Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022

A celebration of apprenticeships within Cambridgeshire

About the Awards

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are hosting their first Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards to recognise, showcase and celebrate the commitment, hard work, and achievements of individuals completing and supporting an apprenticeship within the county.

The Awards Ceremony will take place during National Apprenticeship Week from 7th to 13th February 2022 providing an opportunity to spotlight how apprenticeships ‘Build the Future’.

Apprenticeship Awards Timeline

Apprenticeship Awards Timeline - 26 November 2021 Nominations open, 6 January 2022 Nominations close at 5pm, 21 January 2022 finalists announced, 7 - 13 February 2022 Awards Ceremony date and time to be confirmed
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Apprentice Categories

All nominations for the apprentice categories must be for current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months and either live or work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (opens as a pdf document).

Working with People Award

This award recognises individuals whose role requires them to support our citizens and throughout their apprenticeship they have demonstrated putting people at the heart of everything they do.

Apprentice Categories

All nominations for the apprentice categories must be for current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021) and either live or work in Cambridgeshire. Nominations can be self-nominations or made by any individual who knows the apprentice well enough to evidence the impact the apprenticeship has had on the apprentice and/or the organisation they work within. Entries can be made for multiple categories; separate nomination forms will need to be submitted for each category.

Working with People Award

This award recognises individuals whose role requires them to support our citizens and throughout their apprenticeship they have demonstrated putting people at the heart of everything they do.

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • An apprentice who has made a significant contribution throughout their apprenticeship showing commitment and attitude plus added value within their role.
  • Evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and how this benefits people around them.
  • Demonstrated a high level of skills and determination to succeed in their chosen field.
  • Proven commitment by an apprentice to continued personal development.
  • Shown resilience in adapting and overcoming work challenges on their apprenticeship journey (e.g., during Covid restrictions).

Behind the Scenes Award

This award recognises the achievements of individuals whose role brings them into less contact with our citizens, instead providing vital support within their organisation, going above and beyond expectations. This is likely to include apprentices working in Business Support roles, Finance, HR, Procurement, Estates / Property, and IT and digital etc.

Apprentice Categories

All nominations for the apprentice categories must be for current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021) and either live or work in Cambridgeshire. Nominations can be self-nominations or made by any individual who knows the apprentice well enough to evidence the impact the apprenticeship has had on the apprentice and/or the organisation they work within. Entries can be made for multiple categories; separate nomination forms will need to be submitted for each category.

Behind the Scenes Award

This award recognises the achievements of individuals whose role brings them into less contact with our citizens, instead providing vital support within their organisation, going above and beyond expectations. This is likely to include apprentices working in Business Support roles, Finance, HR, Procurement, Estates / Property, and IT and digital etc.

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • An apprentice who has made a significant contribution throughout their apprenticeship showing commitment and attitude plus added value within their role.
  • Evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out.
  • Demonstrated a high level of skills and determination to succeed in their chosen field.
  • Proven commitment by an apprentice to continued personal development.
  • Shown resilience in adapting and overcoming work challenges on their apprenticeship journey (e.g., during Covid restrictions).

Team Working Award

This award recognises an individual who has built and maintained excellent working relationships and has had a positive impact on team performance by providing encouragement and support.

Apprentice Categories

All nominations for the apprentice categories must be for current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021) and either live or work in Cambridgeshire. Nominations can be self-nominations or made by any individual who knows the apprentice well enough to evidence the impact the apprenticeship has had on the apprentice and/or the organisation they work within. Entries can be made for multiple categories; separate nomination forms will need to be submitted for each category.

Team Working Award

This award recognises an individual who has built and maintained excellent working relationships and has had a positive impact on team performance by providing encouragement and support.

