Finalists for Apprenticeship Awards Cymru revealed

Over 30 finalists will be competing for awards at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, an event that showcases excellence in apprenticeship and learning provider schemes taking place across Wales.

The award show is being jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). Sponsoring the event is Pearson PLC and the media partner is Media Wales.

A record number of entries were registered to be part of this year’s awards, with a total of 37 finalists contesting for multiple honours, including two brand new award categories for learning providers.

A provider award for partnership working is one of the new awards introduced this year. Previous award winners are involved in this category, including ACT of Cardiff and Cambrian Training Company of Welshpool.

The second award to be added this year is the ‘work-based practioner of the year’ award. The nominees include Chris Hughes and Louisa Gregory from ACT, Cardiff; Steven Manning from Coleg y Cymoedd, Ystrad Mynach and Sue Jeffries from Cyfle, Cardiff.

Other awards include:

  • Large employer of the year (250-4,999)
  • Medium employer of the year (50-249)
  • Small employer of the year (1-49)
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Foundation Apprentice of the Year
  • Jobs Growth Wales Learner of the Year
  • Traineeships Learner of the Year (Engagement)

Julie James, deputy minister for Skills and Technology in Wales is delighted by the number of finalists selected for this year’s awards.

‘‘I am told that the quality of entries was higher than ever this year, which demonstrates the continued success of the Welsh Government’s learning programmes,’’ stated the Welsh Labour politician.

‘‘We are proud to be delivering one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in Europe with success rates in Wales remaining well above 80%.’’

‘‘Developing skilled young people is vital for our economy. The Welsh Government is committed to training programmes such as apprenticeships but investment must be a shared responsibility with the education sector, businesses and individuals.’’

‘‘We have some truly exceptional apprentices here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Equally important are the training providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices.’’

If you want to learn more about a Welsh-language apprenticeship, check out this informative infographic.