Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018
October 29, 2018

Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018

Please note: This article was published on October 29, 2018 and may contain information that is no longer current or up to date.

The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild are looking for talented young people to enter this year’s Apprentice of the Year awards.

The awards are open to all apprentices/trainees who are undertaking a contracted training programme linked to a recognised career path during the academic year September 2017 to July 2018.

Engineering apprentice in workshop operating machinery


  • Aged 16 – 24
  • You must either work and/or attend college within the Coventry district
  • You must not be in the final year of your apprenticeship or training

Applications need to be completed and returned to [email protected] by Friday 30th November.



A maximum of six finalists will be selected – three from organisations with 200 or fewer employees, and three from employers with more than 200 employees.

The finalists will be invited for interview on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

All of the six finalists will be invited to the Apprentice of the Year Awards Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 29th January 2019 in the historic St Mary’s Guild Hall.

The winners of the Small/Medium Employer Apprentice of the Year and the Large Employer Apprentice of the Year will each receive a cheque for £1000 as well as a trophy and certificate.

The four remaining finalists will receive a cheque for £100 as well as a trophy and certificate.

There is also an Endeavour Award, which is a discretionary award the judging panel can award for exceptional achievement for example through civic participation, voluntary work and/or overcoming a difficult challenge in life. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £100together with a trophy and a certificate.



Applications can be submitted by either the candidate themselves or by the company or training provider on behalf of a candidate.

You can download the application form here:
Apprentice of the Year Application Form 2018.

In either situation the application MUST be endorsed by an authorised person from the organisation or training provider. You need to submit applications to [email protected] by Sunday 2nd December.


  • Make sure you fill in every part of the form.
  • When listing the academic achievements, include the levels of attainment – particularly merits, distinctions etc.
  • When listing academic attainment make sure you record where you have completed qualifications ahead of the usual timescales.
  • Under job attainment, make sure that you have listed any company recognition awards, savings generated by the apprentice, improvement suggestions made by the apprentice that have been adopted or other notable contributions to the company.
  • They are looking for a well-rounded apprentice meaning they will equally look at what you do outside the company.
  • Provide as much information as possible about any current voluntary activities, community involvement, fundraising activities, hobbies and pastimes.
  • We have a special award for Endeavour – historically this has often been awarded to an apprentice who has successfully completed their apprenticeship despite obstacles they have had to overcome in life – for example challenging family circumstances, disability, other difficult life events and/or used these experiences to encourage or help others. Please ensure any information like this is included in the Endeavour Award section.
  • If you are an apprentice completing this form yourself – make sure you have a sponsor from either your employer or training provider/college and they have completed the Sponsor Information & Employer Endorsement section.