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • An apprentice who has made a significant contribution and added value within a team throughout their apprenticeship.
  • Evidence of providing encouragement and support to team members and the impact this had on individual(s) and team performance.
  • An apprentice who has worked enthusiastically and collaboratively within a team to implement solutions and effective working practices.
  • Proven commitment by an apprentice to continued personal development.
  • Sharing their learning from their apprenticeship within their team.
  • Shown resilience in adapting and overcoming work challenges on their apprenticeship journey (e.g., during Covid restrictions).

Personal Achievement

This award recognises individuals who have made significant progress and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their apprenticeship. Nominations are also encouraged for individuals that have overcome their own personal challenges on their apprenticeship journey.

Apprentice Categories

All nominations for the apprentice categories must be for current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021) and either live or work in Cambridgeshire. Nominations can be self-nominations or made by any individual who knows the apprentice well enough to evidence the impact the apprenticeship has had on the apprentice and/or the organisation they work within. Entries can be made for multiple categories; separate nomination forms will need to be submitted for each category.

Personal Achievement

This award recognises individuals who have made significant progress and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their apprenticeship. Nominations are also encouraged for individuals that have overcome their own personal challenges on their apprenticeship journey.

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • The significant progress an apprentice has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude.
  • An apprentice who has demonstrated progression and determination to succeed in their chosen field.
  • An apprentice who has shown resilience in adapting and overcoming personal challenges on their apprenticeship journey.
  • Proven commitment by an apprentice to continued personal development.

An apprentice whose story would inspire other people to undertake an apprenticeship

Selected from the above the categories there will be an overall ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. The judges are looking for an exceptional apprentice who demonstrates their achievements, contributions and the impact they have made within the organisation they work.

Apprentice Support Category

Nominations for those who have provided support and encouragement to apprentices and positively impact the apprenticeship brand.

Apprentice Manager / Mentor Award

This category will be open to people supporting a current apprentice(s) or one that has completed in the last 12 months.

Apprentice Manager / Mentor Award

This category will be open to people supporting a current apprentice(s) or one that has completed in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021). This category is for an individual who has helped and inspired apprentices in their apprenticeship, development and careers.

For these awards, the judges are looking for:

  • An individual who has had a positive impact on the personal and professional development of the apprentice.
  • The added value and support the individual provided to the apprentice
  • Evidence of the commitment the individual has made to aiding personal development.
  • Evidence of an individual being approachable, adaptable and understand how best to support the apprentice.

Apprentice Ambassador / Champion Award

Nominations will need to include evidence from the last 12 months of their positive contribution to apprenticeships and how this has added value to apprentices

Apprentice Ambassador / Champion Award

Nominations will need to include evidence from the last 12 months of their positive contribution to apprenticeships and how this has added value to the overall apprentice brand and reputation. This could be from any perspective, local to regional, subject-specific to sector-wide.

For this award, the judges are looking for:

  • Explanation of the reason for nominating this individual
  • Evidence of the outstanding contribution the individual has made to the development of apprenticeships and how this has added value to apprentices, business, and the apprenticeship brand.

Nominations for the awards will be managed digitally, with winners selected by a judging panel.

Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations can be self-nominations or made by any individual who knows the apprentice/nominee well enough to provide examples and evidence the impact the apprenticeship has had on the apprentice and/or the organisation they work within.

Who qualifies to be entered into the awards?

If an apprentice lives or works within Cambridgeshire they qualify to be entered including all areas within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough map .

Current apprentices or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months (1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021) for the apprentice categories.

Why should I put in a nomination?

We want to celebrate the achievements of exceptional apprentices, managers, mentors and apprenticeship champions within the county of Cambridgeshire. By submitting an entry into the awards, you can demonstrate and showcase an individual’s commitment to apprenticeships, and recognition they deserve.

The application process is a great opportunity to take stock and put in writing all their/your achievements to date.

How do I enter?

You can enter these awards on our website by clicking the 'Nomination Form' button within each category. You'll be taken to an online nomination form which means you can start your entry then save and come back to it later! Just make sure you 'Complete' your entry by submitting before the entry deadline.

I don't know what to include in my entry!

