Nomination entrance forms

In addition to the awards based on the survey responses of apprentices, there are also several awards based on our judging panels. We have an expert judging panel and a student panel. The new judging panel for 2018 will be announced in the first quarter of 2018 and added to this page, typically it is made up of senior representatives from industry bodies and sector skills councils. 

Click on the headings to enter yourself or nominate others for any of these awards.

  • Internal initiatives – what does your organisation do to encourage diversity and promote inclusion amongst your apprentice and school leaver intake?  
  • External partnerships – what partnerships does your organisation have that contributes to the diversity and inclusion efforts regarding apprentices and school leavers?  
  • Diversity & inclusion focus – is your organisation focusing on a particular strand of diversity and inclusion this year? What are the results of this focussed effort?
  • Achievement – How has the nominee excelled? What have they achieved of note? 
  • Contribution to the business – How has the nominee contributed to the business from a commercial or technical perspective?  
  • Giving back to the firm – How has the nominee contributed to the company above and beyond their normal duties?  
  • The X Factor – What is unique about the nominee and their contribution to the company that means they deserve to win?  
  • Originality & distinctiveness – How is the campaign different? How does it break the mould and go beyond the usual elements of a school leaver recruitment campaign, such as advertising with media providers and going into schools?  
  • Creativity & excitement – How has the campaign utilised creative ideas and skills? How has the campaign captured the imaginations of school leavers and got them excited about doing an apprenticeship, school leaver programme or sponsored degree?  
  • Usefulness & information – How has the innovative campaign proven genuinely useful and informative for school and college leavers? 
  • Impact & success – There is no point in innovation for innovation’s sake. How has the innovative campaign proven to be successful? How has it had an impact on the company successfully recruiting school leavers? 
  • Reach & engagement – How have the company reached out to their target audience this year? What have they done to engage with potential candidates and encourage them to make those all important applications? What has the company done to engage with the key influencers on school leaver career decisions, such as parents, teachers and careers advisers? 
  • Collaborations & partnerships – How has the company worked with other organisations this year to spread the word about their school leaver opportunities?  
  • Creativity – Assess the creative aspects of the company’s campaign this year. How has this helped their programmes to stand out?  
  • Online – How has the company used the awesome power of the internet as part of their campaign this year?  
  • The X Factor What is unique about the company’s campaign that means they deserve to win?  
  • Reach & engagement – How have the company reached out to schools directly? What have they done to engage with teachers, careers advisers and head teachers to help educate young people about school leaver options and the programmes the company offers?  
  • Collaborations & partnerships – How has the company worked with other organisations this year to engage with schools and colleges?  
  • Usefulness & information – How has the company provided useful information to potential candidates in its engagement with schools? To what extent has the campaign been genuinely helpful to schools and their students, rather than being purely promotional?  
  • Impact & success – How has the campaign proven to be successful? How has it had an impact on the company successfully recruiting school leavers?  
  • The X Factor – What is unique about the company’s use of school engagement in their campaign that means they deserve to win? 
  • Exceed & Innovate - How did you go above and beyond to help your clients with their apprentice and school leaver campaigns?
  • Reach & engagement - How did you engage with potential apprentices and school leavers throughout your clients campaigns?
  • Impact & success - What results did you achieve throughout your clients campaigns?
  • Is there anything else (e.g. client testimonials) you would like to be considered alongside your nomination?

You might be wondering...

What are the benefits?

  • Potentially win a prestigious award for your agency.
  • Use the entrant and winners badges on your marketing material.
  • Feature in a nationwide PR campaign with a reach of over one million.
  • Come to the biggest party in the school leaver market.

Judging panel

Jonathan Ledger  

Chief Executive Officer, The Global Skills Ledger

Sharon Stephens  

Head of Member and Business Development, UK Chamber of Shipping

Steve Nash  

Chief Executive, The Institute of the Motor Industry

Stephen Isherwood 

CEO, Institute of Student Employers

Robert West 

Programme Director, Creative and Cultural Skills

Nick Ellins 

Chief Executive, Energy & Utility Skills

Amy Gough

Director of Operations, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Suki Kalirai

Chairman, Institute for Apprenticeships

Sue Hurst 

Head of Schools Outreach Programmes, Civil Service

Previous press coverage for the School Leaver Awards