Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2020 – Focus on Education Engagement and Apprentice of the Year


The Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2020 will celebrate achievement among individuals, their employers and education and training providers.

This year’s event is run in partnership with Ladder for Greater Birmingham, a campaign which is working to create hundreds of new apprenticeships across the region.

The awards will celebrate achievement across 12 separate categories including crowning our overall Apprentice of the Year.

They have been postponed until November because of the coronavirus crisis but the deadline to enter has now been extended until July 3.

Here, we focus on the final two categories celebrating education engagement and the overall apprentice of the year.

Scroll down for more details about the event or click through here to go straight to the nomination form

Education Engagement Award, sponsored by Birmingham & Solihull Training Provider Network

An award for employers, training providers, universities and other education providers which have pro-actively promoted apprenticeships with those who are in education. It will recognise those who have provided information, guidance and opportunities to those in education; encouraging them to follow the apprenticeship route.

Judges will consider what other support is offered by these organisations which has contributed to people making positive progress on their own career journey.

Last year’s winner in this category, then called the Schools Engagement Award, was financial services giant PwC.

The firm’s school engagement team in Birmingham creates opportunities for young people to enhance their awareness, increase aspiration and gain access to the company’s apprenticeship opportunities, skills workshops and staff.

It runs dozens of school events including employability workshops, office insight events and mock assessments.and offers placements via insight weeks.

Apprentice of the Year

This is the only one of our 12 award categories which cannot be entered into. The judging panel will choose an overall Apprentice of the Year from the winners of our six individual categories:

– Construction and Property Industries

– Engineering and Manufacturing

– Health, Education and Care – Private or Public Sector

– Professional Services

– Tech, Digital and Creative Industries

– Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Kevin Naylor from West Midlands Ambulance Service was a double winner at our 2019 awards including being crowned Apprentice of the Year

Last year’s winner was Kevin Naylor from West Midlands Ambulance Service who had earlier won the Public and Charitable Sector category.

Kevin joined the service following the acquisition of his company three years ago and was offered the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship in health and social care.

Despite missing two months due to illness, he returned to immerse himself in his studies and work with high-dependency patients, those referred to A&E by their GP or those being transferred between hospitals.

The Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards are back for a second year, in partnership with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham. The event will be held on Friday November 27, 2020 at Edgbaston Stadium and will celebrate apprentices, employers and training and education providers.

The awards are free and easy to enter via our online form which can be found here along with those all-important T&Cs. The deadline for entries is Friday July 3.

If you have any questions about entering or the awards in general, please email and contact if you would like to learn more about becoming a commercial partner of the awards.

For more information visit our events website here and please follow the hashtag #BAA20 for updates on social media.

The other award categories are:

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Construction and Property Industries)

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Engineering and Manufacturing)

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Health, Education and Care – Private or Public Sector), sponsored by Skillsfirst

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Professional Services)

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Tech, Digital and Creative Industries)

– Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Travel, Tourism and Hospitality)

– Small Employer of the Year (1-50 staff)

– Medium Employer of the Year (51-249 staff), sponsored by BCTG

– Large Employer of the Year, sponsored by The Development Manager

– Training Provider of the Year, sponsored by The Ladder Foundation

Training provider Performance Through People is our drinks sponsor for the evening and Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is also an event supporter.

The awards are run in conjunction with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign, an initiative launched in 2018 aimed at creating 1,000 new apprenticeships in Birmingham and Solihull. To find out more about the Ladder campaign and how employing apprentices can benefit your business, visit or call 03332 409 699


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