The information you give will form the basis of your application for the judges. The judges will be looking for examples and evidence to base their decisions on. Try to be concise but informative and ensure you have covered each of the points and criteria before submitting your nomination.

Can I supply additional information with my entry?

Yes. There is a question on the nomination form for any additional information that you would like to include that supports the nomination.

Who do I contact if I’m unsure of something or have a question?

Please contact apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk and we will respond to you either by e-mail or telephone

Can I enter someone for more than 1 award?

Yes, you are welcome to nominate or self-nominate for more than one category if you feel they are applicable. The same information can be submitted for each category if it meets the criteria but separate nominations for each category will need to be made.

I’m having trouble submitting my entry.

If you are having trouble completing the nomination form or submitting then please email apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to ask for support.

How does the awards process work?

· All nominations will be reviewed and entries which are successful in the initial assessment stage will be read by judges.

  • Entries with insufficient or incomplete information will not successfully complete the initial assessment stage.
  • The judging panel will shortlist and select winners in each category.
  • Selected from the Apprentice categories there will be an overall ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award.
  • The Apprenticeship Award winners will be announced at a celebration event.

Are the awards free to enter?

Yes, there is no charge to register or submit an entry. If you receive an invite to the awards ceremony that will be free to attend.

Will the information I supply be made public?

Your responses to the questions will be used in the judging process. The judging panel will not be passed names and employment details. Should a nominee be shortlisted, some information may be included in the script within the award ceremony however if there is any particularly sensitive or confidential information within your entry please mention this in the entry.

Can I keep a copy of my nomination form?

Yes, you can save or print a copy of your final nomination form submission

When is the closing date for entries?

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Thursday 6th January 2022.

Who will be on the judging panel?

The judging panel will be made up of a mix of people from differing organisations from within the county.

When will finalists be announced?

The finalists will be announced on Friday 21st January 2022.

How will I be notified?

You may be one of the fortunate nominees to be invited to the awards ceremony, those invited will receive a confirmation e-mail with details of the event.

The nominator will be informed of unsuccessful entries.

When and where is the awards ceremony going to be held?

It is our intention to hold the awards ceremony face to face during National Apprenticeship Week (7-13th February 2022). This will be reviewed in January depending on the latest Covid 19 advice.

How can I keep up to date?

Our awards website will be updated regularly to reflect any updates and changes.

How can I become a sponsor or official supporter?

To enquire about becoming a sponsor please contact apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Can I be a judge?

If you are interested in being a judge on a panel, please contact apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Applications to the Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards are subject to the following terms and conditions.

  • The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage of any entry. All entry forms will be acknowledged.
  • All entries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the selection of the winners.
  • Nominations will only be accepted when submitted via the nomination form.
  • Nominations can be submitted no later than 5.00pm Monday 3rdJanuary 2022.
  • Should the judges determine an entry submitted for one category is of greater relevance to another category, they may re-categorise that entry.
  • Multiple categories can be entered, separate nomination forms will be required for each category.
  • All nominations will be reviewed and entries which are successful in the initial assessment stage will be read by judges.
  • Entries with insufficient or incomplete information will not successfully complete the initial assessment stage.

By submitting your nomination, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and confirming that the information provided within the nomination is a true and accurate representation.

How we use personal information

The personal information submitted within an application, will be used by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to process and communicate with the nominator and nominee about the application. Personal Information will not be shared with judges or outside of the councils. Should a nominee be shortlisted, some information may be included in the script within the award ceremony however if there is any particularly sensitive or confidential information within your entry please mention this in the entry.

We will only keep your information for as long as is necessary and then securely dispose of it.

Separate signed consent will be requested for use of any images and videos taken as part of the apprenticeship awards

Individuals have the right to question any information we have about them that they think is wrong or incomplete. Please contact us by emailing apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

If you want to withdraw your nomination for the Apprenticeship Awards you can do so at any time by emailing apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

If you have any questions or queries about the awards, please contact apprenticeships@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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