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?

Sponsored by

BAE Systems  

We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 89,600 people in more than 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop technology that helps to save lives, protect borders and people, strengthen nations, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

We invest almost £100m in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK annually and currently have nearly 4,300 apprentices and graduates in training across our UK businesses, equivalent to almost 10% of our 35,300 strong UK workforce.

This year's winner


Decided on the evening of the ceremony, from the individual winners of the other categories.