The School Leaver Awards 2018 is one of the largest awards in the school leaver market. In their sixth year, they celebrate the very best in apprenticeships and other options for school and college leavers. We had over 140 entrants in 2017 – it's a great way to get recognition for your company.  

How can employers get involved in the School Leaver Awards 2018?

  • Nominate yourself to enter in the correct programme (min. five apprentices on each programme required)
  • Nominate any apprentices for Apprentice of the Year
  • Feature in the top Employer for School Leavers 2018

How does it work?


Enter 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 or school leavers.

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.


Wait for the results to come in!

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...

What are the benefits?

  • You can win top awards
  • Use the entrant and winners badges on your marketing material
  • Feature on a nationwide PR campaign with a reach of over one million
  • Come to the biggest party in the school leaver market

Previous press coverage for the School Leaver Awards  

Ready to enter?

Now you know how it all works, the only thing left to do is to enter the Awards today by registering. Remember it's free to enter, so what do you have to lose? You have to be in it to win it!