The School Leaver Awards 2018

The School Leaver Awards by AllAboutSchoolLeavers celebrate the Top 100 employers on offer to young people at the beginning of their careers.  

It is the biggest and best awards ceremony of its kind for school and college leaver employers, and the biggest night out in the early recruitment calendar. Based on the real-life experiences of apprentices and school leaver trainees, AllAboutSchoolLeavers rewards those employers who offer the best UK apprenticeships and school leaver programmes; as well as those who excel in areas such as job satisfaction, career progression, training and company culture.  

There are also awards for the best employers in their particular industries, acknowledging the work being done in every area, from accounting and professional services, engineering and retail, to the creative industries and the public sector.  

Getting involved is a great opportunity to be acknowledged for your hard work in the school leaver market, meet others in the industry, and keep up-to-date with the latest innovations.  

Best of all, they are FREE to enter! 


How does it work?


Register for the Awards

Let's start at the very beginning. The first step in becoming an award-winning company is to enter the awards. Simply fill out the entry form and the awards team will send you confirmation of registration.


Drop out the surveys to your apprentices 

Once you are registered, the events team will send over your login details from 1 December. Send these login details to your apprentices and school leavers who can anonymously login and complete the survey. Once the apprentice or school leaver logs in they will be able to read the instructions on how to fill out the survey. 


Nominate yourself or client for extra awards

The vast majority of the awards are based on the apprentice surveys, however, there are a small number of awards based on judging panels. You can nominate yourself or the organisation you represent. In order to nominate yourself please visit the nominations page to select the awards you would like to nominate yourself for and to read the requirements for each award.


Finalists are announced

Entries for the awards close on 23 February. We will announce the finalists on 9 March and the awards will be held on the evening of Thursday 17 May 2018 so that's the time to get your glad rags ready for the biggest night in the school leaver calendar! 


Awards night

The biggest and most exciting night in the school leaver calendar. It's a night to relax with more than 250 of your peers and recognise the best in the industry, while you enjoy an exquisite three-course dinner plus celebrity entertainment at one of the nation's top venues. And, of course, it's where we reveal the Top 100 Employers for School Leavers.  


Post-Awards promotion

The Awards ceremony is just the beginning of 12 months of promotion. Expect nationwide media coverage - in local, regional, national and trade press – millions of impressions on social media and more than half a million emails covering the event. This lets young people and their influencers know about the awards, what organisations are the best of the best. You will also benefit from inclusion in our school leaver guide, school visits and on the Awards page of AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk. 

You might be wondering...

Where and when are the Awards held?

This year the awards will be held at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane, London, on Thursday 17 May 2018. 

Who are the judging panel?

The judging panel is made up of industry experts, from sector skills councils, trade associations and other leading experts in the school leaver market. We also have a student judging panel for the Social Media and Best Website awards.

How many surveys do we need to complete?

If you have fewer than 10 apprentices your organisation must complete five surveys, if you have between 10-100 you must complete 10 surveys, and if you have more than 100 apprentices you must fill out a minimum of 20 surveys to be eligible. 

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes. We offer a number of sponsorship packages to help you push your brand in the school leaver market to employers, school leavers and their influencers. Email Helen Lam to find out more. 

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