing your entry and you are ready to submit, you'll need to agree to the terms and conditions then click the COMPLETE button at the bottom of the page. If your entry is still in draft, you will need to click MOVE TO BASKET at the top of the entry before you can click the COMPLETE button.

If you forget your password, please use the reset password link on the login page.

IMPORTANT INFO - PLEASE READ:

  • Maximum word counts are shown below the entry box for each question.
  • A business can be submitted into a maximum of three categories however please tailor your entry according to the category in order to meet judges requirements.
  • Partnering companies are not permitted to enter the category they are the partner of.
  • Entries can be submitted by the business directly or by a third party (agent, client etc).
  • Successful nominations will be notified following the judging session in June.

Categories

Judges will be looking for training providers who can demonstrate a real commitment to the development of individual apprentices, relationships with business and the promotion of work undertaken.

They will also be interested in the training provider’s culture of encouraging apprenticeship development and celebrating the achievement of apprentices.

Evidence of solid results of apprenticeship growth and development and future plans for continued development is essential.

Essential Criteria

  • You must be working with current apprentices on an official apprenticeship programme.
  • Training apprentices must account for a sizable part of your organisation.
  • The majority of your business must be based within South West.
  • You must be able to clearly demonstrate apprenticeship growth and development, alongside ambition for the future.
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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the benefits to be gained from their commitment to Apprenticeships which are measurable and quantifiable. Judges will also be considering best practice and transferability.

Essential Criteria
  • You should employ between 1 and 149 employees in total to be eligible for this category.
  • Your company must have employed an apprentice since April 2022.
  • The majority of your business must be based within the South West.
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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the benefits to be gained from their commitment to Apprenticeships which are measurable and quantifiable.  Judges will also be considering best practice and transferability.

Essential Criteria

  • You should employ more than 149 employees in total to be eligible for this category.
  • Your company must have employed an apprentice since April 2022.
  • The majority of your business must be based within the South West.
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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

The apprentice must currently be an Intermediate Apprentice (Level 2), an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) or be completing a Higher Apprenticeship.

The majority of the employer’s business must be based within the South West. You must be able to clearly demonstrate your/ the apprentice’s contribution to the workplace. If apprentices are submitting the entry directly, they must be able to provide a 150 word supporting reference from their employer.

This category can include but is not limited to:
Accountancy / Taxation, Credit Controller / Debt Collection, Legal, Compliance / Risk, Conveyancing, Financial Services, Insurance, Audit, Mortgage Adviser, Motor Finance, Payroll Administrator, Probate Technician, Professional Economist, Relationship Manager (Banking), Pensions, Advertising, Sales, Procurement And Supply, Marketing, Events, Estate Agent, Public Relations.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

The apprentice must currently be an Intermediate Apprentice (Level 2), an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) or be completing a Higher Apprenticeship.

The majority of the employer’s business must be based within the South West. You must be able to clearly demonstrate your/ the apprentice’s contribution to the workplace. If apprentices are submitting the entry directly, they must be able to provide a 150 word supporting reference from their employer.

This category can include but is not limited to:

Groundworker, Painter & Decorator, Plumber, Plasterer, Building, Carpentry & Joinery, Bricklayer.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

The apprentice must currently be an Intermediate Apprentice (Level 2), an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) or be completing a Higher Apprenticeship.

The majority of the employer’s business must be based within the South West. You must be able to clearly demonstrate your/ the apprentice’s contribution to the workplace. If apprentices are submitting the entry directly, they must be able to provide a 150 word supporting reference from their employer.

This category can include but is not limited to:

Composite Engineering, Consumer Electrical and Electronic Products, Furnishing and Interiors Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Quality Improvement, Gas Industry, Aerospace Software Development Engineer, Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer, Bus And Coach Engineering Technician, Electrical / electronic technical support engineer, Electrical Power Networks Engineer, Engineering Technician/ Operative, Fashion and textiles,Product Design And Development Engineer, Rail Engineering, Refrigeration Air Conditioning And Heat Pump Engineering Technician, Risk And Safety Management Professional, Road Transport Engineering Manager, Textile Manufacturing Operative, Utilities Engineering Technician, Water Process Technician, Welding.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

This category can include but is not limited to:

Pharmacy, Dental Nursing, Maternity Support, Social Work, Care Work, Employment Related Services, Youth Work, Sport & Coaching, Fitness.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

This category can include but is not limited to:

Fire and Ambulance Services, Waste Management, Social Services, Youth Work, Supported Housing & Policing, Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Playwork, Learning and Development.

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Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well as evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship.

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This award will recognise an exceptional mentor who has encouraged, supported and inspired apprentices throughout their training programme.

This category is open to line managers, training providers or peers with whom the apprentice has worked alongside. Judges will be looking for someone who exudes passion and has both inspired and contributed to the apprentice’s success and career development.

We’re looking for that special mentor who has gone above and beyond to ensure career success for their mentee. Entries will be accepted from either the apprentice or an individual who has witnessed the support given and can their demonstrate success.

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An award recognising an individual based in the county, who has really helped drive the South West apprenticeship campaigns through inspiration, energy, and imagination.

Our South West Apprentice of the Year must currently be undertaking their apprenticeship or have completed this since April 2022.

The judges are looking for apprentices who can demonstrate significant achievements, contribution to their employer and commitment to developing their skills and show the impact they have made within the organisation they work.

The South West Apprentice of the Year is our overall winner and will be selected from all sector winners.

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Partnered with Wessex Water In memory of Luke Wheaton

Having just left school, Luke was passionate about getting an apprenticeship. This was apparent from the start of the recruitment process. With excellent GCSE grades, and quietly confident, Luke made a positive first impression, providing some outstanding responses during the interview. It was obvious Luke was delighted to be offered a position and he quickly became an exemplary apprentice. Modest about his academic abilities, he not only had the aptitude to learn technical knowledge and demonstrated excellent practical skills, but he had the drive to share that with his peers, supporting the development of others where he could.

This award is open to 16–21 years old who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Judges will be looking for entries which showcase characteristics that Luke demonstrated during the recruitment process and the first stages of his apprenticeship; commitment, enthusiasm and independence. Nominations for this award should be made by the employer.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen apprenticeship, illustrate their commitment to the company, and also embed themselves within their apprenticeship community, through team spirit.

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