Search is on to find top apprentice

THE search has begun to find the best in UK apprentices.

The National Training Awards and National Apprenticeship Awards have joined forces for the first time.

Both awards, which are run by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), are now open for entries on a regional and national level.

John Hayes, the Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Skills are vital because they encourage ambition and enterprise and help drive economic growth and social renewal.”

The National Training Awards wants entries from organisations that have delivered outstanding training programmes.

The National Apprenticeship Awards is looking for the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and apprentices.

This year’s winners will have the honour of celebrating their success at Europe’s largest skills and careers event, The Skills Show, at the NEC Birmingham on November 14.

Sue Price, the NAS divisional director for Apprenticeships in the North, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards recognise the crucial role skills play in helping individuals develop fulfilling careers, driving competitiveness and fuelling economic growth.”

To find out more about how to enter, visit

Entries close on Friday, May 25.