Entries are open for the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2020

 2 mins | By Gill Oliver
 |  | Oct 23rd 2019

Entries are open for the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2020.

The scheme, which includes 12 categories (see full list below), will take place at Williams F1 conference centre on April 2.

The official launch event, held today at the Sadler Building on Oxford Science Park, included a discussion panel with advice and experiences about apprenticeships, followed by a Q&A session.

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Panellists included: Sarah Jaycock, executive director of High Spec Composites; Nairne Barker, administrative support officer at Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year 2019; Richard Byard, director of business development at OxLEP; Jacqui Canton, deputy principle at Abingdon & Witney College; and Clive Shepherd, apprenticeships manager at Oxford University.

OxLEP chief executive Nigel Tipple said: “Many Oxfordshire businesses are committed to creating apprenticeships, seeing them as a positive way of developing a highly-trained workforce for the future – through the 2020 awards, we hope to engage even more businesses.

“Discovering young talent through apprenticeship schemes can help businesses to ‘stay ahead’ of competitors and – in-turn – support young people to gain great qualifications too.”

The full list of Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2020 categories:

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year- sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Nielsen
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Blenheim
  • Special Recognition Award – sponsored by Popham Hairdressing
  • Shining Star Award – sponsored by Integration Technology
  • Apprenticeship Ambassador Award – sponsored by Oxford Brookes University
  • School Award – sponsored by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Work Experience Employer Award – sponsored by OxLEP Skills
  • Apprenticeship Employer Award (fewer than 10 employees) – sponsored by University of Oxford Print Studio
  • Apprenticeship Employer Award (fewer than 50 employees) – sponsored by The Burnside Partnership
  • Apprenticeship Employer Award (50+ employees) – sponsored by Clarkson Evans
  • Overall Apprentice of the Year – chosen by headline sponsor High Spec Composites

Completed entries and nominations should be emailed to by midnight on Monday January 13, 2020.

For more details and how to make a nomination, see:

About the Author

Gill Oliver

Gill Oliver is a professionally trained journalist who’s written for The New Statesman, The Bureau for Investigative Journalism, The Daily Mail’s business section This is Money, The Press Association, The Huffington Post plus a host of national magazines, news agencies and trade and industry journals. She’s also spent nine years reporting on the Oxfordshire business and tech scene for The Oxford Times and The Oxford Mail.

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