SME Apprentice of the Year

This award recognises the success of an apprentice who is making a stand-out contribution to the workplace of a small and medium sized organisation.  What innovative thinking, commitment, and skills is marking out this individual, either in the early years of their ​​​​career or someone who is retraining, as someone who​ is set to pioneer inclusive innovation ​to the organisation and wider industry?


  • Judges are looking for an individual whose talent and enthusiasm for their role illustrates the benefits of an apprenticeship; someone who can demonstrate making a positive difference to the team, department or organisation.  
  • An employer or ​​third-party reference or testimonial is an effective supporting document for entries in this category

Other considerations when completing the nomination form:

  • What are the benefits of being an apprentice and how has this helped you in your personal life. Have there been barriers or challenges to overcome and how have you done this
  • How have you added value to or gone above and beyond for your team/organisation. Do you contribute ideas, designs, innovations. Have you progressed in your organisation by taking on more responsibility, being promoted or similar. How do you support other apprentices
  • What are your future career aspirations

Last year's winner


The SME Apprentice of the Year award was won by:
James Ashly of Gloucestershire Engineering Training

The shortlisted submissions for this category also included:

  • Ben Wright of Tribosonics
  • Will Morton of Tribosonics

We congratulate all those involved!