The past year has been one of the most challenging ever, both for businesses and those in education and training sector.
But the aim of this exciting event is to honour the resilient young apprentices and the individuals and firms mentoring them.
The awards ceremony will be held at The Hilton Brighton Metropole, on December 9, but you only have until October 21 to get your entries in, before a judging panel will select the region’s top performers in a range of categories.
Nominations can be submitted by the apprentice themselves, their employer, college or training provider – or even by proud loved ones. There are also categories for employers and mentors, so businesses can nominate their own teams and trainers.
And thanks to headline sponsors the Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation working in association with JPIMedia Events, this event will pay tribute to the wide diversity of careers and skill levels apprenticeships offer, as well as heralding the role employer’s play in producing the next generation of skilled talent.
Category sponsors include the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador, Network, TSS Facilities and East Sussex College Group
The 13 award categories are:SME Employer of the Year (0-249)Large Employer of the YearDiversity and Inclusion ProgrammeMentor of the YearHigher or Degree Apprentice of the YearIntermediate Apprentice of the YearRising StarBusiness & Law Apprentice of the YearHealth & Public Service Apprentice of the YearEngineering/Manufacturing Apprentice of the YearTraining Provider of the YearThe Kickstart Scheme/ApprenticeshipCOVID Hero
Mike Mackenzie, editor of the Hastings Observer, said: “We’re very proud of the amazing and resilient businesses in and around Hastings and we want to honour them and their up-and-coming talent.
“Apprenticeships are now available in almost every business sector from traditional trades to health and the public sector, and are a crucial route into work and training for tens of thousands of people every year.
“They are also open to all ages, which make them a versatile, popular choice with outstanding prospects. We’re looking for nominations from traditional apprentice sectors, modern apprentices, graduate apprentices, training providers and firms who know that their apprentice mentoring team is one of the best.
“Nominations are invited from any apprentice or business in and around Hastings – best of luck to everyone. Submitting an entry is easy, simply follow the link below to find out all you need to know.”
Fuller details of each category and the entry requirements are available here.